Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

THE SHEPHERD KINGS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1999

"Quick moving, with just enough depth to lend some roundness to highly active figures otherwise as flat as wall paintings."
Horse-breeder Tarr, a Yale-Cambridge graduate in history, switched horses recently, from writing 500-page ancient and medieval historical doorstoppers (Queen of Swords, 1997, etc.) to mythicizing Old Europe in Neolithic times (White Mare's Daughter, 1998). Read full book review >
SOULS IN THE GREAT MACHINE by Sean McMullen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 22, 1999

"A stunning idea—the Calculor's as real as if McMullen had built it in his backyard—with an utterly convincing setting, breathtaking developments, and a captivating narrative."
Far-future tale from the Australia author of The Centurion's Empire (1998). Read full book review >

THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1999

"Indispensable: hats off to the tireless and knowledgeable Dozois."
paper 0-312-20445-0 Twenty-five stories from 1998: some 2 stories and 48 pages shorter than last year's entry, the finished book will include an approximately 50-page editor's summation (not seen). Read full book review >
KASPIAN LOST by Richard Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 8, 1999

"A likable teenage protagonist and, this time around, a storyline that isn—t supersaturated with sentimentality: both make for Grant's best to date."
Another supernatural adventure in Maine, the eighth from the author of, most recently, the fey and moody In the Land of Winter (1997). Read full book review >
RETURN TO MARS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 8, 1999

"Absorbing and thoroughly satisfying: Mars fans will pounce, while newcomers will feel welcome too."
Sequel to Bova's fact-based epic Mars (1992). Read full book review >

THE SFWA GRAND MASTERS by Frederik Pohl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"Should induce today's readers to investigate these splendid writers, and it's a nostalgia trip for long-time fans."
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America occasionally bestows Grand Master Awards to deserving, living authors for lifetime achievement. Read full book review >
CTHULHU 2000 by H.P. Lovecraft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

CTHULHU 2000A Lovecraftian AnthologyLovecraft, H.P. Read full book review >
FLASHFORWARD by Robert J. Sawyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1999

"Intriguing ideas, but not satisfyingly dramatized, with explicative passages clumsily inserted into a scattershot narrative."
Science fiction involving particle physics, time travel, murder mystery, and relationships, from the author of Factoring Humanity (1998), etc. In 2009, at CERN, Geneva's Large Hadron Collider, physicists Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides attempt to find the elusive Higgs boson by smashing particles together at colossal energies. Read full book review >
RESURRECTION DAY by Brendan Dubois
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"DuBois's version of life after limited nuclear war has some clever constructs, but turgid pacing and threadbare characterization reduce a promising what-if to so-so."
The speculative setting for DuBois's latest (after Shattered Shell, p. 106, etc.) is the world after the Cuban missile crisis got resolved the hard way. Read full book review >
THE STARS ASUNDER by Debra Doyle
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1999

"That aside, the story's not too bad, with reasonable complications and a snappy pace."
First hardcover entry for an established paperback science fiction/fantasy hybrid series, the Mageworlds (The Long Hunt, etc.). Read full book review >
PATRIARCH'S HOPE by David Feintuch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 1999

"Lots of emotional nurturing—it helps disguise the brutal floggings still prevalent in this man's Navy—politicking, and religion, but limited action: okay for the teenaged target audience, of little interest otherwise."
From the author of The Still (1997), an addition to an established military SF series, the Seafort Saga (Voices of Hope, 1996, etc.) narrated by UN Secretary General Nick Seafort. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

"An ideal combination of the reassuringly familiar and the excitingly new: should prove as popular as its fantasy predecessor."
Last year Silverberg presented Legends, a set of new stories by the original authors and set in the fantasy worlds they made famous; this volume does the same for science fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >