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Review: “Hollow Kingdom,” Kira Jane Buxton

Pros: Delightful characters; very quotable! Cons: Gets very introspective! Rating: 4 out of 5 Kira Jane Buxton’s Hollow Kingdom introduces us to Shit Turd (S.T.), a crow raised by a human named Big Jim. He spews profanities and rides Big

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Review: “Cat Pictures Please And Other Stories,” Naomi Kritzer

Pros: Amazing combination of off-the-wall and ordinary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Naomi Kritzer’s collection Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories is absolutely wonderful. There wasn’t a single story I didn’t fully enjoy, despite the fact that I

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Review: “Terminal Uprising,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Hilarious, heart-warming tale of space janitors! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’ve been waiting eagerly for Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Uprising (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse), the sequel to his Terminal Alliance. This is a post-apocalyptic future in

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Review: “Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight,” Don Bassingthwaite

Pros: Original, vivid, inspiring, and bawdy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Now I’m even more addicted to storybundles, since one of them introduced me to Don Bassingthwaite’s marvelous Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories.

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Review: “The Claus Effect,” David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Pros: So much fun; so creative! Cons: Starts out a little rough Rating: 4.5 out of 5 David Nickle and Karl Schroeder’s The Claus Effect combines a short story called “The Toy Mill” set in 1983, and a book called

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Short Take: “There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed,” Edgar Cantero

Pros: Hilarious, terrifying, and uniquely imaginative all at the same time Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Edgar Cantero’s There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed (Dark Corners collection) is a remarkably short read (took me maybe a

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Review: “Terminal Alliance,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Hilarious, riveting, moving; fantastic characters and world-building Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Book One) is every bit as fun and fascinating as his other series (the Princess novels,

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Short Take: “The Halcyon Fairy Book,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: hilarious, fascinating look at fairy tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Halcyon Fairy Book mostly consists of reprintings of a handful of fairy tales together with Kingfisher’s biting, humorous, insightful commentary on the same.

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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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