Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 420)

THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 1992

"Well up to par in terms of quality, quantity, and scope: the essential guide to science fiction's shorter-format activities."
Another bumper crop of 28 new tales, varying in length from novella down to a handful of pages, drawn from sf's 1991 magazines and anthologies. Read full book review >
BLOOD TRILLIUM by Julian May
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 15, 1992

"Something for May fans to munch on while awaiting further installments of her Galactic Milieu series."
Sequel to Black Trillium (authored with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton), a fantasy about the efforts of Orogastus, evil sorcerer and heir to the Star Man, to conquer the World of the Three Moons with magic and remnants of ancient technology. Read full book review >

A TIME OF OMENS by Katherine Kerr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 15, 1992

"A slender plot padded out with the usual reincarnational forays into the past: adequate for undemanding series fans, tediously self-referential for everyone else, and not nearly distinctive enough to break out of the mold."
Sixth of Kerr's Celtic/elf/reincarnation/magic novels of the Westlands (A Time of Exile, 1991, etc.), in which the author weaves numerous past and present narrative threads primarily, one is obliged to conclude, to disguise the inadequacy of the plot. Read full book review >
BELLADONNA by Michael Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Stewart, a generally talented writer, just doesn't know when to quit."
From the title-pun—about a beautiful but deadly heroine—on: an intelligent, literate occult thriller that suffers from the melodramatic excess typical of Stewart's previous chillers (Grace, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
DAMIA by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Nothing but weightless balderdash, not so much for the drippy romancing as the dismally cursory aliens and McCaffrey's lackadaisical efforts to work them up into some sort—any sort—of plot."
More half-baked romance with science-fiction trappings: sequel to the flimsy The Rowan (1990), a far future where a handful of powerful psychic Talents teleport cargo and people about the galaxy while chatting telepathically among themselves. Read full book review >

BLOOD BROTHERS by Brian Lumley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Next: The Bloodwars!"
Sixth symphony in the Necroscope series, an epic vampire cycle begun in paperback (Deadspawn, 1991, etc.) and now shifting to hardcover, with 480 pages of dense lyricism and small print in need of a guide like Frank Herbert's Dune Encyclopedia. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER KING by Molly Cochran
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"In sum: unmitigated drivel—but it will probably find an audience."
Arthurian-revival yarn from the authors of High Priest (1989), with dismally unpromising ingredients. Read full book review >
DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Splendid work—brutal, gripping, and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency."
Second solo novel (following Lincoln's Dreams, 1987) from an author best known for her strong stories (the collection Fire Watch, etc.). Read full book review >
MARS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Technically accurate and absorbing if somewhat ponderous at times, with questions and answers reliably in balance: a dependable, satisfying foray into science realism."
A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey, from the veteran writer-editor (Cyberbooks, Voyagers, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WAR OF THE SKY LORDS by John Brosnan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 11, 1992

"Depravities, however, are no substitute for orthodox storytelling virtues, which are in rather short supply here."
Sequel to the so-so The Sky Lords, a medium-future post- holocaust saga of duelling airship warlords that have enslaved the disease-ravaged, starving survivors on the ground; second part of the Sky Lords trilogy. Read full book review >
FATHERLAND by Robert Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"But only a Schweinehund wouldn't like this springtime for Hitler, with its waltzes through the Holocaust to the tunes of Leh†r's The Merry Widow."
There are no happy novels set in Berlin, but Harris (Selling Hitler, 1986, on the diaries forgery) has managed a novel that dances on Hitler's grave with amusing success. Read full book review >
THE SILVER HAND by Stephen Lawhead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"A slack and uneven installment."
Book two of Lawhead's Song of Albion trilogy (following The Paradise War). 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 >