Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >
Tales for the Train by J. John le Grange
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"Pain, loneliness, humiliation, and grief underlie these atomized, broken lives."
The nine interconnected stories in this novella, set in a small Japanese town, center on a suicide. Read full book review >

The Vivisection Mambo by Lolita Lark
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A fine anthology of some of the best contemporary poetry around."
Fresh new writers rub elbows with past masters in this scintillating collection of verse. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A political treatise that focuses on empowering readers with its ideas."
A political writer and former Democratic Party congressional candidate endeavors to galvanize America's liberal left by illustrating how the Republican Party has become a destructive force. Read full book review >
Emma G. Loves Boyz by Taro Meyer
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Sweet but deafening, Emma's contagious enthusiasm amplifies this wholesome fan letter for younger readers."
The exuberant journal of a star-struck fan who vows to stop at nothing—even doing chores!—for a chance to see her favorite boy band perform live. Read full book review >

Lord Byron's Prophecy by Sean Eads
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A sometimes-engrossing, sometimes-overwrought journey to the soul's dark side."
The notorious Romantic poet spiritually presides over a modern-day fable of forbidden desire, apocalyptic foreboding, and campus melodrama. Read full book review >
Fire War by T.T. Michael
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers will find an engaging family drama underneath this futuristic political thriller."
In Michael's sci-fi debut, a sniper must deal with his feelings and his family as a North American superstate takes over. Read full book review >
Kurenai the Crimson by Hana da Yumiko
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Needs more flesh on its bones, though extensive research and complex plots are signs of good things to come."
A Christian, an outcast ninja, and a courtesan—outsiders in late samurai-era Nagasaki—seek new life in this historical novella. Read full book review >
Green Eyes by Michael Ampersant
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A somewhat entertaining, somewhat feckless, and definitely lubricious picaresque."
Tangled affairs and a murder plot hit a gay beachfront community in this rollicking, lightweight tale. Read full book review >
Bear and the "Big C" by Beverly Stacy Dittmer
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A useful resource for children with a relative or friend fighting cancer."
Dittmer (Breast Cancer: The Unplanned Journey—Lessons Learned, 2011) and illustrator Stacy use the approachable and comforting perspective of a stuffed bear to help children cope with and understand the changes affecting a cancer patient.Read full book review >
Return to Roswell, Book II by Martin A. Rosen
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A detailed, thought-provoking read for rational beings the world over."
Rosen's (Return to Roswell, 2012) sequel determines whether humanity's face-to-face contact with an alien race will lead to enlightenment or destruction.Read full book review >
Redneck Opera by Margaret Mooney
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"Not quite a Texas gusher but offers a steady stream of entertainment and intrigue."
A young man sets out on a quest for wealth and recognition in this promising novel by Mooney. 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 >