Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

KINGDOM OF CAGES by Sarah Zettel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 28, 2001

"Nothing new, and executed mostly with grimly determined fervor."
From the author of Playing God (1998), a far-future yarn about ecological doomsday and genetic engineering. Read full book review >
VALHALLA RISING by Clive Cussler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 13, 2001

"Who is in top form here, easily tying together Viking relics, a Confederate submarine, and a lost ship running on seawater as Pitt's past rises up to claim him."
The ever-kinetic Cussler brings back Dirk Pitt, who recently discovered the lost continent of Atlantis in Antarctica (Atlantis Found, 1999).Read full book review >

THE CURSE OF CHALION by Lois McMaster Bujold
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 9, 2001

"Overall, no better than average, but probably adequate for Bujold fans."
A fantasy venture from the author of the Miles Vorkosigan military-family science fiction series (A Civil Campaign, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF THE INGENIOUS ALFANHUÍ by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2001

"A highly unusual novel, and a thoroughly engaging one."
A boy's adventurous quest for knowledge is the subject of this classic "children's fantasy for adults," the first (1952) and most famous novel produced by an eminent Spanish author later better known as an essayist and linguist. Read full book review >
EMPTY CITIES OF THE FULL MOON by Howard V. Hendrix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Not for the cerebrally timid but overflowing with gorgeous polyphony."
Polymath Hendrix (Better Angels, 1999, etc.) posits a polymorphous future for protean readers whose imaginations can pass through any plotline. Read full book review >

AMERICAN EMPIRE: BLOOD AND IRON by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"As always with Turtledove, there are no clear heroes or villains, just a broad assortment of proud, flawed, skillfully detailed personalities who, when they aren't talking about politics, make Turtledove's tediously bewildering alternate America come alive."
Turtledove's 22nd series novel begins yet another trilogy that continues his exploration of an America in which, among other things, the Confederacy won the Civil War and Custer didn't die at the Little Bighorn. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A splendid notion, the Faces, and this outing—plausibly blending ancient myth and modern fantasy—vastly improves on the two rather soggy previous episodes."
In Saberhagen's current fantasy series, Faces are masks of tremendous power: they sink into the head of the wearer, endowing that individual with the abilities, attributes, memories, and personalities of a god (The Arms of Hercules, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STAR FRACTION by Ken MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Still, fans of MacLeod's other work won't pass this one up."
Scottish author MacLeod's first published novel finally appears in the US, completing the trilogy—in reverse order—of The Cassini Division (1999) and The Stone Canal (2000). Read full book review >
DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A brisk, well-constructed swirl of murky plots and dark psychology, if rather heavy on the lesbian angle: a debut that, despite impressive ingredients, lacks warmth."
By the 22nd century, after climatic change and rising sea levels, the city of Vancouver is divided between prosperous but regressive and cliquish Guild territory and the island of Downtown, whose slums are inhabited by the Guildless, refugees from America, gangs, criminals, and the destitute. Read full book review >
LOOK TO WINDWARD by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"By turns imposing, ingenious, whimsical, and wrenching, though too amorphous to fully satisfy."
Another of Banks's far-future Culture yarns (Inversions, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
STARLIGHT 3 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Editor Hayden (Starlight 2, 1999, etc.) deserves a medal: there hasn't been an original anthology series so consistently satisfying since Damon Knight's Orbit."
Superior collection of 16 quirky, highly imaginative speculative short fictions, ranging from comic fantasy to hard science. Read full book review >
THE CHRONOLITHS by Robert Charles Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"After you finish, though, you realize that the time-hopping logic doesn't hold up."
From the talented Wilson, another yarn whose central theme is a weird time travel variant (Darwinia, 1998, etc.). 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 >