Mr. Mouthful and the the Monkeynappers

Joseph Kiimble, illustrated by Kerry Bell

WordFancy Books, 34 pages, (hardcover) $21.95, 9781734209754
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

When a man who doesn’t know the meaning of brevity finds his pet monkey rescued from thieves by a group of children, he’s left nearly speechless.

Mr. Mouthful, described as “our favorite fancy-pants,” uses long and sometimes unconventional words that lead to gaps in understanding for those around him. He also happens to have a […]

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The Esmeralda Goodbye

Corey Lynn Fayman

Konstellation Press, 297 pages, (hardcover) $29.95, 9798986843261
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Corey Lynn Fayman’s The Esmeralda Goodbye is a trouble-in-paradise thriller with high stakes action and a star-studded cast that pays homage to Raymond Chandler.

When young beat officer Jake Stirling keeps famous writer Raymond Chandler from shooting himself at his California home, Jake doesn’t anticipate that Chandler’s gun will become part of a circle of […]

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The Songbird: An Unlikely Song

Cherie Smith

LifeRich Publishing, 26 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781489747204
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

The tale of Adam, Eve, and God’s promise to mankind is seen through the eyes of a songbird in Cherie Smith’s picture book The Songbird: An Unlikely Song.

On the fifth day of creation, “The Most High God” creates the birds. All creatures are made to be extraordinary in different ways, the book states, and […]

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Refuge

Bill VanPatten

Bill VanPatten, 312 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9798873520886
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Bill VanPatten’s Refuge is a timely saga of finding family and overcoming prejudice.

It’s been six months since Jesse Pérez’s husband, David, died. Jesse is now on his own in their small California town to raise their ten-year-old son, Matthew, who is on the autism spectrum.

Jesse is shocked when his 15-year-old niece, Gloria, appears […]

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A Happy Body is a Healthy Body

Mahendri Arundale

iUniverse, 322 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781663250964
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Mahendri Arundale introduces India’s ancient culinary path to wellness in her third book on Indian cuisine.

Based on the philosophy that Ayurveda dietary practices yield healing energy, the cookbook summarizes medical wisdom from ancient books of knowledge (the Vedas) practiced by Vedic physicians for centuries. More than 100 recipes reflecting key Ayurvedic principles are included.

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The Diving God

Brian Ray Brewer

Xlibris, 214 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9798369405901
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In Brian Ray Brewer’s The Diving God, an insurance underwriter seeks refuge in Mexico amidst a difficult divorce.

With the looming threat of losing everything to his soon-to-be ex-wife in the divorce, Bob Baker takes a trip to the Yucatan region of Mexico with his girlfriend and secretary, Kathy. While there, he discovers the Temple […]

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The Fool’s Tarot: An Introduction to the Triune World of the Three Arcana

Gerald-Johan Vanoise

Trafford Publishing, 208 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781698714615
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In the first of a two-volume series, Gerald-Johan Vanoise proposes a radical reinterpretation/redesign of the traditional 78-card deck that has dominated contemporary tarot practice.

The Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) system—card decks with detailed narrative images—has turned tarot readings into what Vanoise labels “a process of image association and symbol interpretation”—one that’s prone to error because readers unwittingly […]

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The Ambulatorium

Zak Mucha

PWIC Books, 82 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9780996855457
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In his poetry collection, The Ambulatorium, Zak Mucha examines the arbitrariness of meaning and more.

“Each of us determines the links between events/ and God moves on the water like coincidence,” he tells readers in one piece. We cannot know the thing itself because, as he indicates in another, “Once we really see something/ we […]

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Severance of the Sorcerer: The Lost Wells Trilogy, Book Three

Kate Gateley

Friesen Press, 577 pages, (paperback), 9781039192331
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

A vast saga of magic, mythology and reincarnation comes to a head in Severance of the Sorcerer, the last entry in Kate Gateley’s ambitious Lost Wells trilogy.

This volume opens with the two series’ protagonists Julia and Domhnall, dealing with the fallout of battle and betrayal. Julia, a linguistics student turned powerful witch, and Dom, […]

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Let Them Whimper: A Fully Justified (In No Way Personal) Argument for the Abandonment of Humankind

K Enterante

Oblivion Press, 458 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9798987733806
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Let Them Whimper, by K. Enterante, is a dark comedy taking place on the eve of a potential apocalypse.

President Mary Mangrove’s AI Police State has divided the United States into partisan red, white, and blue zones, threatened nuclear annihilation, and ushered in a plague-like invasion of intelligent parasites with a mysterious agenda. Is this […]

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