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Review: “The Goodall Mutiny,” Gretchen Rix

Pros: High anxiety; interesting mystery Cons: Utterly bizarre style; small problems Rating: 2 out of 5 I’m not entirely sure what to make of the experience of reading Gretchen Rix’s The Goodall Mutiny (The Goodall Mysteries) (Volume 1). Lieutenant Joan

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Review: “Queen of Roses,” Elizabeth McCoy

Pros: Fascinating main character Cons: A bit slow Rating: 4 out of 5 Elizabeth McCoy’s Queen of Roses takes place on a cruise ship–spaceship, to be precise. It is run by two artificial intelligences, Pilot and Sarafina. The AI that

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Short Take: “Elysium,” Jennifer Marie Brissett

Pros: Interesting characters and world Cons: Utterly confusing and surreal Rating: 3 out of 5 Jennifer Marie Brissett’s Elysium is an odd, surreal story about Adrianne and Antoine, who are going through some marital difficulties. Or maybe it’s about Adrianne

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Review: “The Twelve,” Justin Cronin

Pros: Such an intricate world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel picks up five years after the end of The Passage, in 97 A.V. Amy, Alicia, and

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Review: “The Passage,” Justin Cronin

Pros: LONG and fascinating tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) covers a lot of genre background, from paranormal to horror, sci-fi to bio-thriller, apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic.

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Review: “Elixr,” Joshua James

Pros: Nifty plot and setup Cons: Some flimsy characters; a bit surface-level Rating: 3 out of 5 Joshua James is the author of the “Lucky’s Marines” military sci-fi books, which I’m quite fond of, so when Elixr: The Lost Starship

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Review: “Zero Sum Game,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Adrenaline-packed, high-intrigue, snarky adventure Cons: Didn’t go quite far enough Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell) is a delightfully sardonic thriller with some unusual characters and relationships. Cas Russell is a retrieval artist–people

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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Review: “The Child Goddess,” Louise Marley

Pros: Stunning characterizations Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Louise Marley’s The Child Goddess takes place in the future, when there are several human colonies on other worlds. ExtraSolar Corporation sets up a power plant on a world that

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Review: “Soulsaver,” James Stevens-Arce

Pros: Fantastic story of the Second Coming Cons: The message comes on a little strong Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Soulsaver: A Novel of the Second Coming, by James Stevens-Arce, takes place in San Juan at the very end of

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