Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

SNOWFALL by Mitchell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Smith's best since Stone City (1990), deserving a large audience."
Rousing and well-written tale of a future Ice Age. Read full book review >
SHADOWSINGER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Fans will praise Modesitt for ringing down the curtain on Leidwahr."
Fifth and final volume of the Spellsong Cycle (The Shadow Sorceress, 2001, etc.)—a series based on wizardry emerging from music, with the Continent of Leidwahr being ruled, first by top singing-sorceress Anna, Protector of Defalk, then by her protégée Secca. Read full book review >

COMBAT by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"CARRUMPH!"
Ten original novellas dish out military/technothriller fiction. Read full book review >
MANIFOLD: SPACE by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Forget such conventional novelistic virtues as characters, linear plotting, or continuous narrative; instead, Baxter offers challenging puzzles and mind-boggling extrapolations in a sweeping yarn that explodes with ideas."
This second part of Baxter's spectacular hard-science trilogy has nothing in common with Manifold: Time (2000) except the protagonist, astronaut Reid Malenfant. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Doubtless the series will continue, but this seam's pretty well mined out."
Still in the universe of Card's enormously popular 1984 child-warrior yarn, Ender's Game, here's a sequel to Ender's Shadow (1999), which explored the roots of the antipathy between Ender Wiggin and his even more capable lieutenant, Bean. Read full book review >

NOT QUITE SCARAMOUCHE by Joel Rosenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Your move."
Addition to Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame fantasy series (Not Exactly the Three Musketeers, 1999, etc.), wherein a bunch of expatriate Earthlings struggle to bring modern sensibilities to a 16th/17th-century sort of world where magic works. Read full book review >
ENEMY GLORY by Karen Michalson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"With a series like this, either you settle in for the duration, or you don't."
The launching of an interminable fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE LAST HOT TIME by John M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

New fantasy from the author of The Dragon Waiting (1983) and the science-fictional Growing Up Weightless (1993), of the subgenre known as elfpunk: urban fantasy in which Elfland has somehow intruded itself into the modern world, with astonishing and often bizarre consequences. Read full book review >
GENPEI by Kara Dalkey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Those who can't, won't."
Fantasy set in Japan during the 12th-century Heian period, from the author of the Blood of the Goddess trilogy (concluded with Bhagavati, 1998) and several yarns for younger readers set in the same Japanese historical milieu. Read full book review >
JUPITER by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Strong on technical detail, but with a so-so backdrop and uninteresting aliens; still, Bova's fans should find it worth a try."
Another step in the exploration of the solar system, from the veteran writer-editor (Venus, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SACRED POOL by L. Warren Douglas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Rambling, scholarly, fascinating, refreshingly different: as accurate a representation of real magic as it is possible to envision."
First of a new fantasy series from the author of the paperback Simply Human). Read full book review >
BEYOND WORLD’S END by Mercedes Lackey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Glacially slow and mostly vacuous: strictly for series addicts."
Addition to an established series, the Bedlam Bards (none reviewed), by Lackey and various collaborators. 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 >