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Review: “Titanborn,” Rhett C. Bruno

Pros: It’s an interesting setting Cons: Enemies fairly faceless; Malcolm can get annoying at times Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Rhett C. Bruno’s Titanborn picks up in 2334, three hundred years after a meteorite ‘crippled’ the earth. Some people stayed

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Nostalgia Review: “Children of the Thunder,” John Brunner

Pros: The mystery and the differences between the children Cons: Didn’t age entirely well Rating: 4.5 out of 5 John Brunner’s Children of the Thunder is something I read in the late 80s, when I was in high school. It

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Review: “Arrival,” Ryk Brown

Pros: Nice variation on the survival genre Cons: Childish adults (especially women) Rating: 2 out of 5 Ryk Brown’s Arrival involves a small spaceship, the Icarus, scouting out three possible human-habitable planets. Their mother ship, the Daedalus (a colony ship),

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Review: “Evolution’s End,” C.J. Daniels

Pros: Interesting to see the family dynamics play out Cons: Rough–could use some polishing; a handful of small plot holes Rating: 3 out of 5 C.J. Daniels’ Evolution’s End (Dark Frontier Book 1) takes place years after a nuclear war.

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Review: “Madelyn’s Mistake,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Madelyn is a fascinating character who gets into all the trouble. Cons: Some small bits of confusion Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I’ve been waiting for Ike Hamill’s Madelyn’s Mistake ever since reading Madelyn’s Nephew. I’ve enjoyed the Ike

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Review: “Admiral,” Sean Danker

Pros: Fantastic characters; entertaining and engrossing! Cons: I’d like to know a little more about what happened pre-story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Admiral (An Evagardian Novel), by Sean Danker, gives us thrills and chills with a nice dollop of

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Review: “Imago,” Octavia E. Butler

Pros: Stunning look at complex alien/human relations Cons: End resolved a little quickly Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Octavia Butler’s Imago (Xenogenesis Series book 3), the small human/alien colony thrives, largely through the efforts of Lilith, Tino, and Nikanj.

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Review: “Adulthood Rites,” Octavia E. Butler

Pros: A look at new conflicts that arise out of first contact Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Octavia Butler’s Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, Book Two)picks up after Dawn. Humans are making a life on what’s left of Earth. Lilith

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Review: “Dawn,” Octavia E. Butler

Pros: Stunning exploration of gender, group dynamics, and alien first contact Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m so embarrassed to say this, but I’ve never actually read one of Octavia Butler’s books before! My first is Dawn (Xenogenesis,

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Review: “The Madness Season,” C.S. Friedman

Pros: Riveting! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I know–I’m reviewing a book from the 1990s, which might seem pointless. I happened to remember that I’d only read one of C.S. Friedman’s books, and that it was amazing, so

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