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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IR Approved
January 5, 2024

TALES OF WHISKEY TANGO FROM MISERY TOWERS

By James Aylott
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

James Aylott's TALES OF WHISKEY TANGO FROM MISERY TOWERS, a Carl Hiaasen-style novel, is a masterful blend of comic and tragic.

Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Author Merlin Franco’s satirical wit and keen, absurdist humor are blunted in SIR RICHARD PARKER (His search for love and enlightenment across India, Singapore, Thailand,...

IR Approved
September 13, 2023

FOXMAN AND THE CAT BURGLAR

By Delas Heras
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

FOXMAN AND THE CAT BURGLAR by Delas Heras is a charming romantic comedy of errors. With its likable protagonists caught in a series of ever-escalating...

August 14, 2023

THE STREAMLINED LOCOMOTIVE

By Stephen Lloyd Auslender
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Full of entertaining scenes and a strong central character, Stephen Lloyd Auslender's THE STREAMLINED LOCOMOTIVE is an amusing look at how not to run a...

IR Approved
May 19, 2023

SEMI-GLOSS

By Joe Barrett
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Joe Barrett's SEMI-GLOSS is a lively, warmhearted, intelligent book that will reward the thoughtful reader with new perspectives and a great deal of entertainment in...

IR Approved
January 27, 2023

A FERAL CHORUS

By Matthew J. White
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Matthew J. White's A FERAL CHORUS is a packed with hi-jinks and laugh-out-loud comedy. Though never shying away from the humor, debut author White finds...

January 16, 2023

TAKING THE SHORT BUS: Teacher, I Need You

By Bruce Beryl Fisher
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Poignant, nostalgic, engaging and atmospheric, Bruce Beryl Fisher's TAKING THE SHORT BUS: Teacher, I Need You, is an homage to a bygone era.

Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Author Chuck Champlin offers numerous helpful ideas for readers to make the most of their imagination in THINK LIKE A MOLECULE, a thought-provoking proposal for...

IR Approved
November 2, 2022

HOSPITAL! A Medical Satire of Unhealthy Proportions

By Kyle Bradford Jones
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

In HOSPITAL! (A Medical Satire of Unhealthy Proportions), Kyle Bradford Jones draws on the absurdity of human character to craft a tale that is as...

IR Approved
July 4, 2022

MAKE AMERICA BEAUTIFUL AGAIN

By Bo Bancroft
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Political satire at its finest, Bo Bancroft’s MAKE AMERICA BEAUTIFUL AGAIN is a bold debut that delivers a sweeping indictment of American politics that everyone...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Skillfully walking the razor-thin line between biting satire and Beltway pontification, N K von S fully embraces the unconventional with HOW THE Ə GOT PRODUCTED:...

IR Approved
February 4, 2022

HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP

By William Jack Sibley
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Aside from being a comic tour de force, HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP also offers contemplative moments focusing on real human emotions like life...

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