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Review: “Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Some gripping stories Cons: Breaks in mood Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy is definitely good, but I preferred his Selected Stories: Science Fiction Volume 1. There’s a handful of stories

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Review: “Residue,” Steve Diamond

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Main character lacks agency; doesn’t make me want to read more Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Steve Diamond’s Residue (Jack Bishop) (Volume 1) follows Jack Bishop, a teenager in high school whose father disappears under mysterious

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Short Take: “Miao Dao,” Joyce Carol Oates

Pros: Utterly engrossing Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joyce Carol Oates’s novella Miao Dao (Dark Corners collection) is a surreal story about an adolescent girl who’s having a hard time with her blossoming figure. She tries her best

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Short Take: “There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed,” Edgar Cantero

Pros: Hilarious, terrifying, and uniquely imaginative all at the same time Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Edgar Cantero’s There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed (Dark Corners collection) is a remarkably short read (took me maybe a

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Review: “Singularity,” Bill DeSmedt

Pros: Fascinating premise that goes to even more fascinating places Cons: Very talky; didn’t convince me to read the next book Rating: 4 out of 5 Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity (The Archon Sequence Book 1) starts with the Tunguska event–a seeming

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Review: “A Country of Ghosts,” Margaret Killjoy

Pros: Excellent work on characters and setting Cons: Pacing; unrealistically idealistic for me Rating: 3 out of 5 Margaret Killjoy’s A Country of Ghosts follows a journalist named Dimos Horacki as he’s embedded at the front of a war. The

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Review: “The Soul Eater,” Mike Resnick

Pros: Fascinating, lyrical tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mike Resnick’s The Soul Eater is elegantly over-the-top in its depiction of future society, both the grimy, gritty outer worlds and the high-styling inner worlds. Nicobar Lane is a

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Review: “The Application of Hope,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Characterization, plotting, ability to stand alone Cons: Check your expectations; still-unidentified bad guys Rating: 4 out of 5 The Application of Hope is a part of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving Universe. I’ve only read one other book set in

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Review: “Leverage in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: The usual fun world and characters; an interesting mystery Cons: So. Much. Talking. Rating: 3 out of 5 J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts’s) Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) is not her best work. In

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Review: “Renegade Star,” J.N. Chaney

Pros: Good action near the end; interesting premise Cons: Pale retread of Firefly; unlikable main character Rating: 3 out of 5 J.N. Chaney’s Renegade Star: An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure is noted in its Amazon description as appealing to Firefly

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