Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 412)

THE CURSED by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"A truly ingenious scenario, with excellent characters and a reliable plot: continually surprising, charming, and engrossing despite the rather flat ending—Duncan in top form."
In Duncan's new fantasy (The Living God, 1994, etc.), few who contract ``star sickness'' survive; those who do are Cursed, afflicted with wild, uncontrollable magic talents that may be destructive or beneficial, or both. Read full book review >
THE KNIGHTS OF THE BLACK EARTH by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"Lurid comic-book twaddle—but don't underestimate Weis's formidable, if inexplicable, selling power."
Weis returns to the universe of her Star of the Guardians series with this new outing for cyborg Xris and his crack team of mercenaries, Mag Force 7: flamboyant Raoul, the chemicals expert, and his sidekick, the Little One, an alien empath and telepath; pilot Harry Luck; weapons expert Jamil Khizr; Tycho, an alien with chameleon powers; and medic Bill Quong. Read full book review >

THE FIRE DUKE by Joel Rosenberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"95), combining a firm, practical grip on reality with an effective blend of Irish and Norse mythologies in a taut, gripping narrative."
In this first of a new fantasy series, three fencing-team college friends—Torrie Thorsen, his girlfriend Maggie Christensen, and Ian Silverstein—will spend spring break at Torrie's home in Hardwood, North Dakota. Read full book review >
EARTHBORN by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"More than parable, not quite allegory, Card's far-future religious saga manages, brilliantly, to be at once entertaining, unobjectionable, and edifying."
The fifth and last volume in Card's sprawling Homecoming saga (Earthfall, reviewed in our Nov. 15, 1994, issue). Read full book review >
FORTRESS IN THE EYE OF TIME by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"A verbose and pedestrian exploration of histories, intrigues, and politics that's neither intense nor absorbing enough to sustain a narrative of this absurdly inflated length: self-indulgent bloat from a talented author (Tripont, 1994, etc.)."
In the ancient tumbledown stronghold of Ynefel, the last of the Sihhe wizards, Mauryl, contends with his age-old enemy and former apprentice, the shadow-being Hasufin. Read full book review >

INVADER by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"What's missing is a spark of innovation to help distinguish it from its impressive predecessor."
A sequel to the alien-contact yarn Foreigner (1994). Read full book review >
THE STEAMPUNK TRILOGY by Paul Di Filippo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 11, 1995

"While a certain frivolity is evident, readers pleased by historical-literary games should find much to entertain them; others will find Di Filippo's debut clever and impressive, but ultimately without consequence."
Three long tales, one previously unpublished, set in the same alternate, tongue-in-cheek Victorian era and featuring mingled historical and imaginary characters, as well as a rather heavy- handed emphasis on sex. Read full book review >
ANCESTRAL HUNGERS by Scott Baker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

Baker's hardcover debut, a formidable variant on the vampire theme, is an expansion and rewrite of a 1982 paperback Dhampire. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >