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Review: “Monsterland,” Michael Phillip Cash

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: Some definite plot holes Rating: 2.5 out of 5 In Michael Phillip Cash’s Monsterland the tone of the tale starts out… overwrought. Purple. Melodramatic. Thankfully this improved over the course of the story. The melodrama is

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Review: “Deadline,” Mira Grant

Pros: In love with this series Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s (Seanan McGuire’s) Newsflesh series, Deadline (Book two of Newsflesh) the Zombie apocalypse has changed the world–although not entirely in ways you might assume. What’s

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Review: “Feed,” Mira Grant

Pros: Absolutely wonderful milieu and characters! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1), two curative viruses meet up and mutated into something terrible. So now we don’t get cancer or the common cold,

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Review: “The Least of My Scars,” Stephen Graham Jones

Pros: Really fascinating Cons: confusing as hell Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephen Graham Jones’ The Least of My Scars is all about William Colton Hughes. He’s a serial killer, but he’d rather skip the stalking of his prey and

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Review: “Labyrinth Lost,” Zoraida Cordova

Pros: Fascinating Cons: Powers become generic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas), by Zoraida Cordova, is billed as a young adult book (not surprising, given the themes of finding oneself and growing into our power), but it’s

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Review: “Bloody Bloody Apple,” Howard Odentz

Pros: Fascinating story and great characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I first encountered Howard Odentz’s writing in Little Killers. I absolutely loved the book, so I decided to look at Bloody Bloody Apple next. In Apple, everyone

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Short Take: “Lamashtu,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: Great little interlude Cons: Fairly standard Rating: 4 out of 5 I really enjoyed Paul E. Cooley’s “The Black” series, so I thought it was time to read something else of his. Lamashtu is a short, fun mummy’s curse-type

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Review: “The Black: Outbreak,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: LOTS of tension and action Cons: Want more! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: Outbreak (book three) follows on the heels of The Black: Arrival (book two) and just The Black (book one). One thing

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Review: “The Black: Arrival,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: LOTS of tension Cons: Still that one niggly lost plot thread… Rating: 4 out of 5 Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: Arrival (Volume 2) occurs semi-simultaneously with the original The Black. In that story, a sample barrel of the

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Review: “Final Scream,” David Brookover

Pros: The beginning, when things were still being newly discovered Cons: Go find a tabletop gaming rules lawyer to fix the gaping plot holes Rating: 2 out of 5 David Brookover’s Final Scream is about a TV reality show in

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