Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

THE KING by David Feintuch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"With 1,200 pages about an adolescent virgin prince, and now king, this should be about it, although we leave Rodrigo nervously ready to marry Princess Tresa and have an heir."
Sequel to The Still (1997) of the Rodrigo of Caledon saga. Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF BATTLE by Sean Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 3, 2002

"Hard to follow in its scope, but beautifully told, with numerous characters whose cleverness, uncertainty, and derring-do build up a powerful narrative flow."
Intriguing, but confusing second volume in Russell's restrained and—rare for epic fantasy—crisply written saga of the Wynnd, a vast river in a medieval, pseudo-Welsh setting, and the river's eerie hold on creatures human and otherwise. Read full book review >

THE WOAD TO WUIN by Peter David
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 2, 2002

"Cyclopean drama by a one-eyed giant, his prose so golden it smudges your fingers."
Unaccountably, Davis fails to name this darkly serious sequel to his equally glum Sophoclean epic Sir Apropos of Nothing (2000), The Woad to Wack and Wuin. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH SORCERESS by Robert Newcomb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"An intelligent debut, possibly headed for bestsellerdom."
Former economist Newcomb's first entry in a projected trilogy, the Chronicles of Blood and Stone, takes as its central device "endowed blood," a bloodline that links an individual with the ability to use magic. Read full book review >
THE ALCHEMIST’S DOOR by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"History veering towards legend, vigorously stirred with familiar fantasy ingredients, but insipid and unevocative for all that."
Fantasy featuring several famous historical characters, from the author of Dark Cities Underground (1999), etc. Toward the end of the 16th century, English magician John Dee flees with his family from a demon he's inadvertently summoned. Read full book review >

STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Chiang writes seldom, but his almost unfathomably wonderful stories tick away with the precision of a Swiss watch—and explode in your awareness with shocking, devastating force."
First collection for multiple award-winner Chiang. Read full book review >
THE VEIL OF A THOUSAND TEARS by Eric Van Lustbader
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"World-building that should attract a new universe of fans."
Volume two of The Pearl, a fantasy saga begun with The Ring of Five Dragons (2001). Read full book review >
GODS OF FIRE AND THUNDER by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A so-so installment that, lacking strong mythological underpinnings, badly needs plot drivers."
Addition to Saberhagen's far-future fantasy series featuring the Faces: indestructible masks brimming with "odylic" magic, they sink into the head of the wearer and confer the memories and powers of ancient gods. Read full book review >
THE SKY SO BIG AND BLACK by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A winner."
Latest in Barnes's series (Candle, 2000, etc.) in which, in an alternate future, the meme (mind-controlling algorithm) Resuna has infected everyone on Earth, binding them into the hive-like intelligence called One True. Read full book review >
BURNING THE ICE by Laura J. Mixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Overstuffed but beautifully thought-out: tense, complex, and spellbinding."
Long-range sequel to Mixon's impressive Proxies (1998). Read full book review >
THE WITCH QUEEN by Jan Siegel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Let us pray for a fourth."
A happy ending, following a torrid romance, a creepy contest between dueling witches, two (count 'em!) deals with the Devil (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), an encounter with God (or an even more reasonable facsimile) and a few more campy, smart-alecky high fantasy send-ups to Siegel's fantasy trilogy featuring Fern Capel, a single, British public relations executive who quite literally moonlights as a witch. Read full book review >
THE MOUNT by Carol Emshwiller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A deceptively simple, clear-eyed story that should find its sympathetic Gullivers."
The revolt of the Houyhnhnms against the Yahoos forms the essential allegorical plot behind fantasist Emshwiller's astutely crafted, occasionally maudlin latest, on the tail of her fourth story collection (Report to the Men's Club, p. 901). 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 >