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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Book Review: Books by Larry McMurtry

About: Books by Larry McMurtry is a non-fiction memoir of the author’s time as an antiquarian book seller.  Mr. McMurtry is an American novelist, who is known for writing about the Old West such as Lonesome Dove. 272 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 9781416583349 My rating for Books – 3 Buy Books from Amazon.com* More Books by Larry McMurtry* […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka

About: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka (illustrated by Liam Sharp) is a graphic novel which continues the story of Diana of Themyscira search for the truth about herself. This graphic novel collects issues 13, 15 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 of Wonder Woman. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Lady Augusta Gregory

Lady Augusta Gregory (15 March, 1852 – 22 May, 1932) was a folklorist, drama writer and theater manager from Ireland. Books by Lady Gregory* She was born as Isabella Augusta Persse in Roxborough, County Gallway. Her husband, Sire William Henry Gregory, was a neighbor who had served as a member of Parliament and governor of […]

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Book Review: How to Know the Birds by Ted Floyd

About: How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding by Ted Floyd is a book which intends to inform novice and enthusiasts alike. Mr. Floyd is the editor of Birding Magazine and, of course, an avian aficionado himself. 304 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220030 Buy How to Know the […]

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Book Review: None of the Above by Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton

About: None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators by Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton is a non-fiction book about the experiences of Mrs. Robinson who has been involved in this humiliating and undignified event. Mrs. Robinson. After several years, Mrs. Robinson, […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One by Greg Rucka

About: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One  by Greg Rucka (illustrated by Nicola Scott) is a graphic novel which retells the origins of Wonder Woman, and her first year as a protector. This graphic novel collects issues 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, an 14 of Wonder Woman. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (8 March, 1859 – 6 July, 1932) was a Scottish writer mostly known for his children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. Drawing by John Singer Sargent Books by Kenneth Grahame* Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother died when he was five years old, and he was brought up by his […]

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Book Review: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Book Review: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

I bought this book. My rating for Cleopatra: A Life – 4 About: “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff (Website | Twitter | Facebook) is a Pulitzer winning biography of the famous Egyptian Queen. This is a well researched and dense book –it is not easy to read. Get a discount on “Cleopatra: A Life” […]

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I won this book in the Gratitude Giveaway from The Fiction Enthusiast (Website | Twitter) My rating for Unbroken – 5 About: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (Website | Facebook) is the amazing non-fiction story of Loius Zamperini (Website| Wikipedia) an American athlete, World War II Air Corp bombardier who survived a crash and interment in […]

2011 Bookish Predictions

2011 Bookish Predictions

Kirkus Reviews (Website | Facebook) has recently asked their followers to come up with a short article on their 2011 predictions for the book world. I took up the challenge, below are my predictions – if you like them (heck, even if you don’t) I’d appreciate a “Like” vote from you on this page (riches […]

Book Review: Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines

Book Review: Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Command Influence: A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice by Robert A. Shaines on Blogcritics. My Rating for Command Influence – 3 About: “Command Influence: A story of Korea and the politics of injustice” by Robert A. Shaines (Website) is a […]

Book Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

Book Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

I got this book for free. I won a giveaway courtesy of Gene Bowker (Website | Twitter). My rating for The Autobiography of Mark Twain – 5 About: One hundred years in the making, “The Autobiography of Mark Twain” (volume 1 of 3) is published as requested by Mr. Twain, a full century after his […]

The Lame “My 10 Favorites of 2010” Post

The Lame “My 10 Favorites of 2010” Post

This year has been a tough year for me.  Many changes were either implemented on decided on in many aspects of my and my family’s life.  I think that starting this blog has helped me stay a bit sane in an insane year. Why end the year on a lame “top 10” list? No reason, […]

Author Q and A with Steve Anderson

Author Q and A with Steve Anderson

When I started to read “The Losing Role” (Buy | Book Review – don’t forget to enter the giveaway) I immediately knew that I have something special in my hands – I couldn’t resist an espionage novel set in World War II. The author, Steve Anderson (Website | Facebook | Twitter), has been kind enough […]

Book Review: The Losing Role by Steve Anderson

Book Review: The Losing Role by Steve Anderson

I got this eBook for free. The author has kindly made available three (3) books in SEVERAL FORMATS to be given away – Enter at the end of the post. My rating for The Losing Role – 4 About: “The Losing Role” by Steve Anderson (Website | Facebook | Twitter)  is a historical fiction book […]

Book Review: Corked by Kathryn Borel

Book Review: Corked by Kathryn Borel

I got this book for free. My rating for Corked – 3 About: “Corked” by Kathryn Borel is a memoir of a trip Ms. Borel and her father took down the unfamiliar roads of France in 2005.  This was not just a road trip, Mr. Borel, a Frenchman, is a wine connoisseur who posses limitless […]

Book Review: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

Book Review: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

I got this book for free My rating for Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas – 2 About: “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas” by Ace Collins (Website) is a short book, divided into sections, each corresponding to a beloved Christmas song. The book is arranged alphabetically and includes lyrics to most of […]