Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE LIVING GOD by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, Duncan is an agreeable narrator: His plots add up and his characters have personalities."
Final installment of Duncan's tetralogy (most recently The Stricken Field, 1993) set in Pandemia, land of gods, sorcerers, and numerous human varieties, where the insane dwarf sorcerer Zinixo has enslaved many of the world's magicians and now threatens to make the arrangement permanent. Read full book review >
DIAMOND MASK by Julian May
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 1994

"Again patchy and irritatingly inconclusive; but May handles both the psychic complications and the family interactions with pleasing skill, and the upshot is another probable crowd-pleaser- -though no place for newcomers to start."
Book two of May's Galactic Milieu trilogy (Jack the Bodiless, 1991) is a leisurely account of the events that led up to the Metapsychic Rebellion of 2083 and precipitated the action of May's previous tetralogy, the Saga of Pliocene Exile. Read full book review >

POEMS AND STORIES by J.R.R. Tolkien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 16, 1994

"Some of these may be familiar, or available individually; still, this collection is a splendid accompaniment for existing fans, or an excellent introduction for newcomers."
A collection of pieces, 1949-75, that barely touches upon the Middle-Earth scenario for which Tolkien (1829-1973) is justly famous; overall, however, it renders a much more complete account of this scholar, poet, critic, and storyteller's talents. Read full book review >
RHINEGOLD by Stephan Grundy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1994

"A workmanlike retelling of one of the great tales, full of imaginative sidelights on the people who created it."
The powerful legends upon which Wagner build his ``Ring'' cycle are the foundation of this historical fantasy in three books by Grundy—a first novel of epic proportions. Read full book review >
THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT SINGS THE BLUES by Harry Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1994

"A splendid romp, with real humor and good-natured satire, that will find favor with newcomers and addicts alike."
A return for Harrison's best-known creation, the picaresque Stainless Steel Rat—far-future thief, con man, iconoclast, and knight errant. Read full book review >

GREEN MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1994

"Robinson's achievement is impressive, and Blue Mars is still to come."
Second part of Robinson's Martian trilogy, following the stunning Red Mars (1993). Read full book review >
COYOTE BLUE by Christopher Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Lively and loopy, and certainly imaginative, but the conventional underpinnings offer little support for frequent flights of fantasy, yielding an entertaining but hollow romantic adventure. (First printing of 50,000)"
Lust proves the catalyst that reconnects a hotshot insurance salesman with his buried Indian past, and with a spirit guide he'd prefer to avoid: a fast-paced and funny, if somewhat fragmented, follow-up to Moore's Practical Demonkeeping (1992). Read full book review >
MIRROR DANCE by Lois McMaster Bujold
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"A well-conceived series, solidly plotted and organized, though heavy going in places and, finally, lacking that spark of genuine originality that would blazon it as truly special."
The first hardcover appearance of Bujold's well-known series about the Vorkosigan clan, hereditary rulers of planet Barrayar (Borders of Infinity, Brothers in Arms, etc.). Read full book review >
OUT OF THIS WORLD by Lawrence Watt-Evans
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Alan Dean Foster crowd."
In this first of a trilogy, Watt-Evans's hardcover debut, business consultant Pel Brown suddenly discovers he has a portal to another reality in his basement, with wizards and barbarian swordsmen popping through to ask his—and Earth's—help in fighting the evil Shadow that has conquered most of their world. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH GUARDIAN by Ronald Anthony Cross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Tumultuous, meandering, ramshackle, heavily embroidered: often entertaining but at best only half-satisfying."
Contemporary fantasy and the beginning of a series about the Four Stones of Power, magical jewels whose actions and owners determine the fate of the world: from the author of the weird and splendid Prisoners of Paradise (1988). Read full book review >
THE MAGIC ENGINEER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"In sum, another uneven installment, sometimes engaging, often frustrating, with interesting inversions and sidelights; and, the worst distraction of all, set forth in an ultimately self-destructive present tense."
Third in Modesitt's series (The Magic of Recluce, 1991; The Towers of the Sunset, 1992) about the island kingdom of Recluce, and the incessant tensions between Chaos (white magic) and Order (black magic). Read full book review >
A COLLEGE OF MAGICKS by Caroline Stevermer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Stevermer has made a successful transition to adult entertainment; which, as others have discovered, is by no means as easy as it looks."
The first adult-oriented fantasy from the author of various juveniles (River Rats, 1992, etc.), set in an intriguing, not-so- different early 20th-century alternate world where magic works unobtrusively. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >