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Review: “Strange New Words,” by Ari Marmell

Pros: Very enjoyable collection of oddity tales Cons: Some engaged me more than others; some were more predictable than others Rating: 4 out of 5   Ari Marmell’s Strange New Words: Tales of Heroism, Hi-Jinks, and Horror is an enjoyable

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"The Havoc Machine," Steven Harper

Pros: Interesting world-building and story Cons: Some discordant tones Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The clockwork plague reduced some people to mindless plague-spreading zombies, while elevating others to

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"The Mist-Torn Witches," Barb Hendee

Pros: Magnificent characterization, pacing and plotting Cons: Somewhat standard medieval setting (not wholly a negative; read review for more details) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Celine and Amelie

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"Red Hood’s Revenge," Jim C. Hines

Pros: Gorgeous continuation of Sleeping Beauty/Talia’s story Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Roudette is the Lady of the Red Hood, a legendary assassin. Only one person has ever gone up against her and lived to tell the

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