Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

THE VOYAGE OF THE JERLE SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kid stuff—but magic sells."
Conclusion of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, and 12th in the entire Shannara series, with a new Shannara trilogy promised. Read full book review >
HOPE’S WAR by Stephen Chambers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, it's well plotted and often riveting, and withal utterly distasteful: one turns the pages avidly, feeling sullied all the while."
Continuation of Chambers's 2001 debut, Hope's End. Read full book review >

PROBABILITY SPACE by Nancy Kress
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Shapeless, with a somewhat interesting young protagonist, while only minimally renewing our acquaintance with the until-now fascinating Worlders and Fallers: a bitterly disappointing conclusion."
Final installment of Kress's hitherto scintillating trilogy (Probability Sun, 2001, etc.), although by itself this one's barely intelligible. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF AN AMBER NOON by Katherine V. Forrest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Your move."
Sequel to the 1984 lesbian SF yarn Daughters of a Coral Dawn (not seen) from an author better known for the Kate Delafield mystery series (Sleeping Bones, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2002

"Treasure abounding."
Splendid by an any measure, whether as fantasy, horror, or simply memorable prose, this fat sheaf of the year's best is distinguished by two standout stories: "The Hunter's Wife," originally published in Atlantic Monthly and also included in author Anthony Doerr's first book, The Shell Collector (2002), is set in a wild Montana valley. Read full book review >

SHADOW PUPPETS by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 19, 2002

"Unfortunately, much of it has the feel of a primer on how to grow up—and Card is much less endearing when he's writing for children rather than about them."
Card's child-warrior saga (Shadow of the Hegemon, 2001, etc.) goes on . . . and on. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >