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Book Review: Metropolis by Philip Kerr

About: Metropolis by Philip Kerr is a novel featuring German detective Bernie Gunther, this time between World War I and II. This is the fourteenth book in the series, sadly published after Mr. Kerr’s death. 384 pages Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Language: English ISBN-10: 0735218897   My rating for Metropolis – 5 Buy Metropolis from Amazon.com* More book by Philip Kerr Thoughts: I have enjoyed the Bernie Gunther books previously, and was surprised to see this unfamiliar one pop up in my browser. I quickly found out that Metropolis by Philip Kerr was published after the author’s untimely death last year. This book is chilling, not because of the murders which occur, but because of the first hand eye witness to the rise of Nazism and Hitler. The excuses people make, to themselves and others, to support such regime while spitting on actual war heroes (for example) in order to make themselves feel better about their support. Bernie Gunther, the protagonist, doesn’t actually care, as usual. He is not a political animal, but a policeman stuck in a gray zone in which no one in particular gets his alignance. But at least he hates Nazis (and Communists). After World War I,…

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 tinyurl.com/7uvwnlh#BookReview Book Review: Not Famous Anymore by Michael Loyd Gray tinyurl.com/a2hqxza#BookReview A 10-Year-Old Recommends His Favorite Books barnesandnoble.com/blog/a-10-year… Adventures in High Fantasybookriot.com/2013/08/22/adv… via @peterdamien Guest Post: Where fiction and history overlap… by Douglas R. Skopptinyurl.com/75umgld #BookReview 6 Fictional Schools We Wouldn’t Attendbarnesandnoble.com/blog/6-fiction… Book Fetish: Volume LXXXIVbookriot.com/2013/08/22/boo… via @@ This Is What Incoming Freshmen At Top Colleges Are Reading Before They Get To Campus businessinsider.com/freshmen-best-… via @BI_University Harvey Weinstein begs you not to spoil the big secret of his J.D. Salinger documentary, whatever that is ow.ly/ocvx8 Book Review: Superman: The Unauthorized Biography by Glen Weldon tinyurl.com/l9pds5r#BookReview What Kids Are Readingdoc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R0056497… 10 Rules For Writing By Elmore Leonardbuzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano… via @alivingiano DO NOT READ THIS POST: The 10 Biggest Book Spoilers, Everbarnesandnoble.com/blog/do-not-re… Thoughts on: Temptation by Douglas Kennedy tinyurl.com/8hnz5oq #BookReview Fun Facts Friday: Tarzan tinyurl.com/caybj77#BookReview Twitter Roundup for Week ending 18 August, 2012 tinyurl.com/8ru5db7 #BookReview A new post of Fun Facts Friday: William Ernest Henley manoflabook.com/wp/?p=9700#FunFacts Thoughts on: What Really Matters by Haim Shapira tinyurl.com/852jljg #BookReview Top Ten Book Recommendation Platformsdigitalbookworld.com/2013/top-ten-b… You’ll Never Believe This Awesome Ernest Hemingway Story huff.to/1d8AdO7 via @HuffPostBooks Thoughts on: Hitler’s Ashes by John T. Coxtinyurl.com/7lovlrb #BookReview Who owns the networked future of reading?gu.com/p/3t8c9/tw 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…

Books by Title M – Z
/ January 24, 2013

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – M – Macbeth by Jo Nesbø – A retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy, set in a small European town as a police drama. Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani – A novel about Mag­gie Hogan is a strong woman, an ace report who just wants to be treated fairly. She fights, and sleeps, her way through the bat­tle­fields, the Nurem­burg tri­als and the after­math of the World War II, includ­ing the cold war. Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin – An autobiog­ra­phy of the famous astronaut. Malinalli of the Fifth Sun by Helen Gordon Heightsman – A his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel tak­ing place in South Amer­ica dur­ing Hernán Cortés’ time focusing on native woman Mali­nalli who was an impor­tant per­son in Cortés’ entourage who have been vil­i­fied through­out the ages. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – A historical fiction which imagines the axis winning World War II. Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer – An autobiog­ra­phy of the Israeli indus­tri­al­ist and statesman. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman –…

