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Short Take: “Lullaby Road,” James Anderson

Pros: Fascinating little desert town Cons: Ending loses its mooring a bit Rating: 4 out of 5 Lullaby Road, by James Anderson, centers around truck driver and somewhat-thug Ben. He becomes babysitter for a day when someone leaves a child

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Review: “The 53rd Card,” Virginia Weiss

Pros: Unusual and fascinating Cons: A bit… odd Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In The 53rd Card: A Dark Tale about Finding Light, by Virginia Weiss, Emma accidentally summons the Devil to her home. She doesn’t make a bargain with

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Review: “This Alien Shore,” C.S. Friedman

Pros: Stunning worldbuilding; amazing characters; wonderful plotting Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In C.S. Friedman’s This Alien Shore young Jamisia Shido is forced to abandon the corporate habitat she’s lived in for some time as it is destroyed

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Review: “Dark in Death,” J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Good length; plenty going on; lots of detail; multiple murders Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), is book 46 in the “in Death” series

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Review: “The Memory Detective,” T.S. Nichols

Pros: What a great concept, executed brilliantly Cons: I wish there was already a sequel out! Rating: 5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. T.S. Nichols’s The Memory Detective is about police officer Cole, also known

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Review: “Imprinted,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Delightful Magic Ex Libris tale Cons: Would have loved a longer tale! Rating: 5 out of 5 Jim C. Hines’s Magic Ex Libris stories are absolutely wonderful. In them, some people can work magic by tapping into the consensual

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Review: “Behold the Void,” Philip Fracassi

Pros: Intense and fascinating Cons: Occasionally could have used a little more detail or explanation Rating: 5 out of 5 Philip Fracassi’s anthology Behold the Void was recommended by a friend who knows my penchant for good horror, so I

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Review: “Lie With Me,” Sabine Durrant

Pros: Fascinating plot weaving Cons: Main character is definitely not sympathetic Rating: 4 out of 5 Sabine Durrant’s Lie With Me tells the story of Paul, a selfish and self-centered novelist who’s still riding off of the reputation he gained

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Review: “Two Girls Down,” Louisa Luna

Pros: Love the quirky and messed-up characters Cons: Vega’s too-perfect hacker plot device, I mean, colleague Rating: 4 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Louisa Luna’s Two Girls Down, two young sisters, Kylie (10) and

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Review: “Year One,” Nora Roberts

Pros: Combines several now-popular end-days structures and takes them further Cons: Jonah should have seen an attack coming Rating: 5 out of 5 When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing

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