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Review: “Wellside,” Robin Shortt

Pros: The worldbuilding Cons: Still get confused about how the Library works Rating: 4 out of 5 Robin Shortt’s Wellside is a fun tale of a Well that exists between worlds. The story starts out at Chifley High, where student

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Review: “Sunspot Jungle Volume One,” ed. Bill Campbell

Pros: Poetic; multicultural Cons: Some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell, is a large collection of stories with a fantastical bent to them, although the

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Review: “Fungi,” ed. Orrin Grey, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Some fascinating surreal bits of horror Cons: More whimsy than I would have liked Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I’m fond of “cosmic horror,” and a fungal-themed anthology posted under the horror genre sounded right up my alley. While

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Review: “Ironhand,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Fascinating army; interesting plot; good characters Cons: Ends a little quickly Rating: 4 out of 5 Ironhand (Taurin’s Chosen Book 2) is the sequel to Mourning Cloak, which I very much enjoyed due to its highly imaginative and vivid

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Review: “Mourning Cloak,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Beautiful descriptions; fascinating characters; intense imagery Cons: The cities/peoples got a little confusing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Rabia Gale’s Mourning Cloak (Taurin’s Chosen Book 1) is a short but intense read. Kato Vorsok, who works simply mixing drinks,

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Review: “The Invisible Library,” Genevieve Cogman

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Didn’t keep me enthralled Rating: 3 out of 5 Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library starts out with an interesting premise: Irene is a Librarian (with a capital L). She works for a mysterious interdimensional Library hunting

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Review: “H.G. Wells, Secret Agent,” Alex Shvartsman

Pros: Fun, silly light reading material Cons: Fairly reader-dependent Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alex Shvartsman’s H. G. Wells, Secret Agent, it’s an alternate history spy-vs-spy world, where all the truly brilliant inventors work for one government or another.

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Review: “Odd Apocalypse,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Quotable; good plotting Cons: Some repetitive explanations Rating: 4 out of 5   Odd Apocalypse (book six in The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is a bit different from Dean Koontz’s previous Odd Thomas books. Books one and two

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Review: “Geared for Pleasure,” Rachel Grace

Pros: Gripping epic tale with fascinating characters & worldbuilding, hot sex, and intense machinations Cons: Occasionally confusing; one potential deus ex machina Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Rachel Grace’s Geared for Pleasure (An

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"The Havoc Machine," Steven Harper

Pros: Interesting world-building and story Cons: Some discordant tones Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The clockwork plague reduced some people to mindless plague-spreading zombies, while elevating others to

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