Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
  • * IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.
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Re-Deal

Rating: 1.5
The main theme of Re-Deal is time travel, but the story is all over the place, dealing with gambling, action, cowboys, good vs. evil, and a whole slew of literary themes that are often haphazardly introduced and put together.
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The Rands Conspiracy

Rating: 2
A mild-mannered office worker has a job that involves secret information. He escapes the slaughter of his co-workers and must both evade the killers and uncover the conspiracy.
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The Daring Spectacle

Rating: 4
SF Chronicle/SFGate columnist and culture critic Mark Morford's hilarious modern record of sex and media, politics and pop culture, love and lust, as told in ninety-two delectable partsnot including all the delicious photos and terrifying hate mail.
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Briefs

Rating: 4
Wideman unveils an utterly original voice and structure--hip-hop zen--where each story is a single breath, to be caught, held, shared and savored. Reviewed by IR Staff
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The Day of the Knights

Rating: 3
A multi-layered thriller about a feud between a cop and a serial killer that is much bigger than its plot.
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Isabel Toledo: Fashion From the Inside Out

Rating: 4
This beautiful book--featuring interviews with Toledo's husband (fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo), colleagues, clients, and critics--is a revelatory exploration of a fashion innovator in a mass-market industry.
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The Last Cookie Club

Rating: 3
This moving fictional tale is informed by real-life experience about the roots of food addiction.
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Backstage Dior

Rating: 4
Photographer Roxanne Lowit's bold mix of color and black-and-white images are by turns whimsical and awe-inspiring.
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Social Climbers

Rating: 3
A illustrated novel and purported how-to guide for the upwardly mobile, Social Climbers features an 8th grade writing style, a plethora of typos, tense mistakes and spelling errors.
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Adam's Daughters

Rating: 3
Part two in The Westward Sagas follows the Mitchell family as it struggles during the time of the Colonial and American Revolution.
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Seven Blackbirds

Rating: 3
By turns humorous, scandalous, and lyrical, Seven Blackbirds is the story of a woman as she struggles along the road toward wholeness in the heart of Oklahoma's Green Country.
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Cartier I Love You

Rating: 4
A heartfelt love letter to a jewelry house without equal.
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We All We Got

Rating: 2
A book about the Pittsburgh Panthers, penned by a passionate fan.
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The Doll Brokers

Rating: 2
The violent and sexually graphic story of an independent woman as she stuggles to be successful in the modern toy industry.
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The Shack

Rating: 4
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?
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A More Obedient Wife

Rating: 3.5
A series of entertaining fictional diary entries by two wives named Hannah, both married to early Supreme Court Justices.
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Vencil

Rating: 4.5
Like Jeannette Walls in her memoir, The Glass Castle, Shima does a fine job of comparing and contrasting city and country life through the eyes of a child.
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The Flower Man's Daughter

Rating: 4.5
A skillfully crafted novel that recounts the C.I.A.-backed violent coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973.
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The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer

Rating: 4
A sweet and heartbreaking story of the life and times of black Labrador retrievers, Boomer and Beezer.
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Grant's Indian

Rating: 4
A historical novel that brings America's Civil War to life as told through the eyes of Ulysses Grant's aide de camp, a Seneca Indian chief.
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Infinite Exposure

Rating: 3
From stock manipulations to terrorist control of the banking system, to harvesting organs and blood from suspected terrorists, to ambitious white collar types sabotaging co-workers and bosses.
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Wing Walking

Rating: 3.5
In the spirit of Gordon Gekko and the big dogs of Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker, Wing Walking's chief characters are egomaniacal, but with significant depth.
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Midnight in Rome: A Wandering Mind in a City Eternal

Rating: 4
A coming-of-age story set in Rome, as seen from the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time.