Book Review: Night Rain, Tokyo by John W. Feist

I found the relevant subjects of the story very interesting. While the novel might, or might not hold up remains to be seen, but reading it these days seemed appropriate.

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka

I liked this book even though it wasn’t meant for me. Wonder Woman is coming back with a vengeance as a symbol of female empowerment, as she was always meant to be.

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Fun Facts Friday: Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon (10 August, 1869 – 10 March, 1943) was a poet, dramatist and art scholar from England. Books by Laurence Binyon* Binyon won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1891 – he was still studying at Trinity College, Oxford at the time. After graduation in 1893, Mr. Binyon got a job at the Department […]

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Book Review: Göring’s Gamble by Dan O’Rourke

Overall I thought it was a great effort on the part of the author.

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Giveaway & Book Review: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

About: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui is a novel which follows a mother from India, traveling to the United States in search of her son. This is Ms. Franqui’s first novel. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post. […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Shazam! The New Beginning #1 by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas

About: Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas (art by Tom Mandrake) is a graphic novel which retells the origins of Shazam. This graphic novel was originally published in 1987. My rat­ing for Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 — 3 Buy Batman – Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 from Amazon.com* Thoughts: My daughter took […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris

Leon Uris (3 August, 1924 – 21 June, 2003) was an American author who is mostly known for his two historical fiction books Exodus and Trinity. Books by Leon Uris* The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American. […]

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Kiva – July 2018 Repayments

It has been awhile since I posted on the micro-loans I make through Kiva. That does not mean I have stopped or forgotten about it, just pure laziness – that’s all. My loans are coming back nicely, so far only one is delinquent, but is paying it back. I will be able to make two […]

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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 […]

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I bought this eBook as “The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection” Coinciding with the movie’s 71st anniversary. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum is the first of 15 books in the fictional Oz series and tells the story of Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who was swooped with her dog Toto by a […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson is the third book in the men-who-love-to-hate-women trilogy featuring fearless investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the socially inept, tech savvy Lisbeth Salander.  In the two previous books Blomkvist and Salander joined together to take on corporate sleazballs, […]

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Giveaway: Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle

Giveaway: Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle

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Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I bought this eBook.   “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by  David Mitchell  is an exceptional book which can easily be passed as a romantic historical fiction.  The book opens in the last part of the 18th Century in feudal Japan, where the reader is positioned in the middle of a difficult labor […]

Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Kill Artist” tells the fictional story of Gabriel Alon, a former Israeli agent who has retired to a life of an art restorer, his former cover which became his occupation. Alon is called back for duty one last time to stop an old enemy who is […]

Book Review: The Gates: A Novel by John Connolly

Book Review: The Gates: A Novel by John Connolly

I borrowed this book from the local library.     “The Gates” is a fictional story by Irish author John Connolly, which introduces us to Samuel Johnson and his beloved dachshund Boswell. Samuel is a strange boy who likes to confuse his teachers and dreams of getting his soon-to-be-divorced parents back together. In order to […]

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