Fun Facts Friday: William L. Shirer

William L. Shirer (23 February, 1904 – 28 December, 1993) was an American journalist, author and war correspondent. Mr. Shirer’s best known work is the a history of Nazi Germany titled The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Books by William L. Shirer* 1)      As a college graduate, Mr. Shirer worked his way from his […]

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Giveaway: Jeet Kune Do Basics by David Cheng

This useful and informative book offers a detailed overview of Jeet Kune Do practice while explaining the specific moves readers will need to perfect their techniques. As a foundation, Jeet Kune Do Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Jeet Kune Do – from Basic Footwork to Training and Tournaments by David Cheng recalls the origination […]

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Giveaway: Kung Fu Basics by Paul Eng

Get your training off to a great start—from basic kicks to practice and tournaments—this book is a perfect introduction to kung fu for beginners. It’s everything you need to get started in kung fu! Whether you are considering taking up this martial art, or you’ve already started, Kung Fu Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King and Scott Snyder

The story starts off fresh and even manages, slyly I might add, to tell the Batman origin story we all heard a thousand times without breaking up the narrative.

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Fun Facts Friday: Van Wyck Brooks

Van Wyck Brooks (16 February, 1886 – 2 May, 1963) was an American historian, critic and biographer. He is best known for his 1952 studies which chronicled the 19th Century development of American literature titled Makers and Finders: A History of the Writer in America, 1800-1915. Books by Van Wyck Brooks* 1)      Mr. Brooks was born in Plainfield, […]

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Book Review: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Tells the story behind one of Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting Christina’s World

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Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Tom Hazzard is aging slowly, about one year for every ten of a regular human. He has lived for centuries, known Shakespeare, sailed with Captain Cook and fell in love.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows by James Tynion IV

About: Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows by James Tynion IV. This volume collects issues #950-956 of the Rebirthed Batman Family Team-Up title. 184 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401276091 My rat­ing for Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows  — 5 Buy Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows  from Amazon.com* […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Blaise Cendrars

Fun Facts Friday: Blaise Cendrars

Blaise Cendrars (1 September, 1887 – 21 January, 1961) was Swiss poet and novelist, he held considerable influence in the European modernist movement. Books by Blaise Cendrars* 1)      Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland to a Swiss father and a Scottish mother as Frédéric-Louis Sauser. 2)      Young Frédéric never showed much interest in school, he was sent to a German boarding school, […]

Book Review: Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Book Review: Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Mr. Mangan really gets into a character’s mind and when he tells the story through their lens he lends them credibility and authenticity.

Book Review: What To Do About The Solomons by Bethany Ball

Book Review: What To Do About The Solomons by Bethany Ball

The author does not shy away from pain or happiness, as is real life.

Fun Facts Friday: Bret Harte

Fun Facts Friday: Bret Harte

Bret Harte (25 August, 1836 – 5 May, 1902) was a short story writer whose stories featured the people of the California Gold Rush. 1)      Even though he is associated with the west and western stories, Mr. Harte was born in Albany, New York as Francis Brett Hart. 2)      The author’s father, an orthodox Jewish immigrant, was […]

Book Review: Potsdam Station by David Downing

Book Review: Potsdam Station by David Downing

Even though this book is part of a series, one which I have not read in order, I feel it is an excellent standalone book. I warn you though, you’ll want more.

Book Review: Nothing but a Circus by Daniel Levin

Book Review: Nothing but a Circus by Daniel Levin

It is terrifying to think that there are some incompetent nincompoops, or simply uncaring bureaucrats, in charge of programs meant to help millions of people costing billions of dollars.

Fun Facts Friday: Alain Robbe-Grillet

Fun Facts Friday: Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet (18 August, 1922 – 18 February, 2008) was a French writer and filmmaker. Books by Alain Robbe-Grillet* 1)      Mr. Robbe-Grillet’s family were mostly scientists and engineers. 2)      His occupation was that of an agricultural engineer. 3)      After he published his first novel The Erasers (Les Gommes) in 1953, Mr. Robbe-Grillet became a full time novelist. 4)      He became a literary advisor for […]

Book Review: Unspeakable by Dilys Rose

Book Review: Unspeakable by Dilys Rose

“The preachers who were the poor boy’s murderers crowded round him at the gallows, and… insulted heaven with prayers more blasphemous than anything he had uttered.”
– Sir Thomas James Babington Macaulay, Baron of Rothley

Guest Post: Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know

Guest Post: Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know

Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know Is it true that everyone has a book inside them, waiting to be written? Perhaps not, but you may well think you have a great idea for a story, how to guide, or memoir, just begging to be put down on paper. However, writing is book […]

Book Review: All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy

Book Review: All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy

Frankly, I thought this book could have simply been a short story or a novella

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