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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MARBLE ON A TABLE: A Novel

By Eugene Havens
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Set in New York City in 1995, MARBLE ON A TABLE follows narrator-protagonist Rasmus Smith, a down-on-his-luck producer of television commercials, as he scrambles to...

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KALIKO ON THE SHOALS

By Emma Renault
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Kaliko searches for the true meaning of true love and comes to terms with her need for that love in the heartfelt LGBT character study...

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DOES LIGHTNING STRIKE TWICE?

By Regina Price
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Frequent visions of Sylvester Stallone provide a welcome respite from Molly's unsatisfactory everyday reality in DOES LIGHTNING STRIKE TWICE? by Regina Price...and then Molly decides...

CALL NUMBERS: The Not So Quiet Life Of Librarians

By Syntell Smith
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A clerk gets more than he bargains for when he transfers to the 58th Street New York Public Library – schemes and alliances are sent...

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POLK GULCH

By Andrew Bardin Williams
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

POLK GULCH by Andrew Bardin Williams is the story of love and loss, featuring a girl from a punk rock band and the husband who...

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RING ON DELI

By Eric Giroux
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

RING ON DELI is a subtle satire of the promise of the American Dream in which the losers and outcasts of society show creativity and...

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THE ART OF LOVE (& LOATHING)

By Stephen Daniel Ruiz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Arthur Kimble is a middle-aged man wrestling with addiction, a failed marriage, and a writing career that suddenly lacks inspiration. Can he figure out how...

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THE SUBSTANCE OF ALL THINGS

By Sam Harris
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE SUBSTANCE OF ALL THINGS explores how a psychologist eases his own childhood wounds by helping a patient to overcome the trauma of childhood sexual...

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ANNA’S DANCE: A Balkan Odyssey

By Michele Levy
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In this sprawling, vivid bildungsroman, a young American woman quits college and visits Europe in the summer of 1968, as the world seems to be...

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DAK ACKERTHEFIFTH AND THE ETHICS OF HEROISM

By Joshua S Joseph
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Dak Ackerthefifth is the son of a ballpoint-pen magnate father who is eaten by cannibals and a mother who dies while over-enthusiastically pursuing homeopathic cures....

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LEVIES OF DEVOTION

By Matthew Taylor
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Matthew Taylor’s LEVIES OF DEVOTION tells a story about a tangled, messy romance between four teenagers in the late 1960s and how the choices they...

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MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE

By David Hartshorn
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE, by David Hartshorn, is the touching story of a man’s journey of self-discovery and how it ultimately leads him home.

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