Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

OUTLAW SCHOOL by Rebecca Ore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Read it anyway."
In Ore's (Gaia's Toys, 1995, etc.) grim, chilling, brilliantly extrapolated, all-too-probable near-future, society is rigidly stratified by class; in state schools, middle-class children, especially girls, may not be as clever, articulate, or assertive as their social superiors. Read full book review >
SELECTED STORIES by Theodore Sturgeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"No longer controversial, perhaps, but richly crafted and timelessly affecting."
A dozen stories from Sturgeon (1918-85; Godbody, 1986, etc), who published nearly all of his famous stories in a 20-year period from the mid-1940s—and who thereafter was silent. Read full book review >

THE GRAND ELLIPSE by Paula Volsky
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Brimming with action, repartee, intrigue, comedy, magic, and irony, with impressively well-rounded characters and a dash of feminism: a spine-tingling, heartwarming delight."
Volsky's new Victorian fantasy takes place in the same world as The White Tribunal (1997) but otherwise is unconnected. Read full book review >
DUNE by Brian Herbert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Still, the scenario's extraordinarily well developed and continually fascinating, and most fans will conclude that ersatz Dune is better than no Dune."
Second installment of the authors' prequel (Dune: House Atreides, 1999) to Frank Herbert's mighty Dune series. Read full book review >
A DANCE FOR EMILIA by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Okay, perhaps, as one story in a collection, but a dreadfully thin stretch as a stand-alone book—Beagle's mighty reputation notwithstanding."
Brief cat-and-ghost yarn from the author of Tamsin (1999), etc. When wannabe dancer and successful writer Sam Kagan dies suddenly of a heart attack, his lifelong friend, small-time actor Jake Holtz, is devastated. Read full book review >

POBBY AND DINGAN by Ben Rice
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 5, 2000

"Some will grumble, feeling manipulated, while many, many more will shed a quiet tear or two."
Out of Australia's rough-and-tumble opal country, London-dwelling Rice's debut extracts a sweet little nougat—or, it might be said, a chunk of shameless melodrama. Read full book review >
A KISS OF SHADOWS by Laurell K. Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"Remnants of ritual flicker all over. Call it the glamour, precious. Spells! There's a lot of crazy stuff lurking under the L.A. smog, and this Hamilton lady has seen all the brownies and goblins."
The stylish creator of nine Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels (Obsidian Butterfly, 1999, etc.) launches a charm-bearing new series in erotic dark fantasy. Read full book review >
COURAGE OF FALCONS by Holly Lisle
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A solidly engaging conclusion to this overcomplicated but promisingly imaginative yarn."
Final installment in Lisle's trilogy (Vengeance of Dragons, 1999, etc.) about the power struggle between the Sabirs and the Galweighs, and the evil-sorcerer Dragons who intend to enslave them all. Read full book review >
SKY OF SWORDS by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An enormously clever and impressive reshuffle, whether you regard the final twist as a brilliantly contrived sleight or an outrageous swindle: for panache, style, and sheer storytelling audacity, Duncan has few peers."
Third of Duncan's tales—or, rather, the third variation on the same theme—of the King's Blades (Lord of the Fire Lands, 1999, etc). Read full book review >
THE LEGEND THAT WAS EARTH by James P. Hogan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Intriguing and thoughtful, with an agreeably ironic edge."
Alien-visitation yarn from the author of Cradle of Saturn (1999), etc. When the staid, regimented humanoid Hyadeans arrive on Earth with their advanced science—based on dull practicality, not theory—many Western governments and their rich, powerful backers jump to form alliances with them. Read full book review >
A HYMN BEFORE BATTLE by John Ringo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A spirited, gripping debut: stay tuned for sequels."
The centaur-like, predatory Posleen threaten a peaceful galactic confederation, to whose member races violence is nigh unthinkable. Read full book review >
COME TWILIGHT by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Yarbro makes good use of historical detail, even though few readers will spare much sympathy for the willful, vengeful heroine."
Another episode in the career of Yarbro's saintly vampire, the Count Saint-Germain (Communion Blood, 1999, 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 >