Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 409)

THE HAND OF CHAOS by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1993

"Which, being translated into Fannish, means: another smash hit. (First printing of 60,000)"
Volume five of the apparently interminable Death Gate Cycle (Serpent Mage, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE by Mary Gentle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"The drawback, however, is the pushy narrative: matters would flow more agreeably, and Gentle would win more friends, if she stopped trying to overpower her audience."
Another tale set in the weird alternate past of Rats and Gargoyles (1991), with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >

THE CHILDREN OF MEN by P.D. James
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 1993

"Despite an opening as slow as anything in James's recent outings, the departure from her usual formula is brilliantly conceived—the note of sad mortality so powerfully sustained that James's benediction of hope is almost unbearable."
Perturbed by reports that sperm counts among British males have been steadily dwindling in recent years, the doyenne of the English detective story has interrupted her increasingly leisurely series of mystery novels (Devices and Desires, 1989, etc.) for a futuristic dystopia of sterility. Read full book review >
COLD ALLIES by Patricia Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Gripping and realistic—despite an initial scenario that doesn't add up, rather nebulous aliens, and an overdose of military acronyms: an assured, imaginative, and distinctive debut."
In Anthony's near/medium future, greenhouse effects have altered global climates: Florida lies under water (but not, apparently, Washington, D.C.); much of the Midwest is now desert; fuel shortages are acute; and famine is endemic. Read full book review >
THE DOOR INTO SUNSET by Diane Duane
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Imaginative, well-handled magical affrays, plus plotting that- -eventually—provides enough twists and turns to keep things interesting: dramatic improvements after that glutinous start."
After a nine-year hiatus (The Door into Shadow, 1984, etc.), Duane's series again gets under way—this time as the evil Shadow and its minions threaten the Celtic/Norse-flavored kingdoms of Darthen and Arlen. Read full book review >

STAINLESS STEEL VISIONS by Harry Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Middling entertainment, with an agreeable host."
Thirteen tales, including one that's previously unpublished, spanning the nearly 40-year career of this Dublin-resident American writer/editor/artist—though the theme or basis for selection (if any) isn't clear. Read full book review >
THE WEALDWIFE'S TALE by Paul Hazel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Hazel's fans will undoubtedly find all this much to their liking; those who prefer a clear-cut plot are more apt to find it annoying."
Hazel's latest takes him back to West Redding, the setting of his inventive ``Finn Trilogy'' (Yearwood, 1980; Undersea, 1982; Winterking, 1985). Read full book review >
THE TALISMANS OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, fans of the series won't be dissuaded."
Concluding the second series of Shannara yarns (The Elf Queen of Shannara, etc.) as the scions of Shannara—namely, the newly made Druid, Walker Boh, the Elf Queen Wren Elessedil, and the magical Ohmsford brothers, Par and Coll—somehow must unite their efforts in order to bring a final end to the evil Shadowen and their leader, Rimmer Dall. Read full book review >
SKYBOWL by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Dedicated fans only."
Wrapping up the Dragon Star trilogy (Stronghold, 1990; The Dragon Token, p 24). Read full book review >
IF AT FAUST YOU DON'T SUCCEED by Roger Zelazny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Readers familiar with the Faust legend and medieval history in general will get an extra kick out of this one—and it's certainly the best novel-length work from either of the authors in well over a decade."
Zelazny and Sheckley return to the premise of Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991): a millennial contest between Good and Evil for control of mankind's destiny. Read full book review >
STRANGE DEVICES OF THE SUN AND MOON by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Goldstein fails to establish any reason, let alone a compelling one, why these disparate elements should be juxtaposed; and though her prose is of the finest, the upshot is flat, bland, and far from persuasive."
Another offbeat fantasy from the author of Tourists, A Mask for the General, etc. (her American Book Award-winning paperback debut, The Red Magician, will appear as a Tor hardcover in February 1993). Read full book review >
THE GRIPPING HAND by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A good bet to make the Hugo ballot, as well as the bestseller lists."
The much-anticipated sequel to The Mote In God's Eye (1974), which put Niven and Pournelle on the bestseller lists (more recent collaborations: The Legacy of Heorot, with Steven Barnes, 1987; Footfall, 1985). 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 >