Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – The Resistance by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley, Rob Williams, and Robert Venditti
3 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / July 29, 2019

Dick Grayson sent out an SOS to Robin, which promptly returned to the transformed Gotham City, full of magic and doom. Robin puts together a team of heroes and anti-heroes included Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow which work their way through a maze of madness, where the prize for second place is death.

Fun Facts Friday: Aldous Huxley
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 26, 2019

Aldous Huxley (26 July, 1894 – 22 November, 1963) was a writer and philosopher from England. Mr. Huxley is known for his famous novel Brave New World. Books by Aldous Huxley*  Mr. Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England as the third son of Leonard Huxley, a writer himself, schoolmaster and magazine editor. The author’s mother, Julia Arnold, found the Prior’s Field School.  The Huxley family already had prominent members in it such as Matthew Arnold, a poet and critic, and Mary Augusta Arnold, sister of Julia, was an author by her own right writing under her married name as Mrs. Humphry Ward. His grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley was a famous zoologist known as “Darwin’s Bulldog”. His nickname as a child was “Ogie”, short for Ogre. The first novel the author finished was at the age of 17, but it was unpublished. During World War I Mr. Huxley volunteered (1916), but was reject because he was blind in one eye. He was 16 years old at the time. In 1937 the author and his family (wife Maria and son Matthew) moved to Hollywood. He lived in the southern California  (most of the time) until his death. Mr. Huxley’s second wife (Markia…

Book Review: The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand

About: The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence by Anita Anand is the true story of Udham Singh, a Sikh orphan, setting out on a decades long scheme to murder an English diplomat. Ms. Anand is a British radio and TV personality, author and journalist. My rating for The Patient Assassin – 5 Buy The Patient Assassin from* More Books by Anita Anand* Thoughts: I knew nothing about Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Udam Singh, or the Jallianwala Bagh massacre (Amritsar massacre) before I started this book.  After I read The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence by Anita Anand I at least have some firm grasp of the events and history. The book tells of the events that led to the 13 April, 1191 massacre in the Punjab province of India, the aftermath that transpired for days, weeks, and years afterwards. The book follows a timeline which juxtaposes between Udham Singh, the assassin, and Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. Sir Michael was the one that ordered Brigadier General Reginald Dyer to Amritsar who was responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar….

Fun Facts Friday: A.J. Cronin
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 19, 2019

A.J. Cronin (19 July, 1896 – 6 January,1981) was a Scottish novelist, best known for his 1937 book The Citadel. © the artist. Photo credit: West Dunbartonshire Council Image from: Books by A. J. Cronin* The author was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire as Archibald Joseph Cronin. His father, an insurance agent, died from tuberculosis when the boy was just 7 years old. At school Mr. Cronin was a gifted athlete as well as a student, wining prizes in many disciplines. Mr. Cronin was an avid golfer and salmon fisherman. When it came time to choose a profession, the Cronin family gave him a choice: join the church or study medicine. Mr. Cronin chose “the lesser of two evils” and wen to study medicine at the University of Glasgow. Of course, he won a scholarship. In World War I, Mr. Cronin was a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. This was before he graduated from medical school. Once done with school, the author opened a general practice of Clyde, Garelochhead, a small mining town in South Wales. By 1924 Mr. Cronin was appointed Medical Inspector of Mines for Great Britain. When diagnosed with chronic ulcer in1930, Mr. Cronin took…

Book Review: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher

About: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher is a memoir of the famous actor and his up and down relationship with his co-star Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Shatner needs no introduction, he is a successful actor and author. Mr. Fisher is the author and co-author of more than twenty New York Times bestsellers. 288 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1250083311 My rating for Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man – 4 Buy Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man from* More Books by William Shatner* More Books by David Fisher* Books by Leonard Nimoy* Thoughts: I remember when I discovered Star Trek, I was about 10 and fascinated with all things “space”. The show, even though was simply “new to me” was fascinating, fresh, and original even though I certainly didn’t get all the social commentary. Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher is a touching homage, Mr. Shatner obviously cared deeply for Mr. Nimoy and it comes through. This is by no means a biography of either actor, and if you go in with the preconceived notion, then you are bound to be…

Graphic Novel Review: Civil War by Mark Millar

About: Civil War by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) is a comic book event which pitted a team led by Captain America against a team led by Iron Man (Tony Stark) at great cost to both. This graphic novel was adapted to the 2016 motion picture Captain America: Civil War from Marvel Studios. 208 pages Publisher: Marvel Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 9780785121794 My rating for Civil War – 4 Buy Civil War from* More Books by Mark Millar* Thoughts: Every once in a while, more often then we’d like to think, both Marvel and DC Comics create an event which will “change the universe”, for once they were right. At the time, Civil War by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) was savagely hated by Marvel fans, but I really enjoy stories which look at iconic symbols, fictional or not, from a more realistic angle. The story is written in a way which makes you realize that sometimes it’s not a simple question of wrong vs. rights, but that people on opposite sides have valid viewpoints – much like in real life. It’s not difficult to believe that if masked super people started bashing criminals but causing much collateral damage, in both life…

Fun Facts Friday: Pablo Neruda
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 12, 2019

Pablo Neruda (12 July, 1904 – 23 September, 1973) was a Nobel Prize winning poet from Chile. Books by Pablo Neruda* Born as Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile he was the son of a railway employee and a school teacher. Sadly his mother, the school teacher, died two months after he was born. Mr. Neruda first started writing poems at age 13. At first he used Pablo Neruda as his nom de plume, but later changed it legally. Mr. Neruda served in several diplomatic positions during his lifetime, mostly as a member of the Chilean Communist Party.  In 1970 Mr. Neruda was nominated for the Chilean presidency, but dropped out and supported Salvador Allende, who later won. President Allende appointed Mr. Neruda to be the Chilean ambassador to France, until 1972. It was rumored that Mr. Neruda has been killed by the regime of Augusto Pinochet. Mr. Neruda was at the hospital when he called his wife and told her he believed Mr. Pinochet ordered a doctor to kill him. He received an injection into his stomach and died six and a half hours later. Mr. Neruda is considered the national poet of Chile. There are no evidence…

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