Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 423)

CRYSTAL LINE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Pure soap-opera, offering just enough ideas, plot, and involvement to keep the fans happy and maybe tempt one or two new ones."
Third in McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series (Killashandra, 1985, etc.)—the life and times of a group of humans infected with the symbiotic longevity crystal of planet Ballybran, and upon whose abilities to locate, mine, cut, and tune crystal the galactic economy depends. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW RISING by Robert Jordan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Huge, then, and not entirely unrewarding."
Fourth in Jordan's colossal Wheel of Time series (The Dragon Reborn, 1991, etc.) and, again, all but unintelligible if you haven't read the preceding volumes. Read full book review >

MOSTLY HARMLESS by Douglas Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Might raise the odd grin among the terminally amused."
Mostly limp and inane: That's the sad reality of this, the fifth in Adams's once respectably droll Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

Inaugural volume of a major Silverberg retrospective, featuring 24 substantial stories, 1981-88, with autobiographical introductions. Read full book review >
A DARK AND HUNGRY GOD ARISES by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Still: persecution and torment piled upon woe is precisely what Donaldson fans keep coming back for."
Third (The Real Story, 1990, Forbidden Knowledge, 1991) of the far-future series involving vicious corporations, aliens, pirates, power politics, police, and a wealth of characters you wouldn't want your children to bring home to dinner, from an author whose motto might well be "Life's a bitch, and then you die." Read full book review >

THE EYE OF THE HUNTER by Dennis L. McKiernan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"Given these ingredients, bestsellerdom is in the cards."
McKiernan's latest is set in the same fantasy-world as his previous Iron Tower and Silver Call series, with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Undeniably same-ish, then, but beautifully wrought and often effective."
A rare collection of anguished, apocalyptic tales from the famous editor (The Visible Man, 1977, etc.) comprising 11 solo stories and three collaborations, two with Jack Dann, one with Jack C. Halderman II. Read full book review >
A MILLION OPEN DOORS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"All in all, another impressive performance."
Another thoughtful, well-handled, polished coming-of-age yarn from the author of the splendid Orbital Resonance (1991), etc. The far future, with thousands of human colonies isolated from one another by vast stellar distances, offered enormous scope for social engineering according to exotic parameters. Read full book review >
THE UGLY LITTLE BOY by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Skeptics and cynics, however, will again simply wonder why they bothered."
Asimov's famous long story "The Ugly Little Boy" (cf. the equally renowned "Nightfall," novelized by the authors in 1990) first appeared in 1958 in Galaxy magazine and described the emotional repercussions resulting from a 21st-century time-travel experiment in which a Neanderthal child is brought into the present. Read full book review >
ALIEN PLOT by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"And most annoying of all is Anthony's blithe assumption that everything he writes is both essential and salable; he's wrong on both counts."
Only the second story collection (Anthonology, 1986) from prolific novelist Anthony: a mixed bag of 18 pieces, 1970-91, ranging from vignettes and quasi-essays to fiction novellas, and including seven works previously unpublished for one reason or another. Read full book review >
A SUDDEN WILD MAGIC by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Refreshingly inventive, full of wonderful characters and incidents—and a chuckle on almost every page."
Readers who've looked into Jones's YA fiction (Castle in the Air, etc.) know her easy way of moving between the fantastic and the everyday, her dry sense of humor, and her refusal to be straitjacketed by formula. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >