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Review: “Mockingbird,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: The world has gotten so much stranger! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Mockingbird (Miriam Black Book 2) is the follow-on to the wonderful Blackbirds. Miriam Black is a psychic with one, very obnoxious ability: the

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Review: “Blackbirds,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Raucous, whirlwind adventure Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig brings us Blackbirds (1) (Miriam Black), book one of a six-book series. Miriam Black has a unique ability: when she touches someone skin-to-skin, she sees how that

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Short Take: “Come Closer,” Sara Gran

Pros: What an intriguing take on possession! Cons: The pacing is a bit off Rating: 4 out of 5 Sara Gran’s novella Come Closer brings us into the lives of married couple Amanda and Ed. Ed is in finance; Amanda

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Short Take: “Halloween Fiend,” C.V. Hunt

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Most of the characters didn’t appeal Rating: 4 out of 5 C.V. Hunt’s horror novella Halloween Fiend introduces us to Barry, who lives in the dying town of Strang. He works at the grocery store while

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Short Take: “The Festering Ones,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Engaging and original Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper’s novella The Festering Ones is a short piece of cosmic horror that’s a lot of fun. Young Faith went on a hunting trip with her father, only

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Review: “Gideon the Ninth,” Tamsyn Muir

Pros: Absolutely stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy Book 1) is a stunning blend of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I first became interested in it when I heard

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Review: “Honor Lost,” Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine

Pros: Wonderful conclusion to the trilogy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 NOTE: A website glitch caused me to lose this review, so I’m recreating it partially from memory and partially from what I have on Amazon. Ann Aguirre

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Review: “Enter, Night,” Michael Rowe

Pros: Intriguing vampire story Cons: Ends oddly; strange balance of details Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Rowe’s vampire novel Enter, Night is intriguing, but it has a bizarre structure that didn’t entirely work for me. Parr’s Landing is a

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Review: “The Cult Called Freedom House,” Stephanie Evelyn

Pros: Excellent ideas Cons: Execution is a bit rough Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephanie Evelyn’s The Cult Called Freedom House: Sophia Rey Book 1 has some very solid ideas and concepts behind it, but the narrative style is a

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Review: “Golden in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: Excellent and enjoyable traditional-style “In Death” book Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 When J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) Golden in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 50) picks up, a pediatrician–Dr. Kent Abner–is killed by a

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