THE INCREDIBLE RHETT SMILEY: INFINITY’S MIRROR, by Matt Whiteside [2019]

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R. Tim Morris’ Rating: 7/10

A notable effort by this indie author, Matt Whiteside does a remarkable job at balancing this Contemporary story of a sorta-doofy/often unlucky job-less writer and the Fantasy-heavy fictional book within a book that the MC has written.

The Incredible Rhett Smiley is pretty funny. There are periods of action which are kind of meandering, but at least each chapter ends with an excerpt from Rhett’s novel (“Infinity’s Mirror”), so there’s always a palette cleanser of sorts before Rhett happy-accidents his way into yet another shenanigan.

The ending (no spoilers!) was a bit long for something which eventually felt like it lacked a “wow factor” but the journey is worth it for getting to read those moments that EVERY new author (post-Harry Potter) has ever hoped to experience.

A highly original work from a confident writer.

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