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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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    Review of Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

    by  • December 13, 2017 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Cry Your Way Home (Apex Publications, 2018) features seventeen of Damien Angelica Walters’ previously published short stories in a brilliant collection showcasing her beautiful prose and carefully plotted tales. Not for the faint of heart, the stories contained within this book veer frequently toward the creepy and unsettling. The opening story, “Tooth, Tongue, and...

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    Review of Of Rooks & Ravens by Nathan Crowder

    by  • November 1, 2017 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Of Rooks & Ravens (Razorgirl Press, 2017) by MSJ alum Nathan Crowder is the story of a reawakened god and the havoc she wreaks on a town of necromancers and their undead hordes. It involves political intrigue, navigating unknown cultures, and plenty of fights against the undead. Preston, the main character, is the estranged...

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    Review of Everfair by Nisi Shawl

    by  • September 20, 2017 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Everfair (Tor Books, 2016) is the debut novel from acclaimed speculative fiction short-story author Nisi Shawl. The book is an interesting read that showcases Shawl’s background with short stories, as some chapters could be short stories unto themselves. But the narrative framework of the book, which is more about the country of Everfair than...

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    Review of Starfall by Jessie Kwak

    by  • August 9, 2017 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Starfall by Jessie Kwak (2016) is an exciting action and adventure novella set in a fascinating world of intrigue and organized crime in space. The Durga System, where the book takes place, is a system settled by refugees from Earth, and is home to all sorts of seedy underworld types as well as an...

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