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Graphic Novels from Johns & Frank & others and Wiebe & Sejic | Xpress Reviews

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Frank’s clear and unobtrusive art complements the dynamic, straightforward Earth One universe plot; patrons who love Buffy the Vampire Slayer will surely enjoy the raucous and powerful Rat Queens

Nonfiction on Criminal Justice in Texas and Story Time Programming | Xpress Reviews

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An indictment of the bizarre way that criminal cases are handled in this country; the background story time practitioners need to tackle programs from start to finish

Fiction from Billingham, Ellison, Hubbard Award Winners, and a Thrillery Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Tom Thorne gets into more twisty plots, the fourth Samantha Owens novel is breathtaking, speculative fiction fans will welcome the new Hubbard winners, a debut offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups

E-Originals from Austin, Cutler, Everett, and Sfetsos | Xpress Reviews

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An entertaining series opener from Austin, friendship and life decisions from Cutler, a historical “marriage act” will have Everett’s readers invested, a high-octane sf/Western/romance saga from Sfetsos

Graphic Novels from Gardner & Co.; Geary; Remender, Alixe, & Klein; and Samura | Xpress Reviews

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The best overall collection of the Flash, fast-paced whodunit featuring silent film star Louise Brooks, a shift in the Captain America universe, and an essential volume for Blade of the Immortal fans

Nonfiction from Celebrity Offerman and Author/Humorist Twain | Xpress Reviews

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Offerman’s fans can rejoice in his latest “offering”; nonfans, not so much. Twain devotees who aren’t fussy about scholarship or facts might try this compilation

Fiction from Chaplin, Thoft, and Tiraboschi | Xpress Reviews

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A brilliantly complex historical novel from Chaplin, a worthy successor to Thoft’s earlier series entries, Tiraboschi’s first work to be translated into English has promise

E-Originals from Barnard, Downs, Lake, and Martin | Xpress Reviews

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A strong new adult series entry, a quick ghost story, a winning read with an unusual setting, and a high-stakes story that is light on the loving

Graphic Novels from Ewing & Co., Hussenot, McCann & others, and Miéville & Santolouco | Xpress Reviews

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Doctor Who fans should enjoy these latest adventures, Hussenot’s graphic novel is a thinker, a fun read for those who are interested in a different side of Hawkeye, the artwork steals the show in Dial H

Nonfiction on Meditation | Xpress Reviews

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Catton’s meditation on meditation is among the best titles on this topic