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Short Take: “Fungoid,” William Meikle

Pros: A fungal apocalypse with a touch of cosmic horror! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s (novella? Short novel? Not sure which) Fungoid introduces us to a fungal apocalypse. Jim Noble is on hand when the first

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Short Take: “Wither and Other Stories,” Sonora Taylor

Rating: 4 out of 5 I’ve been a fan of Sonora Taylor’s work since stumbling across the oh-so-twisted Without Condition [review]. Her Wither and Other Stories contains four short stories, not all of which fit the horror or apocalyptic milieu.

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Review: “Genome,” A.G. Riddle

Pros: Delivers on the mysteries created in book one Cons: Occasionally things don’t quite add up Rating: 4 out of 5 A.G. Riddle’s Genome (The Extinction Files Book 2) picks up just a few weeks after Pandemic [review] ends. The

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Review: “Pandemic,” A.G. Riddle

Pros: Impressively grand scope! Cons: I hope some coincidences get resolved in the next book! Rating: 4 out of 5 A.G. Riddle’s long novel Pandemic (The Extinction Files, Book 1) dumps us straight into the realm of pandemic apocalypse. Dr.

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Review: “Dead Astronauts,” Jeff VanderMeer

Pros: Incredibly hallucinatory and weirdly addictive Cons: Incredibly hallucinatory and confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 I’m not entirely sure how to talk about Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts: A Novel I read his Southern Reach trilogy and LOVED it. This…

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Review: “Laughter at the Academy,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: These stories made me feel things Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Laughter at the Academy is a book of stand-alone short stories by Seanan McGuire (you don’t need to have read any of her series in order

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Short Take: “Little Paranoias,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Wonderful little tidbits of paranoia and horror! Cons: Not everything worked for me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s Little Paranoias: Stories is a relatively brief anthology of 20 creepy short stories, including a couple of poems. There’s

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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: “Wanderers,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Spellbinding! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers: A Novel blew me away. 17-year-old Shana wakes up one morning to find that her 15-year-old sister, Nessie, has started walking off down the road for no apparent

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Review: “Growing Things and Other Stories,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Wonderful collection of stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay presents us with a collection of short horror stories called Growing Things and Other Stories. I should note that there’s some mention of animal harm in

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