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Dead Set By Richard Kadrey

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJesus Ibarra
SECTIONS

by Jesus Ibarra


Richard Kadrey, best known for his Sandman Slim urban fantasy series, enters the world of YA fiction with Dead Set. Not a completely unexpected thing, as YA fiction has become an incredibly popular genre, with almost every popular urban fantasy author writing a YA novel. However, Dead Set strangely does not read or feel like a YA adult novel. It doesn’t focus on a lot of the current YA tropes such teenage romance, someone finding their destiny and or trying to save the world. Kadrey avoids these trappings by making Dead Set all about dealing with grief– specifically the grief of the teenage character, Zoe, who is still mourning the loss of her father.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


2013 was the year of binge streaming. In the past twelve months we crested the hill and coasted into time shifting, streaming, binge-watching and mobile viewing as day-to-day options for the masses. Not only can we see the latest and preview the upcoming but we can go back in time and revisit series from other eras – whether on TVLand or via Hulu, Amazon et al.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Juliet Blackwell


In the spirit of goodwill, and a less-than-sober New Year’s resolution to be more charitable, has contractor Mel Turner volunteering to be “House Captain” for Neighbors Together, a charitable organization that renovates homes for the disabled and elderly. What this means is that poor Mel is not just wielding a hammer on an occasional Saturday, but is instead answering the endless nonsensical questions of earnest but extremely unqualified and very inexperienced volunteers.

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by Cynthia Chow


Near the Appalachian foothills lies Hitching Post, wedding capital of the South, where Southerners embrace crazy and cellphones are useless. It is also where Carly Bell Hartwell happens to be a practicing hoodoo healing witch and is the owner of the Little Shop of Potions. When her neighbor Mr. Dunwoody, makes one of his never-wrong predictions of divorce the townspeople hunt down Carly, not to burn the witch at the stake, but to request preventative love potions to save their marriages.

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by Marilyn Meredith
&Cynthia Chow



It was a perfectly overcast night for a ghost hunt, and ghost tour guide Lorna Collins was hoping to please her ghost hunters at the Wilkinson House, a long-vacant Bear Creek home built in the 1900s and still up for sale. Unfortunately, the dead entity they discover on site is pretty corporal, as it is the body of a teenaged “Goth” boy with, very suspiciously, two puncture wounds on his neck. Ghosts are one thing, but a vampire–that is something even these spiritualists can’t believe actually exists.

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by Toni Sandoval



We are so excited to be reviewing Christopher Rice’s new supernatural thriller The Heavens Rise. We were also able to interview Christopher. This seemed like such a perfect fit for the Halloween season! Details on how to enter to win a copy of Heavens Rise at the end of this post.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



In Steve Bein’s Year of the Demon (a novel of the Fated Blades), American-raised Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has new responsibilities in Japan’s Narcotics force, resentment from other law enforcement officers because she exposed corruption in a major precinct and a price on her head. A Yakuza Under-Lord will call off the assassins if she will retrieve a strange mask that was stolen during a drug raid on his office. The thieves have also taken her semi-magical, highly-principled sword, a weapon that can kill in defense but will not murder in anger.

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Supernatural: TV Review

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andChris Lovato,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Chris Lovato


Dad’s gone on a hunting trip…and he hasn’t been home in a few days. – Dean Winchester
The series Supernatural kicks off with these words and it doesn’t stop there, Brought to life in 2005, it’s been tearing apart the hearts of those who view it and inspiring more out-of-context GIFs on tumblr ever since, thanks to one Eric Kripke.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Leigh Perry


As an adjunct English professor and a single mother, Georgia Thackery is accustomed to the nomadic lifestyle completely at the whim of colleges that provide minimal benefits, torturous class schedules, little respect and tiny salaries. Desks are optional. As the daughter of two tenured professors at McQuaid University in Massachusetts, Georgia feels no little inadequacy, but it is only while they are away on sabbaticals that she takes advantage of a sudden vacancy and accepts a temporary position at their institution.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


Scarlett Parker had a tiny meltdown and everybody made a big deal out of it. The man she’d been dating said he was separated from his wife and she believed him–until she walked into a party and found out it was his anniversary bash. Cake throwing ensued, someone got it on their cell phone and Scarlett went viral. Other girlfriends came out of the woodwork, but wouldn’t you know, people only remember the one who dug her hand into the expensive cake and threw handfuls at the happy couple.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Remy Chandler is an angel, but he doesn’t live…up there. He isn’t a fallen angel either, just a disillusioned one, after fighting against his brethren during Lucifer’s revolt. He’s been on Earth for a long time, and he works as a private eye. His wife is dead but he has found a lovely woman, Linda, who cares about him (although she doesn’t know the truth of what he is), and he has a dog, Marlowe, that can talk to him, because he understands the language of animals in Thomas E. Sniegoski’s Walking in the Midst of Fire, the sixth Remy Chandler novel.

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by Cynthia Chow


As the owner of the San Francisco vintage clothing store Aunt Cora’s Closet, attending the Cow Palace Gem Faire was akin to being a kid in a candy store for Lily Ivory. Beautiful, antique jewelry and decorative ornaments, all at wholesale prices! Who could ask for more? However, her blooming witch senses go abuzz when she encounters Griselda’s Antique Jewelry and Gem booth, where the gypsy-like Griselda offers an athame ceremonial knife along with her bargain opals and gems.

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by Cynthia Chow,
Sandra Murphy & Sharon Tucker


During the late 1940s, after World War II, Vince Pope retired from private investigation into a relatively luxurious life with his new wealthy socialite wife, Laura Thronson. He can’t escape his past or his reputation though and Pope continues to be consulted by potential clients pleading for him to return at least one more time to his occupation as a private eye.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


Here we are again with another great group of 5 Penguin mystery novels filled with sleuthing cats, dogs, clothes, supernatural, cooking & more! Killer in Crinolines: A Consignment Shop Mystery by Duffy Brown, Cat Nap: A Sunny & Shadow Mystery By Claire Donally, Trouble Vision: A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery By Allison Kingsley, Bled and Breakfast: An Immortality Bites Mystery By Michelle Rowen and Gluten for Punishment by Nancy J. Parra.

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