April 23, 2024

The Marriage Gift

Stephen Evans’ novella, written in the style of a play, follows Paula and James as they search for the perfect wedding gift.

The couple receives a wedding invitation from a mysterious “Cousin Angela,” to whom neither of them recalls being related. After some argument, they decide to attend the event anyway. Then comes the debate […]

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March 19, 2024

Adventures in the Biostate

Andy Lazris imagines a future where the country controls its citizens through a perpetual state of fabricated medical crises in his dystopian novel, Adventures in the Biostate.

Three years after the Covid-19 pandemic, another deadly virus struck the U.S. Over the ensuing two decades, biostatistician Mic Medicine, who had worked with Dr. Anthony Fauci during […]

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March 12, 2024

Madcap Dogs: Revealing Their True Glory

Ron Chandler’s Madcap Dogs, a collection of 14 short stories, depicts the lives of dogs and the people responsible for their care.

The first story, “Ain’t No Fence High Enough,” is narrated by a Greyhound known in the beginning only as “dumb” or some variation thereof. After he places fourth in a race and injures […]

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November 14, 2023

Air Conditioned Bus Tours

In this tale, a traveler equivocates about whether to accept an all-expenses paid trip with his family, then must deal with the questions arising from his decision.

As the story opens, Darren Dallavalle is returning from Africa where he took a raft trip from Victoria Falls down the Zambezi River, then traveled to Mozambique and […]

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May 9, 2023

The Melancholy Strumpet Master

The premise of Zeb Beck’s The Melancholy Strumpet Master is intriguing: By day, Gilmore Crowell works at a school for juvenile delinquents in California, but nights and weekends, he crosses the border to Tijuana where he’s trying to finish his doctoral thesis on street walkers.

After eight years of trying to finish his anthropology doctorate […]

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March 14, 2023

Oxtail

Jeremy Haladyna’s novel Oxtail is a madcap romp involving inept law enforcement, nerdy storm chasers, outsized small-town characters, and space aliens.

Sign painter Harley Rennet is a dreamer in Sandusky, Kansas, in search of artistic bliss, a man who “might occasionally —every so often—be spotted lingering in a field, ogling a show of natural beauty.” […]

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March 28, 2022

How the Ə Got Producted: A Love Story

The novel How the Ə Got Producted is written in the salacious style of a political tell-all. It probes intersections of technology and intimacy, subtly interrogates contemporary sexual politics, and offers playful satire of government bureaucracy.

How the Ə Got Producted is an unconventional love story. Its narrator (and author) is N.K. von S., affectionately […]

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January 31, 2022

Not Book Club Material

Author Aaron Zevy is back with another boisterous collection of short stories guaranteed to delight and entertain.

Zevy and his zany collection of friends and relatives from previous books return to act as the author’s foils in his predicaments and self-deprecating stories. The author deftly conjures tall tales, perhaps based on reality — or not. […]

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January 3, 2022

Nothing’s as it Seems

Nothing’s as it Seems, the second installment in Holly Brandon’s Chastity series, follows 31-year-old, structural engineer Dr. Chastity “Chase” Morgan’s journey to find a career and the man she’ll eventually marry.

Influenced by her grandmother’s prompting and her cousin, Roxie, who gives Chastity an emoji-guided worksheet to find the perfect guy, Chastity hunts for a […]

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December 20, 2021

The Great Stupidity: A 3-D Book Experience with Twelve Original Songs

Andy Lazris’s The Great Stupidity is a satire set during the plague, lampooning present-day responses to COVID.

A village blacksmith referred to only as “Smith” has miraculously survived the plague, attributing his luck to religion and science—particularly the advice of The Great Frenchie, a supposedly infallible academic who advises everyone to protect themselves by waving […]

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