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BOOKTWEETING’S TOP TEN: SELF-PUBLISHED AND SMALL PRESS BOOKS

January 1, 2017

Welcome to 2017! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more self-published and small press books, here are my ten favorites (out of a really strong field) from 2016. Keep watching Booktweeting.com and @booktweeting on Twitter for more reviews of indie books.

DIRE: SEED by Andrew Seiple

A SUPERVILLAIN WITH A CONSCIENCE? Sharp SFF thriller set in a “Teslaverse” where costumed heroes are real. A MINUS

STAR NOMAD by Lindsay Buroker

SMART SPACE SHOOT-’EM-UP stars a fighter pilot desperate to get back to her war-torn planet. High action! B PLUS

YOU DON’T BELONG HERE by Tim Major (Snowbooks)

A STOLEN TIME MACHINE is the last desperate hope of a haunted man on the run. Fascinating SF thriller. B PLUS

STAY CRAZY by Erica L. Satifka (Apex Book Company)

INTERDIMENSIONAL MONSTERS IN RUST BELT America? Or just a schizophrenic’s bad day at work? Brilliant punk SF. B PLUS

THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT BASKERVILLE HALL by Chris Dolley (Book View Café)

WODEHOUSE MEETS STEAMPUNK meets country-house murder mysteries in a delightful mix of fantasy and fun. B PLUS

THE APOTHEOSIS BREAK (SKYSAIL SAGA, VOLUME 1) by Josh Rhoades and Mike Rutledge

SWASHBUCKLING AIRSHIP ADVENTURE with lots of action, set in an intriguing steampunk/Ruritania SFF world. B PLUS

THE LOVED ONES by Sonya Chung (Relegation Books)

TWO FAMILIES’ STORIES, linked by a moment of tragedy, unfurl in all their richness. Heartbreaking, lovely. B PLUS

WITCH IS WHEN I SAID GOODBYE by Adele Abbott

A WITCH TURNED DETECTIVE solves mysteries with magic in this charming twist on traditional English cozies. B PLUS

HITS & MRS. by Karen Stollznow

SHARP, FUNNY MYSTERY follows a reporter turned detective trying to expose a Casanova of a TV psychic. Clever! B PLUS

MOSES by Balogun Ojetade (Roaring Lions Productions)

WILD, ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE set in a “Steamfunk” universe where Harriet Tubman is a superhero. Fun SFF! SOLID B

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PETS ON THE COUCH by Nicholas Dodman, DVM

December 28, 2016

THE WORLD OF ANIMAL PSYCHIATRY, explored by a distinguished veterinarian. Thought-provoking and delightful!

Grade: B PLUS

PETS ON THE COUCH: NEUROTIC DOGS, COMPULSIVE CATS, ANXIOUS BIRDS, AND THE NEW SCIENCE OF ANIMAL PSYCHIATRY
Atria Books
2016

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ANAXAGORAS by Aaron Ward

December 26, 2016

GRACEFULLY CYNICAL FANTASY set in antiquity, on a Mediterranean island ravaged by a vast monster.

Grade: B PLUS

ANAXAGORAS
Aaron Ward
2016

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STAY CRAZY by Erica L. Satifka

December 18, 2016

INTERDIMENSIONAL MONSTERS IN RUST BELT America? Or just a schizophrenic’s bad day at work? Brilliant punk SF.

Grade: B PLUS

STAY CRAZY
Apex Book Company
2016

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WHERE THE JEWS AREN’T by Masha Gessen

December 16, 2016

“THE WORST GOOD IDEA ever”—brilliant, cynical history of the USSR’s ill-fated Jewish Autonomous Region.

Grade: A MINUS

WHERE THE JEWS AREN'T: THE SAD AND ABSURD STORY OF BIROBIDZHAN, RUSSIA'S JEWISH AUTONOMOUS REGION
Knopf Doubleday
2016

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THE LOVED ONES by Sonya Chung

December 11, 2016

TWO FAMILIES’ STORIES, linked by a moment of tragedy, unfurl in all their richness. Heartbreaking, lovely.

Grade: B PLUS

THE LOVED ONES
Relegation Books
2016

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I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid

December 9, 2016

BRILLIANTLY CHILLING NOVEL has an ending that will haunt your dreams, and a strong sense of place.

Grade: B PLUS

I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
Gallery/Scout Press
2016

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RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiassen

December 7, 2016

HILARIOUS, HIGH-ENERGY FLORIDA thriller is Carl Hiaasen at the peak of his game. Completely entertaining!

Grade: A MINUS

RAZOR GIRL
Random House
2016

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THE APOTHEOSIS BREAK by Josh Rhoades and Mike Rutledge

December 4, 2016

SWASHBUCKLING AIRSHIP ADVENTURE with lots of action, set in an intriguing steampunk/Ruritania SFF world.

Grade: B PLUS

THE APOTHEOSIS BREAK (SKYSAIL SAGA, VOLUME I)
Josh Rhoades and Mike Rutledge
2016

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LIAR by Rob Roberge

December 2, 2016

EXCRUCIATINGLY HONEST MEMOIR of a life marked by both intense creativity and by mental illness, addiction.

Grade: SOLID B

LIAR: A MEMOIR
Crown Publishing Group
2016

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