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Short Take: “Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Pros: Fantastic worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s novella Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster takes place in the same world as her book And Shall Machines Surrender [review]. In this story, a woman named Panthida

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Review: “The Nobody People,” Bob Proehl

Pros: Great look at the coming-out of people with “superpowers” Cons: GAH! It ends in the middle of things! Rating: 5 out of 5 Bob Proehl’s The Nobody People: A Novel introduces us to “Resonators,” people with special abilities. Some

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Review: “Wanderers,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Spellbinding! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers: A Novel blew me away. 17-year-old Shana wakes up one morning to find that her 15-year-old sister, Nessie, has started walking off down the road for no apparent

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Review: “Cursed Lands” Collection

Pros: A seriously large urban fantasy collection! Cons: Incredibly scattershot quality Rating: 3 out of 5 Cursed Lands: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian Collection includes more than 20 tales by a wide array of authors. To

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Review: “The Stone Sky,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Fantastic plot, characters, and worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, Book 3) is a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. Essun is starting to turn to stone, and using her

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Review: “The Fifth Season,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I picked up N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) because her The Inheritance Trilogy left a deep and lasting impression on me. I couldn’t wait to read

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Review: “Ambiguity Machines: and Other Stories,” Vandana Singh

Pros: Winding and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Vandana Singh’s Ambiguity Machines: and Other stories is a slow, winding collection of beautiful short science fiction stories (at least one story has overtones of horror, and more than

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Review: “Exile,” Lisa M. Bradley

Pros: Fabulous characters; fascinating setup Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Amazon publication date is 6/4/2019–I bought an early copy of this book distributed via StoryBundle.com. Lisa M. Bradley’s Exile seems, at first glance, to be yet another post-apocalyptic,

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Review: “Ink,” Sabrina Vourvoulias

Pros: Vivid; amazing characters; scary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m floored by Sabrina Vourvoulias’s dystopian fantasy Ink. Journalist Finn Riordan is covering immigrant-related stories in a world where immigrants are required to wear identity tattoos and speak

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Review: “Soulsaver,” James Stevens-Arce

Pros: Fantastic story of the Second Coming Cons: The message comes on a little strong Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Soulsaver: A Novel of the Second Coming, by James Stevens-Arce, takes place in San Juan at the very end of

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