Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

DARKSONG RISING by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2000

"Top-notch stuff: grab all three books before trilogy deteriorates into interminable series."
Darksong Rising ($27.95; Jan. 13; 512 pp.; 0-312-86822-7). Read full book review >
INVERSIONS by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Atmospheric, ironic, resourceful, and all the parts add up—yet something sets the teeth on edge."
Another book that, despite a June 1998 UK hardcover and a May 1999 UK paperback, the US publishers somehow were unable to convey to Kirkus swiftly enough for a timely pre-publication review. Read full book review >

BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND by Greg Rucka
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Rucka (Shooting at Midnight, 1999, etc.), canny suspense writer that he is, wrings so much from his high-colored cast you almost forget that they—re, well, comic strip characters."
A novelized version of the venerable comic strip almost makes it as a top-drawer thriller. Read full book review >
THE NAKED GOD by Peter F. Hamilton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 2000

"Instead, if you were impressed by Greg Mandel's trilogy (triumphantly concluded with The Nano Flower, 1998), try part one of The Reality Dysfunction and ease your way in."
This final part of Hamilton's doorstopper trilogy set in a.d. 2600—following The Reality Dysfunction (mass market, published in two parts) and The Neutronium Alchemist (ditto), not to mention a recent compilation of related stories, A Second Chance at Eden'switches to hardcover, presumably on the theory that readers who've patiently accumulated all those paperbacks won't want to wait ages for the paperback market editions. Read full book review >
GRAND CONSPIRACY by Janny Wurts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Even that, however, palls after a few paragraphs."
Grand Conspiracy ($26.00; Jan.; 640 pp.; 0-06-105219-1). Read full book review >

THE FOX WOMAN by Kij Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"An exquisitely fashioned but hopelessly overextended debut."
Reworking of a Japanese fable, told through entries in a gentleman's notebook, a fox's diary, and a wife's pillow book. Read full book review >
MANIFOLD: TIME by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Too lumpy and fitful to satisfy purely as a novel, but a treat for readers who revel in scientific extrapolation taken to an almost inconceivable extreme."
First entry in a hypercomplicated, hard-science trilogy, from the author of Moonseed (1998), etc. After washing out of NASA's astronaut training program, Reid Malenfant ("bad child") sets up the Bootstrap corporation, intending to lure humans into space with the promise of the limitless natural resources available there. Read full book review >
MR. SPACEMAN by Robert Olen Butler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Light, mischievous, satisfying entertainment. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A surprisingly sweet and droll first-person account of the vexed attempts of an alien to understand the bafflingly unpredictable human race. Read full book review >
HABITUS by James Flint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"And, even so, his people do linger."
A darkly witty English import about the lost souls of the information age. Read full book review >
THE SILENCE IN HEAVEN by Peter Lord-Wolff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Others will find the invention too extravagant for belief, even the sort they accord a good vampire tale."
In this quasi-realistic fantasy, the first installment in a cosmological trilogy, brother angels Paladin and Tashum are dumped onto Earth through a rip in space-time (or the "dimensional membrane") back in 40,000 b.c. as a third of the angels in heaven are banished: "A shower of ferocious whiteness exploded into cold, silent space as millions of Celestials created a crystalline sea gushing from the blackness." Read full book review >
ARIADNE'S WEB by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Faces are just the latest of Saberhagen's remarkable notions (including Berserkers, Swords, revisionist Merlins, Sherlock Holmeses, and Draculas), but here the plot barely hangs together, and the overlong, plodding delivery doesn't help."
Second entry in Saberhagen's series—fantasy or far-future SF, please yourself—about magical masks, or Faces, that sink into the wearer's head, bestowing the attributes and memories of gods. Read full book review >
STRANGE TRAVELERS by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Painstaking and precise, though often wrought without recourse to ordinary logic: for readers who enjoy oblique, magisterial puzzles that don't necessarily have solutions."
Fifteen stories, 1990—97, all more or less unclassifiable, gathered under an eminently appropriate title: Wolfe's first collection since Endangered Species (1989). 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 >