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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A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE

By Samuel Bigglesworth
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

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.

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

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

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...

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I WASN’T CRYING OVER YOU

By Vincent Hunanyan
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

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...

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WELCOME TO SUGARVILLE – A NOVEL IN STORIES

By J.J. Haas
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

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 / 5.0

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 / 5.0

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...

NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE, just the right mix of horror and humor

By Nicholas Day
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE is a darkly humorous blend of death, gore, and terror, featuring oddly relatable characters in horribly normal situations.

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Three clever and captivating stories weave in themes of companionship and friendship in BOYS

By Scott Semegran
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Two short stories and one novella, set during three stages (school age, adolescence, young adulthood) of three different boys, capture the essence of companionship and...

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TIMELESS TRAVELS

By Joe Rotenberg
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In a series of stories, told from multiple points of view, author Joseph Rothenberg ties these divergent topics together with his creativity.

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LURES

By John DiFelice
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

LURES paints sympathetic portraits of everyday people striving after what they may never attain.

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RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE

By Nath Jones
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE is a collection of twenty-five exquisite short stories artfully strung together by Best New American Voices nominee Nath...

Form trumps content in: POSTMODERN DECONSTRUCTION MADHOUSE

By Peter Quinones
Rating:
1.5 / 5.0

Reading POSTMODERN DECONSTRUCTION MADHOUSE is no ordinary romp through a short story collection: the sections that make up the collection range from stand-alone scenes, lists,...

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