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    Review of Magic or Die

    by  • January 23, 2019 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    J. P. Jackson’s novel Magic or Die (NineStar Press, 2018) is a novel that explores the dark side of how people with enormous and uncontrollable magical power might be handled by governments and society. It’s an urban fantasy novel with compelling characters and fast-paced action throughout. The main character, James Martin, is pulled back...

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    Review of Murder on the Titania

    by  • January 2, 2019 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks (Queen of Swords Press, 2018) is a collection of four steampunk/alternate history mystery novellas and one short story featuring Captain Marta Ramos and her second in command, Simms, as they navigate and plunder the Duchy of Denver and nearby locales. Ramos and Simms...

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    Review of Terra! Tara! Terror!

    by  • December 12, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Terra! Tara! Terror! (Third Flatiron Publishing, 2018), edited by Juliana Rew, is an anthology of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror short stories, with a couple of humorous pieces thrown in at the end. The anthology’s theme is somewhat loose, giving this collection a wide range of stories. My personal favorites in this anthology leaned a...

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    Review of Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow

    by  • November 7, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman (World Weaver Press, 2018) is a great novel that blends superheroes and sci-fi in a delightful way, with a carnival freak show thrown in for good measure. These aren’t heroes in costumes, but powered individuals who use their abilities for the good of the universe. It’s...

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    Review of Bones and Bourbon

    by  • October 24, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Bones and Bourbon (Ninestar Press, 2018) by Dorian Graves is a wonderful take on the urban fantasy genre. Chronicling the adventures of brothers Retz and Jarrod Gallows, this book is equal parts hilarious and a great commentary on the trials and tribulations of families. Retz and Jarrod Gallows are both hulderkind, with one mortal...

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    Review of Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

    by  • October 17, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Time travel can be tricky. But Kate Heartfield’s Alice Payne Arrives (Tor, 2018) handles the topic deftly. This novella is a clever tale of time travel across multiple timelines with a firm grasp of the consequences of mucking about with history. The titular character, Alice Payne, lives in England in 1788, making a living...

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    Review of Bikes Not Rockets

    by  • October 10, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Bikes not Rockets (Microcosm Publishing, 2018), edited by Elly Blue, is the fifth volume in the Bikes in Space series, all of which feature speculative fiction centered around bicycles. The theme of this volume was intersectional stories, and it collects eleven stories in that vein. The stories in this volume vary between those that...

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    Review of To Another Abyss! by Zach Bartlett

    by  • August 22, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    To Another Abyss! by Zach Bartlett (Spaceboy Books, 2018) is a delightful tale of eldritch otherworldly beings and college town art scenes, blended into a clever short novel. Greg Withers runs a small art gallery and artist grant, thanks to his generous parents. When most of the applications are pure rubbish, he offers the...

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    Review of Once Upon a Fact

    by  • August 8, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Once Upon a Fact (Wildside Press, LLC, 2018) is a collection of 18 retellings of fairy tales and other traditional stories with a science fiction twist, edited by Katherine Tomlinson. In stories that are both familiar and unfamiliar, these authors envision what fairy tales of the future might look like. As is the case...

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    Review of Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held

    by  • August 1, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

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    Mirror Bound (2018) is a stand-alone urban fantasy novel by MSJ alum Rhiannon Held. Breaking from the tropes of this genre, the story follows Verity, a non-human sidekick to a team of monster-fighting mages. Bound to the leader of that team by another mage, Verity struggles between belonging and independence. Verity comes from a...

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