Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

STORMRIDER by David Gemmell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Tune in tomorrow."
A first US publication for British fantasy author Gemmell continues the story begun in The Sword in the Stone, the initial installment in his Rigante saga. Read full book review >
FORWARD THE MAGE by Eric Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Really."
Fantasy sequel to Flint's episodic and tongue-in-cheek solo novel The Philosophical Strangler (2001), which featured the giant professional strangler (and quandary-crazed amateur philosopher) Greyboar, his disgruntled sidekick agent/manager Ignace, the cult of Joe (the caveman who invented Old Geister—or God—and so had Joe's Big Mountains, Joe's Mountains, Joe's Hills, Joe's Favorite Woods, and Joe's Sea named after him), and Greyboar's Kantian qualms about the meaning of it all as a strangler and his moral aversion to strangling a girl (he doesn't do women). Read full book review >

THE SHADOW OF THE LION by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Tor should get fantasists who write with this straightforward strength and avoid broadstrokes through heavy cream."
Supercolossal New Age fantasy set in 1537 Venice. Read full book review >
THE CONSCIOUSNESS PLAGUE by Paul Levinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Some of the angles don't add up, but, still, this is a much-improved outing, with intriguing if far-fetched speculation, solid sleuthing, and agreeably baffling suspects."
More science fiction-ish sleuthing for New York City forensic detective Phil D'Amato (The Silk Code, 1999). Read full book review >
RULES OF ASCENSION by David B. Coe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Coming up: Seeds of Betrayal."
The award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicles (Eagle-Sage, 2000, etc.) kicks off a fresh four-part fantasy series. Read full book review >

PERDIDO STREET STATION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 27, 2001

"Earthy, sometimes outright disgusting—imagine finding your toilet blocked up by diamonds—but, amazingly in a book of this length, flawlessly plotted and relentlessly, stunningly inventive: a conceptual breakthrough of the highest order."
Doorstopper steampunk fantasy from the author of King Rat (1999). Read full book review >
KINGDOMS OF LIGHT by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2001

"A pleasant, undemanding potboiler that should amuse Foster's fans."
New fantasy from the author of the Journeys of the Catechist trilogy (A Triumph of Souls, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
COLONIZATION: AFTERSHOCKS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 12, 2001

"Don't take bets."
Billed as the conclusion to the present trilogy (following Colonization: Down to Earth, 2000, etc.), which itself is a direct sequel to a tetralogy (the Worldwar yarns) about the invasion of Earth in the middle of WWII by the dimwitted, lizard-like Race: from an author who's built several other skyscrapers out of alternate history (the Great War series, etc.). Read full book review >
OUTER PERIMETER by Ken Goddard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"And as with The X-Files, many readers won't."
Goddard's standby hero, roving Oregon State Police Crime Scene Investigator Colin Cellars, returns from his dip into the paranormal in First Evidence (1999), which put him in contact with flying-saucer freaks and shape-shifting silicon-based life forms, to find himself embroiled in what is now "second contact" with extraterrestrials. Read full book review >
THE SAINTS OF THE SWORD by John Marco
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"Over to you."
Third installment of Marco's sword-and-sorcery series, Tyrants and Kings (The Grand Design, 2000, etc.), wherein the former spymaster, now emperor, Renato Biagio struggles to preserve his crumbling empire against an alliance of power-grabbers and evildoers. Read full book review >
ST. PATRICK’S GARGOYLE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"Slow and mostly vaporous, despite some well-meaning religious discussions: even staunch Kurtz fans will find little satisfaction here."
Contemporary fantasy from the Ireland-resident author of the Deryni series and, more recently, various yarns centered on the Knights Templar. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD GAME by Kage Baker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"If there's a better time-travel series out there, go find it."
Fourth entry in Baker's wonderful series about the ubiquitous Company. 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 >