Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

DAMIA by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Nothing but weightless balderdash, not so much for the drippy romancing as the dismally cursory aliens and McCaffrey's lackadaisical efforts to work them up into some sort—any sort—of plot."
More half-baked romance with science-fiction trappings: sequel to the flimsy The Rowan (1990), a far future where a handful of powerful psychic Talents teleport cargo and people about the galaxy while chatting telepathically among themselves. Read full book review >
BLOOD BROTHERS by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Next: The Bloodwars!"
Sixth symphony in the Necroscope series, an epic vampire cycle begun in paperback (Deadspawn, 1991, etc.) and now shifting to hardcover, with 480 pages of dense lyricism and small print in need of a guide like Frank Herbert's Dune Encyclopedia. Read full book review >

THE FOREVER KING by Molly Cochran
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"In sum: unmitigated drivel—but it will probably find an audience."
Arthurian-revival yarn from the authors of High Priest (1989), with dismally unpromising ingredients. Read full book review >
DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Splendid work—brutal, gripping, and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency."
Second solo novel (following Lincoln's Dreams, 1987) from an author best known for her strong stories (the collection Fire Watch, etc.). Read full book review >
MARS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Technically accurate and absorbing if somewhat ponderous at times, with questions and answers reliably in balance: a dependable, satisfying foray into science realism."
A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey, from the veteran writer-editor (Cyberbooks, Voyagers, etc.). Read full book review >

THE WAR OF THE SKY LORDS by John Brosnan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 11, 1992

"Depravities, however, are no substitute for orthodox storytelling virtues, which are in rather short supply here."
Sequel to the so-so The Sky Lords, a medium-future post- holocaust saga of duelling airship warlords that have enslaved the disease-ravaged, starving survivors on the ground; second part of the Sky Lords trilogy. Read full book review >
FATHERLAND by Robert Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1992

"But only a Schweinehund wouldn't like this springtime for Hitler, with its waltzes through the Holocaust to the tunes of Leh†r's The Merry Widow."
There are no happy novels set in Berlin, but Harris (Selling Hitler, 1986, on the diaries forgery) has managed a novel that dances on Hitler's grave with amusing success. Read full book review >
THE SILVER HAND by Stephen Lawhead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"A slack and uneven installment."
Book two of Lawhead's Song of Albion trilogy (following The Paradise War). Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH BOOK OF LOST SWORDS by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Soap-opera-ish, in that nobody seems to have anything much to do except chase after Swords; still, by now the characters are as familiar and comfortable as old shoes, the plotting agreeable enough, and the workout overall well up to par."
Wayfinder, one of the ten surviving Swords forged by the gods and imbued with tremendous magical powers, leads its wielder wherever he or she commands it to go. Read full book review >
TRANSCENDENCE by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Sheffield ought to have wound up this fading series with this book."
The latest (and certainly not the last) in Sheffield's far- future space-adventure series (Summertide, Divergence). Read full book review >
COLD AS ICE by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Watch for sequels."
Buzzing, expansive medium-future space drama from the physicist-author (see below). Read full book review >
THE GYPSY by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Often absorbing and impressive, then, with outstanding characters; would that the authors had restrained their impulses toward self-indulgent ethnic embroidery."
Odd, flavorsome, sometimes irksomely nebulous hybrid of mystical fantasy and urban police thriller, from Brust (The Phoenix Guards (Brust) and Lindholm (Cloven Hooves). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >