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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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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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Short Take: “The Hunt,” J.H. Dierking

Pros: Gets quite interesting Cons: Feels a little unbalanced/flat at first Rating: 3.5 out of 5 J.H. Dierking’s short story The Hunt has us accompany a human named Malcolm on his way to observe a hunt conducted by an alien

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Review: “The Terrans,” Jean Johnson

Pros: Exceedingly in-depth worldbuilding Cons: Has some issues Rating: 3 out of 5 The setup of Jean Johnson’s The Terrans (First Salik War) is simple: Earth makes first contact with near-human aliens, and finds out that they have a mutual

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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: “Anthology I”

Pros: Lovely tales Cons: Standard anthology potential problem: you might not enjoy all of the tales Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anthology I, from The Novel Fox, is a delightful collection of short science fiction and fantasy stories. One of

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Review: “Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse,” A.L. Kennedy

Pros: Interesting plot Cons: Too precious; too much inside the Doctor’s head Rating: 3 out of 5 I love Doctor Who, but I lost track of it after Eccleston. I’m more familiar with the Doctors of my childhood: four, five…

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Review: “The Martian,” Andy Weir

Pros: Absolutely fascinating from start to finish! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I recently saw the trailers for the movie “The Martian” and thought they looked pretty fascinating. So when I found that I could get a review

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Review: “The Fold,” Peter Clines

Pros: Fantastic tale with great characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The Fold: A Novel, by Peter Clines, is a fantastic read. A bunch of scientists started out trying to figure out how to teleport people and failed.

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Review: “Hunter,” Mercedes Lackey

Pros: Wish fulfillment fantasy Cons: Wish fulfillment fantasy Rating: 5 out of 5 Joyeaux Charmand is a Hunter. She can wield magic, and summon an extremely unusual pack of otherworldly hounds, in order to fight against creatures called “Othersiders”. Ever

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