Book Review: Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success by Dan Schawbel

This book has aged, some of the specific advice is no longer relevant, as many are at this age where information moves so fast it changes on a monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly basis. So it’s only expected that what was true about certain websites five years ago, is no longer so.

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Book Review: The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

Milo Weaver, the reluctant spy, finds himself facing a CIA analyst about 10 years after the Department of Tourism, CIA’s silent assassins, was disbanded. The two find themselves on the run when a new breed of Tourists tries to kill them both.

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Fun Facts Friday: Howard Lindsay

Lindsay and Crouse won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play State of the Union (1946).

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Book Review: Captain Nemo by Kevin J. Anderson

This was a really enjoyable story, the narrative reads like a biography and not a fictional tale,

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Guest Post: 4 Books That Will Change Your Life

Words can be powerful. Most readers will know from experience that certain books and their ideas and philosophies have the ability to affect how you see the world. We have collected a handful of books that, regardless of time, age or setting, have a message that will impact your life for the better.

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Book Review: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

As a fan of the author, I had high hopes for this book. His talent of for extracting relevant, accurate, entertaining and informative information from the annals of history is something which I envy.

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Fun Facts Friday: Ovid

Ovid went to leave at the edge of the Roman Empire, by the Black Sea in Tomis (now Constanţa, Romania). As inventive as ever he learned the Getic language and wrote a poem to prize Augustus in that language.
That poem has not survived time, it probably would have been the only record of the Getic language.

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Book Review: Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

This novel was an easy read, and well researched. Much of the book isn’t historical per-say, which is why I don’t know if I’d categorize it as historical-fiction, but rather as a novel which takes place in the past.

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Fun Facts Friday: Tom Clancy

Fun Facts Friday: Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (12 April, 1947 – 1 October, 2013) was a prolific bestselling American author known for his espionage books and military-science novels. Books by Tom Clancy* The author was born as Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. in Baltimore, MD, where he grew up. Mr. Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October, was sold to […]

Book Review: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall

Book Review: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall

About: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall is a fantasy novel which reimagines World War I involving sorcerers soldiers. Ms. Stovall is an author and history professor from California. 325 pages Publisher: TCK Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1631610678 My rating for The Ethereal Squadron – 5 Buy The Ethereal Squadron from Amazon.com* More books by Shami Stovall* Thoughts: My interest […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King

About: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King (illustrated by Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin) is a graphic novel which culminates the story-line where Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle) are set to get married. This graphic novel collects Batman #45 – 50. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401283381 […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

John Burroughs (3 April, 1837 – 29 March, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist. Born on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, Mr. Burroughs was the seventh of ten children. To go to college, Mr. Burroughs worked as a teacher alternating studying and teaching. The Atlantic Monthly published his first essay in 1860. Mr. […]

Book Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider

Book Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider

About: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider is a guide to introduce people, young and young at heart, to astronomy. Mr. Fazekas, the Night Sky Guy, is a science writer and speaker. 288 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220154   My rating for […]

Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

About: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise is a biography of the famous actor about his career, family and charity work. Mr. Sinise is a talented actor, known to many as Lieutenant Dan from the classic movie Forrest Gump, but is appreciated just as much for his work with American […]

Book Review: Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina

Book Review: Zuleikha by Guzel  Yakhina

About: Zuleikha by Guzel  Yakhina (translated by Lisa Hayden) is a novel about a Tartar widow who has been exiled to Siberia in the 1930s.  This book was the winner of the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award and the Russia Big Book literary prize, as well as being short listed for the Russian Booker Prize. 448 […]

Guest Post: Fictional Schools want YOU!

Guest Post: Fictional Schools want YOU!

That’s right, School Smart are recruiting for the world’s best fictional schools and we want you to attend. Reminiscing back to our school days we have fond memories of writing with smelly gel pens and collecting the latest stickers. The most exciting moments from our school years were competing in the egg and spoon race […]

Book Review: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

Book Review: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

About: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona is a generational saga, spanning about 100 years in which the effects of the Vietnam War are felt. Mr. Scibona is an award winning American author and writer of short stories.  432 pages Publisher: Penguin Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0525558527 My rating for Books – 5– Buy The Volunteer from Amazon.com* More Books by Salvatore Scibona* Thoughts: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Randolph Caldecott

Fun Facts Friday: Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott (22 March, 1846 – 12 February, 1886) was an artist and illustrator, mainly of children’s books, from England. Born in Chester, Mr. Caldecott was the third of 13 children. Caldecott worked at a bank, but went to the Manchester School of Art. Once he knew he could make a living with his art, […]

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