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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: “Anomaly,” David Kazzie

Pros: The ending is fascinating Cons: Just about everything else Rating: 2 out of 5 David Kazzie’s Anomaly centers on Claire Hamilton, a 45-year-old astrobiology professor with a husband, Jack, and two 6-year-old kids, Hugo and Miranda. Twelve years earlier

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Review: “Paradox Bound,” Peter Clines

Pros: An unusually good time travel tale Cons: One plot device that could have been a plot point instead Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Peter Clines’s Paradox Bound is my new favorite time travel tale. There are just so many

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Review: “Unhappenings,” Edward Aubry

Pros: Wow Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Edward Aubry’s Unhappenings pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. I tend to be very leery of time travel, because it’s so hard to do in a fashion that makes any

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Review: “The Anubis Gates,” Tim Powers

Pros: Interesting set of bad guys Cons: Character stupidity Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers, a mysterious set of time-spanning ‘gates’ open up. If you know where and when they’re going to appear–and apparently

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Review: “Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse,” A.L. Kennedy

Pros: Interesting plot Cons: Too precious; too much inside the Doctor’s head Rating: 3 out of 5 I love Doctor Who, but I lost track of it after Eccleston. I’m more familiar with the Doctors of my childhood: four, five…

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Review: “Shadow of Night,” Deborah Harkness

Pros: Better than volume 1 Cons: Mary Sue; inconsistent details Rating: 2.5 out of 5   Witch Diana Bishop and her husband (vampire Matthew de Clermont) have time-walked back to the 1500s in order to find a book and a

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Review: “Seductive Supernaturals,” various authors

Pros: Some interesting ideas Cons: Stories that don’t stand on their own Rating: 3 out of 5 Review copy provided free by Full Moon Books, LLC via NetGalley.   SEDUCTIVE SUPERNATURALS: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits is

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"Viking Heat" by Sandra Hill

Pros: Characters that are very easy to fall in love with; a warm, feel-good story. Cons: I would have liked to see more interactions between Joy and Liz. Rating: 4.75 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group While

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"Timeshares," eds. Rabe & Greenberg

Pros: Fascinating concept, and the stories tie together in some unusual ways Cons: Contradictions between stories, and some ideas or characters that fell flat Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   How could we fail

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