PositiveBooklistSpiner blends behind-the-scenes details of working in television and charming observations about his castmates like Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and LeVar Burton ... His self-deprecating humor about his place in the Hollywood hierarchy and the line between the character and the qualities the actor brings to the characters they portray are amusing and informative. Part of the fun is that it is left up to the reader to wonder where the memoir leaves off and the noir picks up. Spiner also captures a vivid snapshot of Hollywood in the ’90s, with the parties, the characters who work on the periphery of the television industry, recreational drug use, and even trips to the video store. A fun ride for superfans.
J. S. Barnes
PositiveBooklistThis epic tale of madness, temptation, and political scandal set in early-twentieth-century England strikes a resonant chord with today’s political climate.
RaveBooklistGerrold has created a vibrant world with a creative exploration of colonization and alien ecology that also smoothly touches on polyamory, gender confirmation, and queer relationships. Hella does what science fiction does best: it uses classic sf tropes to ask important questions about contemporary society. It is also an entertaining tale of adolescence, exploration, colonization, and choosing personal desires over the collective good.
PositiveBooklistFolds is introspective as he talks about forming Ben Folds Five in the mid ‘90s, then about the band’s abrupt breakup and his solo career. In keeping with the vulnerability he values in his songwriting, he includes brief reflections on family and four marriages that ended in divorce. The book shines when Folds examines his creative process, reflects on pop music, and talks about the power of creative visualization. A Dream about Lightning Bugs is written with an honesty, humor, and a profanity that fans of his music will recognize and appreciate.
Bennett R. Coles
PositiveBooklist...entertaining ... [Coles] demonstrates a talent for refreshing the familiar tale of a navy ship in search of a pirate base ... Fans of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series, military sf, or swashbuckling tales will find something to enjoy amid the interplanetary travel, black powder cannons, and close quarter cutlass duels with members of the brutish Theropods and their mighty tail swords.