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Review: “In the Shadow of Spindrift House,” Mira Grant

Pros: Sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go! Cons: If anything I would have liked even more buildup Rating: 5 out of 5 Mira Grant’s (novella? Short novel?) In the Shadow of Spindrift House is a most bizarre combination

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Review: “Null Set,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Fascinating premise and execution Cons: Cliffhanger ending Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Null Set: A Cas Russell Novel is an excellent sequel to her Zero Sum Game. Both books are about Cas Russell, “a supernaturally mathematical retrieval

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Review: “Wireless,” Alex Acks

Pros: Delightful characters and worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Alex Acks writes Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures (Adventures of the Valiant Captain Ramos), a collection of three stories about steampunk Captain Marta Ramos and her stout crew.

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Review: “Operation Syria,” William Meikle

Pros: Creepy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 That’s odd. I could have sworn I’d written my review of William Meikle’s military-vs.-monsters horror novel Operation Syria (S-Squad book 6), but apparently not! I apologize for posting it out of

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Review: “Operation: Amazon,” William Meikle

Pros: Such fun little horror novels! Cons: Minor details Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation: Amazon (S-Squad Book 4) is the fourth installment in this excellent military-vs-monsters series. Captain John Banks and his squad first dealt with giant

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Review: “Zero Sum Game,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Adrenaline-packed, high-intrigue, snarky adventure Cons: Didn’t go quite far enough Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell) is a delightfully sardonic thriller with some unusual characters and relationships. Cas Russell is a retrieval artist–people

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Review: “Scion of the Fox,” S.M. Beiko

Pros: Delightfully original and creative Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 S.M. Beiko’s Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (Realms of Ancient, The) is a delightful young adult urban fantasy novel. 17-year-old Roan Harken was

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Review: “The Claus Effect,” David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Pros: So much fun; so creative! Cons: Starts out a little rough Rating: 4.5 out of 5 David Nickle and Karl Schroeder’s The Claus Effect combines a short story called “The Toy Mill” set in 1983, and a book called

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Review: “Residue,” Steve Diamond

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Main character lacks agency; doesn’t make me want to read more Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Steve Diamond’s Residue (Jack Bishop) (Volume 1) follows Jack Bishop, a teenager in high school whose father disappears under mysterious

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Review: “Singularity,” Bill DeSmedt

Pros: Fascinating premise that goes to even more fascinating places Cons: Very talky; didn’t convince me to read the next book Rating: 4 out of 5 Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity (The Archon Sequence Book 1) starts with the Tunguska event–a seeming

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