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Review: “In Conquest Born,” C.S. Friedman

Pros: Fantastic characters and constant striving Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I realize that C.S. Friedman’s In Conquest Born has been around for quite some time and isn’t in any way a ‘new’ book. I read it first

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Non-Review: “Eon Blue Apocalypse,” Jack Avarus

Every once in a while I grab up some ebook I hear about that’s temporarily free on Amazon, just to see what it’s like; you never know when you’ll stumble across a really good new author, even if the odds

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Review: “Keep the Stars Running,” Various

Pros: Final story blew me away Cons: First story almost made me give up on the book Rating: 4 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/13/2015.   Anthologies are tricky, because

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Review: “Pandora’s Star,” Peter F. Hamilton

Pros: Intriguing and imaginative aliens and plot, plenty of politicking and exploration of the world Cons: Couldn’t for the life of me keep track of all the characters! Made things confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 Peter F. Hamilton’s Pandora’s

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Review: “Andromeda’s Fall,” William C. Dietz

Pros: Interesting characters and world; engrossing plot Cons: Lack of chemistry in a pairing Rating: 4 out of 5 Catherine Carletto is a wealthy socialite, and her family has close ties to the Emperor. When the Emperor’s sister, Ophelia, decides

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Review: “Master Sergeant,” Mel Odom

Pros: Good basic plot, world, and characters Cons: Oh god the details Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Mel Odom’s Master Sergeant: The Makaum War: Book One introduces us to Master Sergeant Frank Sage. He’d rather be on the front lines

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Review: “The Abyss Beyond Dreams,” Peter F. Hamilton

Pros: Builds up into a fascinating tale of revolution Cons: Awkward start & some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Advance copy provided free by Random House Publishing Group – Del Rey Spectra via NetGalley.   The Abyss Beyond Dreams:

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Non-Review: “Micro,” Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

I do a “non-review” when I couldn’t finish a book. I won’t review it on Amazon or GoodReads, but I don’t mind telling you here why I chose not to finish. If there’s one thing I’ve found over the years,

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Review: “Omnitopia Dawn,” Diane Duane

Pros: Bad guy with depth; gets better and better as it goes Cons: Slow beginning; one significant expected ‘twist’ Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Dev Logan created Omnitopia: a massively multiplayer online game

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Review: “Abduction,” Robin Cook

Pros: Not much Cons: Cartoonish and full of stereotypes Rating: 1 out of 5 Perry Berg is the president of Benthic Marine, present for one of his company’s drilling projects. Dr. Suzanne Newell is an oceanographer; Donald Fuller is ex-Navy

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