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August 1, 2017
A roundup of the best-reviewed self-published titles from BookLife authors.

In this month’s look at the best-reviewed self-published titles, we highlight a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and a memoir of cancer, as well as some fantasy and sci-fi, and a nonfiction book about how we perceive time.

Into the Fun House

Walter Harp

Synopsis: Harp takes readers along for the ride on his hair-raising, heartbreaking, hope-making battle with acute, life-threatening leukemia.

PW’s Takeaway: Harp’s writing is matter-of-fact, exquisitely detailed, and often moving, while eschewing sentimentality.

Comparable Titles: When Breath Becomes Air

Sample Line: I should have died—more than once. Yet I remain alive (at least for now), as can anyone with cancer, regardless of how dreadful the prognosis.

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Remember, Remember

Anna Elliott, with Charles Veley

Synopsis: In this third novel pairing legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his daughter, Lucy James, the latter must work to regain her memory while unraveling a knotty mystery.

PW’s Takeaway: Readers will look forward to Lucy’s further adventures.

Comparable Titles: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Sample Line: Somewhere in the spinning chaos behind my eyes, I must have the answer to exactly who I am.

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The Power of Time Perception

Jean Paul Zogby

Synopsis: Zogby draws on interviews to investigate the way we experience time.

PW’s Takeaway: Zogby’s endeavor is a worthwhile one, and his thoughtful explanations have a wide appeal.

Comparable Titles: Time Warped, The Time Paradox

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Tuning the Symphony

William C. Tracy

Synopsis: In a universe where alien worlds are connected at the Nether, Rilan Ayama investigates her brother’s death.

PW’s Takeaway: Fans of fantasy will find much to love about this enchanting story.

Comparable Titles: John Varley’s Gaean Trilogy

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The Worst Man on Mars

Corben Duke

Synopsis: The comic misadventures of a mission to Mars in 2029.

PW’s Takeaway: With humor, this story reveals the absurdity that might ensue if technology is endowed with too much personality.

Comparable Titles: Bill the Galactic Hero

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