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"Contagious," Scott Sigler

Pros: Fascinating plot; one or two interesting characters; neat story and medical stuff Cons: Characters went downhill since Infected Rating: 3 out of 5 Spoiler Warning: Since this is the second book in a series, it will be impossible to

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"Infected," Scott Sigler

Pros: Fascinating plot; extremely engrossing; some great characters Cons: Very graphic gore Rating: 5 out of 5   Infectious spores in the atmosphere have landed on a handful of humans, and some of them have taken root. As they spread

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"Irregular Creatures," Chuck Wendig

Pros: Strong & unique authorial voice; wild and creative stories Cons: Strong language and unflinching use of sex and violence won’t appeal to all; I have trouble reading stories where a person hurts an animal; “Radioactive Monkey” used some trite

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"Falling Under," Gwen Hayes

Pros: Falling Under caught hold of me and refused to let go, even days after I’d finished reading it Cons: If there were any, I was too enthralled to notice Rating: 6 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin

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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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"The Servants of Twilight," Dean Koontz

Pros: Enjoyable light read when you want some tension; better than some of his others Cons: Fluff thriller/horror reading Rating: 4.5 out of 5   Joey is an unusually well-behaved child, and his mother, Christine, is a strong and successful

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"Blood Prophecy," Stefan Petrucha

Pros: A more old-school take on vampires; intriguing strains of Lovecraftian horrors; unusual historical setting for a paranormal Cons: A few oddities (a French poem rhymes in English?) and a couple of dry passages Rating: 4 out of 5 Review

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"Xombies: Apocalypse Blues," Walter Greatshell

Pros: Wild and weird take on zombie fiction Cons: Wild and weird take on zombie fiction Rating: 4.5 out of 5   After reading a review copy of Walter Greatshell’s Xombies: Apocalypticon, I really wanted to go back and get

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"Xombies: Apocalypticon," Walter Greatshell

Pros: Powerful, and surprisingly original given the current wave of zombie interest Cons: Very few (sometimes it took me a little time to catch up) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Penguin Group.   Sure, we’ve seen

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"Archangel’s Kiss," Nalini Singh

Pros: Stunning, original, beautiful, intriguing, and mesmerizing Cons: None at all for me Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group.   I’ll have to lead off with a quote from my review of Nalini

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