Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 411)

CHUNG KUO by David Wingrove
Released: Sept. 2, 1993

"More of the same: those already hooked on Chung Kuo will want to continue their acquaintance; the merely curious would do better to start with volume one—this is a heavy, tortuous series with a cast of thousands, and isolated installments are not readily intelligible."
Fourth of Wingrove's Chung Kuo series of yarns (The White Mountain, 1992, etc.)—a vast epic of revolution and war in a relatively low-tech, overpopulated medium-future ruled by seven Chinese overlords, or T'angs. Read full book review >
7 STEPS TO MIDNIGHT by Richard Matheson
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A legend of horror returns to the field after 15 years—and stumbles. Read full book review >

VIRAVAX by Bill Ransom
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, fans of the Herbert-Ransom books will certainly want to investigate."
Near-future thriller about genetic engineering, from an author best known for his science-fiction collaborations with the late Frank Herbert (The Ascension Factor, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Sequel to Privateers (1985), Bova's near-future saga of swashbuckling capitalist Dan Randolph's efforts to save the world from communism. Read full book review >
THE SHINING ONES by David Eddings
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"At least those who enjoyed volume one should be happy; non-fans need not bother."
Book Two of Eddings's latest trilogy (Domes of Fire, 1992): a second set of yarns about the Pandion Knight, Sparhawk, his wife, Queen Ehlana, and a supporting cast of thousands. Read full book review >

VIRTUAL LIGHT by William Gibson
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Dazzling snapshots, then—but, like cyberspace, everything disappears when you switch off."
Near-future good little-guys vs. bad redevelopers tussle—set in a California split into two states: from the cyberspace and virtual reality guru (Mona Lisa Overdrive, 1988; The Difference Engine, 1991, with Bruce Sterling, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 1993

"Add on the various summations (Fantasy, Horror, TV and movies, obituaries, Honorable Mentions) and the result is another generous, appealing anthology, with much fine work and something to please all tastes."
Another colossal compendium, comprising 48 stories (although the late Angela Carter's ``Alice in Prague, or the Curious Room'' is included but not listed) and five poems (though two poems by Margaret Atwood are listed but not included). Read full book review >
CORE by Paul Preuss
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"Notwithstanding the inherent improbability of any such material as hudderite: a fascinating scientific-technical spectacle, and never mind the tepid romancing, humdrum father-son clashes, and generally creaky plot."
Maybe-here-and-now yarn about a project to drill a hole down to the Earth's core in order to study the source of the planet's magnetic field, which is breaking down and wobbling about and threatening to cause all sorts of disasters. Read full book review >
OTHERWISE by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Released: Aug. 18, 1993

"Fans of Bonanno's Star Trek novels are likely to be bored by this unhurried, nonlinear narrative, but more adventurous readers may find the warmth and occasional flashes of wit here much to their taste."
The third in Bonanno's Others series (The Others, 1990; OtherWhere, 1991) continues the story of the conflict between a belligerent race calling itself the People and the pacifistic, scientifically advanced Others, with whom they share their planet. Read full book review >
DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE by Katharine Kerr
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"For series fans only."
Kerr's latest fantasy novel of the Westlands continues the story begun in A Time of Omens (1992). Read full book review >
HARVEST OF STARS by Poul Anderson
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Why he persists in grinding out ponderous, somnolent, bloated offerings like this is one of science fiction's enduring mysteries."
Medium-future power struggle between a North America gripped by a techno-religious dictatorship, and an interplanetary corporation representing the last bastion of free enterprise: from the author of The Boat of a Million Years, Orion Shall Rise, etc. The doctrine of Avantism predicts a transcendent future for humanity; but, meanwhile, the real ruler of North America is secret police chief Enrique Sayre, whose best weapon is a computer-copied personality (``download'') of Avantism's main opponent—the late Fireball head honcho Anson Guthrie—that's been reprogrammed to accept Avantism. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF ELYSIUM by Joan Slonczewski
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A marvelous array of cultures presented in astonishing depth: an enormously impressive achievement, despite Slonczewski's inability to dramatize events rather than simply report them."
A fistful of cultural conflicts centered on the ocean-covered planet Shora, where a thousand years have passed since the actions described in Slonczewski's hardcover debut novel, A Door Into Ocean (1986). 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 >