Category: General Fiction

Monstrilio | Critical Book Review

From the very first chapter, Monstrilio by Gerardo Sámano Córdova captivates with a potency rarely seen in debut novels. The opening paints a haunting picture, transforming genuine sadness into a disturbing narrative that lingers. It’s the kind of introduction that demands attention and sets the stage for what follows. Genre-Bending Originality This genre-blurring novel takes…

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Pipette | Critical Book Review

Kim Chinquee’s Pipette intricately explores the realms of self-care and intent through the lens of Elle, a vibrant woman in her 50s navigating the challenges of single living and personal connections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rediscovering Normalcy Amidst Chaos Elle, an enthusiast for biking, writing, teaching, and canine companionship, seeks solace in…

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Distress & Determination | Critical Book Review

James P. Wollak’s Distress & Determination thrusts readers into the heart of the Pride and Prejudice universe, adding a robust layer to the revered Darcy legacy. A narrative spun with ornate language and set against an immersive historical backdrop, this Atmosphere Press novel beckons aficionados of classic literature to embark on a journey through the…

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A Feral Chorus | Critical Book Review

A Feral Chorus by Matthew J. White promises a laugh-out-loud journey through the life of a man who swears he’s never wrong. Spoiler alert: he is, and the resulting escapades make for an entertaining, albeit flawed, narrative. The Grand Potential, The Trial Separation Guy Hastings, a law-school dropout turned mediocre car salesman, believes he’s on…

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Jayne and the Average North Dakotan | Critical Book Review

Equal parts sweet and sarcastic, Chandler Myer’s Jayne and the Average North Dakotan presents a humorous tale of self-discovery. Erica Ball shares her insights in this review of the Atmosphere Press novel. Unveiling the Journey Jayne and the Average North Dakotan unfolds the story of Randy, a buttoned-up accountant in his thirties, on a quest…

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Silence of the Seamaid | Critical Book Review

“Silence of the Seamaid” by Ann Medlock dives into the tumultuous waters of female independence, skillfully navigating the challenges faced by women yearning for autonomy in a patriarchal world. In this exploration, the protagonist, Lee Palmer, becomes a relatable figure, embodying the dreams and desires many of us share for individuality and self-determination. However, Medlock,…

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The Nothing Brothers | Critical Book Review

The Nothing Brothers by Jeff Rosen takes readers on a wild ride through the tumultuous journey of Leo Kraft and his band of suburban rebels. The novel, published by Atmosphere Press, clocks in at 358 pages and falls under the Historical Fiction genre. The Suburban Nihilists Leo Kraft, a self-proclaimed nihilist, finds solace in one…

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The Lighthouse | Critical Book Review

In the realm of indie historical novels, Karin Ciholas’s The Lighthouse emerges as a poignant journey through first-century Egypt. This review delves into the intricate brushstrokes of Ciholas’s storytelling, exploring both its brilliance and its shadows. A Masterpiece Unveiled Ciholas’s prowess shines brightly in The Lighthouse, akin to examining a detailed painting capturing the chaos…

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Doing Time in California | Critical Book Review

“Doing Time in California” takes readers on a wild ride through the unpredictable realms of love, loss, and friendship. As we delve into the pages of Dwight Jesmer’s novel, the burning question arises: serve your time or indulge in a round of golf? Kimo Jones: A Teacher Turned Escaped Convict Kimo Jones, once a high…

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The Lay-Off House | Critical Book Review

In The Lay-Off House by David Rogers Jr., we are taken on a journey through the harsh realities of our contemporary society, shedding light on how the pursuit of basic necessities often becomes a battleground. Rogers’ exploration of the human spirit within the confines of economic challenges manages to be simultaneously heartwarming and thought-provoking. Unveiling…

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