Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

THE GATE OF FIRE by Thomas Harlan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"No synopsis, alas, but different and worth investigating."
Second installment of Harlan's fantasy (The Shadow of Ararat, 1999) set in an alternate world where magic works and the Roman Empire never fell. Read full book review >
FORTRESS OF DRAGONS by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"Cherryh does provide a synopsis, again so dense as to be all but unintelligible—and if nothing else the whole ponderous enterprise demonstrates that even the most talented of writers can churn out pedestrian fantasy along with the best of them."
Fourth, and possibly last, of Cherryh's lumbering fantasy series (Fortress of Owls, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

KIRITH KIRIN by Jim Grimsley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"Grimsley's backdrop's and quantum-magic ideas are deeply considered and impressively detailed, but the rest is obvious, overly familiar, and weighs a ton."
Fantasy from the southern playwright and author of Comfort and Joy (1999), etc. Blue Queen Athryn Ardfalla, refusing to yield her throne to the Red King, Kirith Kirin, as tradition and law demand, has allied herself with an evil wizard, Drudaen Keerfax, and has grievously oppressed the people. Read full book review >
THE ESSENTIAL HAL CLEMENT by Hal Clement
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"At opening up new perspectives, Clement is masterful."
Follow-up to the first installment (1999), this one consisting of 17 stories, 1942-87, though on what basis they were selected isn't clear. Read full book review >
THE FURTHEST HORIZON by Gardner Dozois
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"Diverse and remarkable speculations on futures so remote as to be all but beyond conjecture."
Seventeen stories, 1950-98, arranged chronologically. Read full book review >

EMPIRE OF UNREASON by J. Gregory Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"A series that's wandered a long, long way from reality: Startling ideas, but a tough narrative slog."
Third installment of what's settling in to become yet another interminable series (A Calculus of Angels, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
DARKNESS DESCENDING by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2000

Second installment of Turtledove's alternate-world fantasy (Into the Darkness,1999). Read full book review >
RAY IN REVERSE by Daniel Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2000

"A deft and economical writer with a fine ear for dialogue, Wallace has produced a finely wrought novel that often reads like a series of short stories building in power as this life unfurls from front to back. (Author tour)"
Instead of following his protagonist from cradle to grave, Wallace, in this clever follow-up to his well-received first novel, Big Fish (1998), replays the life of an ordinary man who pretty much sleepwalked through his time on earth. Read full book review >
EAGLE-SAGE by David B. Coe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"A saga whose excellent ideas have run ahead of the author's ability to articulate or dramatize them, though the fans will want to know how it all comes out."
Third and final part of Coe's fantasy LonTobyn Chronicle (The Outlanders, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
PRETERNATURAL TOO: GYRE by Margaret Wander Bonanno
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

"Impressively wrought and wonderfully entertaining, yet not as fraught with significance as some commentators seem to think."
Sequel to Preternatural (1996), Bonanno's playful alien-contact saga wherein midlist science fiction writer Karen Guerrerri imagines she's being contacted by telepathic group-minded jellyfish called the S.oteri—only to find that it's all true . . . maybe. Read full book review >
THE SFWA GRAND MASTERS by Frederik Pohl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

A second shipment of stories showcasing another batch of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award recipients. Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS: SHOWCASE 2000 by Gregory Benford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Invaluable, not just for the splendid fiction and lively nonfiction, but as another annual snapshot, complete with grins and scowls."
The 1998 Nebula Award winners faithfully appear here—Bruce Holland Rogers's Best Short Story, "Thirteen Ways to Water"; Jane Yolen's Best Novelette, "Lost Girls"; Sheila Finch's Best Novella, "Reading the Bones"; and an excerpt from Joe Haldeman's Best Novel, Forever Peace—together with Rhysling Award (poetry) winners John Grey and Laurel Winter, and runner-up yarns from Geoffrey A. Landis, Walter Jon Williams, and Mark J. McGarry. 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 >