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Review: “Lockdown,” ed. Nick Kolakowski, Steve Weddle

Rating: 4 out of 5 Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski edited the deliberately-timely pandemic anthology Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic. Some people I’m sure just want to use their reading to escape the current pandemic,

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Review: “Island of Bones,” Gaby Triana

Rating: 5 out of 5 Gaby Triana’s Island of Bones (Haunted Florida) pulled me in so thoroughly that when I finished it I looked up, blinked a few times, and realized it was more than an hour past when I

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Review: “Pressure,” Jeff Strand

Pros: Very neatly-plotted, and heartstopping! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jeff Strand’s Pressure is a delirious look into the relationship between a psychopathic killer and a man who’s been pushed too far. Alex and Darren met in boarding

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Review: “Critical Point,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Still loving this series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I absolutely love S.L. Huang’s Cas Russell books. In Critical Point (Cas Russell Book 3), Cas is beginning to integrate with the people around her. It doesn’t come

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Review: “Island King,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Original combination of ideas with some great tongue-in-cheek humor Cons: Hangs together a little loosely in some places Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Island King is a fun little adventure with some interesting tongue-in-cheek humor about reality

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Review: “Genome,” A.G. Riddle

Pros: Delivers on the mysteries created in book one Cons: Occasionally things don’t quite add up Rating: 4 out of 5 A.G. Riddle’s Genome (The Extinction Files Book 2) picks up just a few weeks after Pandemic [review] ends. The

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Review: “The Corpse Garden,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: More excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 This is the second anthology I’ve read by S.H. Cooper, and it’s just as excellent as the other. The Corpse Garden: A Collection Of Short Horror Stories

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Review: “Pandemic,” A.G. Riddle

Pros: Impressively grand scope! Cons: I hope some coincidences get resolved in the next book! Rating: 4 out of 5 A.G. Riddle’s long novel Pandemic (The Extinction Files, Book 1) dumps us straight into the realm of pandemic apocalypse. Dr.

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Review: “Allison,” Jeff Strand

Pros: Had me on the edge of my seat! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jeff Strand’s Allison takes the girl-with-supernatural-powers-gets-pushed-too-far trope and makes it delicious again. Allison found out the hard way that she can move people with

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Review: “From Twisted Roots,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Absolutely excellent short horror stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 S.H. Cooper brings us From Twisted Roots: Thriller, Horror, and Mystery Short Stories. I absolutely love this collection. Each story packs a punch, even though they’re all

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