As anyone who reads my posts knows, I am a huge fan of indie fantasty and science fiction. It comes with the territory when you’re an indie author. However, there’s the simple fact that a lot of people believe that the stamp of one of the Big Six publishers is a guarantee of quality. I don’t believe this but there is still a prejudice against those who are either self-published or published by a smaller press.
And let’s be honest, thanks to certain changes in the market, almost anyone can submit a book and get it published. They can have great covers and terrible texts or terrible covers but fantastic prose. There’s very much a state of caveat emptor in effect and while the majority of indie books I read are good, what can we say are genuinely great?
This is a list of ten indie books that I’ve read over the years that I give 5-stars to. Some of them are among the best fiction I’ve read and could easily be top tier traditionally published. Others are just perfect and off the wall for what they are. I’ve tried to get a suitably varied mix of what different kinds of fantasy and science out there as well. I’ve also tried to narrow it down to books that can be read by just about anyone and they’d go, “that was a great book.” Enjoy!