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Review: “Right to Kill,” Andrew Peterson

Pros: More action than any five other books Cons: Anything non-action tends to be not-good Rating: 3 out of 5 Right to Kill, by Andrew Peterson, is part of his Nathan McBride Series. We’re dealing with ex-soldiers returned from overseas

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Short Take: “After We Live Forever,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Unique Cons: Really, really weird; oddly long Rating: 4 out of 5 My opinion of Ike Hamill’s books varies wildly. Some of them are absolutely amazing (Like the Madelyn series) while I dislike others. Overall he’s great, though. His

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Review: “Screams in the Woods,” Michael R. Martin

Pros: Perfect for readers who want lots of expository puzzling-out Cons: Long with lots of exposition Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Michael R. Martin’s Screams in the Woods is one of a certain kind of books: there’s a dark mystery

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Review: “Pacific Homicide,” Patricia Smiley

Pros: I definitely enjoy a good mystery Cons: Things that have already been done to death Rating: 3 out of 5 Pacific Homicide: A Mystery (A Pacific Homicide), by Patricia Smiley, introduces us to a detective Davie (Davina) Richards. A

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Review: “After Atlas,” Emma Newman

Pros: Fascinating detail Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Emma Newman’s After Atlas (Planetfall Novel, A) is a follow-on to a previous novel I haven’t read, but I didn’t find that made this hard to follow at all. When

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Recipe: Orange Creamsicle (Tapioca) Custard Gone Wild

I went to an Asian grocery and, due to my love of all things tapioca, bought large pearl tapioca. Including a batch of mixed colored tapioca bubbles. I tried to use them like their small pearl cousins, and it just

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Review: “The Jekyll Revelation,” Robert Masello

Pros: Very well-written; fascinating story Cons: The modern-day part fades into the background Rating: 4 out of 5 In Robert Masello’s The Jekyll Revelation, a modern-day park ranger stumbles across a strange steamer trunk during a drought that has nearly

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Review: “Nightmares”, Ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Some fantastic stories Cons: Some not-so-fantastic stories Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Editor Ellen Datlow’s collection Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror contains more than 20 horror stories of a wide variety. As usual with an anthology, some

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Review: “Counterpart,” Hayley Stone

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Still want more info on the difference in machines’ behavior, etc. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Stone’s Machinations, we discovered a world in which the robots we built are amassing against us. Now, in Counterpart,

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I apologize for the two-plus weeks I’ve been not-posting

I’m dealing with things like Brain MRIs. And divorces. I’m not even going to try to predict when reviews will be regular things again. Thank you for understanding!

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