Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE WATERBORN by J. Gregory Keyes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"A well-constructed, perky, imaginative debut that, even if the details aren't always rigorously worked out, manages to avoid the usual fantasy stereotypes. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
First of an ambitious fantasy series entitled Children of the Changeling, full of ghosts, gods, magic, and mischief. Read full book review >
HERE, KITTY, KITTY by Winifred Elze
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Mild fare."
Stronger and more adult fantasy than Elze's Milquetoast debut novel, The Changeling Garden (1995), but still something for the ladies of the garden club. Read full book review >

INTO THE FOREST by Jean Alma Hegland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Beautifully written, however, and Hegland's knowledge of organic gardening, fruit drying, etc., is impeccably authentic."
Brisk, feminist, contemplative first novel about the end of contemporary civilization and the survival of two sisters. Read full book review >
THE FORTUNATE FALL by Raphael Carter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"All in all, though, an assured, noteworthy, auspicious debut."
A future historical concerned with virtual reality, computer networks, war crimes, and mind control, set in 23rd-century Russia. Read full book review >
THE SHIFT by George Foy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

"Still, there are drawbacks: It's overlong and overweight, and the present- tense narrative, no matter how fashionable, doesn't help."
New York XTV scriptwriter Alex Munn staggers drunk through most of his life, having written the first few episodes of a new soap, Real Life, destined to be the first virtual reality broadcast. Read full book review >

KING AND EMPEROR by Harry Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of this series, get the first volume and do so at once."
The conclusion of Harrison's rousing, pulsating alternate- history trilogy (The Hammer and the Cross, 1993; One King's Way, 1995). Read full book review >
BLUE MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"But with only a handful of well-realized characters, no plot, and hardly any incidents, what he's written is more textbook than novel: a disappointment for readers anticipating a more resounding conclusion. (Author tour)"
Third in Robinson's hitherto stunning Martian trilogy (Red Mars, 1993; Green Mars, 1994). Read full book review >
THE SAGE by Christopher Stasheff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stasheff fans will doubtless take pleasure in the details, but readers seeking more realistic, less formulaic fantasy will do much better elsewhere."
In The Shaman (1995), the first in the author's new series, a big, kindly clansman by the name of Ohaern defeated the bad god Ulahane; his reward was 500 years of sensual bliss in the arms of the beautiful goddess Rahani. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >