Reviews for the Year 2001

2002 Announcing 
Sime~Gen Novels 
Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Jean Lorrah
New Hardcover Editions
Meisha Merlin Publishing Inc. 

The Re-Readable Collection Of  SF&F 
Selected by  Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Here you will find reviews for 2001.  
For other years, click "Columns by Year"    

Year 2001 Titles Well Worth Re-Reading
Use Month links to read these review columns  Title of the Review 

Books Reviewed

January 2001

Some books reviewed here are older, and out of print. 
Here's a place to find them. 


"A Huge Mega-Trend"

Out of Print Pick For Writers on your Gift List:  
Edgar Pangborn, A Mirror For Observers
Chock full of Story Ideas

A Civil Campaign : A Comedy of Biology and Manners
by Lois McMaster Bujold

List Price: $7.99

Mass Market Paperback - 544 pages (September 2000)
Baen Books; ISBN: 0671578855 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 6.77 x 4.18
Other Editions: Hardcover




The Shadow Matrix : A Novel of Darkover (Daw Book Collectors, No. 1065)
by Marion Zimmer Bradley

List Price: $7.99






Traitor's Sun : A Novel of Darkover
by Marion Zimmer Bradley

List Price: $6.99










King Kelson's Bride by Katherine Kurtz

List Price: $22.95




A Mirror for Observers by Edgar Pangborn 1954, and since then various publishers. There's a link on the sf/f page at Keybooks Bookstore where you can find used copies.    

Civil Campaign, A Vorkosigan Adventure, by Lois McMaster Bujold, Baen pb Aug. 2000

If you've managed to miss theVorkosegan Novels, you've got a real treat in store.  

Miles Vorkosegan is an aristocrat from a world where the Military is the only real career for an aristocratic man.  But with his defective body, he has no hope.  But anyhow, he succeeds beyond everyone's wildest dreams.  

Finally, he grows up into his 30's, miraculously surviving -- and meets the One Woman he can't live without.  

Modeling his courtship on his most successful military campaigns, a 'Civil Campaign' - he fails abysmally.  I have never read anything so hysterically FUNNY as the dinner party at the middle of this novel.  But it's only funny because it is so very realistic.  

Bujold has a deep understanding of human nature, easy facility with sf/f world-building, and the military wiles of a Gordon R. Dickson.  And here she's written an sf-romance that should be used as a model of excellence by which to judge every other sf-romance.   

The Shadow Matrix








Traitor's Sun Darkover Novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley, DAW pb, 1997, 1998










King Kelson's Bride A Novel of the Deryni by Katherine Kurtz, DAW hc June 2000


February 2001


"The More Things Change ..."

Come Twilight : A Novel of Saint-Germain
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
List Price: $27.95




Come Twilight A Novel of Saint Germain by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tor hc, Oct. 2000

Don't miss this one -- it's different.  Saint Germain makes a mistake and has to live with it.  

March 2001 "Paranormal Romantic-Suspense Realism"


Stealing Shadows
by Kay Hooper

List Price: $6.50





Hiding in the Shadows
by Kay Hooper

List Price: $6.50






Out of the Shadows
by Kay Hooper

List Price: $6.50





Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper, Bantam Books pb Aug 2000









Hiding in the Shadows by Kay Hooper, Bantam Books pb Oct 2000







Out of the Shadows by Kay Hooper, November 2000

See my Review on which discusses these books from a writer's point of view.


April 2001



"The Chinese Finger Puzzle Trend"

Nighthawk by Kristen Kyle BMI paperback 1997 - try 

The Dreams of Darkness : Book 1 of the Everdark Wars
by Elizabeth Burton

CD-ROM (September 1, 2000)
Pulsar Books; ISBN: 1586972502



The People's Choice 
by Jeff Greenfield, William M. Adler

List Price: $13.95





Nighthawk by Kristen Kyle BMI paperback 1997 - out-of-print but worthwhile to hunt for it.   

The Dreams of Darkness : Book 1 of the Everdark Wars by Elizabeth Burton Pulsar Books CD-Rom Sept. 2001






The People's Choice by Jeff Greenfield, Putnam hc 1995

This is ostensibly mainstream fiction written before 1995 - yet it describes Election 2000 to a T.

Star Trek:: Voyager "The Void" aired January 2001

7 Days - TV series

Andromeda - A Gene Roddenberry TV Series. (don't miss this series!)

Visit our Fandom Online links section to find the websites for these great shows.  

May 2001 "Breaking Out"

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
by J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre (Illustrator)

List Price: $6.99







Lady Crymsyn (Elrod, P. N. Vampire Files.)
by P. N. Elrod

List Price: $22.95












by C. J. Cherryh

List Price:$6.99






Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, Scholastic Inc. Oct. 1998







Star Trek: Voyager episode first aired 4/11/01




The Vampire Files: Lady Crymsyn by P. N. Elrod, Ace hc, Nov. 2000

Vampire Files series by P. N. Elrod has a blanket recommendation here.  To find reviews of the rest of the series, put "P. N. Elrod" into the search engine below.  






Precursor by C. J. Cherryh, sequel to the Foreigner Trilogy reviewed in this column previously. DAW pb Oct. 2000

To find the reviews of the others in this series, put "C. J. Cherryh" into our search engine below. 

