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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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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Fun Facts Friday: Enid Blyton

Trained as a teacher, she wrote in her spare time. Ms. Blyton’s first published book was Child Whispers (1922), while she was still teaching.

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Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

The story actually has three protagonists, Max Cohn, a kid in present day Los Angeles, Moshe Goldenhirsch who is a young Jewish man at the heyday of World War II, and again, Moshe as an elderly retiree in present day Los Angeles

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Book Review: Monticello: The Official Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s World by Charley Miller & Peter Miller

We like visiting historic places and we know that many times context is everything. An artifact, a building, or even something that might seem insignificant get a whole new meaning when viewed in the right light.

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Fun Facts Friday: Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun (4 August, 1859 – 19 February, 1952) was a Norwegian author and a Noble prize winner. Books by Knut Hamsun* 1)      Born as Knud Pedersen to a poor family, the author grew up on his uncle’s farm. 2)      When he was nine years old, the boy was separated from his family and went […]

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Book Review: The Confirmation by Ralph Reed

Book Review: The Confirmation by Ralph Reed

I got this book for free. “The Confirmation” by Ralph Reed is a fictional political thriller set in the near future. The book starts with the election of Bob Long for the presidency. President Long is the first independent president and, even though he doesn’t know it, is in for rollercoaster ride. Early in Long’s […]

Book Review: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn

Book Review: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn

I got this eBook for free. Disclaimer: I’m a sucker for books about WWII and espionage novels. Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn is a historical fiction story about an enlisted Boston policeman in England during WWII.  Billy Boyle, a young American solider, a policeman in a family of policeman […]

#helpotherbookblogs – Help Other Book Review Bloggers

#helpotherbookblogs – Help Other Book Review Bloggers

In an effort to help out our small community why not do something selfless once a day. Pick a book review you liked, which is NOT YOURS, and tweet it to your followers under the hashmark  #helpotherbookblogs Don’t forget to leave a comment to that person about how much you like their blog, and that […]

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

I borrowed this book from the local library. I love books about books – not only do I think that the not-so-obscure references to other books and characters are a little bonding between the author and me (they’re not – but I like to think so) but they also enlarge my already too-long-reading-list. In “The […]

Book Review: Son of Hamas by Mosab Hasson Yousef

Book Review: Son of Hamas by Mosab Hasson Yousef

I borrowed this eBook. “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hasson Yousef is a gripping autobiography of a man who is caught between his own morality and what is expected of him by his community. Mosab is the son of a Hamas leader who is caught and jailed by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security services). […]

The 50th Book Review Blog Carnival

The 50th Book Review Blog Carnival

I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! reviews Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith“What do you do as an encore after writing a best seller and trend setter like Pride and Prejudice and Zonbies? Seth Graham-Smith has turned from Jane Austen to Abraham Lincoln.”   Primo Reads reviews The Ask by Sam […]

Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free. Giveaway: Author Chris Tusa has kindly made free eBooks available to five(5) lucky winners who will be randomly chosen on Saturday, September 3, 2010.  Entry form below. “Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa is a short novel, or a long short story depending on how you look at […]

Can Literary Success and Quality Co-Exist?

Can Literary Success and Quality Co-Exist?

In a fascinating and insightful article, “A Novelist Re-Imagines Shakespeare’s Juliet — and Challenges Literary Snobbery” in the Wall St. Journal, author Anne Fortier talks about her visit to her homeland of Denmark and the change of perspective about art. Ms. Fortier was having lunch with friends when words like “ambitious” and “commercial” starting to fly […]

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

 I bought this eBook. “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese if a fictional book set mostly in Ethiopia and the latter part of the book in the United States which tells the story of identical twins born to a British surgeon and a nun. Shiva and Marion Praise Stone, sons to Dr. Thomas Stone and […]

Book Review: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

Book Review: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

I borrowed this book from the local library. “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka is a fascinating fictional book tells the stories of two generations of the same family in Poland. The chapters alternated between the grandparents’ experience in WWII war years & beyond, and their granddaughter’s life in the […]

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