Fun Facts Friday: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Oliver Wen­dell Holmes (29 August, 1809 – 7 Octo­ber, 1894) was a Cam­bridge, MA native known for his poetry and essays. Books by or about Oliver Wen­dell Holmes Mr. Holmes grad­u­ated from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 1836. After prac­tic­ing med­i­cine for the next decade he became a teacher at Dart­mouth Col­lege and dean at Har­vard Medical […]

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Giveaway & Book Review: Early Decision by Lacy Crawford

Ms. Craw­ford wrote an amus­ing book, easy to read, quick, intel­li­gent and often funny. The author even made me like some of the most spoiled kids the pro­tag­o­nist was engaged with, as well as a few point­ers on writ­ing essays (and if you fol­low my blog you know that there is cer­tainly a lot left to be desired).

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Giveaway & Book Review: And Some Fell on Stony Ground by Leslie Mann

The story takes place over a course of about 12 hours, but much of the story is told in flash­backs and mem­o­ries which are trig­gered by exter­nal events which the pro­tag­o­nist, a flier named Leslie Mason, expe­ri­ences. Mason is expe­ri­enc­ing a pro­found sense of loss almost every wak­ing moment due to his luck of hav­ing sur­vived many mis­sions, but loos­ing many friends who did not have such good for­tune. In his depressed state, Mason is con­cerned only with the present and sur­vival, not con­cerned about past or future.

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Book Review: Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

I did not read this book in Eng­lish, which gave me a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the Harry Hole nov­els. For exam­ple, the name itself in Eng­lish is Harry Hole, but trans­lated in another lan­guage with dif­fer­ent empha­sis and sounds it is more like Hari Hølā (Hoo-laa), a lit­tle point which I really enjoyed. Of course, the Nor­we­gian names were dif­fi­cult to pro­nounce, but that is part of the charm of trans­lated novels.

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Guest Post: Slingin' Slang by Stephen Kozeniewski

Edit­ing my first draft was some­thing of a rev­e­la­tion. The novel is set in 1934, so that was a hard stop for all slang and ref­er­ences. That ref­er­ence to Jiminy Cricket? Nope, that had to go. (Pin­no­chio didn't come out until 1940.) What about "out the wazoo?" Doesn't that just scream '30s PI? Nope. Actu­ally the term didn't come into use until the late '60s.

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Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 23 August, 2014

It is amaz­ing to think that school is about to start, the sum­mer flew by and we still have a vaca­tion to take. We take the kids out of school because it's a lot cheaper to go to place once school start, we can have an amaz­ing vaca­tion for half the price. Of course this […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Ray Bradbury

Ray Brad­bury didn’t like com­put­ers or eBooks, believ­ing that the Inter­net was “dis­tract­ing”. How­ever his stance soft­ened when his agent explained to him that “a new con­tract wouldn't be pos­si­ble with­out ebook rights”.

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Book Review: Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani

I did enjoy the premise of the story, which seemed to be edited heav­ily to the point where char­ac­ter devel­op­ment took a sec­ond seat to length. A quick, quirky read with a noir feel about a feisty lady and a sol­dier, both try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence out of place.

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Fun Facts Friday: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Fun Facts Friday: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Oliver Wen­dell Holmes (29 August, 1809 – 7 Octo­ber, 1894) was a Cam­bridge, MA native known for his poetry and essays. Books by or about Oliver Wen­dell Holmes Mr. Holmes grad­u­ated from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 1836. After prac­tic­ing med­i­cine for the next decade he became a teacher at Dart­mouth Col­lege and dean at Har­vard Medical […]

Giveaway & Book Review: Early Decision by Lacy Crawford

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Ms. Craw­ford wrote an amus­ing book, easy to read, quick, intel­li­gent and often funny. The author even made me like some of the most spoiled kids the pro­tag­o­nist was engaged with, as well as a few point­ers on writ­ing essays (and if you fol­low my blog you know that there is cer­tainly a lot left to be desired).

Giveaway & Book Review: And Some Fell on Stony Ground by Leslie Mann

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The story takes place over a course of about 12 hours, but much of the story is told in flash­backs and mem­o­ries which are trig­gered by exter­nal events which the pro­tag­o­nist, a flier named Leslie Mason, expe­ri­ences. Mason is expe­ri­enc­ing a pro­found sense of loss almost every wak­ing moment due to his luck of hav­ing sur­vived many mis­sions, but loos­ing many friends who did not have such good for­tune. In his depressed state, Mason is con­cerned only with the present and sur­vival, not con­cerned about past or future.

Book Review: Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

Book Review: Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

I did not read this book in Eng­lish, which gave me a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the Harry Hole nov­els. For exam­ple, the name itself in Eng­lish is Harry Hole, but trans­lated in another lan­guage with dif­fer­ent empha­sis and sounds it is more like Hari Hølā (Hoo-laa), a lit­tle point which I really enjoyed. Of course, the Nor­we­gian names were dif­fi­cult to pro­nounce, but that is part of the charm of trans­lated novels.

Guest Post: Slingin' Slang by Stephen Kozeniewski

Guest Post: Slingin' Slang by Stephen Kozeniewski

Edit­ing my first draft was some­thing of a rev­e­la­tion. The novel is set in 1934, so that was a hard stop for all slang and ref­er­ences. That ref­er­ence to Jiminy Cricket? Nope, that had to go. (Pin­no­chio didn't come out until 1940.) What about "out the wazoo?" Doesn't that just scream '30s PI? Nope. Actu­ally the term didn't come into use until the late '60s.

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 23 August, 2014

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 23 August, 2014

It is amaz­ing to think that school is about to start, the sum­mer flew by and we still have a vaca­tion to take. We take the kids out of school because it's a lot cheaper to go to place once school start, we can have an amaz­ing vaca­tion for half the price. Of course this […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ray Bradbury

Fun Facts Friday: Ray Bradbury

Ray Brad­bury didn’t like com­put­ers or eBooks, believ­ing that the Inter­net was “dis­tract­ing”. How­ever his stance soft­ened when his agent explained to him that “a new con­tract wouldn't be pos­si­ble with­out ebook rights”.

Book Review: Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani

Book Review: Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani

I did enjoy the premise of the story, which seemed to be edited heav­ily to the point where char­ac­ter devel­op­ment took a sec­ond seat to length. A quick, quirky read with a noir feel about a feisty lady and a sol­dier, both try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence out of place.

Kiva Loans — Repaid

Kiva Loans — Repaid

We've received a total of $12.47 in repay­ments this August. Loan repay­ments in the amount of $12.02 were made on a por­tion of a loan pur­chased with pro­mo­tional credit, so this amount was returned to the pro­mo­tional account. Click here to donate your­self Funded on Aug 5, 2013 Shonali United States  |  Food Production/Sales You Loaned: […]

Review: Comics on Kndle Fire HDX

Review: Comics on Kndle Fire <span class=HDX"/>

I enjoyed read­ing the comic book on an eReader very much, some­thing I didn't think would.

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