Book Review: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 17, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón on Blogcritics. About: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the third book in the Forgotten Books series. The first two books, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game have been international best sellers. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the Raf­fle­copter form at the end of the post to enter. 288 pages Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition Language: English ISBN-10: 0062206281 My rating for The Prisoner of Heaven – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Thoughts: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (website) is also set in Barcelona, much like the other books. This time though the story toggles between the 1940s and the late 1950s . This book is almost impossible to put down, if you liked the first two (especially The Shadow of the Wind), you will love this book is it keeps the same storytelling and most of all, the same wonderful sense of humor. The book is shorten than its predecessors, the structure, which as mentioned above still follows a past/present thread is more clearly defined. In the previous books…

Book Review: The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / July 14, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski on Blogcritics. About: The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski is a non-fiction book chronicling the creative process behind the six movie saga. This is a well researched, well written and interesting book not only for the Star Wars fans, but anyone who is interested in the creative process. 626 pages Publisher: Legacy Books Press; First edition edition (November 18, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0978465237 My rating for The Secret History of Star Wars – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format Thoughts: The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski (website | Facebook) is a rare breed: a readable, dense page-turner, easy to follow non-fiction book. Mr. Kaminski writes about the expanding universe of Star Wars from the beginning, ignoring all the marketing and publicity propaganda which fans have been fed to over the years. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, I like the movies (even though I’ve seen better), love the stories (even though I heard better) but I think that the imagination and creativeness behind the saga are second to none. I’ve recently been reintroduced to the movies lately because my…

Book Review: Pegasus Falling by William E. Thomas

Article first published as Book Review: Pegasus Falling William E. Thomas on Blogcritics. About: Pegasus Falling : Cypress Branches trilogy (Volume 1) by William E. Thomas is the semi-autobiographical novel of the author who served as a British paratrooper in World War II. Mr. Thomas’ book was self published by his grandson, Mike Harris who is a copy-editor and proofreader, republished the book in three parts. This is part one which has recently been selected as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012. The publisher is giving away one eCopy to 5 (five) winners – enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. 348 pages Publisher: Acute Angle books (March 26, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0956229913 My rating for Pegasus Falling – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: Pegasus Falling : Cypress Branches trilogy (Volume 1) by William E. Thomas (website | Facebook | Twitter) was an amazing and emotional journey throughout World War II and the aftermath. The observations made by Mr. Thomas are incredibly accurate and stand the test of time, he makes intelligent, thoughtful and remarkably astute observations about the way the…

Book Review: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 5, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón on Blogcritics. About: The Angel’s Game is a prequel to Carlos Luis Zafón’s previous novel Shadow of the Wind.  I’m very excited about Carlos Luis Zafón’s new book The Prisoner of Heaven coming out this month so I decided to revisit and post about his previous book, which I read about a year and half ago. 512 pages Publisher: Subterranean Language: English ISBN-10: 1596063629 My rating for The Angel’s Game – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Thoughts: Calling The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruis Zafón (website) a prequel is not the right word, the story takes place in the same general neighborhood in Barcelona and has some of the same minor characters as well as the same mood and ideas (like the wonderful “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”), but it’s not about the same people. The story is about an author named David Martin who accepts an assignment to write a book for a very rich client. An offer too good to be true. David believes that once a write accepts money of praise for his books he is actually selling his soul – in David’s…

Thoughts on: The Art of War by Sun Tzu
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / June 14, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Art of War by Sun Tzu on Blogcritics. About: The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an ancient Chinese military treatise. The book, a classic within the science of military studies is only attributed to the high ranking general and was believed to have been complies during the last spring and autumn of the Warring States period(either 476 BC or 453 BC). 62 pages Publisher: Simon & Brown Language: English ISBN-10: 1936041758 My rating for The Art of War – 5 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format Thoughts: I first heard of The Art of War by Sun Tzu when I was in the military. I heard of the book in passing and read a bit more about it when I got home, but never picked up a copy until several years later. The first thing which struck me was how short the book was, but the more I read, the more I realized the wisdom behind the book. The second, third, forth and more I read this book I stopped for contemplation about what Sun Tzu’s words mean to me, how I implemented his advice both in the military and outside of it and the mistakes I made, how can…

