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Short Take: “Chupacabra’s Song,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Brought me to tears Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chupacabra’s Song is a short story set in the backstory of Jim Hines’s wonderful “Magic Ex Libris” world (roughly 20 years earlier). It details the introduction of Nicola

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Review: “Goblin War,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Interesting larger scope Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Goblin War is book three in Jim C. Hines’s “Goblin Series”, after Goblin Quest and Goblin Hero. Jig is facing a whole new collection of dangers. The goblin tunnels

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Review: “Goblin Hero,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Clever plotting Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Jim C. Hines’s Goblin Hero (Goblin Series) brings us back to the tale of Jig, a hapless goblin who ended up an accidental hero in Goblin Quest. Even though he

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Review: “Goblin Quest,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Love the story of Jig! Cons: Beginning stumbles Rating: 4 out of 5 Goblin Quest, by Jim C. Hines (author of the awesome Princess Novels and the magnificent Magic Ex Libris series), is about a goblin named Jig. Poor

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Non-Review: “The Outcasts,” Chuck Abdella

The Outcasts: Book I: The Lies of Autumn is a fantasy tale by Chuck Abdella. Unfortunately, I only made my way through a quarter of it before I couldn’t take it any more. In a really good book, characters behave

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Review: “Anthology I”

Pros: Lovely tales Cons: Standard anthology potential problem: you might not enjoy all of the tales Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anthology I, from The Novel Fox, is a delightful collection of short science fiction and fantasy stories. One of

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Review: “Homeworld Blues,” A. J. McMillan

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Inconsistencies, contradictions, and annoying characters Rating: 2 out of 5   Homeworld Blues (Triworlds Revolution Book 1), by A. J. McMillan, starts off in a colony ship occupied by ‘officers’ and ‘civs’. It’s a fairly standard

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Review: “The Stone Prince,” Fiona Patton

Pros: Beautiful storytelling Cons: A hugely confusing number of names and titles Rating: 4 out of 5 Demnor is the heir to the throne of Branion. Someday, when his mother dies, he will take over and become the Aristok, also

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Review: “Irona 700,” Dave Duncan

Pros: Fascinating world and government Cons: I don’t always find politics riveting Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book provided by publisher.   Dave Duncan’s Irona 700 takes place in his own fantasy world–magic exists, religion controls a lot of

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Review: “When They Shine Brightest,” Yordan Zhelyazkov

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Awkward, and it was hard to like anyone Rating: 3 out of 5 Korsak is a Wayfarer soldier, but he was nursed back to health after an injury–by one of the peoples his nation makes war

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