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Ancient Appetites by Oisin McGann

Ancient Appetites is a pleasant surprise – for once, we have an engrossing YA read that isn’t about a soppy romance or poorly written action sequences in an illogical and ill-drawn world. Here, the plot is complex, the characters nuanced, … Continue reading

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Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

Inherit the Stars is both an excellent and a frustrating read. Layered, nuanced storytelling and a really nicely understated love story are offset by sparse, spartan writing and complete lack of world building. The author doesn’t pander to the audience … Continue reading

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The Autumnlands, Volume 1: Tooth and Claw by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey

My very first thought upon completing this graphic novel, collecting comics 1-6, was a simple exclamation: “wow!” It’s been awhile since a graphic novel’s art was so compelling and intricate that I was looking at the pictures before I went … Continue reading

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Drifter Volume 1 by Ivan Brandon (Author), Nic Klein (Illustrator)

Drifter Volume 1 (collecting comics 1-5) harkens back to the glory days of science fiction in the 1970s. Mysterious, inscrutable, metaphysical ponderings on humanity and relationships (to other humans, alien life forms, even an entire planet), with characters you may … Continue reading

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The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell

I have to admit, something just isn’t working for me with this series. Everything feels manufactured – plotted to within an inch of its life and so lacking in realistic pathos as to be nearly inert. Instead of rooting for … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Fight by Elliott Kay

Poor Man’s Fight feels very much like an indie: some typos (e.g., there/their/they’re), some grammatically awkward sentences (e.g., highly educated people saying things like, “It went good.”), and far too many extraneous or superfluous POVs/situations that didn’t forward the plot … Continue reading

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Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

I greatly enjoyed Chaos Station – book one of this series. As with book 2, Lonely Shore, the writing is smooth, characters engaging, and there’s a solid story underlining the interrelationship aspects. The science fiction is easy, well integrated, and … Continue reading

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