Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

LONGTUSK by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2001

"Sometimes affecting if often uncomfortably similar to the first installment, especially in the enslavement scenes; mammoth fans, though, will certainly want to continue their acquaintanceship."
Second volume (following Silverhair, 1999) of Baxter's trilogy, previously published in Britain. Read full book review >
THE KING OF DREAMS by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2001

"Turgid—sentences swell into paragraphs, paragraphs bloat into pages, pages expand to fill entire chapters—though empty of wit, zest, or creativity: the terminal episode in a hitherto interminable series subsides with no more than a tiny gasp."
Completing the Prestimion trilogy and, we're told, bringing the entire fantasy/SF Majipoor Cycle (Lord Prestimion, 2000, etc.) to a conclusion. Read full book review >

RITUAL OF PROOF by Dara Joy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2001

"Lots of steamy sex enlivens a plodding storyline."
Joy debuts in hardcover with this semifuturistic fantasy romance set in a society ruled by women. Read full book review >
REUNION by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Conclusion: the author's aiming to spin things out indefinitely."
After five years, the Flinx and Pip far-future series reappears (Mid-Flinx, 1995). Read full book review >
THE RING OF FIVE DRAGONS by Eric Van Lustbader
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"As they beg our sympathy for their white-knuckled grief, these heroines speak a rhetoric that itself must have been bounced off the five moons. Still, this midnight dish will leave many disembodied with rapture."
As with the bloody Black Blade (1999), Lustbader again abandons his Ninja action tales to return to the fantasy and foam of his earlier Sunset Warrior cycles. Will loyal fans find this moonglow too greatly at odds with his somersaulting thrillers and perhaps not cross over? Read full book review >

DEAD HAND by Harold W. Coyle
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"All-male armament and action, and one deadly female Russian. And, by heaven, with writers like Coyle standing watch over us, who needs Bruce Willis?"
Remember the Russian Doomsday Machine in Dr. Strangelove? The one meant to go off should all other retaliatory systems fail during a first strike against the USSR? Well, Coyle (God's Children, 2000) remembers it. Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF AWESOME COMIC FANTASY by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"EWSLUGJK Rowling is far from alone in the making of merry magic."
The Mammoth master's third collection of silly, satiric, ridiculous, cute, pun-packed, cornball fantasy is often fun, but, well, not exactly awesome. Read full book review >
QUARTET by George R.R. Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"For fans only."
Television fantasy-writer and SF novelist Martin (A Clash of Kings, 1999, etc.) empties his trunk of four longer works, two of which should have remained there. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Gimmicky, sardonic, and sharply twisted: short, snappy gifts to contemporary fantasy that are still worth reading, if only to know how well, if not how often, Brown caught the brass ring."
A career retrospective of SF's master of the vignette. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"The definitive collection of science fiction's greatest humorist—and this is only the first volume."
Thirty-three gems, most of which still shine brightly, written between 1946-94, by the frequently anthologized, and highly original, science fiction master. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF LIFE by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Spectacular ideas, life-sized characters, credible and provocative politicking and maneuvering: a pity, then, about the present-tense narrative, which intrusively smothers any developing sense of drama."
Near-future biological thriller from the author of the dazzling far-future Confluence trilogy (completed with Shrine of Stars, 2000), etc. In 2026, a huge invasive biological growth, the Slick, floats in the Pacific Ocean. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW SORCERESS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Soggy dialogue and paper-thin descriptive passages, hobbled further by Modesitt's annoying habit of noting little more about his characters than their all-too-numerous smiles, frowns, and facial grimaces."
A new triology extending, but not improving, Modesitt's well-regarded Spellsong Cycle (Darksong Rising, 2000, 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 >