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Short Take: “Nobody’s Fool,” Michael Todd, Michael Anderle

Pros: Very intriguing setting Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5   Michael Todd and Michael Anderle’s Nobody‚Äôs Fool: Soldiers of Fame and Fortune, Book 1 is the first book in the series Soldiers of Fame and Fortune Full Series

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Review: “Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock,” ed. Allyson Longueira

Pros: Nifty thrillers Cons: Thematic issues Rating: 4 out of 5 Editor Allyson Longueira brings us the collection, Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock (Volume 4). It’s an anthology themed around racing-the-clock thrillers. As with most anthologies, the editor’s particular

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Review: “Helmet Head,” Mike Baron

Pros: Enjoyable slasher fiction Cons: A bit meandering and weird Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Mike Baron’s slasher tale Helmet Head is a solidly decent entry into the genre. Deputy Pete Fagan made a mistake that got his former partner

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Review: “Missing White Girl,” Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Pros: Very original Cons: Not entirely engaging Rating: 3 out of 5 Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s thriller Missing White Girl starts out seeming entirely ordinary, but it’s really a paranormal thriller. (This can feel discordant if you don’t know it up

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Short Take: “The Tower,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Neat idea Cons: Abortive Rating: 3 out of 5 Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings us the novella The Tower. A company called Portals, Inc. is experimenting with time travel. They’re sending Neyla Kendrick back to 1674 to try to verify

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Review: “Death Takes a Diamond,” Dean Wesley Smith

Pros: Great concept! Cons: Everything might as well be magic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Dean Wesley Smith’s novella/short novel Death Takes a Diamond: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel (Volume 2) is a fantastic concept. A couple of short, unassuming

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Review: “Bloodliner,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Very out-of-the-box thinking; fascinating take on vampire physiology Cons: Needs a continuity edit; a couple of iffy “messages” Rating: 2 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Bloodliner: A Young Adult Horror Novel is, like the other books I’ve read of

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Short Take: “To Be Devoured,” Sara Tantlinger

Pros: Excellent intense point of view Cons: Very gross! Rating: 4 out of 5 Sara Tantlinger’s novella To Be Devoured is, I must warn you, quite grotesque. So if that puts you off, just stop here. Andi has made a

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Review: “Silenced,” Nicole Givens Kurtz

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding Cons: Rough writing; needs another edit Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicole Givens Kurtz’s Silenced: A Cybil Lewis Novel (Cybil Lewis Mysteries) introduces us to Cybil Lewis, “private inspector and all around snoop”. This story takes place

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Review: “Hollow Kingdom,” Kira Jane Buxton

Pros: Delightful characters; very quotable! Cons: Gets very introspective! Rating: 4 out of 5 Kira Jane Buxton’s Hollow Kingdom introduces us to Shit Turd (S.T.), a crow raised by a human named Big Jim. He spews profanities and rides Big

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