Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 411)

TRANSCENDENCE by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Sheffield ought to have wound up this fading series with this book."
The latest (and certainly not the last) in Sheffield's far- future space-adventure series (Summertide, Divergence). Read full book review >
COLD AS ICE by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Watch for sequels."
Buzzing, expansive medium-future space drama from the physicist-author (see below). Read full book review >

THE GYPSY by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Often absorbing and impressive, then, with outstanding characters; would that the authors had restrained their impulses toward self-indulgent ethnic embroidery."
Odd, flavorsome, sometimes irksomely nebulous hybrid of mystical fantasy and urban police thriller, from Brust (The Phoenix Guards (Brust) and Lindholm (Cloven Hooves). Read full book review >
UNQUENCHABLE FIRE by Rachel Pollack
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 29, 1992

"Despite the beguiling, often witty details, Pollack (The New Tarot—not reviewed) overloads the book."
An intricate feminist/New Age fantasy, set in the near future, throws an ordinary young woman into the center of a mythic drama: she is to be a postmodern Mary, immaculately conceiving a feminine savior who'll restore the spirit of a revolution gone sour. Read full book review >
SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 15, 1992

"The flashy, snappy delivery fails to compensate for the uninhabited blandness of the characters. And despite the many clever embellishments, none of the above is as original as Stephenson seems to think. An entertaining entry that would have benefitted from a more rigorous attention to the basics."
After terminally cute campus high-jinks (The Big U) and a smug but attention-grabbing eco-thriller (Zodiac), Stephenson leaps into near-future Gibsonian cyberpunk—with predictably mixed results. Read full book review >

ANVIL OF STARS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 1992

"Despite some interesting ideas, then: slow and unrewarding."
A book-length amplification of the last pages of The Forge of God (1987). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Previous high standards maintained, with Warren as the nonfictional benchmark and plenty of varied, absorbing fiction."
The Science Fiction Writers of America's choices for the best science fiction and fantasy stories of 1992: three stories, five novelettes, a novella, two poems, two tributes (the late Donald A. Wolheim, of DAW books; a Grand Master award for Lester del Rey) and two overviews. Read full book review >
MISTRESS OF THE EMPIRE by Raymond E. Feist
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Addicts only."
``The morning sun shone.'' So begins this concluding volume of the trilogy (Daughter of the Empire, 1987; Servant of the Empire, 1990), in a style more evocative of The Hungry Caterpillar than its obvious paradigm, Shogun. Read full book review >
LAST CALL by Tim Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 1992

"Knockout poker sequences give the symbolism real sizzle, while the genre is enlivened throughout with great lines from Eliot."
Rich, top-flight mythic fantasy based on Jungian archetypes, Tarot symbolism, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, and the Parsifal legend; by the smartly acclaimed author of On Stranger Tides, 1987, etc. Luck could not flow with more Jungian synchronicity for Powers than his having cast Bugsy Siegel as The Fisher King in this long novel just as Warren Beatty's Bugsy has fixed the nation's eye on the Oscar race, along with Robin Williams's turn as The Fisher King. Read full book review >
MURASAKI by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1992

"Still, if you liked Medea, you'll certainly like this."
Shared-world anthology (of Harlan Ellison's 1985 Medea), using a scenario created by two veteran writers, Poul Anderson and Frederik Pohl (the inspiration here is, of course, the poet Lady Murasaki's famous 11th-century Tale of Genji), and featuring stories by them and the stellar lineup of David Brin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, and Nancy Kress. Read full book review >
SIDESHOW by Sheri S. Tepper
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 1992

"The workaday prose and dialogue don't help."
Bulging, indistinct sociological fantasy, the third part of a cycle that includes Grass (1989) and Raising the Stones (1990). Read full book review >
MOVING TARGETS by Sean Flannery
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Quite good."
Flannery (The Kremlin Conspiracy, Eagles Fly), who also writes as David Hagberg (Twister, The Capsule), bravely essays an elaborately complicated spy story in the disarray of the former Soviet states in the near, terribly confused future. 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 >