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Short Take: “Food Fright,” Nico Bell

Rating: 3 out of 5 Nico Bell’s novella Food Fright (Rewind or Die) is a humor/horror cross-genre work. It didn’t live up to my two favorite blends of humor and horror (The Roo [review] and Playing Possum [review]). In those

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Review: “The Roo,” Alan Baxter

Pros: So much fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Alan Baxter’s novella The Roo apparently started with a Twitter joke. There was some news article about an aggressive kangaroo, followed by Twitter jokes about turning it into a

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Review: “Strange Love,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: Silly, sweet, and deliriously fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ann Aguirre’s Strange Love: An Alien Abduction romance (Galactic Love Book 1) features Zylar of Kith B’alak, who has failed four times at the Choosing. If he

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Review: “Bloodliner,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Very out-of-the-box thinking; fascinating take on vampire physiology Cons: Needs a continuity edit; a couple of iffy “messages” Rating: 2 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Bloodliner: A Young Adult Horror Novel is, like the other books I’ve read of

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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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