Category Archives: ARC

The Dire Earth Duology by James Hough

Escape Velocity (and this duology) will appeal to those who enjoyed all three books of the Dire Earth series. It has many of the same elements: exploration, the unknown, luck, humans being their own worst enemy, plenty of action, multiple … Continue reading

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The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody

The United Continuums neatly wraps up the trilogy but also leaves open the possibility for future stories. Although the ending was satisfying, perhaps too much time was spent on the other continuums and not enough focus on our protagonists. But … Continue reading

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Floral Accessories by Wendy Andrade

Floral Accessories is a beautifully photographed book of ideas and how-to for floral accessories. The designs are intricate and clearly professional looking but they are also extremely fussy and nearly all the wearable designs seem to detract rather than enhance … Continue reading

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Grand Passion by James Robinson, Tom Feister

British takes on American noir can be suspicious: one only has to go to Kenneth Branagh’s main protagonist in the movie Dead Again (and the perpetually wrinkled suit wearing laconic protagonist who was an amalgam of everyman in the USA) … Continue reading

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Lady Mechanika by Joe Benítez

Lady Mechanika continues to be a guilty pleasure – yes, I know it isn’t a great series but the illustration work is just so detailed and colorful that I am mesmerized enough not to care. It’s a graphically beautiful steampunk … Continue reading

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The City On The Other Side by Mairghread Scott

The City On The Other Side is a fairly standard urban fantasy, albeit one with an historical milieu. I had been hoping to find something more original – a spark or reason for the story other than a rather tenuous … Continue reading

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Maid-Sama! Volume 9 by Hiro Fujiwara

Volume 9 brings the series to a close with some sweet moments and a very “Maid-Sama!” ending. Fujiwara stayed fairly consistent throughout this long series and didn’t sidetrack into the minor character lives too often, keeping the story focused on … Continue reading

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