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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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Review: “Goblin Quest,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Love the story of Jig! Cons: Beginning stumbles Rating: 4 out of 5 Goblin Quest, by Jim C. Hines (author of the awesome Princess Novels and the magnificent Magic Ex Libris series), is about a goblin named Jig. Poor

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Review: “Clean Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Clean Sweep, the first book in a new series, reminds me superficially of Tanya Huff’s Keeper series. Dina runs a bed and breakfast that caters to unusual

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Review: “Ch05en: Episode 1,” William Dickstein

Pros: Fun little story Cons: A bit confusing in places Rating: 3 out of 5 William Dickstein’s Ch05en: Episode 1 is about a pizza delivery guy named Frank. His father runs a pizza business, and his mother is a supervillain.

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Review: “H.G. Wells, Secret Agent,” Alex Shvartsman

Pros: Fun, silly light reading material Cons: Fairly reader-dependent Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alex Shvartsman’s H. G. Wells, Secret Agent, it’s an alternate history spy-vs-spy world, where all the truly brilliant inventors work for one government or another.

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