Fun Facts Friday: A.J. Cronin

A.J. Cronin (19 July, 1896 – 6 January,1981) was a Scottish novelist, best known for his 1937 book The Citadel. © the artist. Photo credit: West Dunbartonshire Council Image from: https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/a-j-cronin-18961981-194889 Books by A. J. Cronin* The author was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire as Archibald Joseph Cronin. His father, an insurance agent, died from tuberculosis when […]

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Book Review: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher

About: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher is a memoir of the famous actor and his up and down relationship with his co-star Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Shatner needs no introduction, he is a successful actor and author. Mr. Fisher is the author and co-author of more than […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Civil War by Mark Millar

About: Civil War by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) is a comic book event which pitted a team led by Captain America against a team led by Iron Man (Tony Stark) at great cost to both. This graphic novel was adapted to the 2016 motion picture Captain America: Civil War from Marvel Studios. 208 […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (12 July, 1904 – 23 September, 1973) was a Nobel Prize winning poet from Chile. Books by Pablo Neruda* Born as Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile he was the son of a railway employee and a school teacher. Sadly his mother, the school teacher, died two months after he was born. […]

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Book Review: The Last Leonardo by Ben Lewis

A non-fiction book about Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi, sold at auction for $450 million.

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Infographic: 11 Well-Known Books That Were Inspired By Dreams

It can be hard to stop reading a good story. Chapter after chapter, there’s always something to keep you turning pages. For avid readers, a great book is the ultimate escape, and our favorite authors our heroes.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 8: On the Outside by Bryan Hill & Michael Moreci

About: Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 8: On the Outside by Bryan Hill & Michael Moreci (illustrated by Miguel Mendonca, Phillip Briones, and Sebastian Fiumara) is a graphic novel which continues the story of the aftermath of the events which led to the Gotham Knights team take down the monster they helped create. This graphic novel […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau (05 July, 1889 – 11 October, 1963) was a French playwright, novelist, poet and filmmaker. He is known for such novels as his novels Le Grand Écart  and the 1946 classic move Beauty and the Beast. Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916, Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum Books by Jean Cocteau* […]

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Book Review: Peace in the Making edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad

Book Review: Peace in the Making edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad

I got this book for free. My rating for Peace in the Making – 4 About: “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence” edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad is the complete correspondence between the Israeli prime minister and the Egyptian president during the historic peace making efforts. The book […]

Author Q and A with Ellen Horan

Author Q and A with Ellen Horan

Ellen Horan wrote “31 Bond Street” (review & giveaway) and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. I was very interested in the amazing research she did for the book. As it turned out she wrote an essay about it (link in her answer).   Q. It seems you did a […]

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “31 Bond Street” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for 31 Bond Street – 4 About: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan (website | Facebook)  […]

Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin

Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin on Blogcritics. My rating for Stalina – 3 About: “Stalina” by Emily Rubin (website | Facebook) is the fictional story of a Russian immigrant to the United States. The story takes place after the fall of the Soviet Union. […]

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

“The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is […]

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

I got this book for free. Attention Book Bloggers: After this review was published I got several nasty and personally insulting emails & comments on LibraryThing (as well as the comments below).  I do not want to engage in this type of mud slugging hence I will not publish the emails; However, just be aware […]

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

I got this eBook for free. The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post   My rating for Ashes to Water – 4 About: “Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place […]

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “so much for that” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for so much for that – 5 About: “so much for that” by Lionel Shriver […]

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming on Blogcritics. My rating for The Trinity Six – 4 About: “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College […]

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

In the news last week it was announced that certain publishers decided that eBooks which have been sold to libraries will have a license to allow a book to be loaned 26 times before the embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management system) kicks in so the library will have to buy a new copy. (Image Copyright: […]

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