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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Family history, horror and humor collide in: AMBALLORE HOUSE

By Jose Thekkumthala
Rating:
2.0 / 5

Part family saga and part mesh of sci-fi, paranormal, horror and off-beat humor, this is a story of Kerala civilization in the town of Amballore,...

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Social commentary highlighted through a curmudgeon’s antics in: COINMAN

By Pawan Mishra
Rating:
5.0 / 5

The anti-hero known as “Coinman” is an irritating co-worker, an inattentive husband, a not-so-dutiful son…yet his apparent lack of love conquers all.

Strange things are happening in Bufkin County, where monsters are real in: THE DOG THAT LAID EGGS

By Jonathan Maas
Rating:
3.5 / 5

This absurd tale set in the mythical 19th century Bufkin County all starts when one pup, Salem, starts mysteriously laying eggs, one of which hatches...

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Football and the game of life in: THE EQUIPMENT GUYS

By Neil Kleid
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Three boyhood friends bond over football, girls, and alcohol.

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Stories and poetry punctuated with humor: I PUNCHED MYSELF IN THE EYE

By Pamela Capone
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Pamela Capone must be a riot at parties. She can turn the most mundane details of a day into witty poetry, and find a way...

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A fun space-age quest to keep the cosmic water flowing in: ESCAPE FROM DORKVILLE

By Dean Ammerman
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A pair of humans, an intergalactic plumber, a puffin, and an Ergonomics and Fiscal Engineer must journey to find the All and Everything in order...

A colorful cast of characters and a bawdy tone in: Freaks I’ve Met

By Donald Jans
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Hilariously vulgar and deceptively entertaining, FREAKS I’VE MET follows the unusual adventures of a new graduate as he seeks his fame and fortune.

A goofy and irreverent take on Armageddon in: THE ANTICHRIST OF KOKOMO COUNTY

By David Skinner
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Worried that his son might be the spawn of Satan, a dad will do anything to keep his child from realizing his dark destiny, much...

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Pianist in a Bordello

By Mike C. Erickson
Rating:
4.0 / 5

PIANIST IN A BORDELLO is a novel about a liberal Democratic politician with the rather unlikely name of Richard Milhouse Nixon Youngblood. Since he is...

Stalled

By C.R. Bruce
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Woven through endless descriptions of vomit, urine, more vomit, and a persistent sexism that sometimes veers over the border into outright misogyny is an artfully...

The Ice Cream War

By Paul Janson
Rating:
3.5 / 5

The operators of competing ice cream stores unite in a purposefully comic tag-team to solve the murder of one of their own.

Black Wolf

By Andrés Aloi
Rating:
3.5 / 5

BLACK WOLF is an effective depiction of youth from a male point of view in all its natural, yet crude, splendor.

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