Book Reviews

The latest indie book reviews from Self-Publishing Review

Page One Review: Gingham Blindfold by Eric Rohr



Page One Review is a review of a self-published book’s first page.  Read the first installment here.

First: This looks like two pages, but it equates to one full page of text. And it’s a cropped cut; Eric Rohr didn’t begin his book with the sloppy look of no top margin.…

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Afghan Journal: A Soldier's Year in Afghanistan by Jeff Courter

Guest reviewed by Nandini Pandya, who is currently working on “Abroad at Home,” a self-published anthology of works that appeared on Desijournal, an online magazine that she founded in 2002. Besides Desijournal, her writing has been published on Mostly Fiction.com, MothersMovement.org, India New England News and Alternet.org.

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They Had Me at Meow by Rosie Sorenson

This is a really beautiful book – both in appearance and content. It’s the nicest looking self-published book I’ve seen: with glossy pages, professional layout for the pictures of stray cats throughout, and a great use of color, fonts, and titles in the graphics.…

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Introducing: Page One Review – A Review of a Book's First Page

If you submit your book for review at SPR, you should understand that means the possibility of having the first page of your book critiqued in this column.

Don’t misunderstand: “critique” does not (only) mean “to criticize.”  I make no promises that some work won’t be criticized, but for the purposes of this column, “critique” means exactly what Webster says it means: “A critical review or commentary.”

As the first post in this column, before I get started on the page you see copied below, allow me to explain what this is:

This column’s purpose is to offer critiques of the first full page of self-published novels, and just the first page.…

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The Pig and the Box by MCM

Yes, this is a kid’s story, but it’s about a serious topic, Digital Rights Management, so I want to use this review to talk about DRM, which hasn’t yet been covered in great detail by the site.

The basic mood from more progressive thinkers is that DRM is a flawed principle.…

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Prelude to a Super Airplane by Brian Spaeth

Brian Spaeth has possibly written the snarkiest book ever written. Normally I don’t like much snark because it seems to be unserious for fear of being sincere, but Prelude to a Super Airplane is actually laugh-out-loud funny. Another thing I don’t like is the phrase LOL because it’s so overused, but I really did LOL at this book, and it takes a lot to make that happen.…

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