Category: General Fiction

De facto Pathfinder | Critical Book Review

De facto Pathfinder, crafted by CW3 Cesare Giannetti, is a tale that navigates the tumultuous terrain of loss and redemption, revealing the resilience inherent in rebuilding from the ruins of former glory. A Symphony of Voices: Veterans and Their Narratives The heartwarming narrative revolves around Chris, a seasoned veteran on a mission to connect with…

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The Meaning of Okay | Critical Book Review

Kennedy’s tumultuous past haunts her, making healing a challenging endeavor. Despite unwavering support from friends and helpful techniques from her therapist, progress remains frustratingly slow. Enter Rhys, a friend of a friend whose rapid recovery from his own past ignites a spark in Kennedy’s stagnant world. Raymond’s exploration of love unfolds as Kennedy, a master…

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Concessions and Betrayals | Critical Book Review

In this exploration of pivotal moments during oil extraction in the Persian Gulf, William Wesley’s Concessions and Betrayals unfolds a narrative filled with collaboration, conflict, and the darker side of socio-political dynamics. Tomi Alo takes us through the journey, revealing the intricate web of exploitation and power struggles that defined the construction of the first…

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Hell Is a World Without You | Critical Book Review

Hollywood by Connor Coyne, contrary to its title, unfolds its affecting coming-of-age narrative not under the glitzy lights of the West Coast but in the unassuming Midwest. Regardless of the geographical backdrop, the book serves as a poignant reminder of the enriching impact of stories and lives that diverge from our own. Metaphors and Hope:…

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Hollywood | Critical Book Review

Hollywood by Connor Coyne, contrary to its title, unfolds its affecting coming-of-age narrative not under the glitzy lights of the West Coast but in the unassuming Midwest. Regardless of the geographical backdrop, the book serves as a poignant reminder of the enriching impact of stories and lives that diverge from our own. Metaphors and Hope:…

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Geographies | Critical Book Review

Carmelinda Blagg’s collection of short stories, titled Geographies, is a tapestry woven with threads of fleeting encounters and enduring impressions. Lauren Hayataka, in her review, delves into the nuances of Blagg’s exploration of places as ephemeral homes, where the heart seeks refuge in unexpected corners. Characters that Breathe Blagg exhibits an exceptional talent for breathing…

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Alice on a Friday Night | Critical Book Review

Alice on a Friday Night by Dessi Nikko, with vivid illustrations by Diana Naneva, takes readers on a provocative journey through the tumultuous life of the enigmatic Alice. Nikko skillfully weaves a tale that delves into the complex psyche of a young woman grappling with the search for purpose and belonging. The Unconventional Protagonist Alice,…

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Dezun | Critical Book Review

In the cosmic battleground of Daniel Hou’s Dezun, vibrant characters navigate the emotional complexities of a galactic conquest, making the grandiose tale accessible and compelling. Planetary Chess: Stolis vs. Dezun The narrative unfolds with the Stolisian army conquering the planet Dezun, setting the stage for a generational struggle between oppressors and resilient rebels. Dezun delves…

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Bad Foundations | Critical Book Review

Brian Allen Carr’s “Bad Foundations” is hailed as a working-class counterpart to White Noise, delving into the complexities of family, mundane jobs, paranoia, and an uncertain future. In this starred review, we dissect the novel’s portrayal of societal disintegration, characters’ coping mechanisms, and the author’s approach to narrative. Crawl Spaces and Paranoia: A Metaphorical Descent…

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A Love Refracted in a Stream | Critical Book Review

In Christopher Kenneth Hanson’s A Love Refracted in a Stream, readers embark on a contemplative journey through the tumultuous mind of Crayton R. Chessman, a thirty-something man grappling with his past. Hanson’s indie literary novel, reminiscent of the classic Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, explores themes of mental illness, skepticism, and the inherent…

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