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Short Take: “Clockwork Dragon,” Lee French, Jeffrey Cook

Pros: Delightful!! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lee French and Jeffrey Cook’s novella Clockwork Dragon introduces us to Dwago, a clockwork dragon who was just brought to life. “Papa,” the wizard and engineer who brought him to life,

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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: “Wellside,” Robin Shortt

Pros: The worldbuilding Cons: Still get confused about how the Library works Rating: 4 out of 5 Robin Shortt’s Wellside is a fun tale of a Well that exists between worlds. The story starts out at Chifley High, where student

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Review: “Sunspot Jungle Volume One,” ed. Bill Campbell

Pros: Poetic; multicultural Cons: Some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell, is a large collection of stories with a fantastical bent to them, although the

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Review: “Fungi,” ed. Orrin Grey, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Some fascinating surreal bits of horror Cons: More whimsy than I would have liked Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I’m fond of “cosmic horror,” and a fungal-themed anthology posted under the horror genre sounded right up my alley. While

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Review: “Ironhand,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Fascinating army; interesting plot; good characters Cons: Ends a little quickly Rating: 4 out of 5 Ironhand (Taurin’s Chosen Book 2) is the sequel to Mourning Cloak, which I very much enjoyed due to its highly imaginative and vivid

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Review: “Mourning Cloak,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Beautiful descriptions; fascinating characters; intense imagery Cons: The cities/peoples got a little confusing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Rabia Gale’s Mourning Cloak (Taurin’s Chosen Book 1) is a short but intense read. Kato Vorsok, who works simply mixing drinks,

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Review: “The Invisible Library,” Genevieve Cogman

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Didn’t keep me enthralled Rating: 3 out of 5 Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library starts out with an interesting premise: Irene is a Librarian (with a capital L). She works for a mysterious interdimensional Library hunting

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Review: “H.G. Wells, Secret Agent,” Alex Shvartsman

Pros: Fun, silly light reading material Cons: Fairly reader-dependent Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alex Shvartsman’s H. G. Wells, Secret Agent, it’s an alternate history spy-vs-spy world, where all the truly brilliant inventors work for one government or another.

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Review: “Odd Apocalypse,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Quotable; good plotting Cons: Some repetitive explanations Rating: 4 out of 5   Odd Apocalypse (book six in The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is a bit different from Dean Koontz’s previous Odd Thomas books. Books one and two

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