The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All

John Morris

Publish Green, 180 pages, (ebook) $6.99, 9781938564079
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In John Morris’ new novel, Morgan Somerville can’t imagine living anywhere but Aspen: the skiing, the parties, his garage band. When his landlord unexpectedly dies and leaves him the dilapidated duplex in which he has lived a carefree existence, Morgan decides to fix it up and sell the other half.

This is his first mistake. […]

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Richard Groves

AuthorHouse, 268 pages, (paperback) $20.30, 9781456798581
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

This quantum physics-powered science fiction adventure set largely in England is a quirky, highly amusing, and deeply thought-provoking look at life, love, and humankind’s ultimate destiny in the universe.

The story revolves around the relationship between the narrator, Dick — an endearing 59-year-old printer — and his best friend Reginald, an unemployed, beer-swilling couch potato […]

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Morty Mouse: I Wish I Could Fly

Kathryn J. Wood

Xlibris, 22 pages, (paperback) $12.99 UK, 9781477111161
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Morty Mouse is one vain little mouse. He’s always gazing at himself in the mirror and saying “look at me” to his friends instead of “good morning.” He’s that kind of mouse. In this amusing story by Kathryn J. Wood, Morty slowly learns that true friendship is born of support and kindness, not jealousy and […]

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You Don’t Want to Be Identified

Matthew Chinwike Enyinnah

Xlibris, 213 pages, (paperback) 13.99 UK, 9781465351951
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Author Matthew Enyinnah is a married Nigerian businessman living in Italy. He describes You Don’t Want To Be Identified as based on a true story that happened between four people living in those two countries. The specific details of the story are hard to come by, though, as this book is difficult to read and […]

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Cyril of Serendip: A Novel of Sri Lanka

Donald Eugene Smith

iUniverse, 253 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781475922455
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In his novel Cryril of Serendip, Donald Eugene Smith, professor emeritus of political science, weaves a novel of family, friends, and love within the complex and dense atmosphere of religious and political and ethnic tension in Sri Lanka in the years after its 1948 Independence from British colonial rule.

Oxford-educated Cyril and his circle of […]

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I’m Not a Poet But I Write Poetry: Poems From My Autistic Mind

Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

Xlibris, 72 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781477126387
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Though the rather literal title of Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay’s collection of poems might indicate a pedestrian collection, I’m Not a Poet But I Write Poetry: Poems from My Autistic Mind surprises with its grace and variety. Before each poem, Mukhopadhyay gives readers some background about the poem’s inspiration, which is helpful and also creates an […]

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Dipping Down From Deep Within My Soul

Roberta R. Blango

Trafford, 215 pages, (paperback) $15.86, 9781466919549
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

There’s a lot of living packed into the pages of Roberta R. Blango’s Dipping Down from Deep Within My Soul. The strength in these poems is in the raw hurt that seems to tear apart the relationships at the heart of the poems.

Blango has a keen, sympathetic eye for the many things that can […]

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Little Jimmy Brown: The Ophan Boy

James Brown

AuthorHouse, 210 pages, (paperback) $22.50, 9781434395672
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Little Jimmy Brown: The Orphan Boy, James Brown’s memoir of growing up in a Nebraska orphanage in the 1940s and early `50s, the author begins with the story of his single mother who falls for a sailor and becomes pregnant. Before her beau learns of her condition, he ships off to war and disappears […]

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An American in Vienna

Chip Wagar

iUniverse, 404 pages, (paperback) $22.95, 9781450267663
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In sending his protagonist, fledgling Ohio journalist Andy Bishop, to Austria in June, 1914, author Chip Wagar provides the impetus for this solidly written, assiduously researched and vividly detailed novel.

Andy is hoping to research the trail of an ancestor who emigrated to America early in the 18th century. There, he finds a thrilling connection […]

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A Breath Before Sunrise

Jamie Horwath

AuthorHouse, 73 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781468531787
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Jamie Horwath’s short novel is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humankind has been forced underground because of the proliferation of nebulous “binary cell mutations.”

Revolving around three characters — Bear, Bird, and Fox — all of whom were born and raised in a subterranean society that is described as “militaristic” and “patriarchal, the storyline […]

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