Book Review: Comanche by Brett Riely

There is lots of good banter, sometimes you can’t tell if the character is saying, thinking, or just gesturing (oh, you) but the author gets the feeling across efficiently and quickly which makes the reading much more pleasurable.

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Fun Facts Friday: Benjamin Franklin

January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a […]

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Book Review: Grunt by Mary Roach

About: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach is a nonfiction book which tackles subjects that challenge soldiers’ daily life, but are rarely thought about (unless it’s you wearing the uniform).  Ms. Roach, an award winning author, is known for her books which combine science and journalism. 288 pages Publisher: W. […]

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Book Review: Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The sequel expands not only on world building, societies, and technologies, but also questions what the author created. He explorers the reality of politics, faith, and of course the humanity of his characters.

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Fun Facts Friday: Robinson Jeffers

Mr. Jeffers attended schools in Switzerland, Germany, and France and was fluent in three languages (English, French, and German) by the time he was 12 years old.

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Book Review: Lux by Elizabeth Cook

Ms. Cook has a great narrative through biblical women, most of them do not get a voice or to tell the story through their eyes. The author takes her time to demonstrate the power of repentance that occurs in King David after he commits adultery with Bathsheba.

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Book Spotlight: Coffee Traveller by Fahad Ben. G

A collection of musings about travel, life, love, family, relationships, the future and growing up in Saudi Arabia, by the author and poet Fahad Ben G. Buy Coffee Traveller  from Amazon.com*   Invisible lines tie me to you whether I like it or not.   No matter how much I travel away from you, no matter […]

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Fun Facts Friday: J. R. R. Tolkien

Today he might be known for his work in fiction, but that was his side job. Even today Mr. Tolkien is considered to be one of the most renowned medieval scholars of all time, his publications are still considered a must in libraries.

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Fun Facts Friday: Jean Cocteau

Fun Facts Friday: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau (05 July, 1889 – 11 October, 1963) was a French playwright, novelist, poet and filmmaker. He is known for such novels as his novels Le Grand Écart  and the 1946 classic move Beauty and the Beast. Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916, Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum Books by Jean Cocteau* […]

Book Review: Albert Einstein Speaking by R. J. Gadney

Book Review: Albert Einstein Speaking by R. J. Gadney

About: Albert Einstein Speaking by R. J. Gadney is a part biography / part historical fiction about the most famous scientist of our time. Mr. Gadney was a teacher, television producer, and an award winning scriptwriter who unfortunately passed away in May, 2018.  272 pages Publisher: Canongate Books Language: English ISBN-10: 178689047X My rating for Albert Einstein […]

Book Review: Invisible Heroes of World War II by Jerry Borrowman

Book Review: Invisible Heroes of World War II by Jerry Borrowman

About: Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten by Jerry Borrowman is a book with mini-biographies about several heroes of the war, which are rarely talked about. Mr. Borrowman is an award winning author and speaker. 208 pages Publisher: Shadow Mountain Language: English ISBN-10: 1629724173 My rating for Invisible Heroes of […]

Book Review: The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

Book Review: The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

About: The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 – 1777 by Rick Atkinson is a history book, first of a trilogy, which describes the first 21 months of the American Revolutionary War. Mr. Atkinson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and historian. 800 pages Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Language: English […]

Fun Facts Friday: Luigi Pirandello

Fun Facts Friday: Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello (28 June, 1867 – 10 December, 1936) was a Nobel  Prize winning novelist, poet, and writer from Italy. Image from: http://www.theatrehistory.com/italian/pirandello001.html Works by Luigi Pirandello* 1)      Mr. Pirandello was born on the island of Sicily to an upper-class family involved in the Sulfur industry. 2)      During high school, Mr. Pirandello’s favorite poets were Giosuè Carducci and Arturo Graf, both […]

Spotlight: Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla

Spotlight: Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla

“Genuinely moving… An entertaining YA romance with multilayered charaters -a winner.” -Kirkus Reviews About the book: In a faraway land, Bettina Diaz lives in a shining castle . . . Okay, so she lives on a sprawling ranch in California, but close enough. Nicknamed “the Beast” at school, Bett has an infamous temper. And a secret. […]

Book Review: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

Book Review: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

About: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon is a novel following three stories in different time periods, all with a common narrative.  Mr. Haddon is an award winning English novelist. 320 pages Publisher: Doubleday Language: English My rating for The Porpoise – 5 Buy The Porpoise from Amazon.com* More Books by Mark Haddon* Thoughts: According to the snippets I’ve read, […]

Guest Post: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Guest Post: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This idea was embodied in the creation of individual centers, where all women capable of having a child were forced to become a servant.

Graphic Novel Review: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters

Graphic Novel Review: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters

About: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters (illustrated by Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara )expands on the expensive universe created by Neil Gaiman.  The Sandman is a series of comic books following Dream (Morpheus, among other aliases), and is one of the few graphic novels to grace the New York […]

Fun Facts Friday: Jean-Paul Sartre

Fun Facts Friday: Jean-Paul Sartre

He was a practical joker during his time at Ecole Normale Supérieure, a school he was attending. Once he convinced the media that following his transatlantic flight, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh would stop at the school. Him and his classmates hired a lookalike, how walked in with the media behind him.

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