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Review: “Operation Antarctica,” William Meikle

Pros: Enjoyable military vs monster tale! Cons: One or two very minor details Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Antarctica (S-Squad Book 2) is a great military-vs-monsters tale of cosmic horror, involving “a horde of fucking Nazi ice

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Review: “Infestation,” William Meikle

Pros: Excellent example of its genre Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Infestation (S-Squad Book 1) is an excellent example of the military vs. monsters horror genre. Captain John Banks has to take his squad to investigate

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Review: “Tales for the Camp Fire,” ed. Loren Rhoads

Pros: Some good stories for a great cause Cons: Not many of the stories pulled me in Rating: 3 out of 5 I feel vaguely guilty not giving higher marks to a book that’s being sold to benefit charity. But

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Review: “Supernatural Tales 40: Summer 2019”

Pros: Some good stories Cons: Some so-so stories Rating: 3 out of 5 Supernatural Tales 40: Summer 2019 is a collection of seven short horror stories. It’s tough to find really good multi-author anthologies, because the odds that the editor’s

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Short Take: “The Craving,” Steve Hudgins

Pros: Halfway-decent action Cons: Awkward style; ‘meh’ twist Rating: 2 out of 5 Steve Hudgins’s novella The Craving introduces us to The Man in Black, who wakes up in a rainy field with no idea of who he is or

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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: “Cruel Works of Nature,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Absolutely wonderful horror collection Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas contains some delightful tales. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished them all! In Foliage,

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Review: “Alien: Echo,” Mira Grant

Pros: Characters, deep biological exploration, description, worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 When I heard there was an Alien novel coming out, I was cautiously intrigued. When I heard it was being written by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire)

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Review: “The Luminous Dead,” Caitlin Starling

Pros: Intense! Cons: Mild confusion Rating: 5 out of 5 Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead: A Novel is an intense psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down! Gyre is a caver, but she’s lied about how much experience she has.

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Review: “Sunspot Jungle Volume One,” ed. Bill Campbell

Pros: Poetic; multicultural Cons: Some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell, is a large collection of stories with a fantastical bent to them, although the

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