Thoughts on: Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr

Article first published as Book Review: Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr on Blogcritics. About: Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr is a fictional book in the Bernie Gunther series. This is the eighthbook in the series which brings up the question: just how many lives does Bernie Gunther has? 416 pages Publisher: A Marian Wood Book/Putnam; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0399159029 My rating for Prague Fatale – 5 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format. More book by Philip Kerr Thoughts: When I first read Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr I was a bit confused since the series appears out of chronological order. The first book I read in the series, Field Gray (my thoughts), was the seventh and I immediately knew I’d want to read more. I actually bought the collection of the first three novels titled Berlin Noir but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Bernie Gunther is the perfect anti-hero, a tough and cynical Berliner, he is appalled by himself, the job he has to do, the country he loves and the people he works for and with. Bernie goes through life, agonizing over past actions, trying to do as little damage as possible, using a wry gallows humor…

The Lame 2011 “Best Of” List
Latest Posts / December 25, 2011

Here are the books I enjoyed the most this year. This list is of books I read, not only published in 2011. First and foremost – this is THE best book I’ve read this year. From some reason it didn’t get much attention in the US. We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen “We, The Drowned” (Web­site) by Carsten Jensen is a spell­bind­ing, award win­ning (Danske Banks Lit­ter­atur­pris) fic­tional book which spans 100 years in the lives of the inhab­i­tants of the small Dan­ish coastal town Marstal. Jensen’s debut novel is already hailed as an instant clas­sic and right­fully so. Non-Fiction: Auschwitz by Dr. Miklós Nyiszli Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eye­wit­ness Account by Dr. Mik­lós Nyis­zli is a non-fiction mem­oir of a Jew­ish Hun­gar­ian med­ical doc­tor who per­formed “research” on other Jews with the evil Dr. Josef Men­gele aka “Angel of Death”. This is not an easy book to read, but an impor­tant one. Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick Eliz­a­beth and Hazel: Two Women of Lit­tle Rock by David Mar­golick is a non fic­tion book about two ladies who were made famous by the press. The book looks his­tory square in the eye and doesn’t flinch. Gated Grief by Leila Levinson “Gated Grief: The Daugh­ter of a GI Con­cen­tra­tion Camp Lib­er­a­tor Dis­cov­ers a Legacy of Trauma” by Leila Levin­son who started the…

Book Review: Field Gray by Philip Kerr

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Field Gray by Philip Kerr on Blogcritics. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Field Gray” to be given out– enter at the end of the post My rating for Fields Gray – 5 About: “Field Gray” by Philip Kerr (website) is a fictional novel taking place alternatively between the 1931 and mid 1954, mostly in Berlin. The book is 7th novel starring Bernie Gunther (fan website). 448 pages Pub­lisher: Putnam Adult ISBN: 0399157417 Pur­chase “Field Gray” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: I seem to have no luck with series of books I like. I usually find them after several books have been published and feel compelled to play catch up. “Field Gray” by Philip Kerr is no exception on this front. The novel follows Bernie Gunther which has to be one of the most antiheroic antiheroes ever written. Joining Gunther are a bunch of offbeat characters none of which, it seems, have any redeeming qualities. Maybe that’s what the “gray” in the title refers to (besides the German army’s uniforms made by Hugo Boss) as there are…

Books by Author A-L
/ January 26, 2011

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – A – Abrams, Dan Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency (with David Fisher) – A mini-biography of the 16th President’s last big trial before running for high office Abnett, Dan Titans Vol. 3: A Judas Among Us (illustrated by Brett Booth) – A graphic novel seeing the team trying to infiltrate H.I.V.E. Adams, Mark Turn Right at Machu Picchu – A nonfiction travelogue/history/investigate report in which the author fol­lows the foot­steps of Hiram Bing­ham III. Afshar, Tessa Pearl in the Sand– Biblical fiction story of Rahab, one of the most famous and controversial figures in the Jewish bible Aguinis, Marcos The Passion According to Carmela (translated by Carolina De Robertis) – A novel which takes place during the Cuban Revolution and follows an an idealistic divorcee who gets caught up in the excitement of the Cuban Revolution, and run away from her wealthy parents to join Fidel Castro and his rebels. Aja, David The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story (with Ed Brubaker)…

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