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Review: “Guilt in Innocence,” Keith R.A. DeCandido

Pros: Engrossing action and characters Cons: Telepathic abilities don’t feel consistent Rating: 4 out of 5 Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of Guilt in Innocence (Tales of the Scattered Earth Book 4), Tales of the Olodumere Hegemony Book 1.

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Review: “Fiction River: Valor,” edited by Lee Allred

Pros: Excellent military science fiction stories Cons: As always in anthologies, some stories are better than others Rating: 4 out of 5 I was going to read the next Anatomy & Physiology chapter today. Somehow, Fiction River: Valor (Fiction River:

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Review: “Farm Land: Sentience,” G. Lawrence

Pros: Beautifully drawn Cons: So over-the-top black-and-white; endless sermonizing Rating: 3 out of 5 G. Lawrence’s Farm Land: Sentience (The Farm Land Trilogy Book 1) takes place far in the future, after climate change has drowned most of the land

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Review: “Doomsday Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Still so much fantastic action! Cons: Fickle time-turning abilities Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of The Druid, Ana and Lachlan hunted down a massively dangerous stolen spell and rescued a kidnapped friend. In book two, they

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Review: “Captured by Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Fantastic action Cons: A few missteps Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of The Druid, Ana and Lachlan hunted down a massively dangerous stolen spell and rescued a kidnapped friend. In book two, they recovered Dracha’s stolen

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Review: “Celtic Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Strong female characters and excellent fight scenes Cons: Enemy lacks dimension; formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of The Druid, Ana and (her now-boyfriend) Lachlan had to hunt down a stolen spell and rescue a kidnapped

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Review: “Crime of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Nifty fairy tale challenges; the Cats of Chaos Cons: Some formulaic elements Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of Linsey Hall’s “The Druid”, Ana had to help Lachlan retrieve a stolen super-powerful spell and rescue his kidnapped

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Review: “Institute of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Great action Cons: Semi-formulaic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Institute of Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Druid Book 1) is the fifth sub-series in her Dragon’s Gift universe, following Ana, Bree’s younger sister. As usual, one of the

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Review: “The Cabin at the End of the World,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: This story broke my brain Cons: Truly bizarre perspective/PoV switching Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel introduces us to little girl Wen and her Daddy Eric and Daddy

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Review: “Them Bones,” Howard Waldrop

Pros: Fantastically original Cons: Meanders weirdly Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Howard Waldrop’s Them Bones is a bizarre and mystifying read. At a 1929 archaeological site in Louisiana, Dr. Kincaid and Bessie Level discover a thirteenth-century burial mound… with horses’

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