Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

A SORCERER’S TREASON by Sarah Zettel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

Densely plotted beginning of a trilogy blending romance and female empowerment in an unevenly realized world where magic is a tie that binds and reality is just about anything Zettel (Kingdom of Cages, 2001, etc.) wants it to be. Read full book review >
SCHILD’S LADDER by Greg Egan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"No writer takes ideas as far or presents them so convincingly, from a spellbinding dramatization of a physical and ethical clash in a society that knows little of either up to an utterly brain-blasting exploration-explication of physics-as-biology."
Another mind-boggling vision from the author of the demanding but immensely rewarding Diaspora (1998). Read full book review >

ONCE... by James Herbert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Leaf-clogged suspense until a slashing succubus appears to add stress to Thom's recovery."
After ringing changes on Victor Hugo in Others (1999), Herbert now takes us to a fairyland decidedly not out of James M. Barrie. Read full book review >
THE ROCK RATS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Once again, Bova in top form."
A direct sequel to The Precipice (2001) and addition to Bova's near/medium-future series about humanity's expansion through the solar system. Read full book review >
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY by Lois McMaster Bujold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Though Miles remains clever and debonair throughout, too many early series references needlessly obfuscate a breezy, conventional, albeit deep-space, whodunit."
The umpteenth volume in Bujold's far-future adventure series (A Civil Campaign, 1999, etc.) interrupts dapper, diminutive gentleman adventurer Miles Vorkosigan's honeymoon (he married the widowed Ekaterin Vorsoisson) to handle a complicated emergency at a space station inhabited by Quaddies, genetically engineered humans who thrive in zero gravity because they have another pair of arms and hands rather than legs and feet. Read full book review >

THE WARMASTERS by David Weber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

Military science fiction in three novellas from Drake, Weber, and Flint with characters or plotlines from the authors' well-known multivolume series. Read full book review >
STARMAN by Sara Douglass
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fan fodder but heartfelt."
Third entry in the Wayfarer Redemption sextet and final entry in the Axis subtrilogy that opens the sextet, pointing to a new central character for the final three volumes. Read full book review >
PERMANENCE by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Once again, the plot—of which the foregoing is barely a hint—arises organically from the backdrop and characters: thoughtful, well-informed, insightful work, with a sharp yet subtle political subcontext, catapulting Schroeder into SF's front rank."
Another blazing far-future saga from Schroeder (Ventus, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
A WORKING OF STARS by Debra Doyle
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"More, please, She Who Writes and Husband James."
The teenage paperback series Mageworlds, which mixes space opera with magic, offers its seventh flying carpet and second hardback entry, following The Stars Asunder (1999), which coalesced all the themes introduced earlier into a space-faring romance as strongly distanced from mainstream realism as Moby-Dick. Read full book review >
MINDWORLDS by Phyllis Gotlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Gotlieb succeeds, resoundingly, in showing us how not one but several vibrantly detailed alien societies, whose individuals possess personalities and motives of real depth and conviction, clash, struggle, and attempt to prosper."
Independent, fully intelligible third and, seemingly—regrettably—last entry in Canadian Gotlieb's churning, splendid far-future, multispecies saga (Flesh and Gold, 1998; Violent Stars, 1999). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A beautiful sendoff, Douglas, wherever you are."
Posthumous trunkful of items found on four beloved Mac computers belonging to the late high-techie best known for his first novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979). Read full book review >
THE LETO BUNDLE by Marina Warner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pynchon), but her Bundle is alive with quirky inventions, and it's great fun watching her try and fail to pull it all together."
Myths and fairy tales are crucial presences in Warner's cultural histories (No Go the Bogeyman, 1999, etc.) and novels like Indigo (1992), The Lost Father (1989), and her newest: an ambitious, intermittently chaotic reshaping of the classical tale of Leto. 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 >