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Non-Review: “Antlands,” Genevieve Morrissey

A non-review is something I do when I couldn’t finish a book. I won’t rate it on review sites, but I’ll tell you why I stopped reading it so you can get some idea of whether the book would appeal

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Review: “Lost Solace,” Karl Drinkwater

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Karl Drinkwater’s science fiction/horror novel Lost Solace (1), Opal, a rogue soldier, has stolen a ship with an experimental AI on board. She hacked the AI and gave it her little sister’s name, Clarissa.

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Review: “How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend,” Linda Addison

Rating: 5 out of 5 When I bought Linda Addison’s horror collection How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, I didn’t realize there was quite a bit of poetry in among the stories. I’m not much of a

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Review: “Salvaged,” Madeleine Roux

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Madeleine Roux’s Salvaged, Rosalyn Devar works as a salvager, going out to “dead” spaceships to clean up the bodies. It’s a cruddy job for someone as highly-educated and competent as she is, but she

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Review: “Salvation Day,” Kali Wallace

Rating: 5 out of 5 Kali Wallace’s Salvation Day is a space horror/science fiction tale that kept me glued to my seat. Jaswinder (Jas) Bhattacharya, 22, is the sole survivor of the release of a bio-weapon on board the exploratory

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Review: “Biofire,” Ray Garton

Rating: 4 out of 5 Ray Garton’s novel Biofire: Author’s Preferred Edition is a blend of thriller, bio-thriller, horror, and science fiction. Genre-bending books can be really fun, and I enjoyed this one. It’s a re-issue; apparently the author considered

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Review: “Raptor: A TECH Ops Novel,” John G. Hartness

Rating: 3 out of 5 John G. Hartness’s Raptor: A TECH Ops Novel has a great premise, but some crucial failures as well. It’s quasi-military sci-fi, in that the TECH Ops squads aren’t run by the military, and not all

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Short Take: “Wound Upon Wound,” Steve Stred

Rating: 5 out of 5 Steve Stred’s Wound Upon Wound: The Collected Serial Novella is short but powerful. Ash, 16 years old, is the older sister to Caleb. The two of them go out to hang out in the park

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Review: “The Cost of Survival,” J.L. Stowers

Rating: 3 out of 5 For the first half of J.L. Stowers’s science fiction novel The Cost of Survival: Book 1 of Genesis Rising, I figured I’d be giving it a 2/5. Instead, by the ending I felt it had

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Review: “The Hammer Falls,” Travis Heermann

Rating: 5 out of 5 When I was a teen in the 80s I was totally addicted to cyberpunk. It’s been a while, but I just read Travis Heermann’s The Hammer Falls and loved it. You’ll certainly recognize a lot

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