Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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October 24, 2022

A LOT OF QUESTIONS (With No Answers)

By Jordan Neben
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

An ambitious collection of thought-provoking long-form essays focused on the human experience.

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

All readers could ever wish to learn--in pictures and prose--about the world’s definitive festive verse.

IR Approved
August 3, 2022

THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE

By Gregory Vizzi, Chief Quiet Thunder Gilbert
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A collection of personal and historical stories by Lenape Indian elder Chief Quiet Thunder, THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE is an expansive chronicle of the wisdom, traditions,...

IR Approved
July 8, 2022

GREY FEATHERS: Led by Love of Country

By Daniel M. Dewald
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A Vietnam War veteran shares his perspective on the historic conflict.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

NAVIGATORS FORGING A MATRIARCHAL CULTURE IN POLYNESIA, the second of the author’s planned three-volume Navigators series, provides a deep history of Samoa that amply draws...

IR Approved
April 18, 2022

THE SOUTHERN CHARACTER

By Mario Fabbri
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Mario Fabbri's 188-page book outlines the theory of genes and behavior, drawing upon seminal texts such as Sforza Cavalli’s and Luigi Luca’s "The History and...

IR Approved
January 26, 2022

FIRST PATIENTS

By Rod Tanchanco
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

FIRST PATIENTS, focusing on the individual pioneer patients that were at the heart of milestone moments in medical history, includes ten true tales that serve...

IR Approved
January 24, 2022

SAD PAPAW’S HERITAGE

By Kenny Harmon
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

SAD PAPAW’S HERITAGE turns an internet meme into a fascinating social history book, tracing one family’s story from the 19th century to today and revealing...

July 16, 2021

AIRPLANE STORIES AND HISTORIES

By Norman Currey
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

AIRPLANE STORIES AND HISTORIES provides a meticulously researched, anecdote-driven account of some of modern aviation’s most pivotal moments.

IR Approved
May 26, 2021

WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS

By J. L. Askew
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

J.L. Askew's WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS is a comprehensive look at a forgotten theater of the war, the fighting in the Appalachian region between eastern...

April 16, 2021

THE BODY BLOG

By Rachel K. Wentz
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

A blog in book form, THE BODY BLOG is a series of mini-articles explaining the body and its functions.

IR Approved
April 16, 2021

BALCONY VIEW, a 9/11 Diary

By Julia Frey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

BALCONY VIEW is author and college professor Julia Frey's six-month diary of living in her apartment directly across the street from the World Trade Center...

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