Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF AWESOME COMIC FANTASY by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"EWSLUGJK Rowling is far from alone in the making of merry magic."
The Mammoth master's third collection of silly, satiric, ridiculous, cute, pun-packed, cornball fantasy is often fun, but, well, not exactly awesome. Read full book review >
QUARTET by George R.R. Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"For fans only."
Television fantasy-writer and SF novelist Martin (A Clash of Kings, 1999, etc.) empties his trunk of four longer works, two of which should have remained there. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Gimmicky, sardonic, and sharply twisted: short, snappy gifts to contemporary fantasy that are still worth reading, if only to know how well, if not how often, Brown caught the brass ring."
A career retrospective of SF's master of the vignette. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"The definitive collection of science fiction's greatest humorist—and this is only the first volume."
Thirty-three gems, most of which still shine brightly, written between 1946-94, by the frequently anthologized, and highly original, science fiction master. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF LIFE by Paul McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Spectacular ideas, life-sized characters, credible and provocative politicking and maneuvering: a pity, then, about the present-tense narrative, which intrusively smothers any developing sense of drama."
Near-future biological thriller from the author of the dazzling far-future Confluence trilogy (completed with Shrine of Stars, 2000), etc. In 2026, a huge invasive biological growth, the Slick, floats in the Pacific Ocean. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW SORCERESS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Soggy dialogue and paper-thin descriptive passages, hobbled further by Modesitt's annoying habit of noting little more about his characters than their all-too-numerous smiles, frowns, and facial grimaces."
A new triology extending, but not improving, Modesitt's well-regarded Spellsong Cycle (Darksong Rising, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
KNIGHT OR KNAVE by Andre Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A solid, if unexciting, independently intelligible addition to the series: should please fans and newcomers alike."
Second in the series begun with To the King a Daughter (2000). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A self-serving but admirable assortment of pieces written for money but with no small amount of love."
Science-fiction grandmaster Harrison collects and recollects from a 50-year writing career. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Superior blend of gutsy action and dreamy magic in a well-wrought, darkly sinister medieval setting."
Chamberlin's provocative, 15th-century fantasy series continues, with just enough sex, sorcery, and brutally realistic swordplay for the young Jehannette d' Arc to emerge as the powerful culmination of all three. Read full book review >
THE SFWA GRAND MASTERS by Frederik Pohl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Creaky and squeaky though they may be, these tales, considered the crème de la crème in their day, retain their value as memorials to an earlier generation's fears, hopes, and joys."
The third volume of stories by writers—according to editor Pohl's introduction—officially designated grandmasters of SFWA. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF LIR by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"High adventure in low prose, in which the wind chortles and anger is an aching knot in the belly."
Sequel to White Mare's Daughter (1998) by ultraprolific romancer Tarr, a Yale-Cambridge graduate in history and now a breeder of Lipizzan horses on her ranch in Vail, Arizona. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Harlan's thwarted, intelligent, and rather clever main characters, say, the first dozen or so, remain compelling."
Another doorstopper-size continuation of Harlan's overheated, overplotted, overpopulated but unusually fascinating epic about power and magic in the seventh century, that, with another volume in the works, is not over yet. 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 >