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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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