Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 409)

THE BOOK OF THE BEAST by Tanith Lee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 1991

"Enthralling."
Second of Lee's projected four-book fantasy series (The Book of the Damned, 1990), set in the forgotten French city Paradys: nine linked stories that add up to a well-rounded, satisfying whole. Read full book review >
A TIME OF EXILE by Katharine Kerr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Standard, undemanding fare for series fans."
From a tangled tale of magic, reincarnation, predestination, and vengeance (Daggerspell), Kerr's saga has mutated into fairly straightforward Celtic fantasy (cf. Read full book review >

MARTIAN RAINBOW by Robert L. Forward
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1991

"A sophomoric rehash of standard notions, with cartoon characters and strained plotting, though the accurate, informative Marsology helps."
Simple-minded, Heinlein-esque, medium-future interplanetary power-struggle from the author of Dragon's Egg and Starquake. Read full book review >
THE PARADISE WAR by Stephen Lawhead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Lawhead treats his Celtic lore with respect; the upshot is well handled and pleasingly restrained, a solid and readable opener for the series."
Celtic fantasy and first of a series from the author of the recent Pendragon Cycle Trilogy, In the Hall of the Dragon King, etc. The aristocratic Simon Rawnson and his American friend, narrator Lewis Gillies, are postgraduate students at Oxford, free to go chasing impetuously off to the far north of Scotland in pursuit of an extinct beast supposedly sighted by a farmer. Read full book review >
FULL SPECTRUM 3 by Lou Aronica
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1991

Twenty-two new variations ranging—as the title promises—from hard sf to the supernatural, and sometimes successfully blending them. Read full book review >

THE SANDS OF MARS by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Not completely gossamer."
SF novelization in which technicalities are subdued for story line so that even the uninitiated may comprehend. Read full book review >
TEKLORDS by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 31, 1991

"Okay for existing fans, but won't win many new converts."
Sequel to Shatner's promising debut, Tekwar (1989), now apparently having mutated into a series, with familiar ingredients: hard-boiled p.i. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF RECLUCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 1991

"Modesitt also avoids the simple equation of order with good and chaos with evil—in Lerris's world, as in ours, a good balance is the best formula—and this more mature insight distinguishes his novel from the run-of-the-mill fantasies."
Modesitt's first venture into fantasy (and hard-cover) is an interesting variation on some traditional fantasy themes, with a touch of his own science-fictional outlook. Read full book review >
BRAIN CHILD by George Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 22, 1991

"Realistic, disturbing, thoughtful, and provocative: Layer upon layer of revelation unpeeled with patient, limpid skill."
Another fascinatingly plausible exploration of a near-future scenario (Drowning Towers, 1988), this time involving genetic manipulation to bring about enhanced intelligence. Read full book review >
THE PAPER GRAIL by James P. Blaylock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 20, 1991

"Rather arcane in places and curiously lacking in thematic ambition, but seamlessly produced: intriguing and absorbing work from a major talent."
Another distinctive northern California magic-realist fantasy from the author of Land of Dreams (1987). Read full book review >
THE RUN TO CHAOS KEEP by Jack L. Chalker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 1991

"Passing nods to Dante's Inferno do little to raise the literary stakes."
The second in yet another multivolume work of action-based sf from Chalker. Read full book review >
THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE by Reynolds Price
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1991

"Vintage Price."
Three beautifully crafted novella-length stories from Price, whose three very different central characters are all urgently concerned with one of the greatest questions of all-how ``to face the rest of a life,'' with all the uncertainties and hardships that that implies. 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 >