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Review: “The Day of the Dragonking,” Edward B. Irving

Pros: Interesting system of magic Cons: Confusing and sometimes stilted Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Edward B. Irving’s Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard has no dragons in it. Sorry to drop that on you. Wikipedia covers the

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Non-Review: “Lot 150,” Billie Shoemate

In horror, it’s important to establish the atmosphere right away. Instead there’s an author’s note that takes up literally the first 3% of the book. When you have to include in your story a line like “a lot of this

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Review: “Kill Cycle,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: Couldn’t stand Ash’s wife Laura Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ike Hamill’s Kill Cycle, the town of Harrison is slowly dying. Ash has come back to live there after marrying Laura and having two children,

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Review: “Broken,” Susan Jane Bigelow

Pros: An amazing look at how time changes people; also a neat version of prescience Cons: What was up with Janeane? Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Susan Jane Bigelow’s Broken (The Extrahuman Union) (Volume 1) Michael Forward has the

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Non-Review: “Flight of the Ferryman,” William Irvin Rice

Willim Irvin Rice’s Flight of the Ferryman sounded good; I was looking forward to reading it. Something about the crew on a funeral ship being woken early because there’s life signs somewhere among the dead people. That sounds great! A

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Review: “The Travelers,” Chris Pavone

Pros: Fantastically screwed-up espionage tale! Cons: Can get confusing! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Chris Pavone’s The Travelers is an espionage tale in which Will Rhodes, a travel writer, is seduced by lovely Elle. She keeps a video of that

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Review: “The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes,” D. Krauss

Pros: Clever creepiness Cons: Some stories are better than others; stereotyped female characters Rating: 2.5 out of 5 D. Krauss’ The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes and Other Tales of Horror is an enjoyable collection of creepy tales. (I picked it

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Review: “Partholon,” D. Krauss

Pros: Fascinating nearly-stream-of-consciousness style Cons: At times confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 Partholon is by D. Krauss. An “Event” has killed most people in the U.S., and John Rashkil–ex-campus security officer and ex-cop–has taken it upon himself to fortify

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Review: “The Last Road Home,” Hope Erica Schultz

Pros: Fascinating concept; plenty of tension Cons: The concept comes on too suddenly near the end; is too readily accepted Rating: 4 out of 5 In Hope Erica Schultz’s The Last Road Home, Josh has heard voices all his life:

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Review: “In the Clearing,” Robert Dugoni

Pros: Fascinated by the investigation into the cold case. Cons: Modern-day mystery felt superfluous Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Robert Dugoni’s In the Clearing (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) is an interesting investigation into a cold case. In 1976, in Klickitat

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