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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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 […]

Book Review: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz

Book Review: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz

I got this eBook for free. Article first published as Book Review: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz on Blogcritics. My rating for Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest – 4 About: “Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest” by award winning Israeli author Amos Oz (archive)  is a short […]

Book Review: Devotion by Dani Shapiro

Book Review: Devotion by Dani Shapiro

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. Dani Shapiro is available and very enthusiastic about doing skype chats with book clubs. My rating for Devotion – 3 About: “Devotion” by Dani Shapiro (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog) is a memoir about the authors mid-life crisis and […]

Dr. Seuss – Birthday Facts

Dr. Seuss – Birthday Facts

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today. 2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found […]

Guest Post: 5 Essential Ingredients for Romance

Guest Post: 5 Essential Ingredients for Romance

5 Essential Ingredients for Romance by Kameron Lo who also writes for online accounting degrees and sonogram tech among other fine sites I love a good romance novel: it’s a great escape from the troubles and boredom of everyday life to fantasize about exciting, romantic adventures worlds away. Having read so many of these exciting […]

Author Q and A: Kenneth Wishnia

Author Q and A: Kenneth Wishnia

Author Kenneth Wishnia (Website) wrote the unique book “The Fifth Servant” (Book Review) a smart mystery which is funny and interesting. The book is an interesting read about the Jewish ghetto in Prague and takes place around 500 years ago.  The novel is filled with Jewish folklore,  humor as well as Yiddish, German and Hebrew […]

Guest Post: 5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel

Guest Post: 5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel

5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel This post was written by Jessica Stilling who also writes for pharmacy technician and medical assistant So you’ve always wanted to be a writer. Maybe you got that fancy MFA, or you sit in your room during all hours of the night typing away, or maybe you fantasize […]

Book Review: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Book Review: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for Beatrice and Virgil – 2 About: “Beatrice and Virgil” (book website) by Yann Martel is a fictional book, a follow up to the author’s wildly successful “Like of Pi”. A strange story which is suppose to be an […]

Book Review: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

Book Review: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for The Devil’s Star – 4 About: “The Devil’s Star” by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø (Website | Facebook)is the third in the Harry Hole series. This novel  was published in Norway in 2003, but just recently arrived in the […]