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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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"The Unquiet," J.D. Robb et al

Pros: Enjoyable stories of odd happenings Cons: Some predictableness; due to the length of the stories, some characters lacked depth Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The Unquiet contains five novellas by different authors,

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"Inked," various authors

Pros: Lovely and highly original stories! Pretty good intros to the authors’ worlds Cons: One story that rushed; now you’ll want to go pick up more books! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The

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"After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar," ed. J. Palmatier and P. Bray

Pros: Interesting premise; enjoyable stories Cons: Inconsistent use of premise Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Many centuries past, an alewife was cursed to tend her bar forever, never aging nor dying. Her only

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"Cupid Cats" (Multiple Authors)

Pros: lots of great humor and two great heroines. Cons: One of the stories felt weak. Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group There is a shelter named Cupid Cats, where those who come in looking

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"Zombiesque" anthology

Pros: Some beautiful concepts & stories Cons: Range of story quality, as is normal for anthologies; some shallow stories Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   While zombies have been around in movies and fiction

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Boondocks Fantasy!

Pros: Wonderful premise; some true winners! Cons: Range of story quality, as is normal for anthologies Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Boondocks Fantasy, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg, is a

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"Steampunk'd," ed. Rabe & Greenberg

Pros: Steampunk is such a fun genre, and there’s a wide variety of takes on it in here Cons: This book definitely highlights that it’s a relatively young genre that could use some maturing Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review

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"Timeshares," eds. Rabe & Greenberg

Pros: Fascinating concept, and the stories tie together in some unusual ways Cons: Contradictions between stories, and some ideas or characters that fell flat Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   How could we fail

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"A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters," eds. Greenberg & Hughes

Pros: Fantastic execution of a delicious premise Cons: As always for an anthology: not every story will suit you equally Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Penguin Group.   Women, monsters, and ass-kicking—what more could I ask

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