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Short Take: “Silent Blade,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Fascinating world and characters; sexy Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I wanted a short book I could read while waiting for classes to start and the bus to arrive, and I adore the writing of husband-and-wife team

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Review: “Singularity,” Bill DeSmedt

Pros: Fascinating premise that goes to even more fascinating places Cons: Very talky; didn’t convince me to read the next book Rating: 4 out of 5 Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity (The Archon Sequence Book 1) starts with the Tunguska event–a seeming

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Review: “The Soul Eater,” Mike Resnick

Pros: Fascinating, lyrical tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mike Resnick’s The Soul Eater is elegantly over-the-top in its depiction of future society, both the grimy, gritty outer worlds and the high-styling inner worlds. Nicobar Lane is a

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Review: “The Application of Hope,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Characterization, plotting, ability to stand alone Cons: Check your expectations; still-unidentified bad guys Rating: 4 out of 5 The Application of Hope is a part of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving Universe. I’ve only read one other book set in

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Review: “Leverage in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: The usual fun world and characters; an interesting mystery Cons: So. Much. Talking. Rating: 3 out of 5 J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts’s) Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) is not her best work. In

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Review: “Renegade Star,” J.N. Chaney

Pros: Good action near the end; interesting premise Cons: Pale retread of Firefly; unlikable main character Rating: 3 out of 5 J.N. Chaney’s Renegade Star: An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure is noted in its Amazon description as appealing to Firefly

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Review: “Selected Stories: Science Fiction, Volume 1,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Fun, enjoyable stories Cons: A few stories are a little dated Rating: 5 out of 5 Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories Science Fiction (Volume 1) contains a nice collection of sci-fi stories in a variety of styles and settings.

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Review: “Lucky Forever,” Joshua James

Pros: Fantastic, intense action scenes Cons: I feel like I’m missing something Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Since my third class of the term (physics) hasn’t started yet, I decided I could afford to take a few hours to read

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Review: “The Falls,” Kristine Katheryn Rusch

Pros: Fascinating mystery; interesting characters; stands alone well Cons: A bit slow and slightly ponderous in places Rating: 4 out of 5 The Falls: A Diving Universe Novel (Diving Series) (Volume 5) is something I picked up in a storybundle,

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Review: “Lucky Empire,” Joshua James

Pros: Pacing; characters; action; worldbuilding Cons: The Empire’s alien tech built up awfully fast Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Joshua James’s Lucky Empire: Lucky’s Marines | Book Three we pick up again after the events of Lucky Universe and

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