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Short Take: “Emergency Skin,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: A beautiful look at what the future could be! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s novella Emergency Skin (Forward collection) is told by a “consensus intelligence” implanted in the mind of a soldier. We get to

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Review: “Dark Hollow,” Brian Keene

Pros: Good horror material Cons: Everything about how the female characters are handled. Rating: 2 out of 5 I picked up Brian Keene’s novel Dark Hollow thanks to Book Twitter, and this may be the second time they’ve let me

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Short Take: “Summer Frost,” Blake Crouch

Pros: Thought-provoking and intense Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Blake Crouch’s novella Summer Frost (Forward collection) introduces us to Riley, the VP of Non-Player Character Development at a game studio that creates Direct Neural Interface games. One day,

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Review: “Lucky at Last,” Joshua James

Pros: My favorite book of the series-so-far! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’s short novel Lucky At Last: Lucky’s Marines | Book Nine is the climax of the story arc. Emperor April appears to have gone off

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Short Take: “Ark,” Veronica Roth

Pros: Elegant and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Veronica Roth’s short novella Ark (Forward collection) is not about an apocalypse created by man. Instead, an asteroid is on course to hit the Earth. There are years in

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Review: “Ruination,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Intriguing blend of trauma and mysticism Cons: Slow sometimes Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Ruination introduces us to a music journalist who’s looking into an old band called the Brothers Ruination. He finds some intriguing hints as

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Review: “The Twisted Ones,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: It took me an hour to come down off of the adrenaline high! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones blends rural folktale with horror and a found-manuscript aspect. It’s written by Melissa, called

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Short Take: “Ghost Revolution,” Michael Anderle, Michael Todd

Pros: Still an intriguing world and characters Cons: Anti-climactic and lacks resolution Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Todd and Michael Anderle’s novella Ghost Revolution (Soldiers of Fame and Fortune Book 12) is the final volume (book twelve) in the

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Review: “Sefira & Other Betrayals,” John Langan

Pros: Entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Langan’s anthology Sefira and Other Betrayals includes eight stories–a mix of previously published works and original stories–on the theme of betrayal, in the genre of horror. This is literary horror,

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Short Take: “Ghost Redemption,” Michael Todd, Michael Anderle

Pros: Engrossing installment Cons: Little progression of the original arc-plot Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael Todd and Michael Anderle’s novella Ghost Redemption: Soldiers of Fame and Fortune, Book 11 is book eleven in the series Soldiers of Fame and

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