Category: General Fiction

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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Misfits (Stories) | Critical Book Review

Misfits (Stories) by Mark Jonathan Harris (Atmosphere Press) offers a therapeutic narrative for the pervasive feelings of loneliness and self-alienation rampant in our contemporary era. Exploring the Shadows of Self-Doubt “What is preventing you from being the person you always imagined yourself to be?” This question echoes through the pages of Misfits, a collection of…

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Extreme World War III Survival Guide | Critical Book Review

Extreme World War III Survival Guide by Robert Martin catapults readers into an adrenaline-fueled survival journey amidst the chaos of war. As we navigate through the pages, the gripping tale follows two Americans stranded on a desolate Pacific island, grappling not only with the challenges of survival but also the harrowing reality of World War…

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History of von Schatt (1913-1960) | Critical Book Review

Richard Daub’s “History of von Schatt (1913-1960)” delves into the life of Heinrich von Schatt, offering a rollercoaster of a historical fiction that oscillates between farcical, disturbing, and captivating. The narrative spans five tumultuous decades, traversing continents and oceans against the backdrop of two world wars and significant societal shifts. While undeniably engaging, Daub’s depiction…

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Search for Complete | Critical Book Review

In Quest for Wholeness, Stephen G. Hardy delves into the intricacies of both romantic and platonic relationships, exploring the profound intersections between the two. The pursuit of completeness takes center stage as the narrative unfolds, echoing Aristophanes’ ancient tale of humanity’s fragmented origins. Hardy’s narrative prowess guides readers through the lives of three seemingly disparate…

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Invisible Sun | Critical Book Review

Invisible Sun by Andrew H. Housley, published by Atmosphere Press, thrusts readers into an intense and raw exploration of trauma and grief. While undoubtedly beautiful in its rendering, the novel navigates through emotionally taxing terrain, prompting reflection on its profound themes. Unveiling the Traumatic Tapestry The narrative unfolds with Ian confronting the haunting scene of…

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The Reign of the Anti-Santas | Critical Book Review

In Colin Dodds’ The Reign of the Anti-Santas, the festive season takes a grim turn, exploring the murky underbelly of the Christmas business. Dodds weaves a narrative filled with business intrigue, international crime, and bawdy humor, creating an adults-only take on the holiday season. An Unsettling Elf’s Tale Narrated by the elf Elvin, readers are…

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Contrast | Critical Book Review

Contrast by Linda Coussement initiates with an atmosphere fraught with unease, hinting at an underlying disturbance. Strange occurrences, symbolized by a circular cement slab in Leora’s garden and a perfect circle of wildflowers in Xander’s, set the stage for a narrative questioning the very fabric of existence. Ghost, believing he’s still alive, confronts a startling…

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Chasing Sobekneferu (Bullet’s Adventure) | Critical Book Review

Mr. Harmless Bullet’s life takes an unexpected turn in Victoria Ray’s Chasing Sobekneferu (Bullet’s Adventure), transforming his once-quiet existence into a whirlwind of eccentric characters, peculiar creatures, and otherworldly landscapes. The quest for true love quickly evolves into a chaotic escapade, marked by bizarre incidents and humorous misadventures. Parental Leave, Murder, and Kidnapping Bullet’s tranquil…

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