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I May Not Know What I’m Talking About But I’m Gonna Say it Anyway

Tara Ratney

Xlibris, 313 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456801762
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

From the difficult-to-read cover type to the dense chapters to her somewhat muddled parting words, “enjoy or again maybe not, but hopefully though you’ll still get something out of it anyway…,” Tara Ratney’s religious self-help book issues an implied challenge: “Read me, if you dare.” Spelling, punctuation and grammar aren’t conventional. Paragraphs go on for […]

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Day Watch at Hollywood

Roger F. Kennedy

Xlibris, 181 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453576069
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

When Victor Krait, a Jeremy Irons look-alike and “functional psychopath,” is released from prison after serving 12 years for bank robbery, he’s fixated on one thought: murdering Jack Stiles, the Los Angeles police officer who killed his co-conspirator, Raphael Parra, and botched their heist. And if Traci Little, Stiles’ partner and the cop who held […]

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Carl E. Clark

Xlibris, 77 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781436322102
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Desolate, dusty Killjoy, Texas, was home to eight, dirt-poor sharecropping families in 1930. Slavery was over, but “freedom” wasn’t something they could eat or drink, and the promise of “forty acres and a mule” didn’t materialize. Hired to work the fields, they were cheated out of wages while being tied to soul-breaking work.

This fictional […]

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Impure: Resurrection

J R Bailey

iUniverse, 272 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781462020324
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Powered by an intriguingly complex antihero, richly described realm-building, relentless pacing, and a darkly lyrical and deeply philosophical narrative, the first installment of J.R. Bailey’s fantasy series is gloriously comparable to classic adventure fantasy sagas like Moorcock’s History of the Runestaff, Howard’s Conan, and Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

After almost being turned into […]

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Three Days to Die

John Avery

Apticon Books, 224 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9780983696308
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Three Days to Die is a relentlessly paced page turner with a screenwriter’s visual sense and shoot-’em-up gore more typical of a videogame aesthetic than YA fiction. With taut, action-packed chapters and crisp dialogue, John Avery’s thriller keeps things moving at breath-taking speed. He has created a sort of “boy fantasyland” where nasty stepfathers are […]

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Waiting for Zoe

James R Ament

Hugo House Publishers, 355 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781936449057
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

In retired executive James R. Ament’s novel, Waiting for Zoe, a naive young student and a grieving retiree make parallel journeys of self-discovery in the wake of great loves, deeper tragedies, and the shadow of violence. Unfortunately, the startling, often over-the-top catastrophes that pepper the novel detract from its more subtle emotional narratives.

We first […]

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Theater of the Blind: Cataracts of Misperception

Jaeson Brunette

Xlibris, 137 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462870288
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

People’s prejudices, actions and inactions and how they impact others are the focus of this book of 13 interlocking short stories dealing with issues ranging from racism to differing religious beliefs, politics, the death penalty and even violent rape. The first story opens in Reilly Penitentiary where Warden Summers and inmate Stephen McCaulsey face off […]

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The Heart is for Believeing

Rouzier Dorce

Xlibris, 42 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781462886371
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

The Heart is for Believing is a vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrating the native intelligence of all children. Author Rouzier Dorce, an education administrator originally from Haiti and now living in Georgia, makes the case that educators should always listen to children with open and curious hearts. When teachers and caregivers take the time and […]

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Intelligent Investors’ Contrarian Walk

Dean McLellan

Xlibris, 175 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462875115
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Assuming you still have money in these sour economic times, what are you to do with it? Veteran financial services professional Dean McLellan says you need to free yourself from “stuck and limiting thoughts you might have” and gain the wisdom and confidence in a stock market that cries for a descriptor stronger than “roller […]

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Coloring Our World: Look What We Can Do Together

Alberta Adams

Xlibris, 52 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781441572073
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Coloring Our World: Look What We Can Do Together is the brainchild of Alberta Adams. Intended as an activity and coloring book to inspire very young children and their caregivers with a sense of equality, justice and the pure joy of play, the book was originally published in 1990 with grant support from AETNA Life […]

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