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Review: “Silenced,” Nicole Givens Kurtz

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding Cons: Rough writing; needs another edit Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicole Givens Kurtz’s Silenced: A Cybil Lewis Novel (Cybil Lewis Mysteries) introduces us to Cybil Lewis, “private inspector and all around snoop”. This story takes place

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Review: “GlitterShip Year Two,” ed. Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Pros: Delightful queer anthology of many genres Cons: The typical anthology issue of not every story being for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 Keffy R.M. Kehrli edits the anthology GlitterShip Year Two (GlitterShip Yearly Anthologies), containing more than

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Review: “This Is How You Lose the Time War,” Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

Pros: Stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone bring us the gorgeous novella (short novel?), This Is How You Lose the Time War. Red is an elite time-traveling agent working for the Agency. Blue

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Review: “The Singularity Trap,” Dennis E. Taylor

Pros: Interesting story and characters; intriguing worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dennis E. Taylor’s The Singularity Trap is an intriguing and creative take on the alien first contact story. Ivan Pritchard has signed onto the Mad Astra,

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Review: “Lucky Bastard,” Joshua James

Pros: The plot thickens! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’ Lucky Bastard: Lucky’s Marines | Book Eight picks up immediately after book seven. Our heroes (Lucky, Malby, Dabs, Jiang) plus the body they’re guarding (Queen-in-waiting Anna) and

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Review: “Lucky Justice,” Joshua James

Pros: Action-packed! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’s Lucky Justice: Lucky’s Marines | Book Seven sees our heroes being sent on a babysitting mission. But you know Lucky: it’ll all go to hell before the mission barely

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Review: “And Shall Machines Surrender,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Pros: An unusual and delightful world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s And Shall Machines Surrender reveals a delightfully strange world. Dr. Orfea Leung has arrived at the Shenzhen Dyson sphere, running from her past. She’s a

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Review: “Null Set,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Fascinating premise and execution Cons: Cliffhanger ending Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Null Set: A Cas Russell Novel is an excellent sequel to her Zero Sum Game. Both books are about Cas Russell, “a supernaturally mathematical retrieval

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Review: “Wanderers,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Spellbinding! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers: A Novel blew me away. 17-year-old Shana wakes up one morning to find that her 15-year-old sister, Nessie, has started walking off down the road for no apparent

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Review: “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space),” ed. Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Just plain piratic fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Catherine Lundoff edits the anthology Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). The stories in here run the gamut from whimsical and charming to somewhat dark. They

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