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Review: “Adulthood Rites,” Octavia E. Butler

Pros: A look at new conflicts that arise out of first contact Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Octavia Butler’s Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, Book Two)picks up after Dawn. Humans are making a life on what’s left of Earth. Lilith

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Review: “Dawn,” Octavia E. Butler

Pros: Stunning exploration of gender, group dynamics, and alien first contact Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m so embarrassed to say this, but I’ve never actually read one of Octavia Butler’s books before! My first is Dawn (Xenogenesis,

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Review: “Sweep in Peace,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Humor, long odds, intricate relationships Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Sweep In Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles) (Volume 2) tells the story of Gertrude Hunt (a sentient inn, apparently) and her keeper, Dina. Gertrude only has one

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Review: “Clean Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Clean Sweep, the first book in a new series, reminds me superficially of Tanya Huff’s Keeper series. Dina runs a bed and breakfast that caters to unusual

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Review: “Rarity from the Hollow,” Robert Eggleton

Pros: It’s unique! Cons: Confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Review book provided by publisher/author   Rarity From the Hollow, by Robert Eggleton, is a bizarre and unique tale. It involves a gigantic alien mall, telepathic roaches, a ghost

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"Tales of Majipoor," Robert Silverberg

Pros: Fascinating culture and events Cons: Logical inconsistencies; characters held at a distance Rating: 3 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Robert Silverberg’s Tales of Majipoor collects together seven stories set

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"Is Anybody Out There?" ed. Gevers and Halpern

Pros: Some enjoyable flights of fancy Cons: Some stories that try too hard to be high-minded and end up being obtuse Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The universe is vast, and it’s hard

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"Enemy Within," Marcella Burnard

Pros: Fascinating society, aliens, twisty plot… Cons: Starts off a little florid when introducing the male lead Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Captain Alexandra Rose, or Ari, had been a captive of the

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