The More Beyond | Critical Book Review

Jill Charlotte Thomas’s “The More Beyond” offers a poignant yet glaring study of Morton Guthrie, a girl grappling with the complexities of self-discovery. While the narrative shares echoes with Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” the fractured-yet-coherent structure propels readers into Morton’s world, filled with societal disillusionment and a struggle for personal identity. Consumerism and Superficiality…

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Independence Ave | Critical Book Review

Lauren Canaday’s Independence Ave transcends the ordinary, blending the realms of numbers and dreams into a memoir that exposes the delicate sanctuary of vulnerability. Canaday’s narrative unfolds against the backdrop of Washington D.C.’s symbolic Independence Avenue, a four-mile stretch echoing the journey from the Lincoln Memorial to the Anacostia River. This captivating memoir seamlessly weaves…

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NG173: A Brand of Racism | Critical Book Review

In Donald E. English’s NG173, the narrative unfolds around Samuel Freeman, a determined Black man facing racial injustice while serving in the military during World War II. Despite his skills, Samuel finds himself relegated to subordinate tasks, a victim of prejudice. The story takes a heart-wrenching turn when his romantic involvement with a German girl…

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Titan’s Tears | Critical Book Review

In Chad Lester’s sci-fi thriller, Titan’s Tears, the narrative takes a plunge into a Pandora’s box of unexpected twists, where bioengineering and murder-machines merely scratch the surface of an intricate plot. The tale primarily unfolds on an Alaskan island, housing the influential Eccleston Evolution, a bioengineering powerhouse surrounded by the Pleistocene Reserve—a sanctuary for de-extinct…

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Heirs of the Promise | Critical Book Review

Langdon Franz’s “Heirs of the Promise” is presented as a fantasy novel with a dash of fun, intricate magic systems, and action sequences that’ll leave you in awe. But, let’s not rush into the enchantment; there’s more to this tale than meets the eye. A Fantasy Feast for Newbies and Aficionados Alike If you’re new…

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But I Digretch | Critical Book Review

But I Digretch by Gretchen Astro Turner invites readers into a world of delightful absurdities that encapsulate the intricate dance of human emotions. This collection of short stories, pulsating with humor, takes us on a journey through the fringes of society, exploring the nuances of existence in its various shades. Touching on themes of emotion,…

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You’ve Been Summoned | Critical Book Review

Lindsey Lamar’s You’ve Been Summoned crafts a narrative that beckons readers into a world of mystery, blending the allure of the present with the enigma of a bygone era. This unique fusion of timelines invites comparisons to the contemporary Agatha Christie, promising an experience that transcends the ordinary. A Twisted Tale of Twins The narrative…

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Daft Mejora’s Infinite Madness | Critical Book Review

Karl Dehmelt’s Daft Mejora’s Infinite Madness (Apprentice House Press) catapults readers into a bizarre journey through a tumultuous United States, offering a unique alien’s-eye view of the nation. The exploration is not for the faint of heart, and Dehmelt, with a touch of satire, dives deep into the dark corners of societal madness. Daft Mejora,…

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Reap the Wind | Critical Book Review

Reap the Wind by Joel Burcat takes readers on an adrenaline-pumping American odyssey amidst a record-breaking storm, weaving a narrative entangled with themes of love, duty, and honor. Weathering the Storm: A Risky Road Trip Late November sees Josh, an environmental lawyer, attending a conference in Houston with his eight-months-pregnant fiancée, Keisha. Plans take an…

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Henry’s Chapel | Critical Book Review

Graham Guest’s Henry’s Chapel takes readers on a cinematic journey through the tragic intricacies of an incestuous Southern family. The novel, presented as a movie titled Lawnmower of a Jealous God, ventures into taboo territories, unflinchingly addressing dark themes such as bestiality and incest within a troubled Texas family. Henry’s Troubled World The central focus…

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