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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January 23, 2023

INTERSECTIONS

By Andrew Spink
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

INTERSECTIONS is a collection of nine short stories - the product of conversations between a rideshare driver and his passengers.

IR Approved
December 9, 2022

LOVE STORIES

By Katherine Villyard
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Sixteen gripping, speculative short stories that unmask the faces of love beating in the hearts of mortals, Gods, mystics and robots – including a string...

IR Approved
November 4, 2022

THERE GO I (A Collection of Short Stories)

By Bill VanPatten
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

A collection of short stories offering readers a ‘slice of life’ tour-de-force through small-town California.

IR Approved
October 12, 2022

SEND HER BACK AND OTHER STORIES

By Munashe Kaseke
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Author Munashe Kaseke was born in Harare, immigrated to the U.S., and lives and works in Northern California. She makes the inspiration for her debut...

IR Approved
June 29, 2022

THIS IS (NOT ABOUT) DAVID BOWIE

By FJ Morris
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A genre-bending collection of short stories featuring a healthy dose of emotive prose and, of course, David Bowie.

June 6, 2022

A DOZEN STRANGE TALES

By William See
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

A DOZEN STRANGE TALES ranges widely in place and time, opening up rich veins of the fantastical, historical, and, at times, the macabre and grotesque.

IR Approved
January 12, 2022

LOUSE POINT: Stories From the East End

By Shelby Raebeck
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In this collection of 15 short stories, Shelby Raebeck presents characters experiencing loss, most of whom reside in eastern Long Island, a setting he conjures...

September 29, 2021

THE MAYFLY

By Ben Rogers
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Ben Rogers’ THE MAYFLY reflects on the friction between connection and purpose in a clutch of short stories both funny and soulful.

IR Approved
May 24, 2021

FURROW AND SLICE

By Richard Snodgrass
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

The dozens of very-short stories in Richard Snodgrass's collection FURROW AND SLICE depict the intimacies of small town and farm life and the ways in...

IR Approved
March 24, 2021

IF WE WERE ELECTRIC

By Patrick Earl Ryan
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

The twelve short stories of IF WE WERE ELECTRIC cover a dizzying range of characters and situations, from a gay teenager's doomed escape with his...

IR Approved
February 19, 2021

LATVIAN FOLKTALES

By Astrida Barbins-Stahnke
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

LATVIAN FOLKTALES is, as the title states, a collection of ancient folktales from Latvia, a nation with a long history of cultural repression. Through these...

January 4, 2021

LOCKED DOWN BUBBLING UP

By Mark Rice, Lesley Smith, Mairead de Bhal
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

LOCKED DOWN BUBBLING UP by Mark Rice, Lesley Smith and Mairead de Bhal includes stories and poems of 2020’s pandemic lockdown in Ireland that give readers...

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