Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

INVASION OF THE SEA by Jules Verne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Clear, readable translation of a minor but prescient adventure novel, with useful annotations, a brief Verne biography, and 44 b&w illustrations from the original French edition."
The revival for the French father of science fiction that began with the discovery of his unpublished Paris in the Twentieth Century (1996) continues with the first English translation of this short novel, the last Verne (1828-1905) published during his lifetime. Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD by Patrick O’Leary
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"O'Leary works up an absorbing if unlikely array of plots and circumstances that always engages even while promising more than it ultimately delivers."
From the weird, witty 1997 fantasy The Gift, O'Leary switches back to convoluted science fiction to write about a pair of brothers who, as the story opens, are both dead. Read full book review >

THE COLLECTED STORIES OF VERNOR VINGE by Vernor Vinge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Satisfying back-of-the-house tour of a career of mostly well-thought-out meditations on technological innovation and political experimentation."
The Hugo Award winner of 1990's "hard" SF revival collects 17 of his shorter works—while recalling the editors who published them and how they shaped his career. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Funny, eccentric, sophisticated fantasies from SF's most erudite and accomplished literary stylist."
Another posthumous collection following The Avram Davidson Treasury (1998) gathers Davidson's more obscure but delightful alternate histories, literary pastiches, and comic meditations on a past that never existed. Read full book review >
KILN PEOPLE by David Brin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Intricate plotting, unflagging inventiveness, and a judicious sprinkling of puns and in-jokes: Brin keeps the pages feverishly turning and the tone light enough to evade the inherent irrationality of the premise."
Brin (Foundation's Triumph, 1999, etc.) gives the medieval fable of the golem a thoroughgoing, agreeably tongue-in-cheek revamp. Read full book review >

THE EXCALIBUR ALTERNATIVE by David Weber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Super-stupid, but gripping: Weber knows his audience."
In this stupefyingly adolescent battle fantasy, bestselling Weber (March to the Sea, p. 906, etc.) kicks off a new series casting English bowmen into battles overseen by aliens from the intergalactic Federation. Read full book review >
DARK LIGHT by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Further remarkable developments in a far-future, multispecies environment, with often fascinating analyses of human and alien motivations—though, overall, a little too relentlessly political to suit all tastes."
Direct sequel to Cosmonaut Keep (p. 466), the opener for MacLeod's new Engines of Light series. Read full book review >
INSECT DREAMS by Marc Estrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An impressive debut, notable for a generous sense of fun that never detracts from the serious historical and existential implications of all that it so entertainingly depicts."
Gregor Samsa returns, albeit still in cockroach form, in this survey course of early 20th-century Western history packaged as a sequel to Kafka's "Metamorphosis." Read full book review >
THE REDEMPTION OF ALTHALUS by David Eddings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2000

"Full of the usual jolly banter that passes for wit, creamy smooth and blandly unsurprising."
Stand-alone fantasy, already a bestseller in the UK, from the vastly popular husband-and-wife team (The Rivan Codex, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TRANQUILITY WARS by Gentry Lee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"Pass."
Space coming-of-age yarn, from the author of Double Full Moon Night (1999), etc. By the 25th century, the totalitarian FISC and the similar UDSC vie for control of the space colonies scattered throughout the solar system, although many independent pirate groups reject both FISC and UDSC and live by their own philosophies and modes of government. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF TIME by Glenna McReynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"Heady fantasy, guaranteed to wow."
A time traveler passes through thousands of years to rescue a magical race from doom. Read full book review >
CODE TO ZERO by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2000

"Full of misplaced Cold War nostalgia and dreary, threadbare characters. And really now, amnesia? In this day and age? With a straight face?"
From veteran spymeister Follett (The Hammer of Eden, 1998, etc.), the story of a the space race that never gets off the ground. 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 >