Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
  • * IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.
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Barking Her Way to the Top

Rating: 4
Roger Pyle's s six-year old collie, Kukushka, is not an ordinary pet, as she is able to be understood by her master. The often irreverent dog demands that Pyle get her a job in the civil service.
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Sunset

Rating: 1
the story of three different men in three different cities, dealing with the end of civilization. Most of the Earth's population is killed and two days later the dead have disappeared.
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Rock Chick

Rating: 2
India “Indy” Savage is the owner of a used book store and coffee shop. She is unwittingly involved in a crime ring, when her best barista loses a bag of diamonds and bad guys begin shooting at him.
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Magician of Oz

Rating: 2
An attempt to create a classic children's story that falls far short of the mark of a classic.
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One Hour Martin-izing

Rating: 2
Marty and Cassidy Tyroni are a married couple who lead secretive lives.
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Murder of an American Nazi

Rating: 2.5
A a story about a small town police detective whose obsessive search for the truth leads him from a seemingly simple murder investigation down an insidious path of espionage, cover-ups, and violence.
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Growing Up Irish Catholic, and Surviving My Mom's Eleven Sisters

Rating: 4
The author is sarcastic and misanthropic enough to please any Woody Allen fan, but he is also compassionate and careful to point out his own deficiencies.
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Re-Deal

Rating: 1.5
The main theme of Re-Deal is time travel, but the story is all over the place, dealing with gambling, action, cowboys, good vs. evil, and a whole slew of literary themes that are often haphazardly introduced and put together.
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The Rands Conspiracy

Rating: 2
A mild-mannered office worker has a job that involves secret information. He escapes the slaughter of his co-workers and must both evade the killers and uncover the conspiracy.
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The Daring Spectacle

Rating: 4
SF Chronicle/SFGate columnist and culture critic Mark Morford's hilarious modern record of sex and media, politics and pop culture, love and lust, as told in ninety-two delectable partsnot including all the delicious photos and terrifying hate mail.
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Briefs

Rating: 4
Wideman unveils an utterly original voice and structure--hip-hop zen--where each story is a single breath, to be caught, held, shared and savored. Reviewed by IR Staff
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The Day of the Knights

Rating: 3
A multi-layered thriller about a feud between a cop and a serial killer that is much bigger than its plot.
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Isabel Toledo: Fashion From the Inside Out

Rating: 4
This beautiful book--featuring interviews with Toledo's husband (fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo), colleagues, clients, and critics--is a revelatory exploration of a fashion innovator in a mass-market industry.
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The Last Cookie Club

Rating: 3
This moving fictional tale is informed by real-life experience about the roots of food addiction.
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Backstage Dior

Rating: 4
Photographer Roxanne Lowit's bold mix of color and black-and-white images are by turns whimsical and awe-inspiring.
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Social Climbers

Rating: 3
A illustrated novel and purported how-to guide for the upwardly mobile, Social Climbers features an 8th grade writing style, a plethora of typos, tense mistakes and spelling errors.
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Adam's Daughters

Rating: 3
Part two in The Westward Sagas follows the Mitchell family as it struggles during the time of the Colonial and American Revolution.
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Seven Blackbirds

Rating: 3
By turns humorous, scandalous, and lyrical, Seven Blackbirds is the story of a woman as she struggles along the road toward wholeness in the heart of Oklahoma's Green Country.
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Cartier I Love You

Rating: 4
A heartfelt love letter to a jewelry house without equal.
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We All We Got

Rating: 2
A book about the Pittsburgh Panthers, penned by a passionate fan.
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The Doll Brokers

Rating: 2
The violent and sexually graphic story of an independent woman as she stuggles to be successful in the modern toy industry.
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The Shack

Rating: 4
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?
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A More Obedient Wife

Rating: 3.5
A series of entertaining fictional diary entries by two wives named Hannah, both married to early Supreme Court Justices.