Review Copies

Dactyl Review wants to give authors who review on this site the opportunity to place their books in the hands of qualified reviewers. So we invite authors to offer free copies of their own literary fiction books for review. We encourage authors to offer just published books as well as books that were published a while ago and haven’t gotten the attention they deserve. (Guidelines and ordering info further below.)

Free Copies Available for Review

1TonU.R Bowie, One Ton: The True and Heartrending Tale of a Fatboy’s Triumph, Ogee Zakamora Publications, 2018, 230 pages. Paperback, Kindle. Satire. Novel.  When Leland (The Blob) Lebeau, the first modern hunger artist, fails to lose nine-tenths of himself, he turns around his aspirations and strives to be the first one-ton man who ever lived.

Yes, (thought Leland through the delirium in his jogging brain), P.T. never runs out of ideas. He says by April he wants me looking like one of these marathon runners from Kenya—all elbows and bones, and the grin on their head is bigger than the head. Got me enrolled for the Boston Marathon—headline in The National Enquirer: ONE-HUNDRED POUND BLOB TO RUN BOSTON. Then there’s the ballet gig in San Francisco, “Swan Lake,” set to go this coming October, the contract’s already signed. No problem (says P.T.). You won’t have to dance much.”

Marylee MacDonald. Bonds of Love & Blood. Summertime, 2016. 229 pages. paperback, hardcover, e-book. Realism. Short stories. Readers travel from Turkey to Vera Cruz to Ontario.

“It was getting on towards dusk, and I had stopped by the rug shop to tell Hamdi farewell. While the tense little Kurd with the shining eyes talked to his boss, Duran Duran, on the phone, I studied a framed photograph of a village somewhere in eastern Turkey. On a rolling grassless steppe, a settlement of low, domed houses huddled. No water vessels or stacks of wood, no clotheslines or looms, nothing to announce that, here, people needed warmth, light, water, food, or wore clothes or made love or laughed.”

arspoeticaClay Reynolds. Ars Poetica: A Postmodern Parable. Texas Review Press, 2003. 296 pages. e-book, paperback. A satire on academic life as seen through the eyes of a poetic curmudgeon.

“He was too old for this shit. And he was late. He huffed up the four broad flights of stairs to the top of the student union building and shook off the rainwater that plastered his clothes to his body. His shoes squeaked from their sousing. The door to the room where the readings were going on was shut, but — Thank God, thought — a pale undergraduate sat at a long table. She looked bored out of common sense.”

citizenfarmPeter M. Bollington. President Citizenfarm: The USA in 2116Createspace 2015. 466 pages, paperback, e-book. A dystopian satire on America ruled by billionaires, with citizens as farm products and rebellion underway.

“Sebastian Barnes had been hoping for a quiet morning taking stock of himself, including a visit to Museum 44. He would stop by the office, then monorail to Annie’s neighborhood where they used to walk over to the museum and sit in the stands looking at the field and the old advertising billboards. It was not supposed to be a morning of anger and collapse, kicked out of a job, with his editor’s eyeballs flashing and the custodian snickering to one side with his wide dust broom.”

AB&E-lowerRes copyMarc Nash. AB&E.  Kindle, 2009. 183 pages. e-book. Gangster’s moll Scheherazade. Experimental fiction: unreliable narrator

“Here they stand appointed with their camera phones as a valid extension of their visual cortex. Responsiveness in a trice. Wielded like a gun, (how ironic that it was old cameras which loaded, aimed and shot), from the hip or at arm’s length in front of the chest. No need of a view finder, for this is a rapid reaction shot, not an auteur’s composition. Eschewing the micro-lens as an instrument of archival preservation, everything is peripheral and ephemeral. Who now cares if torsos are cut off from the rest of the being, in the guestimated framing.”

dearinfidelTamim Sadikali. Dear Infidel. Hansib Publications, 2014. 200 pages. Paperback, e-book. ‘..a story about love, hate, longing and sexual dysfunction, all sifted through the war on terror…’ Literary Fiction.

“When I was a boy, I loved The Incredible Hulk. I used to wait for the terror of the metamorphosis, sneaking peeks at the TV from the safety of my dad’s lap. Sure, the growling green monster throwing men and cars around was damn cool, but looking back, the real power lay in the rising tension – of the quiet man seeking a simple life, but then getting disturbed….I am The Incredible Hulk. I am the Wilderness, locked in a cage. I Am Become Death.”

Guidelines and Instructions

To offer your book for review, please write to info (at) dactyl (dot) org.  Only active Dactyl Reviewers, who post at least one review per year, are able to offer their books for review. Provide the following information in this format (see examples above):

Your Name. Book Tile. Publisher, year. number of pages. format options (paperback, hardcover, used book, e-book). Also send a cover jpg 150 pixels high, and a link to more information about the book. Say what genre it is, if not strictly literary fiction, and describe its style or influence. Describe the plot in a few words (see examples). Include a 100 word excerpt.

To request a review copy, please write to info (at) dactyl (dot) org. To qualify for a free book, you must be a literary fiction writer and have published a book-length work of literary fiction. If you do not care for the work, you are not obligated to review it.

At Dactyl Review we want to help build relationships between like-minded authors and reviewers. We encourage writers to ask one of the author-reviewers on this site or a writer-friend to do a review exchange.  Choose to work with a writer whose work you admire.  We believe that the review-exchange method can produce well-written and honest reviews, since most literary fiction writers care too much about their own sense of aesthetics to ever consider praising a work that they dislike. Follow these guidelines for reviewing to ensure that your review is informative and reliable.


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