We’re All Infected by Dawn Keetley

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Rating: 4 of 5 Don’t let the length of these 13 essays fool you. “We’re All Infected” is dense, academic reading. I tackled about two essays a week over the last eight weeks, and I still bookmarked numerous pages and highlighted dozens of passages for future study. There was a …

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Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

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Rating: 3 of 5 I might recommend Suffer the Children to readers who devour all things vampire…if those readers don’t mind moderately flawed fiction. Its cover and the blurb had me expecting a book filled to the brim with super creepy kids. Unfortunately, that’s not what it delivered. The beginning …

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The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener

Rating: 4 of 5 The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature by Tammi Hartung I knew there had to be a way to garden WITH bugs, birds, rabbits, etc. WITHOUT going medieval on said wildlife OR losing one’s sanity, and this book offered great ways …

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner

Rating: 2 of 5 Dystopia-light. Best suited for middle graders or teens under 14 with little to no previous exposure to the genre. I suspect it was written to attract the attention of film and/or TV studios. Meh. The beginning chapters wasted too much time on the unknown, asking the …

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts

Rating: 3.5 of 5 I requested The Girl with All the Gifts based on the blurb, which told me pretty much nothing about the actual story, but teased with its potential. I expected something in the realm of science fiction. What it delivered was . For its target audience, that …

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That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley

That Which Should Not Be

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Supernatural horror built on the Cthulhu Mythos, then remodeled and added to by Talley. Supported the idea of “good” and “evil.” Heavy on the Christian perspective. Numerous and unmistakable references to other well-known “horror” writers; e.g., M.R. James and Bram Stoker. Even for someone such as …

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