Fun Facts Friday: Louis Auchincloss
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 27, 2013

Louis Auchincloss (27 September, 1917 – 26 January, 2010) was an American novelist, lawyer, historian and essayist. Most of Mr. Auchincloss ‘books explore the private lives of the upper class (bankers, Wall St., lawyers, etc.) on the East Coast. Books by Louis Auchincloss Auchincloss was born in Lawrence, NY His last name is pronounced AW-kin-kloss Auchincloss served in the US Navy during World War II. During his time as a partner in the law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood, Auchincloss wrote a book a year. In 2005, Louis Auchincloss received the National Medal of Arts (see picture). During his life time, Mr. Auchincloss published more than 60 books of fiction, non-fiction and literary criticism. Edith Wharton was Mr. Auchincloss’ greatest influence, his grandmother summered with her and he even wrote her biography. Mr. Auchincloss was third cousin to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a cousin by marriage to Jackie Kennedy. Later in life Auchincloss and Kennedy worked together when she was a book editor.  Gore Vidal said of Auchincloss: “Of all our novelists, Auchincloss is the only one who tells us how our rulers behave in their banks and their boardrooms, their law offices and their clubs…. Not since…

Book Review: Lineup by Liad Shoham
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 24, 2013

Lineup by Liad Shoham is the American debut of the Israeli author. A quiet Tel-Aviv street is rocked by a brutal rape which leaves the police baffled since no eyewitnesses, clues or suspects exist. The victim’s father refuses to admit defeat and starts his own investigation when he notices a man acting strangely in the vicinity of his daughter’s apartment.

Fun Facts Friday: George R. R. Martin
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 20, 2013

While I’m not a big fan of fantasy books, I do love the movies and TV shows. Games of Thrones, the HBO show, has been a favorite of my wife and I since the third season (we watched the first and seconds seasons on demand and got hooked). The author George R. R. Martin was born this day in 1948 in Bayonne, NJ. As the oldest of three children, George liked to watch such shows as The Twilight Zone. In high School Mr. Martin wrote fan fiction based on comic books and even created new superheroes. During the Vietnam War Mr. Martin worked with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation as part of his alternative service, since he was a conscientious objector. The first story Mr. Martin sold was called The Hero. The story was sold to a science fiction magazine called Galaxy in 1971. In the 1980s Mr. Martin became involved in script writing. He was involved in the 1986 remake of the Twilight Zone and on TV shows.  However, whenever he handed a screen in the producers would say: “George, this is wonderful, but it would cost five times our budget to produce it” (as told in a…

Giveaway: 1 set – False Memory and False Sight by Dan Krokos
Latest Posts / September 17, 2013

To celebrate the recent release of Dan Krokos’ latest book, False Sight, the publisher is giving away a set of False Memory and False Sight! False Memory Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability. Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter… when there may not be a future. Dan Krokos’ debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series. False Sight is the second novel in Krokos’ acclaimed “False Memory” trilogy. All Miranda wants is a normal life. She’s determined to move past the…

Book Review: War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / September 16, 2013

About: War and Peace by Leo Tol­stoy is a fic­tional book first pub­lished in 1869. The work is regarded as one of the most impor­tant works of world lit­er­a­ture. The copy I read was trans­lated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. 1350 pages Pub­lisher: Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press, USA; New edition ISBN: 0199232768 My rating for War & Peace – 5 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic format More books by Leo Tolstoy Thoughts: It took me a while to read War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy, not only for the obvious reason (1,024 pages) but also because I read it in spurts, between reading other books. If you didn’t read War & Peace you should, not only is it full with studies of the human condition, but also full of wisdom which is still relevant to this day. I felt that I learned a lot from reading this book, not only about history, but also about culture and human intelligence. It’s too bad that if Tolstoy would have lived today, War & Peace wouldn’t even have been published. It’s not popular, too long and too tiresome – they would say. But this is real literature, with validity and…

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