Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 30, 2013

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August, 1787 – 1 February, 1851) was an English author who is most widely known for her novel, Frankenstein. Image from More Books by Mary Shelley Mary’s mother died only 10 days after giving her birth. Mary didn’t have a formal education, however she made great use of her father’s library. Mary met poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1814. Percy was a student of her father and was married to his first wife when he and Mary (still a teenager) fled England. Shelley was 18 or 19 when she wrote Frankenstein when her and her husband played a game with Lord Byron and his wife where they each had to make up a scary story. Mary told of a dream she had while travelling in Geneva, which was the storyline of the novel. In 1815 Mary gave birth to a baby girl who lived for only a few days. The Shelleys suffered the deaths of two more children as well as a marriage riddled with adultery. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus debuted in 1818 and was attributed to an anonymous author. Percy Shelley wrote the introduction and many thought he wrote the novel as well….

Book Review: Mystery Girl by David Gordon
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 29, 2013

Sam Kornberg lives in L.A., his marriage is falling apart and it looks like he’ll never be the novelist he dreamed of being. Looking for any job he might be qualify for , Sam gets a job as an assistant (he specializes in being an “assistant”) detective to Solar Lonsky.

Sam’s first assignment is to track a mysterious woman who triggers the adventure his about to take involving shootouts, mistaken identities, insane asylums and lots of movie talk in a video store.

Book Review: The Drought by Steven Scaffardi
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 28, 2013

Dan Hilles broke up with Stacey, his long time girlfriend. Dan has been out of the dating game for so long he has no idea on how to proceed, talk to girls or even behave as a single man.

But Dan has his friends, Ollie, Jack and Rob who are there to help and also trip him for their own amusement. After all, what are friends for?

Book Review: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 27, 2013

Young Edmond Dante, a sailor, has almost been named captain of a ship and is in preparations of marrying his sweetheart. But Dante becomes the victim of a sinister plot which leads to false imprisonment in an island fortress. The naïve Dante doesn’t realize how serious his situation is and that the chances of him ever seeing the light of day decline daily.

After several years, and with the help of a friend, Dante manages to escape the prison and plots his revenge.

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 24 August, 2013
Latest Posts / August 25, 2013

Check out my favorite tweets from this week: Guest Post: Enhanced eBooks are Here: Out Love by Jessica Park Book Review: Not Famous Anymore by Michael Loyd Gray A 10-Year-Old Recommends His Favorite Books… Adventures in High… via @peterdamien Guest Post: Where fiction and history overlap… by Douglas R. #BookReview 6 Fictional Schools We Wouldn’t… Book Fetish: Volume… via @@ This Is What Incoming Freshmen At Top Colleges Are Reading Before They Get To Campus… via @BI_University Harvey Weinstein begs you not to spoil the big secret of his J.D. Salinger documentary, whatever that is Book Review: Superman: The Unauthorized Biography by Glen Weldon What Kids Are… 10 Rules For Writing By Elmore… via @alivingiano DO NOT READ THIS POST: The 10 Biggest Book Spoilers,… Thoughts on: Temptation by Douglas Kennedy #BookReview Fun Facts Friday: Tarzan Twitter Roundup for Week ending 18 August, 2012 #BookReview A new post of Fun Facts Friday: William Ernest Henley Thoughts on: What Really Matters by Haim Shapira #BookReview Top Ten Book Recommendation… You’ll Never Believe This Awesome Ernest Hemingway Story via @HuffPostBooks Thoughts on: Hitler’s Ashes by John T. #BookReview Who owns the networked future of reading? via @guardian Natalie Dormer Cast In ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’…

Book Review: March Violets by Philip Kerr
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 21, 2013

Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: ‘March Violets’ by Philip Kerr on Blog­crit­ics About: March Violets by Philip Kerr is the first in a series of noir novels about Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who turned private investigator. March violets refers to Germans who went along with the Nazi violence mindlessly. 256 pages Publisher: Penguin Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0142004146 My rating for March Violets – 4 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format More Books by Philip Kerr More Rec­om­mended World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: I read a few Bernie Gunther books before this one, but after I read the first one I ran out (meaning inside) to the store (Internet) and browsed (searched) for used copies of the series. Being a single minded Neanderthal, as my beloved wife can attest to, I decided to read March Violets first because… well… it’s first. The novel has a murder/mystery aspect but even more fascinating is the sense of coping with Nazi horrors on a daily base. The sense of the Nazis taking over and destroying souls feels very real in this novel and is an underlying horror which is present on every page. The book’s psychological aspect (intended or not) of just how…

Guest Post: Boston, Benghazi, Trayvon Martin: Finding wisdom in the chaos
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / August 20, 2013

What would you sacrifice in the name of faith? What would you choose when faced with impossible choices—the salvation of your soul, or the lives of millions? I often write about choice and sacrifice, thrusting ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances and presenting them with difficult choices. I also wonder what I would sacrifice for another person: money, freedom, my health, even my own life. I especially marvel at people who do give up their lives for others. I had friend, a soldier, who threw his body onto a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. I was in living India at the time—trying to find myself—when I heard this sad but heroic story and gained much-needed perspective on my own quest. I went through most of my life thinking the greatest sacrifice a person can make is giving up their life in service to another. But times and values change. Now it seems that many people have a greater attachment to their faith then their lives; they would more quickly die for their God than their fellow man—regardless of the consequences. Acts of terror, random shootings, myriad crimes that we could hardly imagine a few years ago are not…

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