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Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Horrorstör
by Grady Hendrix (Goodreads Author)
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A knockoff Ikea store is haunted. That was the premise that sold me -- the place that looks so much like home takes the place of the haunted home. That's what the story delivers, so kudos for truth in advertising.

(I've also heard Grady Hendrix as a p
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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
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An engaging near future, bio-punk future, with some character engagement issues.

I know Newitz as the smart writer and editor from io9, so I'm not surprised that her first novel thoughtfully engages with a lot of future issues, from climate change (th
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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
"I can see where this should be a fascinating book about the ways gender, consciousness, and identity are social and intellectual constructs, but the execution kept frustrating me. The story touches on so many different interesting things, but larg..." Read more of this review »
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Castle Falkenstein by Mike Pondsmith
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Another Bundle of Holding bundle, and another kitchen sink game (like Rocket Age, where there were Nazis and dinosaurs and Martian war-walkers, etc.). Only here, the operating principle is Victorian gallantry, with steam punk and fairies, and also li ...more
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The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
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The word I want to use here is romp, and it's something I'm getting used to with Bujold. It's not just that she's an excellent writer, with characters who are quickly drawn (for minor characters) and deeply layered (for the major ones), and it's not ...more
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13th Age Core Book by Rob Heinsoo
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Another skim-read of another RPG bundle. (In case you're wondering, I've bought 23 bundles since 2013. Hence my attempts to finally read them. Who knows, maybe some day I'll even play these games.)

This bundle consisted of:
1) the core rpg;
2) 13 True W
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The Vision, Volume 2 by Tom King
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After issues 1-6 explored the Visions' world -- Virginia and the secret she's keeping to preserve her family, Vin and his obsession with The Merchant of Venice and his anger, Viv and her loneliness and interest in the one boy who said something nice ...more
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Secret Six, Vol. 1 by Gail Simone
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I've really liked Gail Simone stuff, but this left me scratching my head more than smiling. Maybe that's me, since I don't know the history of the Secret Six (six heroes or villains thrown together and instructed by a mysterious Mockingbird), but the ...more
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The Vision, Volume 1 by Tom King
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The Vision is a synthezoid -- a robot(ish) made from the stolen human brainwaves of Wonder Man -- created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers. Instead, he works with them to save the world.

All of which is true in this series, but purely as background,
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Old Venus by George R.R. Martin
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I'm going to be honest: I don't think I've ever read an anthology edited by Gardner Dozois -- outside of the Best Of books -- that I loved all the way through. This isn't an indictment of Dozois or Martin, but just a note that our taste doesn't quite ...more
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