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Review: “Imprinted,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Delightful Magic Ex Libris tale Cons: Would have loved a longer tale! Rating: 5 out of 5 Jim C. Hines’s Magic Ex Libris stories are absolutely wonderful. In them, some people can work magic by tapping into the consensual

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Review: “Behold the Void,” Philip Fracassi

Pros: Intense and fascinating Cons: Occasionally could have used a little more detail or explanation Rating: 5 out of 5 Philip Fracassi’s anthology Behold the Void was recommended by a friend who knows my penchant for good horror, so I

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Review: “Lie With Me,” Sabine Durrant

Pros: Fascinating plot weaving Cons: Main character is definitely not sympathetic Rating: 4 out of 5 Sabine Durrant’s Lie With Me tells the story of Paul, a selfish and self-centered novelist who’s still riding off of the reputation he gained

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Review: “Two Girls Down,” Louisa Luna

Pros: Love the quirky and messed-up characters Cons: Vega’s too-perfect hacker plot device, I mean, colleague Rating: 4 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Louisa Luna’s Two Girls Down, two young sisters, Kylie (10) and

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Review: “Year One,” Nora Roberts

Pros: Combines several now-popular end-days structures and takes them further Cons: Jonah should have seen an attack coming Rating: 5 out of 5 When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing

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Review: “Mumma’s House,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Excellent haunted house tale Cons: The ceremony was a tad weird Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Mumma’s House introduces us to a most unusual haunted house. This isn’t the stereotypical empty, unlived-in building. Instead, it belongs to

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Review: “The Chalk Man,” C.J. Tudor

Pros: Fascinating Cons: I was left with a few confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man is a fascinating tale of a decades-old maybe-solved murder and a new danger. In 1986, a group of friends (Eddie,

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Review: “Mercury’s Son,” Luke E. T. Hindmarsh

Pros: Interesting milieu and plot Cons: Navel-gazing and info dumps Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Luke E. T. Hindmarsh’s Mercury’s Son depicts a totalitarian, dystopian future Earth (not too unusual these days). In this case, wars between the Earth and

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Review: “Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple,” Peter Likins

Pros: Nice whimsical mystery Cons: Rape does not go with whimsical Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Peter Likins’s Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple takes place in 1930s Alabama at a religious university. The opening is a bit rushed and confusing,

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Review: “Paradox Bound,” Peter Clines

Pros: An unusually good time travel tale Cons: One plot device that could have been a plot point instead Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Peter Clines’s Paradox Bound is my new favorite time travel tale. There are just so many

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