Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 410)

TO SAVE THE SUN by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Despite an audacious premise, a strong cast of characters, and Bova's knack for political intrigue, this is finally a disappointment."
One of the leading luminaries of hard science fiction (Mars, 1992, etc.) teams up with newcomer Austin for this "fix-up" novel, some parts of which appeared as long ago as 1978. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN LAND by Ian McDonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Inventive and often effective drama, but dense and oppressive, with the dark and anguished backdrop looming above the characters; and the ending bleakly acknowledges that, in terms of today's troubles, nothing much can be done."
Northern Ireland resident McDonald's medium/far future scenario—part allegory, all parallel—derives from the current situation in that unhappy land. Read full book review >

WHEN THE FIVE MOONS RISE by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Dazzling inventiveness, barbed wit, the renowned prose style combining spareness of detail with extraordinary visual richness: that Vance does not top popularity polls and win critical acclaim is the most intractable and perplexing of all science-fiction mysteries."
Twelve tales, most from the early/mid 1950's, previously uncollected in hardback, though all but two have appeared in paperback collections. Read full book review >
LADY OF THE FOREST by Jennifer Roberson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The minstrels were right—Robin's altruistic thievery remains the real story here."
Roberson, author of 15 previous novels, re-creates the first flush of romance between young Maid Marian and the man who will be Robin Hood in this prequel to the more familiar ``merry men'' legends—an often tiresome mixture of political chicanery and courtly passion that pales in comparison to those rollicking legends to come. Read full book review >
THE CUTTING EDGE by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Grab this one in the fervent hope that Duncan will maintain the same high standard throughout."
Book one of a projected four-part series, A Handful of Men, which itself follows Duncan's previous paperback series, A Man of His Word: lively, ingenious, disarming fantasy set in a well- realized land of sorcerers, gods, and numerous contending human varieties (``imps,'' ``fauns,'' ``elves,'' etc.). Read full book review >

LEVIATHAN by Paul Auster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"In a world thrown off-balance by uncertainty and chance, he pursues facts with the determination of a hard-nosed detective."
With each new work, Auster (Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, etc.) is quickly becoming our preeminent novelist of ideas—a postmodern fabulator who grounds his odd and challenging fictions in conventional and accessible narrative structures. Read full book review >
BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Prolific YA and children's writer Yolen (White Jenna, 1989, etc.) had a good idea here, but didn't follow through."
The latest in the Fairy Tales series begins with a provocative premise: retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty as a Holocaust memoir. Read full book review >
THE TURING OPTION by Harry Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 1992

ClichÇd, melodramatic, and thuddingly plotted—but, still, this novel by a Grand Old Man of sf and the world's leading expert on artificial intelligence contains some of the best extrapolation on the nature and creation of AI ever offered in fiction. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Pity the price tag has left orbit and was last seen heading for Mars."
Another mammoth and eclectic collection of 44 tales and six poems drawn from 1991's short-format output. Read full book review >
MEETING IN INFINITY by John Kessel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 1992

"Of course the converse is true, too."
Fourteen speculative stories, 1981-92, from the author of Good News from Outer Space, (1989), with the emphasis on allegory and unlikely juxtapositions rather than ideas or invention. Read full book review >
JUMPER by Steven Gould
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An exceptionally well-organized debut, with thoughtful ideas, a controlled plot, and characters—particularly the young protagonist—portrayed with insight and compassion."
Sprightly first novel combining revenge, growing up, lonely- superman and abuse-of-power motifs centered on a classic science- fiction theme: teleportation. Read full book review >
THE TOWERS OF THE SUNSET by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A ``prequel'' to The Magic of Recluse (1991), this sometimes engaging, more often frustrating novel details the founding of the island-kingdom of Recluce. 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 >