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Short Take: “Last Another Day,” Baileigh Higgins

Pros: New venue; decent characters; good writing Cons: It’s good but not great Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Baileigh Higgins’s Last Another Day (Dangerous Days – Zombie Apocalypse Book 1) stands out among the other Kindle Unlimited zombie firsts I’ve

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Short Take: “Outbreak,” Joshua C. Chadd

Pros: There is an audience for this; some good action scenes Cons: Everything else Rating: 2 out of 5 Joshua Chadd’s Outbreak (The Brother’s Creed) (Volume 1) exists to please a very specific kind of audience, and that audience has

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Review: “Indexing: Reflections,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: Such a wonderful and unique take on fairy tales Cons: Some slow parts Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Indexing: Reflections is a follow-on to her Indexing, which was a wonderfully unique book. The general premise is the

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Review: “Indexing,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: So, so very creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Indexing is one of the most creative books I’ve read all year (and I read a lot of books). In this world, fairy tale

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Review: “Come Sundown,” Nora Roberts

Pros: interesting ranching business; gets pretty dark in spots; good characters Cons: slow; too similar to some of Roberts’ other books; gets pretty dark in spots; too many characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown covers several

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Review: “Devour,” R.L. Blalock

Pros: Likable characters that you come to care about; plenty of variety in action Cons: I probably would have shifted some of the end elements around. Maybe. Rating: 4 out of 5 R.L. Blalock’s Devour (Death & Decay) (Volume 1)

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Review: “Harvest of Ruin,” Arthur Mongelli

Pros: Plenty of survivalism to track Cons: Unlikable characters; plodding pace; repetitive TV style Rating: 2 out of 5 Harvest Of Ruin: A Zombie Novel is another entry (by Arthur Mongelli) that focuses on survival and survivalism more than the

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Review: “Side Effects: Book One: First Days,” Dusti Dawn Rose

Pros: Detailed prepper/survivalist tale Cons: Rough; slow; sometimes confusing or inconsistent Rating: 3 out of 5 Side Effects: Book One: First Days (Volume 1), by Dusti Dawn Rose, tells the tale of Em and Drew, along with Em’s roommate Anna,

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Review: “Earth Alone,” Daniel Aronson

Pros: Interesting start to a military sf story Cons: One big plot hole Rating: 3 out of 5 Daniel Aronson’s Earth Alone: Earthrise Book 1 depicts a dystopian future in which huge centipede-like aliens regularly try to invade earth. They

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Review: “Wired,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: An interesting take on high intelligence Cons: Some of the hammered-in details weren’t ones I could agree with Rating: 4 out of 5 Wired is the first book in a series by Douglas E. Richards. In it, Kira, a

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