Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A beautiful sendoff, Douglas, wherever you are."
Posthumous trunkful of items found on four beloved Mac computers belonging to the late high-techie best known for his first novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979). Read full book review >
THE LETO BUNDLE by Marina Warner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pynchon), but her Bundle is alive with quirky inventions, and it's great fun watching her try and fail to pull it all together."
Myths and fairy tales are crucial presences in Warner's cultural histories (No Go the Bogeyman, 1999, etc.) and novels like Indigo (1992), The Lost Father (1989), and her newest: an ambitious, intermittently chaotic reshaping of the classical tale of Leto. Read full book review >

MY LITTLE BLUE DRESS by Bruno Maddox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2001

"It does go on a bit too long, but it's a hoot all the same."
This lively and ingenious first novel by the former editor of Spy juxtaposes two very different stories: the history, told by "herself," of a lusty young woman born on the first day of the last century, and the checkered love life and paraliterary career of "Bruno Maddox," who's writing the former tale at breakneck speed (and quite ineptly) to fulfill an unwisely entered contractual agreement. Read full book review >
HERMES IN PARIS by Peter Vansittart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2001

"Vansittart's alluring gem is an exhilaration, a sigh, a prose poem that resembles a standard novel only in length. Lacking the poised densities of plot and character to ground it, it's caviar for the happy few."
A delectable work of lyric fiction offers an aural snapshot of Paris in the time of Napoleon III, glimpsed through the eternally wandering eyes of mythic trickster Hermes. Read full book review >
THE DREAMTHIEF’S DAUGHTER by Michael Moorcock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 11, 2001

Addition to Moorcock's sprawling and often abstruse fantasy series set in the multiple-reality "multiverse"; this one's the first since The Revenge of the Rose (1991) to feature Elric, the albino Sorcerer-King of Tanelorn. Read full book review >

SUMMERBLOOD by Tom Deitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 10, 2001

"Plots, dastardly deeds, cliffhangers, treachery: Business as usual in vampire-gemstone-land."
Third installment of Deitz's saga about the kingdom of Eron (Springwar, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SKIES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2001

"The saga trundles on, a mild diversion for the legions of dragonfans."
Addition to McCaffrey's already vast saga about planet Pern (The Masterharper of Pern, 1998, etc.), where intelligent, telepathic, fire-breathing dragons and their riders labor to destroy deadly corrosive Thread as it falls from the skies when the malevolent Red Star swings near. Read full book review >
METAPLANETARY by Tony Daniel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Awesome, thrilling, spellbinding, and infuriating in equal measure."
Astounding interplanetary-war saga from the author of Earthling (1997), etc. Several hundred years from now, in an era of sophisticated "grist" (nanotechnology), computer-enhanced minds ("converts"), Large Arrays of Personalities (LAPs), and intelligent spaceships ("cloudships"), complex sentient cables link the inner planets into the Met. Read full book review >
THE MASK AND THE SORCERESS by Dennis Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Nothing special: Fans only."
Second part of Jones's projected fantasy trilogy (The Stone and the Maiden, 1999) about the Ascendancy and its rulers. Read full book review >
BOUNCING OFF THE MOON by David Gerrold
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite the seeming plot by numbers: claustrophobic but probably okay for the YA audience, increasingly tedious for adults."
Second entry in a projected trilogy about the dysfunctional Dingillian family, though some of the ideas here harken back to an early Gerrold novel, When Harlie Was One. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The quality of the fiction's not in dispute, but it's hard to justify that sky-high price tag for a short volume consisting mostly of reprints."
Volume 35, in case anybody's keeping score. Read full book review >
WIZARDBORN by David Farland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Colorful, inventive magics, vigorous plotting, and gore aplenty—along with rather faceless characters and the usual nonending."
Third in Farland's Runelords series, picking up where Brotherhood of the Wolf (1999) left off. 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 >