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Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between
by Heidi Gibson, Antonis Achilleos ,Nate Pollak

Somedays you just need a good grilled cheese sandwich and if you are looking for ideas that go beyond the usual then this is a great place to start. The book also covers how to cook several sandwiches at once if you are making them for a group of people. Soups are also covered and they offer pairing ideas of what goes well with each soup. A fun cookbook for someone wanting to try out their new sandwich press or just get out of the rut of the usual grilled cheese.

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If you haven’t read Rolling in the Deep, it doesn’t hurt you at all to read Into the Drowning Deep. This book is set seven years after the novella where everyone is killed by the mermaids that no one thought were real. It isn’t a spoiler since they tell you right from the beginning that everyone dies on the first page of the story. Knowing that happened to the last crew there are people that still want to go back and prove that the mermaids are real and possibly bring them back to shore. Not every scientist onboard the ship believes but the chance to get some data from the Mariana Trench has them agreeing to this mission. The same film company that funded the previous trip is bankrolling this one and they are taking some safety precautions including a husband and wife team of big game hunters.

The story is great and the tension is constant once contact is made. The science to the mermaids is well thought out and even still you want to know more about them. A great story and plenty of room left for more tales in this story universe. Hopefully there will be more.

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I decided to read this since I really liked one of Jo Nesbø’s previous books. Since this is book one I was surprised that it took place outside his normal area of being a police officer. It did allow for him to explain his backstory to people that were strangers to him. One of the things that made this a bit different was how many times Harry was wrong about who the killer was and how he kept thinking he had the right killer.

An interesting audio to listen to since no one had an American accent in the book.

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This collection of comics can be started at almost any page in the book. The comic is an internet based one and easy to find. But this collection is perfect to give to someone you know that has kids or knows what it is like to live with small children. There is some potty humor in here but it all really appropriate. I was certainly giggling at more than one panel in this book.

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The second novella with Oberon as the POV character has them back in Portland the setting of the previous novella. The titular squirrel happens as they are taking the train to Portland and upon disembarking chase said rodent right to a dead body that looks like Atticus and it also happens to be investigated by the detective they met in the previous book. Atticus gets involved because the dogs can smell who killed the doppelganger. Along the way you find out a bit more about Atticus past and meet someone else he knows. A fun caper that if it wasn’t for Starbuck and the hounds quest for food wouldn’t have solved the mystery.

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I decided to give this one a try since the series is finished and I have been reading another series by this writer that is in a different story setting. Merit is a grad student who is attacked by a rogue vampire and saved the final death by being turned by the vampire hunting the rogue. Vampires had just come out in the open but some things are denied to them. Merit is barred from grad school and learn to work in the house system the vampires have. She is also dealing with finding out her retired policeman grandfather isn’t so retired and her father reminds her not to embarrass the family. Lots of worldbuilding in this book and it helps that Merit doesn’t know much about vampires besides the usual so it doesn’t feel like an info dump. A good beginning to the series and I’ll pick them up at some point. I did listen to the audio version instead of reading it and didn’t find myself lost or confused since I had to pick it up and down all the time.

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There is fun knowing you are going into a book and certain things will happen. You know that Eve and Roarke will have a few romantic evenings during the book and Eve will catch the bad guy. Eve is primary on the scene as she sees the victim die but doesn’t see the actual cut that bled out the gossip columnist in the bar. As the case progresses we find out that no one liked the dead woman and it comes out she has been blackmailing people and making a tidy amount of money for herself in the process. By the end you find out why the victim is the way she is and the reader is reminded that Eve will get justice for her no matter the type of person she is.

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Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception

by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, Jenny Frison

A reporter has been trying to investigate a cult of a self-help guru that some of her followers kill themselves for no apparent reason. Chloe lost her fiancé to Astrid and her group and she will not stop until she finds the reasons for it. By the end of this collection you have some idea of what the cult is about but no real conclusions. It was a bit too creepy for me so I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next one.

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When a princess doesn’t speak her royal parents will do anything to get her to talk. A tiger takes them up on the offer and gets her to talk. A simple kids story with very good art.

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This one has Maika looking for more info about the what is inside her and you find out more about her family. You get flashbacks of her as a child with her mother and meet her goddessfather , a pirate that helps her move find the island she needs to get to for more answers. You do find out more about the monster inside her and at some point we are going to find out more about her father. As usual the art is amazing in this book.

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I enjoy reading Saga even though it likes to kick you in the feels. It reminds you over and over that life isn’t fair especially when you are on the run from the government. And yet the deaths in the last issue of this one were the worst. Bounty hunters are still after them, the tree needs fuel and Prince Robot still want to get to his son. The overall plot doesn’t move and this is more of the time spent in one place but since this is Hazel telling the story of her life it makes sense since she makes friends on the comet.

Overall a great read and now I have to wait for the next collection.

