Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE MAGIC DEAD by Peter Garrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

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THE MAGIC DEADVol. Read full book review >
SEA DRAGON HEIR by Storm Constantine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A carefully plotted, beautifully detailed fantasy family-saga spoiled by a thin, trite storyline; the midstream point-of-view switch doesn't help."
New fantasy, the first of a projected trilogy and first hardcover from the British author of the paperback Wraeththu trilogy. Read full book review >

1632 by Eric Flint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Sinewy shoot—-em-up, with pikes and muzzle-loaders squared off against modern automatics and 20th-century tactics: a rollicking, good-natured, fact-based flight of fancy that should appeal to alternate-history buffs as well as military-fantasy fans."
From the co-author (with David Drake) of Destiny's Shield (p. 760) and a solo yarn, Mother of Demons (1997, not reviewed), a neat what-if that Flint barely troubles to justify: What if a six-mile-diameter chunk of 1999 West Virginia, complete with people, structures, and technology, were suddenly and instantaneously ripped away and inserted into East Germany in 1632? Read full book review >
KNIGHT OF THE DEMON QUEEN by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Or just scream?"
Another of Hambly's yarns (following the superb Dragonshadow, 1999) about the struggles of bespectacled, bookish warrior Lord John Aversin and his wife, Jenny Waynest, to turn aside an invasion of demons. Read full book review >
RIDERS IN THE SKY by Charles Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"But Mahler it's not."
Last chord in Grant's Millennium Quartet, a combo featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse that began with Symphony (1997), in which the end of the world was seemingly foretold by such harbingers of doom as a Lincoln Continental ("silver horse in full gallop fixed on the hood") as Death, the rough beast slouching toward the small town of Maple Landing. Read full book review >

INFINITY BEACH by Jack McDevitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Gripping mystery, taut intrigues—the forgoing barely hints at the complexities here—and fascinating aliens: an altogether splendid, satisfying puzzle."
McDevitt, Jack [pointer] INFINITY BEACH Alien-contact/murder mystery from the ever-reliable author of Moonfall (1998), etc. Hundreds of years hence, humans have colonized remote planets, but no alien life-forms have ever been encountered. Read full book review >
A WIZARD AND A WARLORD by Christopher Stasheff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"An agreeably terse addition to this light, gently satirical series."
Another outing (A Wizard in Midgard, 1998, etc.) for wizard Gar Pike (otherwise known as the psi-powered Magnus d'Armand), his new sidekick Alea, and their intelligent spaceship Herkimer. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE STARS by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Stick with Shatner's latest interminable series and you'll find out - probably - eventually…."
($24.00; Feb.; 240 pp.; 0-06-105118-7): What can possibly beat space hero Jim Endicott's previous adventures? Read full book review >
THE PLATO PAPERS by Peter Ackroyd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"One of his most satisfying books."
The intellectual legacy of Platonic philosophy takes on entertaining new life in this sophisticated and very funny fable by the protean British author (The Life of Thomas More, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
DARKSONG RISING by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2000

"Top-notch stuff: grab all three books before trilogy deteriorates into interminable series."
Darksong Rising ($27.95; Jan. 13; 512 pp.; 0-312-86822-7). Read full book review >
INVERSIONS by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Atmospheric, ironic, resourceful, and all the parts add up—yet something sets the teeth on edge."
Another book that, despite a June 1998 UK hardcover and a May 1999 UK paperback, the US publishers somehow were unable to convey to Kirkus swiftly enough for a timely pre-publication review. Read full book review >
BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND by Greg Rucka
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Rucka (Shooting at Midnight, 1999, etc.), canny suspense writer that he is, wrings so much from his high-colored cast you almost forget that they—re, well, comic strip characters."
A novelized version of the venerable comic strip almost makes it as a top-drawer thriller. 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 >