June 2001


"Informed Consent"


A Still Point In Time by 
Marsha Briscoe


Rules of Conflict
by Kristine Smith

List Price: $6.50








Borrowed Tides
by Paul Levinson

List Price: $22.95

Star Trek: Voyager, "Natural Law" Syndicated TV episode, May 2001

A Still Point In Time by Marsha Briscoe, Starlight Writer Publications,  ebook & paper June/July 2001





Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith, Eos SF, Harper Collins, pb September 2000





Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson, Tor HC, March 2001



See Borrowed Tides in's Keybooks Bookstore with other comments.  


July 2001 


"Symbolic Initiation"

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda - Season Finale Episode, May 2001

It is highly recommended that you catch the reruns of this syndicated TV series.  The rerun of the finale in the fall, followed by the season opener may turn out to be more than interesting.  
August 2001



The August column connects Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, the Internet, and The Name of the Rose.  

"Building Trends"

The Name of the Rose [ABRIDGED]
by Umberto Eco, Theodore Bikel (Reader)




See my review on along with all my postings.



by Maggie Shayne

List Price: $6.99






Gates of Hell
by Susan Sizemore

Paperback - 263 pages 

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, Audio Renaissance Tapes, 1995, abridged, read by Theodore Bikel - 6 hours.







Destiny by Maggie Shayne, Jove Romance pb, Feb 2001





Gates of Hell by Susan Sizemore, Speculation Press pb, Jan. 2000
This new Universe could have been used as the background for the new Star Trek TV Series.  It's that good.  


Hercules syndicated TV series now rerunning on sci-fi channel.

September 2001

September presents an entire publishing house, not just one book.  

This publishing house would not have come to my attention had they not advertised on AND produced a book which won one of our Awards.

Read what others have to say about these books by clicking the titles.  

"Glimpses that Persist"

Raven's Heart
by Jennifer Dunne

List Price: $11.50






To Kill an Eidolon
by Chris Power, Terri Beckett

List Price: $11.50






Of Honor and Treason
by C. J. Merle

List Price: $11.50





Tribute Trail
by Terri Beckett, Chris Power, 

List Price: $11.50





Teenagers! : A Bewildered Parent's Guide
by Elizabeth Francis Caldwell
List Price: $11.95



Raven's Heart by Jennifer Dunne, Speculation Press, Nov.2000






To Kill An Eidolon by W. F. Halsey, Speculation Press pb, July 1999






Of Honor and Treason by C. J. Merle, Speculation Press pb June 2000





Tribute Trail by Terri Beckett and Chris Power, Speculation Press pb, June 1999 






Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guild, by Elizabeth Caldwell Silvercat Publications, 1996,

October 2001 "When Initiation Takes Hold"

Blind Vision
by Marguerite Krause

List Price: $11.50


This is also from Speculation Press




Secret of the Wolf
by Susan Krinard


Oct '01





Time Future
by Maxine McArthur

List Price: $6.99






Stronghold Rising (Sholan Alliance Novels)
by Lisanne Norman

List Price: $6.99


Blind Vision is a 'can't put it down read' - and please don't judge it by the cover art.  

Yes, this book and its publisher advertise on - I'd probably never have noticed them if they didn't.  And that's a conflict of interests.  But this is just one terrific novel!  Read it! 

I have also sold Speculation Press a Vampire short story for their November anthology.  The two prequels are available here for free reading. 


Secret of the Wolf is a sequel to Touch of the Wolf and Once a Wolf - you can find my reviews of those by putting "Susan Krinard" into our domain search engine.  Don't miss this one.  




Time Future pits the strength and ingenuity of a woman against the forces of a galactic civilization.  I loved the moment when her ex-husband turns up.  



Stronghold Rising is a very strong entry into this long series. For more on the rest of these books, put "Lisanne Norman" into the domain search engine.  All these titles are highly recommended.  

November 2000 "The Fidelity Trend"


Blood Games by Lee Killough  (discounted on



Of Duty and Death  
C. J. Merle 



Enterprise: the new Star Trek series.

Blood Games by Lee Killough Meisha Merlin Publishing, May 2001 (   )







Of Duty And Death by C. J. Merle, Speculation Press Original, May, 2001 (sequel to Honor and Treason reviewed in Sept.) 




Confessions: How to Write & Sell True Stories by Lorraine Henderson, Toad Hall Press, Aug. 2001

December 2001

Use our domain wide search engine to find the other reviews of these titles posted here and in our entire review section.  

Find your favorite authors.  

Reviews for 2002

Reviews for 2003

"Vibrating A Word"


Foreigner : A Novel of First Contact
by C. J. Cherryh

List Price: $6.99



Don't miss reviews for other books in this CJCherryh series.  



Click titles on right for the others in this series.  there are excerpts from the novels posted for free reading.

by C. J. Cherryh

List Price:$6.99




See Keybooks Bookstore for more choice sf/f picks.



Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh, DAW hc 1994

Invader by C. J. Cherryh, DAW hc 1995

Inheritor by C. J. Cherryh DAW hc 1996

Precursor by C. J. Cherryh DAW hc 1999

Defender by C. J. Cherryh DAW hc (2001) (now available)

Heaven and Hell, Winifred Halsey ed., pb. Speculation Press Dec. 2001 

I have reviewed the first 4 novels in this series and you can find my reviews by putting "C. J. Cherryh" into our search engine.    There is a great deal more to say on this very important series and you can read my review here soon.  



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