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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Giveaway & 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: Hilda Gerarda van Stockum

Hilda Gerarda van Stockum (9 February, 1908 – 1 November, 2006) was a writer and artist from the Netherlands. Ms. van Stockum is known for her book The Winged Watchman. Books by Hilda Gerarda van Stockum* 1)      She was born in Rotterdam to a Dutch Royal Navy officer. 2)      Her grandfather, Charles Boissevain, was the editor of an influential […]

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Giveaway & Book Review: Karate Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Karate by Robin Rielly

One of the most important aspects of this book is that it helps a new student choose a school.

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Giveaway & Book Review: Aikido Basics by Phong Thong Dang and‎ Lynn Seiser

The book talks about the origins of Aikido, the philosophy of the art, some basic instructions of stances, strikes, grabs, throws and pins.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

About: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV (illustrated by Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez) sees the innocent victims maimed by Batman’s enemies band together to blame the hero for their misfortune. This graphic novel collected the issues of Detective Comics #943-949. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics (May 16, 2017) […]

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Giveaway – The Trinity Six

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

“The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is […]

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

I got this book for free. Attention Book Bloggers: After this review was published I got several nasty and personally insulting emails & comments on LibraryThing (as well as the comments below).  I do not want to engage in this type of mud slugging hence I will not publish the emails; However, just be aware […]

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

I got this eBook for free. The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post   My rating for Ashes to Water – 4 About: “Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place […]

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “so much for that” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for so much for that – 5 About: “so much for that” by Lionel Shriver […]

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming on Blogcritics. My rating for The Trinity Six – 4 About: “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College […]

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

In the news last week it was announced that certain publishers decided that eBooks which have been sold to libraries will have a license to allow a book to be loaned 26 times before the embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management system) kicks in so the library will have to buy a new copy. (Image Copyright: […]

Book Review: The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Book Review: The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

I bought this book. My rating for The Six Wives of Henry VIII – 5 About: “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” by Alison Weir (Website) is a non-fiction book which tries to navigate through the maze which is known as the “Tudor History“.  Ms. Weir tells the collective story of  the six wives of […]

Book Review: Hero The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

Book Review: Hero The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

I bought this book. My rating for Hero – 5   About: “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia” by Michael Korda is a biography of Englishman Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence better known by his nickname. The biography follows Lawrence from his birth to his early death. Purchase “Hero” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate […]

Self Published Success Story

Self Published Success Story

Amanda Hocking (blog | Amazon Page) is from Minnesota, she is 26, self published and … sold 900,000 copies of her books (and no, she doesn’t have a reality TV show). While I usually don’t read the paranormal genre I have to admire what Ms. Hocking has achieved and, what I believe to be, a […]

Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for Moonwalking with Einstein – 5 About: “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” by Joshua Foer is a memoir of the author’s attempted to win the U.S. memory championship. Along the way Mr. Foer attempts […]