Fun Facts Friday: Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (25 May, 1927 – 12 March, 2001) was an American author who is best known as the creator of Jason Bourne. Books by Robert Ludlum* Ludlum was born in New York City. He was an adopted child, but never found who his birth parents were. In 1951, the author earned a B.A. in […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja

Hawkeye’s life is also tougher than the rest of his super-team, and this graphic novel show why and how, but it also drives home the point that one does not need super powers to be a hero.

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Fun Facts Friday: Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell (18 May, 1872 – 2 February, 1970) was a Nobel Prize winning author, philosopher and mathematician. [Credit: John Roberts.] Russell is a British aristocrat, born to the Viscount and Viscountess Amberley his title is the 3rd Earl Russell. Earl Russell, the author’s grandfather served as Queen Victoria’s Prime minister twice. He remembers his […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Mari Sandoz

Mari Sandoz (11 May, 1896 – 10 March, 1966) was a novelist, biographer and teacher from Nebraska. Ms. Sandoz wrote a lot about poisoner life and the Plains Indians. Image from http://www.marisandoz.org/events_activities/mari-sandoz-research-award/about-the-mari-sandoz-research-award.html Books by Mari Sandoz* Ms. Sandoz was the oldest of six children. Their parents with Swiss immigrants. As a child she worked hard […]

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Book Review: Mjolnir by Brian James

This book straddled the funny – cheesy borderline, but this is on purpose as the author clearly set out to write a fun story with tongue firmly held in cheek.

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Graphic Novel Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker

I really enjoyed the backstory of Bucky, the writer made him much more of a badass than what I imagined (Bucky, not the Winter Soldier).

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Fun Facts Friday: Horace Mann

Horace Mann (4 May, 1796 – 2 August, 1859) was an American politician and author. Today Mr. Mann is remembered for promoting public education. Mann was born on a farm in Franklin, MA. Even though he went to school about six weeks during the school year, he made good use of the library and enrolled at Brown […]

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Book Review: A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks

The subject matter is serious and dark. Emotional leaders making bad decisions, abusing their authority.

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Book Review: Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Book Review: Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I got this book for free. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Scandalous Women” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. Article first published as Book Review: Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon on Blogcritics. My rating for Scandalous Women […]

Author Q and A with Daphne Kalotay

Author Q and A with Daphne Kalotay

Daphne Kalotay (website | Facebook |Reading Group Guide ) wrote her first book “Russian Winter” (book review) to great acclaim. I was very impressed with the research that went into the  book. I also found the book complex, not in a bad way of course and had some questions about and Ms. Kalotay was kind […]

Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Russian Winter” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. For more giveaways, please check out the Facebook Book Giveaway Group My rating for Russian Winter: 4 About: “Russian Winter” […]

Book Review: The Steel Wave-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

Book Review: The Steel Wave-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

I bought this book. My rating for The Steel Wave – 4 About: The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara (web­site) is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion book which blends his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters, fact and fic­tion into a read­able story. The book is the second of a series about World War II. 560 pages […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fun Facts Friday: The Picture of Dorian Gray

This week, in 1891, Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900 published is wildly successful novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. The history of the book is as fascinating as the book itself. 1. Wilde’s full name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. 2. The story was originally published in Lippincot’s Monthly Magazine […]

Book Review: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Book Review: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Lost in Shangri-La – 5 About: “Lost in Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff (website) is a non-fiction book about a plane crash in Dutch New Guinea during World War II. This book is narrative history at its best. 400 […]

Book Review: The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson

Book Review: The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past by Martin Davidson on Blogcritics. My rating for The Perfect Nazi – 4 About: “The Perfect Nazi:Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past” by Martin Davidson, a non-fiction book which follows the authors research about his grandfather, […]

Book Review: The Rising Tide-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

Book Review: The Rising Tide-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

I bought this book. My rating for The Rising Tide – 3 About: “The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II” by Jeff Shaara (website) is a historical fiction book which blends historical characters, fact and fiction into a readable story. The book is the first of a series about World War II. 608 […]

Book Review: Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm

Book Review: Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Heart of Deception – 3 About: “Heart of Deception” by M.L. Malcolm (website | Facebook) is the fictional sequel to “Heart of Lies” (book review) picking up with the same cast of characters after World War II. 352 […]

Book Review: Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm

Book Review: Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Heart of Lies – 4 About: “Heart of Lies” by M.L. Malcolm (website | Facebook) is the fictional tale of a family, inspired by the author’s husband, which takes place after World War I until the early days […]