Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

ANCIENT ECHOES by Robert Holdstock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Despite the choppy narrative and mediocre characters, Holdstock's remarkable ideas resonate to their own highly unusual, suggestive rhythms."
Another original combination of archetypal myth and magic realism, from the author of The Hollowing (1994), etc. Jack Chatwin has the ability to see into another world, where the shaman-figure, Grayface, and his mercurial sister-wife, Greenface, must constantly flee from some unknown horror. Read full book review >
PANDA RAY by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stanislaw Lem."
Formidably weird fantasy about the process of growing up, from an author perhaps best known for his resplendent translations of Stanislaw Lem. Read full book review >

WINTER ROSE by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Tingling and affecting work; a vast shame, then, that—like previous McKillip offerings—the plot's too frail and underdeveloped to do justice to the delightful, delicate filigree of her prose."
Characteristically fresh, dainty fantasy from the author of The Book of Atrix Wolfe (1995), etc. Far-seeing, fey, independent Rois Melior spends much of the summer barefoot, roaming the woods about ruined Lynn Hall—until the estate's owner, Corbet, returns to claim his birthright. Read full book review >
WIND FROM A FOREIGN SKY by Katya Reimann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"And though Reimann demonstrates no great originality, the narrative moves with a certain long-legged, coltish charm: a modestly encouraging debut."
Hundreds of years ago, Prince Clarin of Tielmark made a pact with the land's patron goddesses, the Great Twins, that he and his heirs would marry only commoners; in return, the goddesses guaranteed Tielmark's independence from its powerful northern neighbor, the Bissanty Empire. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"Essential reading."
Twenty-four of 1995's best stories, selected by seven-time Hugo award-winning editor Dozois. Read full book review >

DREAMFALL by Joan D. Vinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 5, 1996

"An overlong and mediocre addition to the series. (Author tour)"
Another yarn featuring the half-human, half-Hydran, sometimes telepathic, always abused Cat (Catspaw, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
FALL OF ANGELS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"The newcomers' story is recounted in the past tense, while the locals rejoice in a present-tense narrative: just one of the eccentricities in an often intriguing if fairly predictable installment."
A prequel to Modesitt's fantasy series about planet Recluce with its war between Order (black magic) and Chaos (white magic) Read full book review >
THE HUNGER AND ECSTASY OF VAMPIRES by Brian Stableford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"As period British vampire fiction, it cries for at least a dollop of the saving humor displayed in Kim Newman's The Bloody Red Baron."
Stableford stumbles in a dull, talk-ridden minor novel that's simply not up to his terrific alternative-history vampire science/fantasy trilogy (Angel of Pain, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
LORIEN LOST by Michael King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Quirkily charming in a literary way, though many readers will be put off by Milton's lack of substance—or that of any other of King's characters."
A dreamy first novel, owing more than a little to Lewis Carroll, that's set in a wholly imaginary Victorian England. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON AND THE UNICORN by A.A. Attanasio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"What signally fails to come across is why any of it should matter."
In another outlandish fantasy (The Moon's Wife, 1993, etc.), Attanasio attempts to blend cosmology with Tolkien-esque creationism, Christianity, and Celtic and Norse myth. Read full book review >
MAINLINE by Deborah Christian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Christian's well-articulated, cleverly constructed plot hurtles along at a blistering pace, and those new psi-power wrinkles provide additional gratification: a debut of splendid promise."
On planet R'debh, Reva grew up with an unusual psychic talent: She can view, and move among, the various probability-worlds that constitute reality. Read full book review >
THE RINGWORLD THRONE by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Notably schizophrenic and confusing but inventive enough that Ringworld admirers will surely wish to investigate."
Third in Niven's famous Ringworld series (The Ringworld Engineers, not reviewed), set on a colossal space habitat that forms a complete ring, 600 million miles in circumference, around its sun, and comes complete with cleverly engineered days and nights, seasons, oceans, mountains, and what-all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >