Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

KING JAVAN'S YEAR by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A grim, brutal installment, but well up to Kurtz's usual standard: layer upon layer of patient detail, life-sized characters, and controlled, intricate plotting."
After a long wait since The Harrowing of Gwynedd (1988), here's book number two in Kurtz's latest medieval, Celtic-flavored fantasy trilogy—an unremitting power struggle involving kings, nobles, the Church, and magic-powered Deryni. Read full book review >
SEED UPON THE WIND by Carole Nelson Douglas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A curious hybrid of stock romantic fantasy and something more ambitious, this one might appeal to the readers of Stephen R. Donaldson."
In this sequel to Cup of Clay (1991), Douglas returns Allison Carver, a Minnesota reporter, to the fantasy world called Veil, setting of the first of the series. Read full book review >

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Bland and formulaic stuff; it's hard to imagine these stories making many new fans for Norton, let alone for the junior writers."
A sequel to Storms of Victory (1991), which consisted of short novels by Norton and Griffin set in the aftermath of the Turning, a decisive battle in the history of Norton's Witch World. Read full book review >
THE KING'S BUCCANEER by Raymond E. Feist
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"More sophisticated readers may be annoyed by the author's plodding style, especially at such generous length."
Feist returns yet again to Midkemia, the world of his ``Riftwar'' trilogy (Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon), this time focusing on the younger generation: his protagonist, Prince Nicholas, is the son of a main character in the trilogy. Read full book review >
MURDER AT DRURY LANE by Robert Lee Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Overall: a pleasurable read for fans of the historical mystery and a possible recommendation for bright YA readers."
Ben Franklin, spouting fewer aphorisms than before (Benjamin Franklin and the Case of Christmas Murder, etc.), sits through a David Garrick production at London's Drury Lane Theatre when unlikable heckler Dudley Midge tumbles from the balcony and dies. Read full book review >

DREAM MESSENGER by Masahiko Shimada
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"What interests Shimada is the porousness of modern life, but he has not yet found the right metaphor or story-idea to express it."
Published in 1989 in Japan, this novel is the first US publication for Shimada; set in New York and Tokyo, it's a study of cultural displacement in the guise of a mother's quest for her long-lost son. Mrs. Amino is a Japanese-American whose little son Masao (Matthew) was kidnapped by his father when they lived in the US. Read full book review >
CRYSTAL LINE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Pure soap-opera, offering just enough ideas, plot, and involvement to keep the fans happy and maybe tempt one or two new ones."
Third in McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series (Killashandra, 1985, etc.)—the life and times of a group of humans infected with the symbiotic longevity crystal of planet Ballybran, and upon whose abilities to locate, mine, cut, and tune crystal the galactic economy depends. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW RISING by Robert Jordan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Huge, then, and not entirely unrewarding."
Fourth in Jordan's colossal Wheel of Time series (The Dragon Reborn, 1991, etc.) and, again, all but unintelligible if you haven't read the preceding volumes. Read full book review >
MOSTLY HARMLESS by Douglas Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Might raise the odd grin among the terminally amused."
Mostly limp and inane: That's the sad reality of this, the fifth in Adams's once respectably droll Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

Inaugural volume of a major Silverberg retrospective, featuring 24 substantial stories, 1981-88, with autobiographical introductions. Read full book review >
A DARK AND HUNGRY GOD ARISES by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Still: persecution and torment piled upon woe is precisely what Donaldson fans keep coming back for."
Third (The Real Story, 1990, Forbidden Knowledge, 1991) of the far-future series involving vicious corporations, aliens, pirates, power politics, police, and a wealth of characters you wouldn't want your children to bring home to dinner, from an author whose motto might well be "Life's a bitch, and then you die." Read full book review >
THE EYE OF THE HUNTER by Dennis L. McKiernan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"Given these ingredients, bestsellerdom is in the cards."
McKiernan's latest is set in the same fantasy-world as his previous Iron Tower and Silver Call series, with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >