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Review: “Sinkhole,” April A. Taylor

Pros: Decent basic storyline Cons: Downright silly; unlikable characters Rating: 3 out of 5 SPOILER WARNING: I’m afraid that I just can’t review this one without dropping a few spoilers in. April A. Taylor’s horror novella Sinkhole: A Horror Story

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Review: “Alien: Prototype,” Tim Waggoner

Pros: Rollicking good action! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 At the time I bought Tim Waggoner’s Alien: Prototype (set in the universe of the Alien and Aliens movies), it wasn’t at all obvious on Amazon that this was

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Review: “Alien: River of Pain,” Christopher Golden

Pros: Great depiction of the lead-up to the Aliens movie Cons: Doesn’t really conclude the trilogy Rating: 5 out of 5 I’ll get this out of the way first. If you’ve read the first two books in the trilogy, you’re

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Review: “Alien: Sea of Sorrows,” James Moore

Pros: High-action, creepy, and fascinating! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 James Moore tackles the second volume in the Alien Trilogy, Alien: Sea of Sorrows (Novel 2). (Book one was by Tim Lebbon.) Book one was good; it took

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Review: “Alien: Out of the Shadows,” Tim Lebbon

Pros: Interesting installment in the series universe! Cons: A bit straightforward at first. Rating: 4 out of 5 Tim Lebbon’s Alien – Out of the Shadows (Book 1) (Alien Trilogy 1) definitely hit the spot. I was looking for a

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Short Take: “Trying to Survive, Part 1,” C.J. Crowley

Pros: Standard post-apocalyptic survival story Cons: Nothing new; not very interesting Rating: 2.5 out of 5 C.J. Crowley’s novella Trying to Survive (Part 1) is another entry into the post-apocalyptic survival genre of stories. Brothers Walt and James are trapped

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Review: “Underneath,” Robbie Dorman

Pros: Fascinating premise Cons: A couple characters become one-dimensional bad guys Rating: 4 out of 5 Robbie Dorman’s Underneath is a wonderfully chilling tale of Antarctic horror. Medic and former marine Mary Jensen gets a call from an ex, Mike:

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Review: “In My Father’s Basement,” T.J. Payne

Pros: Engaging serial killer story from an interesting perspective Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T.J. Payne’s In My Father’s Basement: A Serial Killer Novel is told largely from the point of view of one Isaac Luce, the son

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Review: “Intercepts,” T.J. Payne

Pros: Surprisingly good story takes some interesting turns Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T.J. Payne’s Intercepts: A horror novel is several types of horror novel in one. People are being held at the Facility, where they’re being used

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Review: “The Sleep Experiment,” Jeremy Bates

Pros: Fascinating experiment Cons: The first two-thirds of the book Rating: 3 out of 5 Jeremy Bates brings us a horror/psychological thriller novel, The Sleep Experiment. UC Berkeley Chair of Psychology Roy Wallis has a three-week sleep experiment planned. He’s

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