Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An engaging, evocative work, despite its split personality."
Sparks (Dreaming of Wolves, 2010) recalls trekking through the Carpathian Mountains in this memoir and history of Eastern Europe. Read full book review >
Wah-Say-Lan: Seneca Warrior by James Herbert Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Solid historical fiction dedicated to historical accuracy, sometimes at the expense of rip-roaring storytelling."
Smith (Wah-Say-Lan: A Tale of the Iroquois in the American Revolution, 2009) braids together historical fact and fiction in this YA version of a tale he's spun before as a novel—one that's full of passion, romance, loss, and carefully researched historical information.Read full book review >

Lifted to the Wind by Susan Gardner
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Precise language and imagery reinforce the conclusion that noticing leads to enlightenment: 'a few things / unremarked / awaken us to this life.'"
Themes of nature, travel, relationships, and current events run through Gardner's (To Inhabit the Felt World, 2013, etc.) collected poems, some of which are also in Spanish. Read full book review >
When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge
Released: Oct. 30, 2015

"An arresting prison tale about penance—and whether it's even wanted."
From debut author Clerge comes a novel about one man's quest to survive prison and find answers within himself. Read full book review >
Creatures On Display  by Wm. Stage
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"An alluring investigation into the seaminess of sleaze."
From Stage (Not Waving Drowning, 2012, etc.), a novel about sexually transmitted diseases and a man sent to investigate them in 1980s St. Louis.Read full book review >

Fierce Thunder  by Courtney Silberberg
Released: Oct. 29, 2015

"A curvy thriller with a few unexpected turns."
American tourists on a Veracruz biking trip find themselves in the middle of a savage war between the Mexican militia and local contraband-running rebels in the Silberbergs' debut novel. Read full book review >
Brink of Dawn by Jeff Altabef
Released: Oct. 25, 2015

"This second book will inspire those unfamiliar with the first to seek it out."
A young Native American girl and her friends, all of whom possess superhuman abilities, must stop an alien plot to take over Earth in the second book by the father-daughter team of Jeff and Erynn Altabef (Wind Catcher, 2015). Read full book review >
Taste by Tracy Ewens
Released: Oct. 24, 2015

"A charming, engrossing story of love lost and eventually found."
A novel about family, personal development, and whether true love can overcome deep-rooted emotional damage. Read full book review >
Deliver Us From Honor by S.E. Valenti
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"A robust tale of violence and vendettas."
A family saga of betrayal, brutality, and Sicilian honor. Read full book review >
Rising From the Mire by Christine Grace
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"Affecting yet inspiring in its positivity."
This collection of insightful, emotionally intuitive short stories by Grace succeeds in honoring the resilience of women around the world. Read full book review >
Cassowary Hill by David de Vaux
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Multilayered expat saga best as a showcase of its exotic setting."
In this debut novel, a British expatriate's ghostwriting gig leads to a political showdown involving his retired spook neighbor in Queensland. Read full book review >
Nightscape: Cynopolis by David W. Edwards
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"By turns entertaining, poignant, and heady, a thoroughly enjoyable thrill ride powered by jolts of philosophy."
Through contact with interdimensional beings, a former Black Power activist releases a "thought-virus" that turns dogs wild and people into jackal-headed creatures resembling the ancient Egyptian god Anubis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >