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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THE ODD AND THE STRANGE: A Collection of Very Short Fiction

By Harvey Havel
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE ODD AND THE STRANGE by Harvey Havel is a collection of urban tales that toe the line of reality.

THE CHAMPAGNE TALES

By Michael Amon
Rating:
2.7 / 5.0

Ten different stories are connected by a love of the bubbly stuff in THE CHAMPAGNE TALES.

IR Approved

UNTOLD MAYHEM: An Assortment of Violence

By Mark Tullius
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

UNTOLD MAYHEM is a collection of short horror stories, each of which revolves around or culminates in an act of violence. Some feature supernatural specters...

IR Approved

GRACE: STORIES AND A NOVELLA

By Dan Burns
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Triumphs born of human frailties stand in testament to the rewards of soul work in GRACE: STORIES AND A NOVELLA.

TOMBOLA

By Paul Purnell
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

TOMBOLA includes forty-three stories packed tightly into 300 pages, ranging from crime fiction to vignettes, to comedy, slice-of-life and dramatic pieces.

IR Approved

HOLDING ON

By Richard Snodgrass
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

HOLDING ON, the latest in an eight-book series, recounts the good, the bad, and the ugly in the two-hundred year history of a struggling mill...

IR Approved

SUBTERRANEAN LIVING

By John Caperton
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

SUBTERRANEAN LIVING is a collection of short stories about pivotal moments in the lives of different modern day Americans.

FROST HEAVES

By T. Stores
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

FROST HEAVES is a collection of linked short stories that form a portrait of rural life in today's Vermont.

A MAGNET TO A FLAME

By Shawn Patrick Cooke
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

In A MAGNET TO A FLAME, Shawn Patrick Cooke toys with the delicate line between choice and possibility through 28 short stories and 3 poems.

IR Approved

TODAY, TOMORROW, ALWAYS

By Editors at Margery de Brus
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A series of short stories, ranging from the profoundly tragic to the cynically comedic,  all seeking to explore profound human questions.

THE MIDNIGHT CABARET

By Benjamin Roque
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

THE MIDNIGHT CABARET is a set of alternately chilling, philosophical, and sentimental short stories.

IR Approved

THYLACINE DREAMS

By Jonathan Maas
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THYLACINE DREAMS is a collection of short stories that explore what it's like to be human - or not.

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