Book Review: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / January 31, 2019

About: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles) is the second novel featuring Allan Karlsson, a reluctant anti-hero going through life, involving himself and influencing world matters. This is a follow up to Mr. Jonasson’s best seller The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post. 448 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 0062846132 My rating for The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man – 4 Buy The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man from Amazon.com* More books by Jonas Jonasson* Thoughts: I have enjoyed the first book, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared tremendously so when I was offered to read the second part I, of course, jumped on the chance. In the follow up novel The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles), the author brings back Allan along with some friends to accidentally help shape up events which touch us all. This book was enjoyable, but I still enjoyed the first one much better. This novel did not enjoy…

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / January 28, 2019

About: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is a graphic novel featuring all the action, comedy, and even drama one would expect from the title psycho anti-hero.  This graphic novel collects issues of Harley Quinn $14 – 21.   144 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401273696   My rating for Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat – 4 Buy Harley Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat from Amazon.com* More Books by Amanda Connor* More Books by Jimmy Palmiotti* Thoughts: My brain simply can’t comprehend that I enjoy the Harley Quinn comics so much, I find myself laughing at the gags and involved in the stories. Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and‎ Jimmy Palmiotti was a lot of fun to read and easy to follow. There is a lot of fun world building in this book, and I really enjoy the fact the both the writers and artists didn’t take themselves too seriously. It looks like they had a blast working on these comics and it comes through. There are several new (to me?) characters in this graphic novel, but I didn’t find them confusing at all. I really enjoy…

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Burns
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 25, 2019

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. Many people consider him the national poet of Scotland. Complete Works of Robert Burns* Other names Robert Burns has used are Rabbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, and the Bard of Ayrshire. He was the oldest of seven children, in a house built by his father (not the Burns Cottage Museum). Burns got most of his schooling from his father, a tenant farmer, who taught his kids reading, geography, history, writing, and math. At age 15 Mr. Burns wrote his first poem. Along with Scots, Mr. Burns also write in English and English with a Scots dialect. The poet had 12 children, nine of which were with his wife Jean Armour. During the French Revolution, Mr. Burns was in favor of the reforms proposed. After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Mr. Burns has the most memorials, monuments, and statues dedicated to him. One of his most famous songs, Auld Lang Syne, was part of more than 100 songs he wrote to a book called The Melodies of Scotland. In 2009 views of Scottish TV voted Mr. Burns as “The Greatest Scot”. Complete Works of Robert Burns*…

Fun Facts Friday: A.A. Milne
Latest Posts / January 18, 2019

Today is the birthday of British children’s author A.A. Milne (18 January, 1882 – 31 January, 1956). Most people know his most beloved creation Winnie the Pooh. The A.A. stands for Alan Alexander Winnie the Pooh and friends are based on stuffed animals that belonged to Millen’s son – Christopher Robin. You can see the original toys at the New York Public Library. Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a Canadian black bear (Winnipeg) that resided in the London Zoo and was used as a military mascot in World War I. “Pooh” was a swan. The toy which inspired the famous bear was purchased in Harrod’s in London and was called Edward Bear (as is only proper in England). Both Christopher and the family dog loved to play with the stuffed animals. Eeyore lost some stuffing over the years which caused his head to droop and gave him a melancholy appearance. Hundred Acre Wood was inspired by Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Christopher Robin took boxing classes to defend himself against bullies at school who used to tease him about the popular book series. As was customary at the time, Christopher Robin was brought up by a nanny and only met his parents…

Guest Post: The 7 Biggest Challenges for Writers and How to Overcome Them
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 17, 2019

Regardless of your area of expertise, you will agree that writing is one of the most popular and sought-after professions. While being a writer can be lucrative and gives you new opportunities, young writers are still facing a lot of challenges on a daily basis. Sometimes, these obstacles can make or break a writer’s career. For this article, we’ve asked several writers about their biggest challenges and how to solve them. After you analyze all the solutions, your workflow and results will improve greatly. Some of these challenging situations are very easily solvable, even though it doesn’t seem to be that way. Writer’s block How to describe the writer’s block? It’s one of those moments when you find it impossible to put ideas into words. Even the biggest writers like Ernest Hemingway and Dostoyevsky have publicly talked about their battles with writer’s block. How do you beat it and how can you get back in the “right” mood? Firstly, don’t force anything. If you don’t feel like writing, do something else. Oftentimes, a lack of sleep or too much stress prevent your brain from working. Exercise regularly to improve blood flow throughout your body. If none of that work, try…

Book Review: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Latest Posts / January 16, 2019

About: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction book taking place in 197, Viet Nam of a man who, after finishing college in the US, goes back to Vietnam to fight the communists. This is Mr. Nguyen first novel and it won a Pulitzer, where do you go from here? 384 pages Publisher: Grove Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0802123457   My rating for The Sympathizer – 3 Buy The Sympathizer from Amazon.com* More Books by Viet Thanh Nguyen* Thoughts: I was very divided on The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, half the book was very interesting, the other half bored me to death and I couldn’t wait to finish it already. Luckily, the whole book is very lyrical and well written. I enjoyed reading about the struggles of a Vietnamese immigrant who has to find himself in a new country, battling Hollywood stereotypes. When he goes back to Viet Nam, however, the plot slows down to a snail’s pace. I also didn’t find the ending quite as promising as the first half of the book. In all fairness, I’m not a fan of first person narratives and/or stream of consciousness books. I certainly appreciate the artistry…

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