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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TOMBOLA

By Paul Purnell
Rating:
3.0 / 5

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

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

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.

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