Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

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 >

P.E.A.C.E. by Guy Holmes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Though the details don't quite hang together as the threads in good thriller should, the story itself certainly moves as swiftly—and as well— as a good thriller should."
An edgy, fast-paced, debut thriller about a day-after-tomorrow police force too good to last. Read full book review >
THE ARMS OF HERCULES by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"After a strong start (The Face of Apollo, 1998), this subsequently disappointing series has subsided into fairly aimless twiddling."
Third in Saberhagen's fantasy/far-future SF series (Ariadne's Web, 2000). Read full book review >
THE QUANTUM ROSE by Catherine Asaro
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"A sturdy and absorbing addition to the series."
Another installment in Asaro's space romance/family saga (Ascendant Sun, p. 27, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DRAGON AND THE FAIR MAID OF KENT by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Overall, a rather sluggish, politically heavy entry in this mostly entertaining series."
Addition to Dickson's series (The Dragon in Lyonesse, 1998, etc.) set in a 14th-century England where magic works, and where former college professor Jim Eckert, now Baron James of Malencontri, can turn himself into a large dragon. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE ODDS by Elizabeth Moon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Brisk start, disappointing finish: a so-so installment."
The annual increment to Moon's military-family space saga (Change of Command, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
ETERNITY’S END by Jeffrey A. Carver
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Overall, much less convincing than the author's splendid Chaos Chronicles (The Infinite Sea, 1996, etc.)."
Carver extends his established series about the star riggers, who navigate spaceships through the perilous region of space-time called the Flux. Read full book review >
VENTUS by Karl Schroeder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Delightful and engaging, both intellectually and viscerally: a superb achievement."
Three firsts—solo outing (The Claus Effect, with David Nickle, not reviewed), SF, and hardcover—for Toronto resident Schroeder. 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 >