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Review: “Space Carrier Avalon,” Glynn Stewart

Pros: Good space combat scenes Cons: Starts slow Rating: 3 out of 5 Glynn Stewart’s Space Carrier Avalon (Castle Federation) (Volume 1) follows Kyle Roberts, a war hero and pilot who’s been put in charge of the Avalon, a famous

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It feels strange

I’ve been doing book reviews online since 1998, since before blogs and book tours and the like. It feels so strange to not be writing book reviews. Hopefully I’ll find a balance in which I can do a book or

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Just so you know…

The reviews will become an occasional thing and I will only very rarely take items for review for at least a while. I’m going back to school and am already deep in books that are not nearly so much fun

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Review: “The New Neighbors,” Simon Lelic

Pros: Interesting mystery Cons: Structurally odd Rating: 4 out of 5 Simon Lelic’s The New Neighbors largely takes the form of a manuscript written alternately by Sydney and Jack, a couple who recently bought an old house stuffed with creepy

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Review: “The Beloveds,” Maureen Lindley

Pros: Weird, shifting tale Cons: Weird, shifting tale Rating: 4 out of 5 Maureen Lindley’s The Beloveds focuses on Elizabeth, who feels mightily aggrieved. As far as she’s concerned her life has always gone wrong. Her younger sister Gloria appropriated

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Review: “The Broken Girls,” Simone St. James

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, the time period switches back and forth between 1950 and 2014, in the small town of

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Review: “Live Your Life,” Ann LeFevre

Pros: Some good suggestions Cons: Artificial gimmick; some not-so-great advice Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre, PhD, LCSW, CMT, details 14 ways to improve your life and self. The

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Review: “Sparrow Hill Road,” by Seanan McGuire

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Sparrow Hill Road is about Rose Marshall, a ghost who’s been sweet 16 for decades. She’ll forever wear the prom dress she died in, and she

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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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