Category Archives: Published in 2014

Gakuen Alice

Red Rook is only the second full-length novel in the Gailsone series. But author Casey Glanders has already done a great job of building an expansive universe surrounding his lead character, Alice “Dyspell” Gailsone. For 10 years Gailsone was a … Continue reading

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Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

Here we are on the seventh volume of author Mark Walden’s ongoing superspy/supervillain series. And for the most part, despite some nitpicking, we’ve enjoyed each outing so far. The kids at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education are a scrappy … Continue reading

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Rise of Heroes

In the first Cloak Society novel, the relationship between Alex Knight and his mother was so bad we didn’t see how the two could ever patch up their differences. And now here we are in the third book. And guess … Continue reading

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Use Your Illusion, Part I

Dystopian novels are often set in the near future and feature an oppressive alternate universe that extrapolates upon the worst tendencies of contemporary society. If you read Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, or The Giver in school, you undoubtedly … Continue reading

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The Hunter and the Hunted

After spending a lifetime reading superhero fiction, there’s one thing we’ve learned: The most important thing about being a superhuman is the “human” part. The “super” part is nothing but sound and fury and utility belts. That’s something Lancelot Mckendrick … Continue reading

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Tales to Astonish

The official title of Gary Phillips’ latest book is Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice. But a better title would have been: Ten the Hard Way. That’s because this collection of ten short stories features a riotous mix of tough guys, … Continue reading

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Battle for Midgard

The end of the world (Ragnarok) is nigh and Loki Laufeyson has plans to turn Earth into his own private playpen. But he’s not alone. Odin and the rest of his brood have the exact same plan. Jotunheim and Asgard … Continue reading

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