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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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Review: “Moving In,” Ron Ripley

Pros: Some nice touches that are unusual for the genre Cons: Just little things here and there Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ron Ripley’s Moving In (Moving In Series) (Volume 1), Brian and Jenny have just moved into a

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Review: “How Not to Write a Novel,” Mittelmark and Newman

Pros: Useful AND funny as hell! Cons: A little inconsistency Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman give us a handy guide: How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them–A Misstep-by-Misstep

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Review: “The Day of the Dragonking,” Edward B. Irving

Pros: Interesting system of magic Cons: Confusing and sometimes stilted Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Edward B. Irving’s Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard has no dragons in it. Sorry to drop that on you. Wikipedia covers the

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Review: “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams,” Stephen King

Pros: Fantastic selection of stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of Stephen King’s short stories, was a lot of fun to read! I also enjoyed his introductory discussion on writing short

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Review: “Sweep in Peace,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Humor, long odds, intricate relationships Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Sweep In Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles) (Volume 2) tells the story of Gertrude Hunt (a sentient inn, apparently) and her keeper, Dina. Gertrude only has one

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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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