Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"Not a side-splitter this time, though broadly amusing and bubbling with wit and wisdom: both an excellent story and a tribute to beat cops everywhere, doing their hair-raising jobs with quiet courage and determination."
Another Discworld yarn—#28 if you're counting (The Last Hero, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FALL OF THE KINGS by Ellen Kushner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 2002

"Immensely appealing, intelligent, and great fun."
Sequel to 1987's Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, a tale set in an imaginary city that Kushner herself described as "not-quite-equal parts of Elizabethan London, 18th-century Paris, a dash of Regency of both, and even a little New York . . . . Read full book review >

FIFTH LIFE OF THE CATWOMAN by Kathleen Dexter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2002

"Odd but enjoyable tale, by a former producer of a children's storytelling radio program in New Mexico."
Captivating cross between fairytale and contemporary romance. Read full book review >
THE APOCALYPSE DOOR by James D. Macdonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Cloak-and-dagger meets robe-and-Psalter with jokes and swagger, all just for fun."
Breezy spy spoof as members of the medieval Knights Templar have survived to modern times and find themselves in a complicated intrigue with their rivals, the Teutonic Knights, as well as with the CIA, the UN, what might be a Soviet matter-transmitter, a purloined cultic idol and a suave Manhattan Satanist who has been "excommunicated for giving evil a bad name." Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Yarbro's meticulously researched historical backdrops blend seamlessly into, and considerably enhance, her accounts of the vampire's endless, lonely, brave existence."
Another episode in the career of Yarbro's saintly vampire, Rakoczy (A Feast in Exile, 2001, etc.), here known as the Comes Santus Germainius. Read full book review >

TERRIBLE ANGEL by Dermot McEvoy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2002

"Formulaic and a bit heavy on location (so many New York bars and shops get mentioned it seems like product placement), but a pleasant and amusing debut even so."
Publishing veteran McEvoy envisions what would happen if Michael Collins had come back from the dead to travel to New York in the 1990s. Read full book review >
EVERYONE IN SILICO by Jim Munroe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"The plot dynamics and imaginative leaps here are engaging, and the care Munroe takes in examining Frisco as a full-fledged, not unattractive phenomenon also marks this as a story to be taken seriously."
Young Toronto author Munroe proves no less inventive with his third novel than he did with his others (Angry Young Spaceman, 2001; etc.) as he projects a future in which a global virtual reality corporation is winning the p.r. battle against those who prefer to live their lives the old way. Read full book review >
PARAGON LOST by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Inventive, labyrinthine, witty, and thoroughly engaging: Duncan rarely disappoints, and here he outswashbuckles himself."
A rousing addition (the fourth) to the series, of which the first three, concluded with Sky of Swords (2000), formed a logical but not sequential trilogy; this independent and self-contained entry takes place a dozen years hence. Read full book review >
WHITE APPLES by Jonathan Carroll
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A variation on Carroll's From the Teeth of Angels (1994). Its strong charms grip without quite moving the reader."
Expatriate Carroll returns to Dreamville and the joys of a 500-channel imagination that flips from anystation to anystation while brightening the experience into drops of blood on a beadstring. Read full book review >
REQUIEM FOR THE SUN by Elizabeth Haydon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An opera of the four elements, moody and melodious."
Sequel to Haydon's Rhapsody Trilogy fantasy/romance, begun impressively with Rhapsody: Child of Blood (1999). Read full book review >
DUNE: THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD by Brian Herbert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Ideas aplenty, but shallow, unsubtle, and tepid: the pitch here is precisely Star Wars: Dune."
With three Dune books under their collaborative belt (Dune: House Corrino, 2001, etc.), the boys go back 10,000 years to tackle the epic conflict that shaped the entire Dune universe: humanity's struggle with the thinking machines. Read full book review >
ELVENBORN by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Better than 1995's Elvenblood but far from over."
Norton and Lackey add to their swelling, long-gestated epic fantasy begun with The Elvenbane (1991). 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 >