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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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Review: “The Child Goddess,” Louise Marley

Pros: Stunning characterizations Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Louise Marley’s The Child Goddess takes place in the future, when there are several human colonies on other worlds. ExtraSolar Corporation sets up a power plant on a world that

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Review: “Ink,” Sabrina Vourvoulias

Pros: Vivid; amazing characters; scary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m floored by Sabrina Vourvoulias’s dystopian fantasy Ink. Journalist Finn Riordan is covering immigrant-related stories in a world where immigrants are required to wear identity tattoos and speak

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Review: “Virgins & Tricksters,” Rosalie Morales Kearns

Pros: Stunning, engrossing Cons: A bit surreal in places! Rating: 5 out of 5 The Virgins & Tricksters anthology by Rosalie Morales Kearns bowled me over. Normally I read books that fall within very clearly defined genres, such as horror,

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Short Take: “In the Light,” S.P. Miskowski

Pros: Skillute is fascinating! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I believe that S.P. Miskowski’s In the Light (Skillute Cycle) (Volume 4) falls after her Astoria and Knock Knock and before The Worst Is Yet to Come. (It’s not

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Review: “Soulsaver,” James Stevens-Arce

Pros: Fantastic story of the Second Coming Cons: The message comes on a little strong Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Soulsaver: A Novel of the Second Coming, by James Stevens-Arce, takes place in San Juan at the very end of

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“Feminist Futures” Storybundle

The current storybundle, available for the next 3+ weeks, is the “feminist futures” storybundle. I just grabbed mine!

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Short Take: “Astoria,” S.P. Miskowski

Pros: Insightful Cons: Very internal Rating: 4 out of 5 In S.P. Miskowski’s Knock Knock, middle-aged Ethel unexpectedly became pregnant and gave birth to Connie Sara, a psychopathic little girl who killed animals and terrified her mother. In the novella

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Review: “High Aztech,” Ernest Hogan

Pros: Wild and crazy plot Cons: Very surreal in places Rating: 4 out of 5 Ernest Hogan’s High Aztech is a wildly imaginative blend of high tech and “Aztecisms”. It takes place in Tenochtitlán, which used to be Mexico City

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Review: “Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked,” Christa Carmen

Pros: Intense! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Christa Carmen’s Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is an intense and harrowing collection of horror short stories. A handful of them interconnect, with a couple mentioning the same city, a couple connecting

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