June 4, 2024

The Canticle of Ibiza

In Justin Kurian’s novel of redemption and self-realization, a New Yorker journeys to Ibiza in the summer of 1988 to find a long-lost friend—and regain his sense of human connection.

Fifteen years ago, John Balkus was an idealistic college graduate with plans to launch a philosophical and theological journal with his best friend, Gunther. He […]

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May 28, 2024

Phoenix Saga: A Modern Epic in Pro Sé, Book Two

Phoenix Saga by amalL era JesuJes hO, is an intricate, complex and heavily coded fusion of modes and purposes. Although the text begins with a verbatim mental health evaluation report, seemingly the author’s own, the narrative quickly segues into 100-plus pages of a pastiche of styles modeled on the wisdom literature of ancient writings from […]

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April 30, 2024

The Strophes of Job

Ted Morrissey’s novel is a prequel to his award-winning Crowsong for the Stricken. Set in a 1900s’ Midwestern village, two women struggle to give birth while their families fight a violent winter storm to summon the region’s only midwife, herself tainted by a string of stillbirths. Spiraling from this catalyst, Morrissey expertly layers perspectives while […]

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April 16, 2024

The Three Layers of a Moment: The Pioneer Ranch Saga, Book Three

This third book in Samar Reine’s Pioneer Ranch Saga series follows the journey of former showjumper and veterinarian Bryce, who is facing an existential crisis stemming from her turbulent marriage, precarious animal rescue business, and deteriorating ranch.

The installment opens with the death of Bryce’s husband’s grandfather. Bryce’s adopted brother, a seer, intuits Bryce’s grief […]

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March 26, 2024

The Great Gambler

Equal parts financial fiction and science fiction, this unique narrative is constructed largely through a series of interviews related to a mysterious figure, the world’s greatest trader, who could be a corporation, or something other than human.

Set in the years leading up to a nameless pandemic, Lefevre was a Wall Street legend, head of […]

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December 12, 2023

The Girl in the Water

Joseph Howse’s debut novel The Girl in the Water is a work of stoic yearning in the waning days of the Soviet Union.

Seen through the eyes of bookish Nadia as her late teens fade to nascent adulthood, the story follows her sister Nastya, an artist living the facade of a happy newlywed life amidst […]

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November 14, 2023

Listen to the Stars

Author Avi Mukherjee’s wide range of interests is clear in the varied topics he tackles in this story collection.

In these six tales, a Japanese woman seeks to connect with her long-lost birth father; a professional high-stakes poker player, who is also a brilliant academic specializing In AI technology, chooses a life path; a father […]

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November 1, 2023

My Winter World

The third installment of Stephen Evans’ bittersweet love story, The Island of Always, mixes whimsy, grief, courtroom drama, and charm.

Lena Grant is summoned home to Minneapolis from her job in Geneva by news that her dog is sick. She dreads how Nick Ward, her grandiosely imaginative ex-husband with a history of mental health instability, […]

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October 17, 2023

Blaize Speaks

Kirk Ward Robinson’s novel recounts the story of a young girl who becomes a victim of the child welfare system.

It seems the child is doomed from the start after her mother gives her the name of “Blaspheme,” then abandons the 4-year-old, leaving her with her grandmother Estelle, who dubs her Bee. Bee knows almost […]

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October 10, 2023

SHALLCROSS: The Underwater Panthers

Charles Porter’s Underwater Panthers, the fourth in a series, features Aubrey Shallcross’s motley band of eco-warriors, dubbed the “Underwater Panthers.”

The series’ central premise is that spirits of the deceased ( “slippers”) survive in new hosts (sometimes animals) and that certain special individuals (i.e. “schizophrenics”) can commune with them. Aubrey is one of them, and […]

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