Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

Released: March 26, 2002

"A promising first collection, showcasing a new writer's significant powers of invention—though he seems merely to be tuning his instrument for future work."
The sky is falling, the world is ending, and Rumpelstiltskin is going to pieces in this intriguing but unfulfilling debut collection. Read full book review >
AMAZONIA by James Rollins
Released: March 26, 2002

"Punchy but scare-free. Still, there are enough cliffhangers here to keep a Saturday afternoon serial running for a year."
Workmanlike debut hardcover, a variation on King Solomon's Mines, this time set in the Amazon, where a search party seeks a bizarre protein that can kill and cure. Read full book review >

SAUCER by Stephen Coonts
Released: March 12, 2002

"Funny, featherweight frolic reminiscent of the we-found-a-spaceship-in-our-backyard SF juveniles of the 1930s."
The premier purveyor of flyboy thrillers (Combat, 2001, etc.) varies his formula with a comic, feel-good SF adventure that reads like a Disney made-for-TV movie. Read full book review >
FALLEN DRAGON by Peter F. Hamilton
Released: March 11, 2002

"A fascinating, compulsively readable clash of hardware and ideals."
New stand-alone science fiction yarn from the author of such behemoths as The Naked God (2000), etc., whose shimmering skeins encompass colonial oppression, the military-industrial complex, alien empires, time travel, genetic manipulation, nanomachines, and what-all. Read full book review >
THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT by Kim Stanley Robinson
Released: March 5, 2002

"Overlong, but blessed with moments of wry and gentle beauty as friends and antagonists rediscover each other under different guises in exotically dangerous locales."
Hugo winner Robinson (Antarctica, 1998, etc.) follows three characters over seven centuries on an alternate Earth in which Islam and Buddhism are the dominant religions. Read full book review >

BONES OF THE EARTH by Michael Swanwick
Released: March 1, 2002

"Still, Swanwick's redevelopment of his Hugo Award winner, 'Scherzo with Tyrannosaur,' bulges with intelligent speculation and intriguing plot twists: fans of the author, the original short story, dinosaur buffs, and time-travel aficionados will pounce."
Into paleontologist Richard Leyster's Smithsonian office walks Harry Griffin with a cooler and a job offer. Read full book review >
DEMONS by John Shirley
Released: March 1, 2002

"Masterful, amusing, and sent from Mars."
Kirkus panned Shirley's Boschian The View from Hell as "Without question the worst book of the year" (2001), and Shirley charged us with missing the human side of his hellscape in a novel that remains the year's grisliest lurid fiction. Read full book review >
HOPSCOTCH by Kevin J. Anderson
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"But beware of being bodynapped, as happens to Eduard, who then must race about swamped by paranoia while seeking his old existence."
Ingenious SF fantasy about bodyswapping. Read full book review >
PERIL’S GATE by Janny Wurts
Released: Jan. 31, 2002

"With a lifespan of 500 years granted the half-brothers, must Wurts unleash still many thousands of pages more before the death of one sibling or their unity into a single being?"
Wurts's immensely complex, monstrously swollen, lyric sword-and-sorcery fantasy series the Wars of Light and Shadow, begun with The Curse of Mistwraith (1994), was planned as a five-volume saga but has since expanded to a projected eight. Read full book review >
THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde
Released: Jan. 28, 2002

"Still, it's a welcoming and amusing place to pass a few hours."
An unusually sure-footed first novel, this literary folly serves up a generally unique stew of fantasy, science fiction, procedural, and cozy literary mystery—but in the end is more dancing bear than ballet. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Dialogue-soggy, overcute, featherweight YA space-opera, a mix of light fantasy with coming-of-age themes about social responsibility and solemn respect for elders."
The YA adventures of the girl with the unicorn horn sticking out of her head continue (Acorna's World, 2000, etc.), as the telepathic Acorna, her traumatized "life-mate" Aari, and others on two and four legs to heal their shattered homeworld. Read full book review >
THE POET IN EXILE by Ray Manzarek
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"A certain someone is surely spinning, as they say, in his grave."
Morrison lives, more or less, in this first novel by the Doors co-founder and keyboardist. 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 >