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June 24, 2019
A roundup of some of the best-reviewed self-published titles from BookLife authors.

In this month’s roundup of the best-reviewed BookLife titles, we feature a zombie western, a sci-fi time travel adventure, a posthumous memoir, and more.

Head Dead West: Omnibus, Vol. 1–5 by Oliver Atlas

Synopsis: Blake Prose, an idealistic, philosophizing Texan, must make it through an America ravaged by the living dead.

PW’s Takeaway: Atlas’s work is a searing blend of unflinching detail and humor.

Comparable Title: Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin

Sample Line: “Now that we’re near the Wall they’re everywhere, no longer isolated stragglers limping across the grasslands, but a steady string of foot-dragging ghouls on their own trek westward to the Preserve.”


A Day Out of Time by Kelsey Clifton

Synopsis: Clifton’s debut novel is set in a world in which temporal rifts allow individuals to cross from one time to another.

PW’s Takeaway: This fun romp makes great use of its unusual concept, while Clifton shines in her development of more personal moments.

Comparable Title: James Alan Gardner’s All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault

Sample Line: “The forty-eight-hour countdown to the Day Out of Time had begun approximately thirteen and a half hours earlier,  at midnight.”


Water Viper: A Jesse Alexander Novel by RJ Blain

Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic United States, protagonist Jesse Alexander is the Water Viper assassin.

PW’s Takeaway: An exciting fantasy story with wit, darkness, and magic.

Comparable Title: Lauren Oliver’s Delirium Trilogy




One Maestro’s Journey by Heinrich Hammer

Synopsis: Musician Hammer tells of his life as an orchestra conductor.

PW’s Takeaway: A passionate posthumous memoir.

Comparable Title: Philip Glass’s Words Without Music: A Memoir.


Anastasia’s Book of Days by Cindy Maynard

Synopsis: Maynard tells the story of her courageous ancestor.

PW’s Takeaway: Through soulful vignettes, Maynard captures the joy and sadness of a single life.

Comparable Title: Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network.