Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

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 >

KNIGHT OR KNAVE by Andre Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A solid, if unexciting, independently intelligible addition to the series: should please fans and newcomers alike."
Second in the series begun with To the King a Daughter (2000). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A self-serving but admirable assortment of pieces written for money but with no small amount of love."
Science-fiction grandmaster Harrison collects and recollects from a 50-year writing career. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Superior blend of gutsy action and dreamy magic in a well-wrought, darkly sinister medieval setting."
Chamberlin's provocative, 15th-century fantasy series continues, with just enough sex, sorcery, and brutally realistic swordplay for the young Jehannette d' Arc to emerge as the powerful culmination of all three. Read full book review >

THE SFWA GRAND MASTERS by Frederik Pohl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Creaky and squeaky though they may be, these tales, considered the crème de la crème in their day, retain their value as memorials to an earlier generation's fears, hopes, and joys."
The third volume of stories by writers—according to editor Pohl's introduction—officially designated grandmasters of SFWA. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF LIR by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"High adventure in low prose, in which the wind chortles and anger is an aching knot in the belly."
Sequel to White Mare's Daughter (1998) by ultraprolific romancer Tarr, a Yale-Cambridge graduate in history and now a breeder of Lipizzan horses on her ranch in Vail, Arizona. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Harlan's thwarted, intelligent, and rather clever main characters, say, the first dozen or so, remain compelling."
Another doorstopper-size continuation of Harlan's overheated, overplotted, overpopulated but unusually fascinating epic about power and magic in the seventh century, that, with another volume in the works, is not over yet. Read full book review >
MELCHIOR’S FIRE by Jack L. Chalker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Colorful twiddling: Chalker fans might while away an hour or two in anticipation of a payoff at some future point."
Another tale of the Three Kings (Balshazzar's Serpent, 2000), habitable moons of a giant planet far off in space in a location known to few and, apparently, inhabited by several alien species. Read full book review >
VACATION STORIES by Santiago Ramón y Cajal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A time capsule for those interested in Victorian intellectual life, but a collection that will seem oppressively pedantic to most contemporary readers."
Ramón y Cajal was one of those bright-eyed rationalists who ran hither and yon through the 19th century as if they were children in a toy shop. Read full book review >
DOGGED PERSISTENCE by Kevin J. Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Shining invention and talent and style."
Eighteen fantasy and SF stories by Anderson, a veteran novelizer and author with Doug Beason of several thrillers (Ignition, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Mammoth Book of Somewhat Obscure Stories by Writers Who Are Famous for Other Works, or Who Are Not as Celebrated As The Editor Thinks They Should Be."
Let other anthologists package the award-winners, the classics or stories clinging to a critical theme. 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 >