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Cornell’s (Witches of Lychford) thought-experiment novella explores what it means to be human and asks age-old questions (What is down the road less taken? Is it better to be comfortable and complacent or to sacrifice one’s own happiness for the greater good?).

The Lights Go Out in Lychford

Another entertaining and imaginative entry in Cornell’s “Witches of Lychford” series. A quick read with an interesting town full of characters, but readers may want to start at the beginning of the series to fully understand the story.

Saucer Country

With multiple entangled plot threads to wallow in, this déjà vu satire of politics and credibility will entertain sf fans and those intrigued by how mythologies about aliens reflect ourselves.

This Damned Band

With sordid sex and drug-taking, this mature-readers occult comedy will easily win over fans of classic British rock.

The Severed Streets

Lacking some of the originality of the first volume (2013's London Falling), this is still one of the more unusual combinations of dark fantasy and police procedural. Fans of Ben Aaronovitch will likely enjoy this (more serious) series.

London Falling

The Hugo Award-nominated Cornell (Saucer Country; Demon Knights) has also written episodes of Dr. Who and Primeval. With his first foray into urban fantasy, he has created a group of four very different protagonists who must learn to play well with each other in order to survive London's supernatural shadow world. Despite a slow start, this blend of urban fantasy and crime fiction should find a group of welcoming readers.

Batman & Robin: Dark Knight vs. White Knight

An accessible volume recommended for fans old and new.

Demon Knights: Seven Against the Dark

This book (collecting the first seven issues of the series) is a perfect read for fantasy fans who might typically avoid mainstream comics. A predominant chorus of female characters is refreshing. Fans familiar with Etrigan, Madame Xanadu, and Vandal Savage will appreciate this book on another level.

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