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    Review of As Told by Things

    by  • June 13, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    As Told by Things (Atthis Arts LLC, 2018), edited by E. D. E. Bell, is a collection of twenty-five stories told from the perspective of inanimate objects. The stories range in tone from humorous to dark, and all are short pieces that can easily be devoured in even a brief amount of time, making...

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    Review of Transmigrations by Eddie Louise

    by  • June 6, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Transmigrations (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2018) is the debut novel by Eddie Louise and the first in the Tales of Sage and Savant series, inspired by the Sage and Savant podcast. The novel is based on the adventures of Doctor Petronella Sage and Erasmus Savant, who travel throughout time by jumping into...

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    Review of An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor

    by  • May 23, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    An Aberrant Mind (Sirens Call Publications, 2014) is a collection of very short horror stories by author Ken MacGregor. This book collects 22 short stories, which range in length from just a couple of pages to more traditional short stories. Because some of the stories are so short, it means there isn’t always much...

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    Review of Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

    by  • May 9, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Space Opera (Saga Press, 2018) is the latest book from Catherynne M. Valente. The tagline for the book–“In space, everyone can hear you sing”–had me hooked from the moment I read it, and this book delivers on that promise and gives so much more. Yesterday’s-darling rock star Decibel Jones, of Decibel Jones and the...

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    Review of Long Hidden

    by  • April 18, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Long Hidden (Crossed Genres Publications, 2014), edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, is a collection of 27 short speculative stories of people who have been marginalized by history. Within its pages, you’ll find stories of many different races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and more. As a historian, I loved to see...

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    Review of Legacy by Jesikah Sundin

    by  • February 14, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Legacy by Jesikah Sundin (Forest Tales Publishing, 2014) is the first book in the Biodome Chronicles series, and it is an eclectic mix of cyberpunk, quasi-medieval recreation in the form of live-action roleplaying (LARPing), and not-quite apocalyptic fiction, all told as a young adult story. The novel follows the activities of Leaf and Willow...

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    Review of Serpent’s Rise by Trish Heinrich

    by  • January 24, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Serpent’s Rise (Beautiful Fire, 2017) is the second book in Trish Heinrich’s Vigilantes series, following after Serpent’s Sacrifice. In this book, set in the early 1960s, Alice has mostly hung up her costume, albeit reluctantly, in favor of navigating high society and the business world. But she still desires revenge against the Phantasm, whose...

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    Review of Full Throttle by Jon Hartless

    by  • January 3, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Full Throttle (Accent Press, 2017) is a fascinating story of a working-class girl’s struggles in the world of competitive car racing in an alternate Edwardian steampunk/dieselpunk setting. MSJ alum Jon Hartless weaves a compelling tale of family, friendship, and burgeoning romance set in this world, while still appealing to lovers of technology and racecars....

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