Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 410)

THROUGH THE BREACH by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"For the rest, Drake did the hard work of invention in volume #1, and this installment just coasts along on battles, heroics, and ideology."
Sequel to Drake's excellent hard-nosed space swashbuckler Igniting the Reaches (1994). Read full book review >
METROPOLITAN by Walter Jon Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"The upshot is, by Williams's own high standards, unsatisfying."
For thousands of years, the Earth has been enclosed by an impervious Shield raised by the long-vanished Ascended Ones. Read full book review >

THE WHITE GRYPHON by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"Newcomers to Lackey's fantasy universe are best advised to sample one of her solo novels, but the many fans who follow the series will probably find little to object to in this collaboration with husband Dixon. (12 b&w illustrations by Dixon, not seen)"
The second in a prequel trilogy set roughly a thousand years before the main action in Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series (Storm Warning, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
WITCHES' BREW by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"These Landover yarns are agreeable enough in their own limited fashion, and mostly manage to avoid formula; this one, after a lethargic start, comes well up to the mark."
A new adventure in Brooks's Magic Kingdom of Landover series (The Tangle Box, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
LADY OF THE TRILLIUM by Marion Zimmer Bradley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1995

"Not Bradley's most ambitious work, but a very enjoyable light fantasy that touches on more serious themes."
Bradley (The Forest House, 1994, etc.) offers a solo novel in the world of Black Trillium, a three-way collaboration with Andre Norton and Julian May featuring three princesses in a fantasy kingdom. Read full book review >

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"Ingenuous head-bashing for the most part: a natural mass market title clearly out of its league in hardcover format."
The first of a new series spun off from Stasheff's paperback Warlock yarns (A Wizard in Absentia, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
PRIMARY INVERSION by Catherine Asaro
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"Plenty of energy and invention, wobbly backdrop and plot."
In Asaro's far-future interstellar war, the Traders—they have a feudal social system ruled by the viciously sadistic Aristos- -square off against Skolia's Jagernauts, psi-powered space pilot/warriors, and their psi-linked cyberspace Web. Read full book review >
STRANGE ATTRACTORS by Jeffrey A. Carver
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"A dazzling, thrilling, innovative space opera—a remarkable turnaround after the half-baked series opener, and probably Carver's best effort to date."
The second of Carver's independently intelligible Chaos Chronicles (Neptune Crossing, 1994) featuring surveyor John Bandicut who—aided by his superintelligent, disembodied cranial lodger, the quarx—saved the Earth from being blasted by a comet. Read full book review >
VILLAINS BY NECESSITY by Eve L. Forward
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"A frothy and ingenious debut, with an agreeable, mildly humorous streak, though unsuspenseful and too long by half; should prove especially popular with the teenage fantasy-gamer crowd."
On a world unsubtly named Chiaroscuro, Good has finally extinguished Evil; those few unregenerate rascals who refuse to see the light have their attitudes permanently improved by Mizzamir, the Good Elf Wizard. Read full book review >
K-PAX by Gene Brewer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"A genial psych lecture supplemented by a hefty dose of utopian blather. (Film rights to Universal)"
An Oliver Sacks-ish New York shrink hangs out with an upbeat Man Who Fell to Earth in this banal debut. Read full book review >
WORLDWAR: TILTING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"Turtledove hasn't the knack of sketching really distinctive characters, but his patiently detailed panoramic saga—a detachment rather than an independent module—continues to engage. (Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club alternate selection)"
The second installment of Turtledove's vast WW II/alien invasion saga simply picks up where Worldwar: In the Balance (1993) left off. Read full book review >
INTO THE DEEP by Ken Grimwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"Just the sort of thing dolphins would make fun of, if they could read."
Sugary New Age nonsense cripples Grimwood's (Replay, 1986, etc.) mildly inventive eco-thriller, in which humans and dolphins join forces to save Santa Barbara, Calif., from volcanic disaster. 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 >