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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: “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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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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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: “And Shall Machines Surrender,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Pros: An unusual and delightful world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s And Shall Machines Surrender reveals a delightfully strange world. Dr. Orfea Leung has arrived at the Shenzhen Dyson sphere, running from her past. She’s a

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Review: “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space),” ed. Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Just plain piratic fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Catherine Lundoff edits the anthology Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). The stories in here run the gamut from whimsical and charming to somewhat dark. They

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Review: “Transcendent 3,” ed. Bogi Takács

Pros: Very moving stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Bogi Takács edits Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. The stories within range from tales where a character just happens to be trans or genderfluid in

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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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