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Review: “After Atlas,” Emma Newman

Pros: Fascinating detail Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Emma Newman’s After Atlas (Planetfall Novel, A) is a follow-on to a previous novel I haven’t read, but I didn’t find that made this hard to follow at all. When

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Review: “The Jekyll Revelation,” Robert Masello

Pros: Very well-written; fascinating story Cons: The modern-day part fades into the background Rating: 4 out of 5 In Robert Masello’s The Jekyll Revelation, a modern-day park ranger stumbles across a strange steamer trunk during a drought that has nearly

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Review: “Nightmares”, Ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Some fantastic stories Cons: Some not-so-fantastic stories Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Editor Ellen Datlow’s collection Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror contains more than 20 horror stories of a wide variety. As usual with an anthology, some

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Review: “Counterpart,” Hayley Stone

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Still want more info on the difference in machines’ behavior, etc. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Stone’s Machinations, we discovered a world in which the robots we built are amassing against us. Now, in Counterpart,

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I apologize for the two-plus weeks I’ve been not-posting

I’m dealing with things like Brain MRIs. And divorces. I’m not even going to try to predict when reviews will be regular things again. Thank you for understanding!

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Review: “Certain Dark Things,” Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things is a slightly different vampire novel. People have known of vampires for decades, and know that there’s a variety of them usually dependent on country/area

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So… yeah

Apparently I had a dissociative event and lost two days. Thus, I am NOT ending my reviews. Yay! It’ll probably take me a couple weeks to really get up to speed again, though! And I don’t expect I’ll keep up

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Review: “The Naked Cookbook,” Tess Ward

Pros: Good food Cons: The attitude and confusion Rating: 2.5 out of 5 There are some wonderful recipes (stuffed avocadoes and avocado soup in particular), but also some problems. The table of contents uses utterly useless labels: pure, raw, stripped,

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Turning off the lights

I never expected to be saying these words, but after 15 years of marriage (plus five for dating), I’m getting a divorce. I don’t expect to come back here, but I’ll leave it up for now in case it’s useful

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Review: “IQ,” Joe Ide

Pros: Fascinatingly bizarre characters Cons: Messy time jumps Rating: 4 out of 5 As we join the characters of Joe Ide’s IQ, an obviously eeeeevil man tries to kidnap a little girl. IQ (Isaiah Quintabe), using his quick thinking and

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