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Review: “Fiction River: Valor,” edited by Lee Allred

Pros: Excellent military science fiction stories Cons: As always in anthologies, some stories are better than others Rating: 4 out of 5 I was going to read the next Anatomy & Physiology chapter today. Somehow, Fiction River: Valor (Fiction River:

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Review: “Selected Stories: Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Delightful stories Cons: Some variability Rating: 4 out of 5 I picked up Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Fantasy in an ‘epic fantasy’ story bundle, so I was surprised to find that most of these stories would have fit

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Review: “Carnival of Horror,” Kevin J. Kennedy

Pros: A fun ride Cons: Some stories are better than others Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Kennedy has put together a wonderful Carnival of Horror: A Carnival Themed Horror Anthology. It has the typical anthology issue of having

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Review: “Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Some gripping stories Cons: Breaks in mood Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy is definitely good, but I preferred his Selected Stories: Science Fiction Volume 1. There’s a handful of stories

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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: “Nightflyers and Other Stories,” George R.R. Martin

Pros: Fascinating little nuggets of sci-fi Cons: A seeming plot hole or two; could use more character depth Rating: 4 out of 5 George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers & Other Stories is a collection of a handful of science fiction stories,

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Review: “Sparrow Hill Road,” by Seanan McGuire

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Sparrow Hill Road is about Rose Marshall, a ghost who’s been sweet 16 for decades. She’ll forever wear the prom dress she died in, and she

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Review: “Behold the Void,” Philip Fracassi

Pros: Intense and fascinating Cons: Occasionally could have used a little more detail or explanation Rating: 5 out of 5 Philip Fracassi’s anthology Behold the Void was recommended by a friend who knows my penchant for good horror, so I

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Review: “Toad Words and Other Stories,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Delightful fairy tale variations with a folk tale feel Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s collection Toad Words And Other Stories very much tickled my fancy. I love the folk tale feel her stories give off.

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Short Take: “The Halcyon Fairy Book,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: hilarious, fascinating look at fairy tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Halcyon Fairy Book mostly consists of reprintings of a handful of fairy tales together with Kingfisher’s biting, humorous, insightful commentary on the same.

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