Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

DARK PASSAGE by Junius Podrug
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Readers' heads may spin trying to follow the plots, counterplots, and back stories, but there's little chance they'll stop reading before the whole bloody mess comes to an end."
Another over-the-top but oddly effective adventure from Podrug (Presumed Guilty, 1997, etc.), this one sending a motley band back in time to stop two terrorists from killing Christ. Read full book review >
TAPPING THE DREAM TREE by Charles de Lint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Newford may be an acquired taste, but if the lack of a new novel causes any disappointment, it will surely be assuaged by the quality and variety of the material here."
More urban fantasy set in and around de Lint's all-purpose North American city, Newford (The Onion Girl, 2001, etc.), but not, as the blurb seems to promise, a novel: 17 stories, one of considerable length, drawn from anthologies, 'zines, and chapbooks, 1998-2002, plus one, "The Witching Hour," original to this collection. Read full book review >

THE OMEGA EXPEDITION by Brian Stableford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"80), but a worthwhile wrap nonetheless."
Fifth and last in the series about the quest for human immortality—or, as Stableford pedantically insists, "emortality." Read full book review >
MANTA’S GIFT by Timothy Zahn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Despite the utterly ludicrous explanation for the Qanska's difficulties, Zahn fans and other young impressionables should find this a reasonably entertaining and edifying adventure."
Alien-contact/coming-of-age yarn from the author of Angelmass (2001), various Star Wars novels, etc. A bunch of tightfisted oligarchs known as the Five Hundred run the Solar System. Read full book review >
THIEVES’ WORLD: TURNING POINTS by Lynn Abbey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Amusingly 'low' fantasy adventure, varied enough to appeal to those who have had their fill of Tolkien and want funnier, nastier stuff."
Mostly satisfying new stories billed as a revival of a 1980s "shared world" fantasy series, edited by the series' cofounder. Read full book review >

VOYAGE OF THE SHADOWMOON by Sean McMullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Exciting, suspenseful, vividly believable, and great, clever fun: a major fantasy-award contender."
From the author of the Greatwinter Trilogy (Souls in the Great Machine, 1999, etc.), a brilliantly inventive, marvelously plotted sea-faring fantasy that both mocks and surpasses genre expectations. Read full book review >
ITHANALIN’S RESTORATION by Lawrence Watt-Evans
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Strives for comedy without ever reaching it: still, good-humored fluff that should please the fans."
Another of Watt-Evans's fantasies set in the sprawling land of Ethshar (Night of Madness, 2000). Read full book review >
THE LAST MAN by Jean-Baptiste François Xavier Cousin de Grainville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Less than spectacular entertainment, but an invaluable piece of literary history well worth adding to Wesleyan's Classics of Early Science Fiction series."
Previously available only in a bowdlerized translation that muddied much of the original story, this apocalyptic 1805 French novel gets a second shot with English-speaking readers in a brisk new translation supplemented by helpful critical material. Read full book review >
THE PATHS OF THE DEAD by Steven Brust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Charmingly circumstantial or annoyingly discursive—frequently both at once—but ingenious, refreshingly unfettered by convention, and cast in an agreeably wry mode."
First of a new series set in Brust's fantasy world of the Dragaeran Empire (Issola, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
PREY by Michael Crichton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"Disappointing effort from an author who simply refuses to change an old, tired template."
Nanotechnology goes homicidal in the latest of this author's ever-more self-derivative thrillers. Read full book review >
AS HIGH AS THE SCOOTER CAN FLY by Lia Nirgad
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"A feminist tale for all good men and women who fancy they sleep well at night."
A sweet little allegory with an afterbite as a sad, lonely housewife reaches adventure and despair on her flying scooter: the first US appearance for Belgium-born writer and translator Nirgad. Read full book review >
SELECTED STORIES OF PHILIP K. DICK by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"These are not, for the most part, outstanding stories, but the worlds of this fevered imagination have become our luridly inescapable reality."
Twenty-one stories culled from Dick's (1928-82) considerable output; all have appeared in collections before, if only in the five-volume Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick (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 >