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leedock’s CBR-III Review #52-“The Isle of Blood” – Rick Yancey

Fifty freaking two. Oh, how I thought I never would complete ye! Hats off to you supernatural people who are doing  double or triple (?!) Cannonballs. You truly have powers beyond my comprehension. Bravo. My pick for favorite book of … Continue reading

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leedock’s CBR-III Review #51-“A Christmas Carol” – Charles Dickens

For the last several Christmas Eves I have made some kind of traditional Victorian holiday food or drink. It started mostly as way to figure out what the heck wassail really was after years of singing about it but expanded … Continue reading

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leedock’s CBR-III Review #50-“Foundling” – D.M. Cornish

What would Harry Potter have done without Dumbledore? Without the Weasleys or Hagrid? What if he had simply been given a knapsack, some potions, a few kind words and then summarily sent off into the abyss? Harry would have peed … Continue reading

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leedock’s CBR-III Review #49-“Handling The Undead” – John Ajvide Lindqvist

I admire Lindqvist for tackling horror in a very unromantic way. What with all the sparkly vampires, lovesick werewolves and sexed up sweaty folks running from zombies, a little more gore and little less glamour are refreshing. The basics of … Continue reading

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leedock’s CBR-III Review #46-“The Knife of Never Letting Go”, #47-“The Ask and The Answer”, #48-“Monsters of Men” – Patrick Ness

There is such a thing as too much information. Part commentary on the age of information and part indictment of prejudice, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is a marvelous metaphor for what faces kids today and how their struggle to … Continue reading

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leedock’s CBR-III Review #43-“Everlost”, #44-“Everwild”, #45-“Everfound” – Neal Shusterman

The Oz version of the afterlife. What happens when we die is fertile ground for fiction. Generally reserved for adult protagonists (“Lovely Bones” excluded), what death holds in store for children and teens could be all lollipops, Toys ‘R Us … Continue reading

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leedock’s CBR-III Review #42-“Unwind” – Neal Shusterman

What if pro-life and pro-choice fought an actual civil war. Care to guess what the treaty at the end of that would look like? Unable to duke it out on the battlefield to a clear winner, both sides sign a … Continue reading

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