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Review: “Earth Alone,” Daniel Aronson

Pros: Interesting start to a military sf story Cons: One big plot hole Rating: 3 out of 5 Daniel Aronson’s Earth Alone: Earthrise Book 1 depicts a dystopian future in which huge centipede-like aliens regularly try to invade earth. They

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Review: “Fall of the Cities: Putting Down Roots”, Vance Huxley

Pros: So beautifully detailed! Cons: Small bits here and there Rating: 4 out of 5 Vance Huxley’s Fall of the Cities: Putting Down Roots is the sequel to his Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard. Now we get to

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Review: “The Terrans,” Jean Johnson

Pros: Exceedingly in-depth worldbuilding Cons: Has some issues Rating: 3 out of 5 The setup of Jean Johnson’s The Terrans (First Salik War) is simple: Earth makes first contact with near-human aliens, and finds out that they have a mutual

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"The Shifter," Jean Johnson

Pros: Still loving Jean’s world and characters Cons: Didn’t grab me quite as much as the previous book (Shifting Plains) Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   In Shifting Plains, a woman named Tava feared

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Jean Johnson’s "Sons of Destiny" series, books 1-4

Pros: Great fantasy worldbuilding; playful and original erotic romance Cons: Shaky start with a too-“perfect” female lead Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Amazon.com Widgets   One of the pitfalls of reviewing books is that sometimes a publisher sends you a

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"Shifting Plains," Jean Johnson

Pros: Gorgeous world, story, and characters Cons: Heavier on the world-building than on action Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Tava’s mother suffered a terrible fate at the hands of marauding shapeshifters before Tava

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"Well of Sorrows," Benjamin Tate

Pros: Gorgeous worldbuilding; excellent characters; fantastic setup; spellbinding storytelling Cons: Seems to start a bit slowly, but it’s definitely worth the buildup; may be a bit grim for some Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group

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