Book Review: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

Even if you don’t have a passion for the outdoors, or not a fan of America’s National Parks this book will certainly entertain you. It is an easy read with excellent pictures from the old and recent days.

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Fun Facts Friday: Jack London

Jack London (12 January, 1876 – 22 November 1916) was an American writer and journalist. Some of his most famous works are White Fang and The Call of the Wild. Books by Jack London* 1)      He was born as John Griffith London in San Francisco, to Flora Wellman, an unwedded woman of wealthy means. Flora later […]

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Book Review: Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

About: Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author’s second novel. 304 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Language: English ISBN-10: 0544944607 My rating for Call Me Zebra – 4 Buy Call Me Zebra from Amazon.com* More Books by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi Thoughts: I have no idea […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (The New 52) by Amanda Conner and‎ Jimmy Palmiotti

I enjoyed the stories were the fourth wall is being broken and Harley is out in the real world, my favorite was the story where she goes to Comic-Con, it was very funny and I’m sure there were many gags I didn’t even get (bonus points for including Bruce Timm and Paul Dini).

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Fun Facts Friday: Umberto Eco

Mr. Eco said that social media “gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community […] but now they

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Book Review: Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan

About: Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan is a novel about the Russian women pilots of World War II known by their victims as the “Night Witches”.  Ms. Runyan likes to write about history’s unsung heroes, or at least unsung in the US. 301 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1503946770 […]

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Book Review: Silence in the Desert by David Longridge

About: Silence in the Desert by David Longridge is a historical fiction story taking place around World War II. The novel follows four friends, on opposite sides serving different masters during the war. 304 pages Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd Language: English ISBN-10: 1788034503 My rating for Silence in the Desert– 3 Buy Silence in the Desert from Amazon.com* More Books […]

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury

Book Review and Giveaway: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury on Blogcritics. Giveaway: Five (5) hardcover books courtesy of the publisher. Enter below. My rating for The Templar Salvation – 4 About: “The Templar Salvation” by Raymond Khoury is the long awaited fictional sequel to “The Last […]

Book Review: The First Wave by James R. Benn

Book Review: The First Wave by James R. Benn

I bought this eBook. My rating for The First Wave – 4 About: “The First Wave” by James R. Benn is second book in the fictional Billy Boyle series.  In the Billy Boyle book (review) we meet the young Boston cop who has been enlisted as a special investigator to his uncle in Washington during […]

Book Review: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

Book Review: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

I borrowed this book from the local library. My Rating for Last Night in Twisted River – 4 About: “Last Night in Twisted River” was my first John Irving novel and the word “operatic” comes to mind. Even though this novel is long, the plot is tight and interesting. I never thought I’d read a […]

Book Review: Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk

Book Review: Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk

I got this book for free. My rating for Kingdom Under Glass – 5 About: “Kingdom Under Glass” by Jay Kirk is a historical fiction – biography tale, set in the late late nineteenth – early twentieth century, about the great taxidermist & conservationist, inventor and sculptor Carl Akeley, his wives Delia “Mickie” Akeley and […]

Author Q and A with Bob Ingle

Author Q and A with Bob Ingle

Elections Day Special. The people of New Jersey often wonder where does all the billions of money from the road-tolls go? I came to a conclusion that collecting tolls is simply a time honored tradition.  After all, the New Jersey’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention were late because they stopped to collect tolls, as well […]

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I bought this book. My Rating for The Help – 4 About: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett’s tells the stories of black domestic servants working in white households of Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.  A white college graduate, who doesn’t really do anything, decides to collect these stories (a book within a book) and […]

Author Q and A with Brian James Freeman

Author Q and A with Brian James Freeman

Brian James Freeman (website) is a prolific author, at age 14 he sold his first story and hasn’t stopped since.   I’ve been introduced to Brian’s work when I downloaded his free full length eBook “The Painted Darkness” (book website – book review), which was actually one of my first posted reviews on this blog. Brian […]

Book Review: Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow

Book Review: Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow

I bought this book. All pictures were taken by me on our tripp to Mt. Vernon. Click on the picture to read the trip journal. My rating for Washington: A Life – 5 About: “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow is an encompassing biography of George Washington.  This  marvelous book breaks the wooden image of Washington and […]

Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins on Blogcritics My rating for The Woman in White – 4 About: “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins was published as a newspaper serial in 1859. In 1860 a collected edition of the chapters was […]

Reviews in a Glance

Reviews in a Glance

I created a new page called “Reviews in a Glance” to make it easier to navigate the website. You can either click on the menu link above or here to go to the page. Basically I gathered up all my reviews, alphabetized them by title and write a one or two line commentary. What do […]