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Portland Book Review is published by 48-year-old Chris Johnson, a bit of an itinerant worker who has had jobs as a server in restaurants, a receptionist, a customer service representative in call centers, and in sales.

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My novel, The SHIVA Syndrome, is a multi-genre thriller that includes science fiction and the paranormal. You might think of it as Altered States on meth and LSD. I’ve been surprised and pleased by how reviewers like the Midwest Book Review and Portland Book Review spoke so highly about it.Thanks for your comment Heidi! If I could do it all over again, I would definitely have paid for a San Francisco and Portland Book Review instead of Kirkus. I did submit “Amidst Traffic” to you guys for a free review, but I haven’t heard back on whether it was selected or not. Thanks for recognizing San Francisco/Sacramento/Portland Book Review as a better option than Kirkus. I think, with Kirkus, you’re buying credibility. They’ve been around for a very long time. However, libraries and book stores rely on Kirkus reviews for purchasing books — and neither of them purchase self-published/indie books. SFBR/SBR has tried to make our services affordable for the indie author, and we also offer the ability to trade an unfavorable review for an ad in one of our publications. We are the only U.S.-based book review magazine (eZine) now in Apple Newsstand — so we’re in the forefront of technology (coming very soon to Kindle, iPhone, and Android).Portland Book Review is very proud of our reviewer team. Each reviewer comes from different backgrounds, experiences, training, and desires. You can meet most of them under . Above all, their one commonality, aside from being a Portland Book Reviewer, is that they love to read. They do this for the joy of reading and writing a review in their own words with their own opinions. We do not tell them what to write or how to rate any written material, ever. We do not charge for, nor do we accept any compensation for a biased review.Poor Richard, Another Almanac for Architects and Planners (Volume 2) by Mark David Major | Portland Book Review
by George Erdosh, April 20, 2015Portland Book Review's command central is Johnson's bedroom, where books fill an entire wall and are stacked on tables and nightstands and other flat surfaces.