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Book Review: The Massacre Of Mankind: Sequel To The War Of The Worlds
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The Massacre of Mankind
Sequel to The War of the Worlds
Authorized by the H.G. Wells Estate
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Crown Publishing | Penguin Random House
Release date: August 22, 2017

Though H.G. Wells‘s The War of the Worlds might not have been the first story to feature Martians coming to Earth, it certainly is the most popular one and has been held up over the years as the ultimate Martian invasion tale. The story, first serialized in magazines in 1897 and then published as a novel in 1898, went on to yield various TV, radio, and film adaptations. Now, with the authorization of the H.G. Wells Estate, Crown Publishing brings us the official sequel with The Massacre of Mankind.

In The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds, author Stephen Baxter picks up 14 years after the infamous Martian invasion on England that introduced the world to the aggressive aliens and their massive three-legged “tripod” fighting-machines. After learning the biological weaknesses of their invaders and studying their technologies, humans are confident now that they can combat any future extraterrestrial onslaught, however unlikely they believe that may be.

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Book Review: Urban Enemies
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Urban Enemies
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Steven Savile, Carrie Vaughn, Caitlin Kittredge
Edited by Joseph Nassise
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Here I am again, late to the party. I could give you a myriad of excuses but at the end of the day, I am still delivering this to you a little later than I should. However — and it is a huge however, mind you — I cannot just let this one pass me by. Urban Enemies was wicked fun. Yeah, I did say wicked fun.

I have always been told there are two sides to every story, as I am sure you have. But in this case, these sides, these stories are just plain dark. Because, my dear reader, some characters are meant to be bad, with no hope of redemption. And for the ones that embrace their darker side, it apparently can be quite exhilarating. Or that is what the writers of these short stories have led me to believe. So, while late I might be, this was definitely worth the wait!

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Book Review: Iraq + 100: The First Anthology Of Science Fiction To Have Emerged From Iraq
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Iraq + 100
The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq
Paperback | Kindle
Edited Hassan Blasim
Tor Books
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Anytime the opportunity arises to experience something new and unique, I advise you to embrace it. But I must warn you, not all of these will be easily categorized. As a matter of fact, sometimes the experience will not just be enlightening, but also challenging. Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq is more than an anthology of new voices in science fiction. It is a testament to mankind’s willpower and tenacity even in the face of certain destruction. But, and this is a huge but, it is far more than even that. This book defies contemporary concepts of what sci-fi is by adding additional layers of history, laced with emotional turmoil.

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Book Review: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery By Fred Van Lente
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Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
By Fred Van Lente
Quirk Books
Release date: July 11, 2017

Nine comedians of varying levels of talent and success are summoned by the great Dustin Walker, legendary improv master and star of the “Help! I Married a Cat” franchise. None can resist for both personal and professional reasons, and when his comic intern reaches out with the invite, they all come to his island where they discover isolation and death, and a video message from their host, accusing them of crimes against comedy. Soon, they begin to get killed off one by one, and still cannot stop the jokes as they rush to find the killer or their own demise.

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Book Review: Though The Brightest Fell (Brooklyn Angels 1) By Nola Cancel
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Though the Brightest Fell
The Brooklyn Angels Series Book 1
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By Nola Cancel
Release date: May 11, 2017

Joe is a junkie, a dead mobster’s son whose life is spiraling down the drain. His wife is on the verge of leaving him, and somewhere he cares, until the need for the next fix pulls him back down. But it seems his luck is about to change. He is saved from death by an angel, and the surprise is not that angels exist, but that Joe already knew that. Angel blood gives the best high, and thanks to his family history with the angelic, he knows how to use this one to turn his life around. Amidst this are the warring heavenly and hellish factions – on one side there is Michael, free to roam Earth untracked, and on the other Belial, thrown out of heaven and taking it out on disgusting humans. They are not the only beings you meet, but you’ll have to read on to see.

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Book Review: The Dark Net By Benjamin Percy
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The Dark Net
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By Benjamin Percy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: August 1, 2017

Dark magic has infiltrated the Dark Net. Which makes sense… since technology has brought forth progress, so has the power to bring forth destruction and chaos. The Dark Net is where criminals can flourish, conduct business, and satisfy their depravity. But now it is also a place where demons can possess you. A 12-year-old blind girl is the only person who can save Portland and the world from a virus that can cause one to kill and maim in a rage, just by looking at their screen, an action done by most 20-30 times a day. The girl, with her Luddite aunt, a man on the supernatural “spectrum” who can come back to life, a couple of hackers, and a dog are the only ones standing between the demons and the apocalypse.

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Book Review: Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga #1) by Carrie Vaughn
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The Bannerless Saga #1
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By Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: HMH Books | John Joseph Adams | Mariner Books
Release date: July 11, 2017

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched a new scifi/fantasy imprint called John Joseph Adams, and they’ve kicked things off right with Bannerless, the first book in Carrie Vaughn‘s futuristic dystopian saga.

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Book Spotlight: War For The Planet Of The Apes: Revelations
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War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations
The Official Movie Prequel
By Greg Keyes
Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD
Publisher: Titan Books
Release date: June 6, 2017

In 2011, FOX’s successfully rebooted the Planet of the Apes film franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which centered on Caesar, a genetically enhanced chimpanzee born in an animal-testing lab whose early life is spent with a human family. Excellently mo-cap performed by Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis, Caesar struggled to find his place amongst humans, and then eventually landed in an abusive animal shelter before leading a revolt of his fellow apes against their human handlers. In 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel set ten years after the events of Rise, the human race had been nearly wiped out by a virus that in turn made the apes more intelligent. Here, Caesar tried to keep the peace between his ape tribe and the human survivors, but it became clear that war was coming. Which brings us to the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes.

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Book Spotlight: One Death At A Time (Twelve Stakes, Volume 1) By Thomas M. Hewlett
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One Death at a Time
Twelve Stakes Volume 1
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Thomas M. Hewlett
Twelve Stakes Publishing
Release Date: August 5th, 2016

Jack Strayhorn has lived a long, long time, and has pretty much seen it all. He’s a vampire, turned in 1948 after a harrowing police case. No longer a cop (hard to explain), he’s currently a private investigator who can differentiate smells to tell him a story. Hired for a missing persons case, the result is death by Fae. Not wanting it to be his business, but getting dragged into this new case anyway, Jack soon finds that he is a target for following the “scent,” albeit a deadly and formidable one.

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Book Review: A God In The Shed By J-F. Dubeau
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A God In The Shed
Written by J-F. Dubeau
Release Date: June 13th, 2017

A serial killer had been living right under the village of Saint-Ferninand’s nose for years. The culprit was a surprise, and when the remains were finally discovered, the scene was gruesome and strange. But there is a bigger darkness underneath that horrific find, and the town knows all about it. It might be the worst kept secret in the village.

When Venus, a teenager and the “weird girl,” stumbles across the “god” that is kept contained by “eyes,” she is unable to make a decision about it. And when more people start dying in the most gruesome way possible, she gathers some grieving friends to do something about The God In The Shed by J-F. Dubeau.

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