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Review: “Bloodliner,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Very out-of-the-box thinking; fascinating take on vampire physiology Cons: Needs a continuity edit; a couple of iffy “messages” Rating: 2 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Bloodliner: A Young Adult Horror Novel is, like the other books I’ve read of

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Short Take: “To Be Devoured,” Sara Tantlinger

Pros: Excellent intense point of view Cons: Very gross! Rating: 4 out of 5 Sara Tantlinger’s novella To Be Devoured is, I must warn you, quite grotesque. So if that puts you off, just stop here. Andi has made a

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Review: “Silenced,” Nicole Givens Kurtz

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding Cons: Rough writing; needs another edit Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicole Givens Kurtz’s Silenced: A Cybil Lewis Novel (Cybil Lewis Mysteries) introduces us to Cybil Lewis, “private inspector and all around snoop”. This story takes place

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Review: “Hollow Kingdom,” Kira Jane Buxton

Pros: Delightful characters; very quotable! Cons: Gets very introspective! Rating: 4 out of 5 Kira Jane Buxton’s Hollow Kingdom introduces us to Shit Turd (S.T.), a crow raised by a human named Big Jim. He spews profanities and rides Big

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Short Take: “The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Four entertaining stories Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s short anthology The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales contains four brief tales of horror. I really loved her unusual serial killer tale Without Condition, so I had

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Review: “The Pilot,” Michael Cole

Pros: Interesting military-vs-monsters story Cons: Details that don’t add up right Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Cole’s The Pilot introduces us to Victor Seymour, a Navy SEAL who was discharged due to cancer, recovered, and became a mercenary. He

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Review: “Patient Zero,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Good slice-of-life apocalypse stories Cons: Small things Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories apparently is an add-on to her “Project Renova” series. It’s supposed to stand alone, so I thought it might be

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Review: “The Devil You Know,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Great concept executed well! Cons: Some stereotypes; a whole lot of misogyny Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s The Devil You Know approaches the serial killer thriller from a new direction. In a British town, there’s a serial

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Review: “The Gossamer Mage,” Julie E. Czerneda

Pros: Fabulous worldbuilding and characters! Cons: Some confusion; a few things didn’t quite add up Rating: 4 out of 5 Julie E. Czerneda’s The Gossamer Mage is an absolutely beautiful dark fantasy tale. Tananen is the only place in the

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Review: “The Third Mrs. Durst,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: The characters! The scheming! I’m floored! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I came across Ann Aguirre’s The Third Mrs. Durst on Book-Twitter. Aguirre said she’d been told she should market it as “bisexual erotic murder ladies”, and

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