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This story arc does some jumping back and forth through time and give the backstory on Red Tool. There is still a hanging plot thread that is introduced in this book that doesn’t get resolved by the end of it. Power Girl does make a cameo in this one book as well to help defeat a baddie that thanks to Harley and Red Tool going down in the tunnels in an earlier book made it possible for the baddie to get out of his prison down in the tunnels. A fun read and I’m interested in what happens with the one plot thread that was left hanging in this book.

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The second book starts a few months after the Discount Armageddon. Dave’s Fish and Strips is now a burlesque club that features the cryptids so the customers think it is all fake. But not everything is right. The Covenant is coming to town to check on Dominic and get ready to purge NYC of the cryptic population. Verity does come do a decision about living two lives in New York as she is working hard to protect the cryptid population and gather forces that can fight back against the Covenant while the ones that can’t fight try and flee or find safety somewhere. A good conclusion to this story arc and the next book will feature one of Verity’s siblings.

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This novella needs to be read after Penric’s Mission otherwise you will miss the entire setup of how Penric got to where he is. He is still traveling with the brother and sister he met in the previous story and they have one more town to travel through and a short trip before they can cross the border to safety. But to do this Penric must rely on his demon to help him craft a plan of escape and misdirection. Lots of good chuckles throughout the story and as usual Bujold crafts a wonderful story.

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The Martian Queen has been mothballed for a long time and a few people see this a gold mine waiting to be plundered. But all is not right with the ship that Saga has been hired to raid. Her boss knows secrets about the ship because she has been there before with another crew and has an agenda that she hasn’t shared with Saga or her husband. This is a tight story that goes from space piracy to something else in the end. A good story and possibly a nice setup to a future story but isn’t needed for closure to this one.

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This is a collection of one shots of Harley paired with various people. The most off the wall pairing was with Lobo. So, for the most part you get to see her interact with different people that normally she wouldn’t cross paths in her regular series. Overall it was an ok collection but not necessary to read to keep up with the story line.

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This is a new series from John Scalzi and I haven’t been disappointed with his books yet. The setup is there is a vast empire that relies on “The Flow “for FTL travel. But the Flow is moving away from where it has always been and only a few people know that the empire that is built on the travel and trade using the Flow is coming to an end. When the new Empress takes the throne she never expected to inherit and had only a few months of training before her father’s death she is only given a small clue by her father about what will happen. As the few people that do know what is going on try to get to her and somehow mitigate some of the collapse to their society when the Flow ends.

The book was interesting and a solid setup for more books to come. Will be interesting how it proceeds from here.

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This is first in a new series with Eric Flint and newcomer Alistair Kimble. The action takes place in the Chicago area and it seems there is a cult kidnapping and sacrificing people to bring their god into our world. As Agent Jasper Wilde is joined by an agent out of the DC area that works for a division he has never heard of before they try and stop the cultists from killing anyone else and maybe stop whatever it is from coming into our world. They do find allies that have been fighting against these monsters for a long time and use their help to beat back the evil.

A solid good story and a nice beginning to what hopefully will be a long and fun series.

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2 PM A J Hartley
2:30 PM Patricia Briggs
4 PM Clay and Susan Griffith
5 PM Melissa F Olson

Noon Delilah S Dawson
1 PM Kim Harrison
3 PM Jack Campbell
4 PM Jane Yolen
5 PM Myke Cole
6 PM Cherie Priest

10:30 AM. Jonathan Maberry
11:30 AM Claudia Gray
1 PM C Robert Cargill
2 PM Gail Z Martin
3 PM Faith Hunter
4 PM Scott Sigler
5 PM Fran Wilde

Table Two The Baen Publishing Signings

4 pm Larry Correia
5 pm David Afsharirad
6 pm D.J. Butler

Noon 1632 Signing (Eric Flint, Charles E. Gannon, Griffin Barber, Alistair Kimble)
1 pm David B. Coe
3 pm Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Cody Martin
5 pm Black Tide Rising (John Ringo, Gary Poole, Eric Flint, Jody Lynn Nye, Kacey Ezell, Mike Williamson, Christopher Smith, Mike Massa)
6 pm Forged In Blood (Mike Williamson, Larry Correia, Mike Massa, Kacey Ezell, Christopher Smith)

1 pm Les Johnson
2 pm Charles E. Gannon
4 pm Straight Outta Tombstone (David Boop, Larry Correia)
5 pm John Ringo
6 pm Timothy Zahn

10 am David Boop
11 am David B. Coe

1. Do you have to buy a book to get something signed? No, but it sure would be nice if you did.
2. How many can I get signed? Limit 3 items and then back in line please so everyone has a chance.
3. How long will they sign? About an hour
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This collection covers the story arc Black Mould. Semi sentient mold is attacking people and the only thing they have in common is the landlord. I like this one because we get Sahra throughout the entire story. Also Peter uses chemistry along with magic in this story to try and solve the problem. The one shots at the end of the collection are good as always but you need to have read through Foxglove Summer to know everyone they refer to. Overall a fun read and barely enough to keep me going while I wait for the next novel.

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