Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 409)

THE HOLLOWING by Robert Holdstock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Holdstock evokes all the wonder and human significance of the myths from which he borrows—this is surely one of the best fantasy novels of the year."
The third in Holdstock's Mythago Wood series about a primeval woodland that generates ``mythagos''—living manifestations of figures out of myth and legend—from the psyches of those who enter it. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Perhaps it was a slow year for short science fiction, but whatever the reason, this installment in Dozois's eminent series is a disappointment."
The latest in this admirable annual series features one less story (23 vs. 24) than last year's, and it might have been better if had included even fewer. Read full book review >

LOVELOCK by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"What really annoys is that, without even a token ending here, this isn't the beginning of a trilogy at all, but the arbitrary opening chunk of a bloated and flabby single yarn."
The first volume of a planned trilogy from Card (The Ships of Earth, 1994, etc.) and hardcover debutante Kidd is set on a huge starship, or Ark, soon to depart from Earth. Read full book review >
FIREHAND by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Far better the Time Traders had been left to molder in peace."
Norton revives her 30-year-old Time Trader series with the help of Griffin, her collaborator on Redline the Stars (1993) and various Witchworld stories. Read full book review >
CHAOS AND ORDER by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1994

"Donaldson's work is instantly recognizable and remarkably consistent: Anguish is the price of admission; misery keeps the customers coming back for more; enjoyment is sheer hell."
The fourth part of Donaldson's five-book series (A Dark and Hungry God Arrives, 1992, etc.) centers on a far-future power struggle by proxy between benevolent United Mining Companies police boss Warden Dios and malign UMC chief Holt Fasner. Read full book review >

LAMIA by Georgia Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 1994

"A fairy tale for adults, and delectably escapist entertainment. (Literary Guild selection)"
Witchcraft, adventure, and romance intertwine in a rich tapestry of 16th-century France, by the author of The Infidel (1979). Read full book review >
THE BASTARD PRINCE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A satisfying conclusion with a persuasively grim backdrop, well-controlled fantasy elements, a solid cast, and realistically medieval dark plots and foul deeds."
Final installment (The Harrowing of Gwynedd, 1989; King Javan's Year, 1992) of bestselling author Kurtz's latest fantasy trilogy set in the medieval, Celtic-flavored kingdom of Gwynedd chronicling the power struggle between the enlightened Haldane kings, with their magic-powered Deryni allies, and the forces of oppression, malevolence, and darkness. Read full book review >
THE VOICES OF HEAVEN by Frederik Pohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Not a Pohl classic like Man Plus (1976), but a solid and engaging read from one of the genre's surest hands."
In Pohl's latest (after Mining the Oort, 1992, etc.), small colonies on alien worlds struggle to survive with intermittent aid from resource-strapped Earth. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE VEIL OF STARS by Robert Reed
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

One night, after years of more or less confirmed UFO activity, the stars vanish—replaced by a mirror image of the Earth. Read full book review >
THE FURIES by Suzy McKee Charnas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A moving, thoughtful feminist novel set in a gritty and believable dystopian future."
This third novel in Charnas's acclaimed feminist science fiction series comes many years after the second (Motherlines, 1978), but it's well worth the wait. Read full book review >
THE HANDS OF LYR by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"This is a real yawner, a formula fantasy with a formula quest, filled with standard characters, places, and situations of no particular interest except to die-hard fans of SFand-fantasy veteran Norton (Brother to Shadows, 1993)."
This fantasy is set in a world where magic is spelled "magick" and miracles are commonplace and fearsome. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Intriguing stuff—if you can tolerate the author's ghastly blend of pseudoscience, fantasy, myth, gnarled prose, absurd plotting, and general air of self-importance."
Another of Kennealy-Morrison's (previously billed simply as Kennealy) Keltiad yarns and the second installment of a trilogy, the Tales of Arthur (begun with The Hawk's Gray Feather, not reviewed). 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 >