Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

CALLAHAN’S KEY by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2000

"Okay for the fans, and is there some reason why all the question marks—just the curly bits, not the dots—have been rotated 180 degrees?"
Another outing (Callahan's Legacy, 1996, etc.) for bullet-proof bartender Jake Stonebender, his wife Zoey, their superintelligent 14-month-old, Erin, and the eponymous bar that, thanks to a vindictive licensing inspector, has been closed and shuttered for 18 months. Read full book review >
SPRINGWAR by Tom Deitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2000

"Deitz does supply a recap, but overall this is heavy and rather unpleasant stuff, best suited to fans of the previous book."
Second installment of Deitz's extended fantasy, begun with Bloodwinter (1999), about the quarreling kingdoms of frigid Eron and desert Ixti. Read full book review >

FLIGHTLESS FALCON by Mickey Zucker Reichert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2000

"Some ingenious plot convolutions eventually materialize, but mediocre is as good as it gets."
New fantasy from the author of The Children of Wrath (1998), etc. Down-and-out ex-miner Tamison is forced to steal in order to feed his family. Read full book review >
MORTALIS by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2000

"Fans only. (Author tour)"
First volume in a new DemonWars series (The Demon Apostle, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
WIT’CH WAR by James Clemens
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2000

Third entry in Clemens's fantasy saga (Wit'ch Storm, 1999, etc.) set in the kingdom of Alasea, where young blood magick-powered wit'ch Elena and the usual array of helpers must recover the lost Blood Diary in order to defeat the world-threatening Dark Lord and his customary evil lieutenant. Read full book review >

THE SPIRITUAL MEADOW by Yoryis Yatromanolakis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2000

"But the amusing mix of dream vision, condensed history, magical realism, and sociopolitical satire keeps us happily bedazzled, and eagerly reading all the same."
And now for something completely different . . . from the acclaimed Greek author of the suavely Ovidian Eroticon, this 1974 novel (his first) employs the currently obscure form of the "spiritual biography" (roughly akin to the saint's life) to relate the adventures of Theodore P., a teacher of humanities assigned to a remote Greek island. Read full book review >
PROBABILITY MOON by Nancy Kress
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Twisty and compelling, brimful of ideas, with Kress's usual life-sized characters: top-notch work from a major talent—and we haven't heard the last of the Fallers."
A far-future alien-contact yarn from the versatile author of Stinger (1998), etc. When humans expanded into space, they found a network of stargates left by vanished aliens—and also ran into the Fallers, xenophobic aliens who immediately declared war and continue to resist all attempts at communication. Read full book review >
FIRST CONTRACT by Greg Costikyan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Expect sequels."
Ironic alien-contact yarn from the computer-game designer and author of By the Sword (1993). Read full book review >
THE 14TH DAY by K.C. Frederick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Focused sharply on those for whom personal and national identity have become traumatically entwined—and focused especially on their turbulent inner lives—Frederick's tale is as inexorable and engrossing as a recurring nightmare."
A second bleak and shadowy saga from Frederick (Country of Memory, 1998) centers on a trio of exiles from a land torn by civil war—a bloodbath known as the Thirteen Days—as they struggle to find their bearings far from home. Read full book review >
WHEEL OF THE INFINITE by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"What more do you need?"
Another mind-stretching fantasy from Wells (The Death of the Necromancer, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Long may Dozois retain his energy and enthusiasm."
The redoubtable Dozois's annual labor of love: 27 substantial tales drawn from 1999's output, along with Dozois's own summation and a list of honorable mentions. Read full book review >
THE KNIGHT OF THE SACRED LAKE by Rosalind Miles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"The best kind of historical fiction, with characters that ignore the heavy hand of history and instead live their own full and complex lives. A terrific read."
A literate, wonderfully written, alluring tale, the second in a trilogy (after Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country), offers a subtle feminist interpretation of the Arthurian legends as it continues the story of Guenevere, forced to choose between love and duty for the sake of her kingdom. 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 >