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Short Take: “Black and Blue,” James Patterson, Candice Fox

Pros: Decent detective story Cons: A lot of unlikable characters Rating: 3 out of 5 James Patterson and Candice Fox are the authors of Black & Blue (BookShots). The “BookShots” indicator means this is a novella, a short book meant

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Short Take: “Cross Kill,” James Patterson

Pros: I do like crime dramas Cons: But maybe not this one Rating: 2 out of 5 James Patterson’s Cross Kill: An Alex Cross Story (BookShots) has Alex Cross and his partner, John, helping with a before-school meals program; they’re

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Short Take: “Mirror Mirror,” Anthony M. Strong

Pros: Short and sweet Cons: Nothing new here Rating: 3 out of 5 Sometimes it’s nice to read a little horror novella in between longer reads. Mirror Mirror, by Anthony M. Strong, occupies that niche. It’s quick, it’s fun, but

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Review: “The History Major,” Michael Phillip Cash

Pros: Interesting concept Cons: Confusing at times Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Phillip Cash’s The History Major is a novella that follows a strange period in student Amanda Greene’s college life. She got terribly drunk, and in addition to

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Review: “The Blood House,” Amy Cross

Pros: Engrossing, tense Cons: Well-used concept Rating: 4 out of 5 The Blood House, by Amy Cross, is ultimately about a house that eats people (well, sort of). It’s a well-worn horror trope, but I enjoyed watching it play out.

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Short Take: “Last Resort”, K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Chilling Cons: Short, and it all seems too one-sided Rating: 3 out of 5 K.R. Griffiths’ Last Resort is a novella that takes place in the world of Griffiths’ Wildfire Chronicles. it’s a short read, but interesting. Shane and

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Short Take: “Black Noise,” W.E. Mitchell

Pros: Space and Lovecraftian goings on–taste great together! Cons: A few details that didn’t quite add up right Rating: 3.5 out of 5 W.E. Mitchell’s Black Noise is a novella about three astronauts sent to find out why Earth has

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Review: “Legs!”, Kayla Jones

Pros: Entertaining tale of the werespider Cons: A couple of things that seem unexplained Rating: 3.5 out of 5 We’ve all felt it before: that little tickle on your arm, the one that you almost scratch as an itch until

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Review: “Slow and Long,” Brad Kelly

Pros: Surreal Cons: Perhaps a bit too abstract in places Rating: 4 out of 5   Slow and Long, by Brad Kelly, is a surreal trip inside the mind of a man named Chip. He’s a student of history, but

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Review: “The Hangman,” Louise Penny

Pros: Simple mystery Cons: Not much tension Rating: 4 out of 5   One of the difficulties of getting a book from the library or getting an e-book copy is that I don’t necessarily know as much about a book

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