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Review: “The Twelve,” Justin Cronin

Pros: Such an intricate world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel picks up five years after the end of The Passage, in 97 A.V. Amy, Alicia, and

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Review: “The Passage,” Justin Cronin

Pros: LONG and fascinating tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) covers a lot of genre background, from paranormal to horror, sci-fi to bio-thriller, apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic.

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Review: “Elixr,” Joshua James

Pros: Nifty plot and setup Cons: Some flimsy characters; a bit surface-level Rating: 3 out of 5 Joshua James is the author of the “Lucky’s Marines” military sci-fi books, which I’m quite fond of, so when Elixr: The Lost Starship

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Review: “Zero Sum Game,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Adrenaline-packed, high-intrigue, snarky adventure Cons: Didn’t go quite far enough Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell) is a delightfully sardonic thriller with some unusual characters and relationships. Cas Russell is a retrieval artist–people

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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Review: “The Child Goddess,” Louise Marley

Pros: Stunning characterizations Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Louise Marley’s The Child Goddess takes place in the future, when there are several human colonies on other worlds. ExtraSolar Corporation sets up a power plant on a world that

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Review: “Soulsaver,” James Stevens-Arce

Pros: Fantastic story of the Second Coming Cons: The message comes on a little strong Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Soulsaver: A Novel of the Second Coming, by James Stevens-Arce, takes place in San Juan at the very end of

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Review: “High Aztech,” Ernest Hogan

Pros: Wild and crazy plot Cons: Very surreal in places Rating: 4 out of 5 Ernest Hogan’s High Aztech is a wildly imaginative blend of high tech and “Aztecisms”. It takes place in Tenochtitlán, which used to be Mexico City

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Review: “Lords of the Earth,” David Bowles

Pros: Interesting characters and solution Cons: Didn’t pull me in right away Rating: 4 out of 5 I got David Bowles’s Lords Of The Earth: A Kaiju Novel from a Storybundle, so while Kaiju aren’t usually my thing, I was

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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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