Genre: Science Fiction

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Review: Generation 18 (Spook Squad, #2) by Keri Arthur

Review: Generation 18 (Spook Squad, #2) by Keri Arthur

September 26, 2014 Review 0

GENERATION 18 is the middle book in the Spook Squad series and it valiantly escapes the classic second book syndrome of not living up to the expectations of the previous book and being a dull set up to the expected major events of the third and last book. Its exciting, fun, and attention grabbing with mysteries wrapped around yet more mystery.

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Review: House Immortal (House Immortal #1) by Devon Monk

Review: House Immortal (House Immortal #1) by Devon Monk

September 8, 2014 Review 0

Original and intriguing, HOUSE IMMORTAL falls closer to the science-fiction spectrum of books than urban fantasy. However, with the kickass heroine, powerful, near immortal beings, fun sidekicks, and original world, HOUSE IMMORTAL will definitely appeal to the standard urban fantasy reader.

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Early Review: The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3) by Jayne Castle

Early Review: The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3) by Jayne Castle

August 25, 2014 Review 0

THE HOT ZONE was one of those books that sort of fits into two genres. Its a paranormal romance of sorts yet it is also a sci-fi story set on a futuristic Earth colony. I had some trouble understanding exactly where Harmony was located. Are they on a moon once inhabited by aliens or some random planet far away from Earth? I really couldn’t figure it out but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this strange new world.

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Review: Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl

Review: Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl

August 19, 2014 Review 0

Whereas ICONS was a fast-paced, rush of a novel, IDOLS is a slow burn, with bits and pieces offered to the reader throughout, until the big reveal at the end. While not a bad thing, my expectation was for a higher level of action, and I was mildly disappointed at the resulting slowness.

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Review: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

Review: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

June 21, 2014 Review 2

Short stories are a difficult form to master in any case, but when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, the author has an even tougher challenge: building an entire world in just a few pages. As with any short-story collection featuring multiple authors, some of the contributions to MAGIC CITY: RECENT SPELLS, edited by Paula Guran, are more successful than others. Ultimately, I think the anthology does a great job of showcasing many different interpretations of ‘urban fantasy’ and gives readers the chance to discover something new.

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Release Day Review: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Release Day Review: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

April 22, 2014 Review 0

I always enjoy books that make me think about the basic question of what it means to be human. EXPIRATION DAY is definitely one of those books. Set in a not-so-far future, where most humans can’t have children, we get all the classics: can robots be creative? Can they experience emotion? If they’re creative and emotional, are they not as human as homo sapiens? These are all fascinating questions to ponder, and rather than detract from the story, they add to it, giving a somewhat regular “coming of age” story depth and a completely different angle.

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Review: Don’t Even Think About It (Don’t Even Think About It #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

Review: Don’t Even Think About It (Don’t Even Think About It #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

April 19, 2014 Review 1

DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT could have been so good- and it sounded so good, which is why I picked it up. Unfortunately, it felt like the author was trying to shove too many ideas into one book, and ultimately didn’t succeed at making any of them super compelling. Though well-written, it just didn’t offer many opportunities for the reader to really dig into the story, which made it less enjoyable than it could have.

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5bat! Review: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

5bat! Review: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

April 12, 2014 Review 1

In LAGOON, Nnedi Okorafor poses the question: what if first contact with aliens took place not in New York, London, or Tokyo, but the beach city of Lagos, Nigeria? The answer is something both utterly human and uniquely African. In addition to stunning detail of both city and marine life, Okorafor fills this novel with a dozen points of view, but rather than confusing the narrative, those sections allow the reader to experience all sides of the encounter that leads to some of Nigeria’s darkest days, and to understand why different people react so differently to something ‘alien.’

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