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Short Take: “After We Live Forever,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Unique Cons: Really, really weird; oddly long Rating: 4 out of 5 My opinion of Ike Hamill’s books varies wildly. Some of them are absolutely amazing (Like the Madelyn series) while I dislike others. Overall he’s great, though. His

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Review: “Screams in the Woods,” Michael R. Martin

Pros: Perfect for readers who want lots of expository puzzling-out Cons: Long with lots of exposition Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Michael R. Martin’s Screams in the Woods is one of a certain kind of books: there’s a dark mystery

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Review: “After Atlas,” Emma Newman

Pros: Fascinating detail Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Emma Newman’s After Atlas (Planetfall Novel, A) is a follow-on to a previous novel I haven’t read, but I didn’t find that made this hard to follow at all. When

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Review: “Counterpart,” Hayley Stone

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Still want more info on the difference in machines’ behavior, etc. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Stone’s Machinations, we discovered a world in which the robots we built are amassing against us. Now, in Counterpart,

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Review: “Deadline,” Mira Grant

Pros: In love with this series Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s (Seanan McGuire’s) Newsflesh series, Deadline (Book two of Newsflesh) the Zombie apocalypse has changed the world–although not entirely in ways you might assume. What’s

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Review: “Feed,” Mira Grant

Pros: Absolutely wonderful milieu and characters! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1), two curative viruses meet up and mutated into something terrible. So now we don’t get cancer or the common cold,

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Review: “Ninth City Burning,” J. Patrick Black

Pros: Wonderful characters Cons: Want to know more about what they’re fighting; time differences should produce more change? Rating: 3.5 out of 5 J. Patrick Black’s Ninth City Burning is a fascinating look at a war between forces from two

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Review: “The Seeker Star,” Susan Jane Bigelow

Pros: Wonderful characters and plot Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Please note that it’s pretty much impossible to review this book without giving away details of where we left off in The Daughter Star. If you haven’t yet

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Review: “The Daughter Star,” Susan Jane Bigelow

Pros: I’m loving Bigelow’s books! Cons: Very small detail gripes Rating: 5 out of 5 Susan Jane Bigelow’s The Daughter Star (Grayline Sisters Book 1) is a fantastic read. To put it in perspective, as soon as I finished reading

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Review: “Casimir Bridge,” Darren D. Byer

Pros: Excellent characters and world-building Cons: *grumble* semi-cliffhanger *grumble* Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Darren D. Byer’s Casimir Bridge (Anghazi Series Book 1) is the story of Mandisa (Mandi) Nkosi. She’s a journalist who covered an intense fight in a

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