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Review: “Valor’s Trial,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Great look at alien races Cons: Slower than the other installments Rating: 4.5 out of 5   Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has finally been returned to her old platoon. She ships out almost immediately to the site of an

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Review: “The Heart of Valor,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Fascinating setup and execution Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5   Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has had a couple of wild adventures. She convinced the alien Silsviss to enter the Confederation–over the dead bodies of many of her

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Review: “The Better Part of Valor,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Riveting, pulse-pounding; great characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   The Better Part of Valor (Valor Novel) (also available as the second half of the omnibus A Confederation of Valor) is the second book in Tanya Huff’s

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Review: “Valor’s Choice,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Moving, deft, and action-packed Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5   Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is being forced to take her exhausted marines on a spit-and-polish diplomatic mission that they hardly seem right for. Knowing how vicious the

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Review: “Odd Interlude,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Fascinating plot Cons: Not as quotable as the first two or so books Rating: 3.5 out of 5   Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure (from The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is the fifth book in the

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Review: “Coalescent,” Stephen Baxter

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: Misleading back cover text; confusing ending; non-obvious that it’s a series book Rating: 4 out of 5   George Poole’s father has died. This sends him on a slow path to ferret out family secrets that

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Review: “The Truth of Valor,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Riveting military SF with a fantastic female lead Cons: Can’t think of any… Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Torin Kerr is fresh out of the Marines and has joined up with her

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Review: “Human for a Day,” ed. Greenberg & Brozek

Pros: Some fascinating takes on what it means to be human (and not) Cons: Almost any anthology will have a story or three that don’t suit any given reader Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group

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"Tales of Majipoor," Robert Silverberg

Pros: Fascinating culture and events Cons: Logical inconsistencies; characters held at a distance Rating: 3 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Robert Silverberg’s Tales of Majipoor collects together seven stories set

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"Basilisk," Rob Thurman

Pros: Fascinating look at a young killer who never had a childhood trying to learn to be a normal person Cons: A little more awkward and predictable than her Leandros Bros. series (she sets a high bar for herself!) Rating:

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