Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

BIG TRAIN'S BACKYARD by P. Edmund Fischetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2013

"A baseball tale too tightly controlled to make much of a connection."
In this debut novel, a family-oriented baseball player achieves professional success while amassing an extended family. Read full book review >
BLOODLIGHT by Harambee K. Grey-Sun
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"A gritty story of a tough boy in a bad situation, weighed down by its competing genres."
In Grey-Sun's (Broken Angels, 2012) novel set in an ambiguously dark future, a high school wrestler deals with girl problems, bullies and intense visions. Read full book review >

A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to My Funeral by Mel Calvert
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"The humor runs the gamut from clever to corny, but the lighthearted, upbeat tone makes for a charming read."
Calvert (How I Quit Smoking and Lived to Tell About It, 2012) shares the often humorous story of his life as a traveling entertainer performing comedy, music and magic both in solo performances and with his wife, Sunny. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Short, sometimes acerbic commentaries on the virtues of markets and the sins of overweening government."
Metastasizing financial and business regulation threatens economic freedom—including the all-important freedom to go broke—according to this collection of pithy libertarian essays. Read full book review >
Firebird by Tony Rothman
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Intelligent in its technical details, but also refined and delightfully complex in its storytelling."
In this scientific thriller (Everything's Relative: And Other Fables from Science and Technology, 2003, etc.) a laboratory in Texas working to harness fusion energy must deal with sabotage from a rival lab—or possibly someone closer to home. Read full book review >

Finding Albert Strange by C.C. Canning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"A family saga shines in its depiction of the oddities and inanities of real life and in its delving into the numerous concerns of each day."
A debut novel paints an intergenerational portrait of an Australian clan in crisis over one fateful day. Read full book review >
THE HIDING PLACE GIRL by Robin Martin
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"A quiet, eloquent work that, although uneven, effectively depicts a journey from hope to loss to rebirth."
In this debut coming-of-age novel, a young girl searches for herself—and discovers the safety and danger of living in hiding. Read full book review >
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe by Michael Allan Scott
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"A well-built mystery that's stronger than its flaws."
Sex, murder and a runaway case of psychic ability combine to complicate the life of a hapless photographer in Scott's debut entry of a planned mystery series. Read full book review >
Free Will after Life by Jantine Brinkman
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"May assist those looking for a bibliography of serious works about the afterlife."
This short read presents ideas and speculation about the nature of freedom in the afterlife, without delving into any one particular theory. Read full book review >
MY ONLY CHOICE by Helen M. Szablya
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"An uneven coming-of-age memoir of life under two regimes."
Szablya (The Fall of the Red Star, 2002, etc.) presents a memoir about life under Nazi occupation and Communist rule in Hungary. Read full book review >
Gabriel's Mountain by Mickaël Taddeo
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"A fast-paced, thought-provoking spiritual thriller."
In Taddeo's (The Supermarket, 1996) novel, a Montreal homeless man is more than he seems. Read full book review >
LONG JOURNEY HOME by Lucy Lipiner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"A cleareyed, moving memoir that increases understanding of a lesser-known Holocaust escape route and its trials."
As World War II breaks out in Poland, a Jewish family travels east in this memoir of survival. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >