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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Chaos and hilarity on a family getaway in VACATION TO GRACELAND

By Phillip Cornell
Rating:
3.8 / 5

Phillip Cornell has a simple story to tell: at his mother’s instigation, he and his relatives will take a weekend road trip to Memphis for...

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It’s a unique spin on a world of sound bites and quippy, overused and trite sayings in: SELFIE-FACING

By John Branning
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Branning puts his own brand of meat on overused and frequently discounted mindless words.

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Humorous personal essays reveal the traumas and triumphs of growing older in: 53 IS THE NEW 38 – Tales of Indignity and Middle Age

By Michael Anthony Turpin
Rating:
4.5 / 5

In more than two dozen short personal essays, Turpin offers his quirky take on parenting, weight control, surgery, grey hair, birthdays, dentistry, college life, brothers,...

Wanderlush

By David Robert
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A hypochondriac, thinking he is near death, promises to take his wild, drunken mother on four vacations around the world.

Dyspeptic Definitions

By Igor D. Radovic
Rating:
2.5 / 5

DYSPEPTIC DEFINITIONS is a satirical dictionary that attempts to give sardonic, insightful, and/or humorous definitions of various English words and phrases.

Swedish Lessons

By Natalie Burg
Rating:
3.5 / 5

When 23-year-old Natalie Burg decides to flee from the ruins of a relationship to the boring, cheap countryside of Sweden, she thinks she's in for...

I Left My Prostate In San Francisco

By Rick and Brenda Redner
Rating:
3.5 / 5

I LEFT MY PROSTATE IN SAN FRANCISCO: WHERE’S YOURS? by Rick and Brenda Redner, tells the well-written and often excruciating story of Rick’s unexpected diagnosis...

I Heart My Little A-Holes

By Karen Alpert
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Full of hilarious stories, lists, thoughts and pictures that will make you laugh so hard you’ll wish you were wearing a diaper.

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Ketchup is a Vegetable

By Robin O'Bryant
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Parents, particularly those with the strength to laugh at themselves (and the schadenfreude to laugh at other parents), will thoroughly enjoy this book; that is,...

The Hapless Valet

By Lenhardt Stevens
Rating:
3.0 / 5

The charismatic and stylish, Draper Burns is at the center of this forward moving, novel can best be described as a kind of maze in...

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Things Go Wrong For Me (When life hands you lemons, add vodka)

By Rodney Lacroix
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Author Rodney Lacroix tells (and shows) all in this collection of offbeat, outrageous and entertaining random thoughts and life experiences that take the form of...

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Spending the Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

By Jen Mann-Li
Rating:
5.0 / 5

“Spending the Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat” is a collection of essays by Jen Mann-Li, who runs the blog, People...

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