Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

GRAVITY by Tess Gerritsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 1999

"Doc Gerritsen (Bloodstream, 1998, etc.), a former internist who creates chilling viral disasters, knows all the natural gates and alleys of the human bio-novel as well as she does the musculature of suspense."
A strongly plotted thriller about a plague-like epidemic on a space station. Read full book review >
BODY POLITIC by Paul Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 2, 1999

"Forget the rickety, overstuffed plot and you'll see why Johnston's bone-chilling dystopia took Britain's John Creasey Award for the year's best crime debut."
Edinburgh, 2020. Read full book review >

NIGHT OF THE WOLF by Alice Borchardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Even stronger and deeper than The Silver Wolf."
For her fourth outing, a sequel to the well-received The Silver Wolf (1998), Anne Rice's older sister once again plays to her strengths by drawing readers into the sensibilities of her werewolf protagonists. Read full book review >
GRAVITY DREAMS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 1999

"A persuasive alternate socioeconomic system, solid personal growth, and memorably weird hyperspace - along with a disappointing plot and a so-so chat with an uninteresting god."
Independent new SF venture from the author of Colors of Chaos (Jan. 1999) etc. Read full book review >
STARFISH by Peter Watts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 8, 1999

"Plenty of first-novel flaws—poor organization, drifting points of view, an inconsistently applied, tough-to-read present-tense narrative—but fizzing with ideas, and glued together with dark psychological tensions: an exciting debut."
Near/medium-future deep-sea endeavor, from a Toronto-resident newcomer. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 1999

"If you considered Australia too remote and sparsely populated to be science fictionally important—well, think again."
Not the first volume of Australian SF (editor Van Iken's rather indiscriminate collection arrived here in 1984) but by far the most significant: 20 substantial tales from the modern era, the majority of whose authors will be familiar to Kirkus regulars and SF-story buffs. A. Bertram Chandler (1912—84) offers an ingenious explanation for why Australian Aborigines revere Ayer's Rock. Read full book review >
ANCIENTS OF DAYS by Paul J. McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 6, 1999

"Once again, rich, challenging, and inventive, with a satisfying complexity: another extraordinary installment."
More or less independently intelligible sequel to Child of the River (1998). Read full book review >
DARK SISTER by Graham Joyce
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 1999

"Taut and realistic, but tending toward ordinary supernatural horror and without the nuances that made The Tooth Fairy (1998) such a delight."
The third US publication for British fantasist Joyce. Read full book review >
DESTINY'S SHIELD by Eric Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"8216;Tis a pity the dialogue's often conspicuously awful."
Third entry in an established military/historical SF series (An Oblique Approach and In the Heart of Darkness, not seen). Read full book review >
THE SORCEROR by Jack Whyte
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1999

"Jump in here, now that Arthur's in motion, and you can always go back to earlier volumes if this look at the legend's subtext grabs you."
Volume VI of the Arthurian saga The Camulod Chronicles follows hard upon the previous installment, The Fort at River's Bend (p. 256). Read full book review >
CHI by Alexander Besher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1999

"Plenty of jokes and many fine fragments, but baggy, shapeless, and meandering overall: for ardent admirers only."
Conclusion, so we—re told, to Besher's cult quasi-trilogy: each book has a slightly different backdrop and a few characters in common. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF ARARAT by Thomas Harlan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Stay tuned for the inevitable series."
Alternate-world fantasy from newcomer Harlan. 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 >