Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

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 >
THE PICKUP ARTIST by Terry Bisson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Bisson's true forte, however, is short stories, and this yarn, despite the droll, deadpan delivery, never gets up a full head of steam."
Another of Bisson's trademark tall tales (Pirates of the Universe, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
GUST FRONT by John Ringo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"If you're merely curious—don't start here."
The predicted sequel to A Hymn Before Battle (2000). Read full book review >

HIS FATHER’S SON by Nigel Bennett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Okay for fans of the series; browsers may well find the combination of King Arthur with vampires one unlikely complication too many."
Another adventure in the series, following Keeper of the King (1997), featuring Toronto security consultant Richard Dun. Read full book review >
LEOPARD IN EXILE by Andre Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"While independently intelligible, this should especially please fans of the previous two."
Second in the series of historical fantasy/romance adventures (The Shadow of Albion, 1999) from the team of F/SF grandmaster Norton and mystery writer Edghill. Read full book review >
THE MOON POOL by A. Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"And scriptwriters might still find much to mine in this entertaining ode to love and sacrifice."
First published as a novel in 1919, this path-breaking genre piece was praised by The New York Times, whose review of Merritt (1884-1945) is appended here. Read full book review >
THE VISITOR by Sheri S. Tepper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Fascinating hypercomplexities, stylistically reminiscent of Tepper's earlier works (1993's A Plague of Angels, etc.), admirable but heavy and definitely on the gloomy side."
Challenging new speculative fiction from the accomplished author of The Fresco (2000), etc. A millennium after an asteroid smashed into the Earth, destroying civilization and remaking the face of the globe, a strange new world has arisen. Read full book review >
KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Less intricate and inventive than volume one—the first half's decidedly flabby—but, still, another captivating saga of powerful women, tormented men, strange gods, sublime sex, and vile treachery."
Continuation of Carey's megasized fantasy—each volume, commendably, self-contained—whose setting is an alternate medieval Europe of rare depth and assurance. Read full book review >
A DRAGONS ASCENSION by Ed Greenwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Greenwood's nimble fingers hurtle through castles and stone hallways: a rousing return."
Third chorus on Greenwood's mainstream series (The Kingless Land; The Vacant Throne, both 2001) about the roguish Band of Four: Hawkril Anharu, the thickheaded sword-swinger; Craer "Longfingers" Delnbone, the barb-tongued thief and procurer; Sarasper "Wolf-spider" Codelmer, the shapeshifting cleric and healer; and the gem-studded Lady of Jewels, Embra Silvertree, an R-rated sorceress, whose job it is—like Parsifal's in the Grail Legend—to lift the curse on the sleeping king, Kelgrael Snowsar, and awaken the land of Aglirta by use of the four magical Dwaerindim Stones. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN AGE by John C. Wright
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"This extraordinary feat of invention and plotting would be all the more impressive had the book not ended with the central mystery unresolved, leaving readers dazzled and annoyed in equal measure."
First-timer Wright wrings new surprises from a familiar SF scenario: the protagonist must recover his lost memory before civilization falls. 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 >