Thoughts on: The Dump by Peppe Arninge
5 Stars , Latest Posts / June 9, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Dump by Peppe Arninge on Blogcritics. About: The Dump by Peppe Arninge is a photo book with a series of haunting images in black and white. The photos are taken around Cambodia’s garbage dumps and evoke powerful feelings. 78 pages Publisher: Publicera Publishing Ltd Language: English ASIN: B0076I642W My rating for The Dump – 5 Buy this book in paper (from blurb.com) or Kindle format or PDF Thoughts: When I was contacted by Mr. Arminge to read The Dump it took me some time to agree. Photo books are not really my forte (a good argument could be made that no books are actually my forte…but we’ll leave that alone). After doing some research and reading Mr. Arninge’s resume and  portfolio, I decided to have a look. The book shows some of the extraordinary photos Mr. Arninge took in Cambodia, it is an important historical document and a painful way to drive home a point. Seeing children digging through trash, fighting day by day other children, adults, rats, dogs and disease for a few scraps is heartbreaking. I have been witness to several acts of evil us human beings are capable of over the years – but cruelty against children…

Thoughts on: Perla by Carolina De Robertis
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 7, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Perla by Carolina De Robertis on Blogcritics. About: Perla by Carolina De Robertis is a historical fiction book about Argentina’s Dirty War. The author is a daughter to Uruguayan parents, but her grandparents were Argentineans in exile. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post to enter. 256 pages Publisher: Knopf Language: English ISBN-10: 0307599590 My rating for Perla – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Carolina De Rebertis Thoughts: I very much enjoyed The Invisible Mountain (my thoughts) and when I got the email to ask if I’d like to join the tour for Carolina De Robertis’ Perla I jumped at the opportunity. The novel has many aspects one could see it from it is a coming of age story, historical literature and supernatural aspects so prominent in Latin literature. One thing is for certain, Ms. De Robertis (website | Facebook |Twitter) can write, Perla is a beautiful novel about an ugly situation.  Even the parts about the horrendous acts the Argentinean government committed against its own people are beautifully written. “The day the black boots came…

Thoughts on: Click Millionaires by Scott Fox
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / June 2, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Click Millionaires by Scott Fox on Blogcritics. About: Click Millionaires: Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love by Scott Fox is a book for those hoping to make money online. Don’t let the title fool you though, this is not a get rich quick book but a high level view of what it takes to create another income stream. The author is giving away one copy of this book – use the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post. 288 pages Publisher: AMACOM Language: English ISBN-10: 0814431917 My rating for Click Millionaires – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More books by Scott Fox Thoughts: Click Millionaires: Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love by Scott Fox (website) is an exciting book which came to me just at the right time. I was looking for other sources of income, but didn’t want to work myself to death and be able to spend some time with the kids. I have tried freelance programming but never made any money at it (ended up with making $2 an hour or close to that) and gave up when I had to run…

Thoughts on: Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 31, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner on Blogcritics. About: Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner is a non-fiction book which tells of the 100 year history of the famous organization. Mr. Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a former New York Times reporter who wrote largely about American security. 560 pages Publisher: Random House Language: English ISBN-10: 140006748 My rating for Enemies: A History of the FBI – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Tim Weiner Thoughts: Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner is a fascinating book and an excellent treatment of what basically amounts to domestic spying. In his research, Mr. Weiner invoked the words of the Founding Fathers that we must be vigilant; buy not compromise our civil liberties in the process. In this treatment, with each President of either major party, this compromise is constantly tested with J. Edgar Hoover playing a major role. The portraits of men in power are one of the most disturbing aspects in this book. Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, LBJ, Hoover and more are all complex people who, once in the seat of power,…

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