Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 408)

PASQUALE'S ANGEL by Paul J. McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Minutely observed, with a fascinating mÇlange of historical and imaginary characters—yet for all its hard work: dismal, forbidding, and tough to get involved with."
The science-fiction subgenre of Victorian ``steampunk'' is well-established—but what might McAuley's latest mind-boggling venture (Red Dust, 1994, etc.), which places the Industrial Revolution back in Renaissance Italy, be called? Read full book review >
CELESTIS by Paul Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Thoughtful, unsettling, and provocative; a pity that Park (The Cult of Loving Kindness, 1991, etc.) didn't develop the underlying ecological assumptions with greater rigor and clarity."
Humans fleeing an ecologically and socially collapsing Earth have founded a colony on Celestis, a planet that keeps one face turned toward its primary. Read full book review >

ARMED MEMORY by Jim Young
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Young's concept, while not new, certainly exerts its fascinations; but his punkish romp, with its uncertain moods and lack of real imaginative commitment, barely scratches the surface of the possibilities here."
Young's second outing (his first appeared, obscurely, 15 years ago) is set in the 21st century and concerns ``microding''—i.e, altering the human body through genetic manipulation mediated by viruses. Read full book review >
ILL WIND by Kevin J. Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Style and characterization are often clunky, but the fast- moving story pushes all the right emotional buttons for mass success: It's almost un-put-downable."
A big, near-future disaster novel straddling the border between science fiction and technothriller, likely to appeal to fans of both. Read full book review >
PILLAR OF FIRE by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Tarr's hard-to-swallow revisionist Exodus ends up neither engaging nor persuasive."
Tarr's latest historical is again set in Egypt (Throne of Isis, 1994, etc.), this time in the reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, that puzzling figure who attempted to introduce monotheism to Egypt and was succeeded by the boy-king TutankhatenTutankhamon. Read full book review >

THE BAKER'S BOY by J.V. Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A so-so debut for those with a preference for large doses of hardworking, orthodox fantasy."
First of a trilogymeaning the initial, unresolved, third of a sprawling fantasy debut. Read full book review >
KAMIKAZE L'AMOUR by Richard Kadrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Near-future sex-drugs-rock-'n'-roll extravaganza and hardcover debut for the author of Metrophage (1987). Read full book review >
STARMIND by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Third in the trilogy (Starseed, 1991, etc.) about the Stardancers, human-alien symbiotes who are able to live unprotected in space, and who can share a mingled consciousness as and when they wish. Read full book review >
THE LION OF AL-RASSAN by Guy Gavriel Kay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A notch below Kay's peak form, but still on a higher level of artistry than the work of almost any other current fantasy writer."
Kay's recent work has built up fantasy worlds based on Mediterranean models: Tigana (1990) was modeled on Italy, A Song For Arbonne (1993) on Provence. Read full book review >
ELVENBLOOD by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A dreadfully slow start—the first 100-plus pages could have been collapsed into a few paragraphs—but thereafter modestly appealing and involving, if lacking real bite."
Independent sequel to The Elvenbane (1991). Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S LANDING by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 1995

"Yes, readers, you've been suckered again."
First of a new series from the author of The Dolphins of Pern (1994), etc. When the Earth is attacked by humanoid, heavy-planet alien Catteni, many of its people are taken to distant worlds and enslaved. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF INNOCENCE by Lisa Appignanesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1995

"But feminist and ecological themes, along with a contrived conflict between the lovers, nearly overpower the family drama."
Nonfiction author (Freud's Women, 1993, etc.) and novelist Appignanesi's second sweeping romance (after Memory and Desire, 1992) is a rare blend of intense emotion and intellectual challenge. 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 >