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

SUBTERRANEAN LIVING

By John Caperton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

IR Approved

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE

By Samuel Bigglesworth
Rating:
4.0 / 5

In a collection of 14 short stories, author Samuel Bigglesworth explores the concepts of death and life’s purpose with raw and jaw-dropping revelations.

IR Approved

A LYLE SAXON READER: LOST STORIES OF THE FRENCH QUARTER AND BURIED TREASURE

By Lyle Saxon, edited by James Michael Warner
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Historian Michael Warner sheds light on New Orleans favorite son, Lyle Saxon, by gathering some of the early 20th century writer’s short stories and news...

IR Approved

I WASN’T CRYING OVER YOU

By Vincent Hunanyan
Rating:
4.3 / 5

Drawing from his own life experiences, author Vincent K. Hunanyan ingeniously captures the pivotal moments of life’s highs and lows in I WASN’T CRYING OVER...

IR Approved

WELCOME TO SUGARVILLE – A NOVEL IN STORIES

By J.J. Haas
Rating:
4.4 / 5

WELCOME TO SUGARVILLE - A NOVEL IN STORIES stylistically hails back to television's Twilight Zone and the pulp fantasy fiction of mid-century America.

THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

By Fiza Pathan
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A series of stories about people in various cultures coming out of the closet, and the different reactions they receive from their families, friends, and...

Tales depicting the joys and struggles families of all kinds present in MOTHERS, SON, BELOVEDS, AND OTHER STRANGERS

By Janie Dempsey Watts
Rating:
3.5 / 5

In these fifteen stories, Janie Dempsey Watts takes the reader from Los Angeles to Georgia to Sicily as her characters navigate and discover what it...

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