Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE BLACK SWAN by Mercedes Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Lackey's popular, and this one will have its adherents: decorously embroidered and pleasant but, well, feathery."
Another reworking of an Old Russian folk tale (like Firebird, 1996), this one having also inspired the famous music and ballet Swan Lake. Read full book review >
FOUNDATION'S TRIUMPH by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Still, readers of the first two volumes, and fans of Asimov's original yarns come to that, will want to explore."
Extending the late Isaac Asimov's original Foundation Trilogy, this Second has each entry tackled by a different author (previously Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear, 1997, and Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos, not seen). Read full book review >

THE DRAGON'S EYE by Jîel Champetier
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Good characters, a convincing backdrop, and truly marvelous atmosphere: an enjoyable, dark-edged romp provoking thoughtful responses."
First appearance in English for both this 1991 SF yarn and its French-Canadian author. Read full book review >
VIOLENT STARS by Phyllis Gotlieb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Superlative in all departments, but particularly the marvelous alien characters."
Independent, fully intelligible sequel to Flesh and Gold (1998). Read full book review >
THE TOWER AND THE HIVE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Still, fans of the series will plunge right in."
Fifth and, according to the publisher, last in the SF series (ranging from The Rowan, 1990, to Lyon's Pride, 1994, McCaffrey providing a solidly detailed synopsis) about the descendants of the prodigiously talented Rowan. Read full book review >

MUSE OF ART by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Over to you."
Addition to the Geodyssey series (Hope of Earth, 1997, etc.) wherein Anthony hopes to present the true essence of history, as opposed to boring old facts. Read full book review >
SOUL OF THE FIRE by Terry Goodkind
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Goodkind demonstrates that it's perfectly possible—from the reader's point of view, highly desirable—to write a commendably self-contained, shapely yarn within a previously defined scenario while leaving scope for plenty of new discoveries and embellishments."
Another entry in Goodkind's fantasy Sword of Truth series (Temple of the Winds, 1997, etc.) and a new adventure for Richard, Lord Rahl, the Seeker of Truth and wielder of the Sword of Truth, his wife Kahlen Amnell, the Mother Confessor, and grandfather Zedd the wizard. Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS 33 by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1999

"Terrific fiction, a Bronx cheer for the nonfiction."
paper 0-15-600601-4 Nebula's 1997 award-winners and ballot finalists are presented by Willis, who takes over from last year's editor, Jack Dann. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 25, 1999

"Persuasive aliens, remarkable world-building, and splendid puzzles: fans partial to any of these will find Clement well worth investigating."
Three full-length novels from Clement (Still River, 1987) dating from an era when novels ran to 150—200 pages and didn't wear out their welcome. Read full book review >
THE FORT AT RIVER'S BEND by Jack Whyte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 1999

"Whyte has a grand time bolting his story together—though at this rate, grinding as slowly as the mills of the gods, he may have to FedEx his final volumes from the beyond."
Scots-born Whyte continues the saga of King Arthur over two mid- centuries of the first millennium. Read full book review >
INTO THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1999

"Turtledove devotees will probably want to give it the once-over, but there's little here to attract the uncommitted. (Author tour)"
The setting of alternate-history guru Turtledove's latest doorstopper is a world where magic works but human impulses remain pretty much the same. Read full book review >
THE SILICON DAGGER by Jack Williamson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 1999

"Energetic, but confused and contradictory."
From a veteran author (The Black Sun, 1997, etc.), a near-future rant involving the Internet, drug laws, privacy, independence, governmental secrecy, corrupt politicos, and whatnot. 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 >