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Review: “The Pilot,” Michael Cole

Pros: Interesting military-vs-monsters story Cons: Details that don’t add up right Rating: 3 out of 5 Michael Cole’s The Pilot introduces us to Victor Seymour, a Navy SEAL who was discharged due to cancer, recovered, and became a mercenary. He

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Review: “Patient Zero,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Good slice-of-life apocalypse stories Cons: Small things Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories apparently is an add-on to her “Project Renova” series. It’s supposed to stand alone, so I thought it might be

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Review: “The Devil You Know,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Great concept executed well! Cons: Some stereotypes; a whole lot of misogyny Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s The Devil You Know approaches the serial killer thriller from a new direction. In a British town, there’s a serial

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Review: “The Gossamer Mage,” Julie E. Czerneda

Pros: Fabulous worldbuilding and characters! Cons: Some confusion; a few things didn’t quite add up Rating: 4 out of 5 Julie E. Czerneda’s The Gossamer Mage is an absolutely beautiful dark fantasy tale. Tananen is the only place in the

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Review: “The Third Mrs. Durst,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: The characters! The scheming! I’m floored! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I came across Ann Aguirre’s The Third Mrs. Durst on Book-Twitter. Aguirre said she’d been told she should market it as “bisexual erotic murder ladies”, and

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Review: “GlitterShip Year Two,” ed. Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Pros: Delightful queer anthology of many genres Cons: The typical anthology issue of not every story being for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 Keffy R.M. Kehrli edits the anthology GlitterShip Year Two (GlitterShip Yearly Anthologies), containing more than

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Review: “Underdogs,” Geonn Cannon

Pros: Plenty of great plot twists and turns; intriguing world-building Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Geonn Cannon’s Underdogs is part of a series about a werewolf private investigator (Ariadne Willow) and her human assistant, Dale Frye. I’m not

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Short Take: “Breaking the Habit,” Yolanda Sfetsos

Pros: Good monster story Cons: Lack of chemistry Rating: 4 out of 5 In Yolanda Sfetsos’s short story (novella?) Breaking The Habit (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 27), Cisco and Isla just got married. Unfortunately, while the two have planned on

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Review: “This Is How You Lose the Time War,” Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

Pros: Stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone bring us the gorgeous novella (short novel?), This Is How You Lose the Time War. Red is an elite time-traveling agent working for the Agency. Blue

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Short Take: “The Long Sleep,” William Meikle

Pros: Delightful short mystery Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mostly I’ve read William Meikle’s creature-features and cosmic horrors. This time I decided to read one of his Sherlock Holmes tales: The Long Sleep: A Weird Sherlock Holmes Adventure.

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