Fun Facts Friday: Edgar Lee Masters

A series of poems about Mr. Masters’ childhood in Western Illinois appeared in a St. Louis literary journal called Reedy’s Mirror. Contributors to the journal included Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and Theodore Dreiser.

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Book Review: The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith

Von Choltitz loved Paris, but not so much the regime’s leadership, promptly ignored the order to destory the city – most likely knowing that it could cost him his life.

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Book Review: Great Battles for Boys: Ancients to Middle Ages (Great Battles for Boys #1) by Joe Giorello

This book was an easy read, the chapters are concise and highlight the interesting parts of each battle without bogging down with too many details. I think the book is a great introduction to history and all the fascinating stories it provides.

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Fun Facts Friday: Hugo Gernsback

The Hugo Awards are named after him. In 1960 Hugo got a Hugo for being “The Father of Magazine Science Fiction”

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Book Review: 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help by Benjamin Wiker

I was very interested in the author’s philosophy and rebuttal to the books which he chosen to analyze

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Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal by Scott Snyder

The Dark Knights, a twisted version of Batman, come out of a door between worlds. Batman is trapped in the Dark Multiverse and the Justice League must go and find the metals which can win the war against the Dark Knights and Barbatos, their master.

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Fun Facts Friday: Daniel Keyes

His boss and editor-in-chief was another Jewish New York native named Stanley Martin Lieber, later known simply as Stan Lee. Atlas Comics went on to become Marvel Comics.

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Book Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Two rivaling time travelling spies, Red and Blue, correspondence through space and time, taunting each other until they fall in love. The two are battling for a future which their respective organizations want to have.

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Fun Facts Friday: John Hawkes

Fun Facts Friday: John Hawkes

John Hawkes (17 August, 1925 – 15 May, 1998) and an American novelist. He is known for his novels The Lime Twig (1961) and The Beetle Leg (1951) among others. Books by John Hawkes* Mr. Hawkes was born in Stamford, CT. He raised in New York City and in Juneau, AK. During World War II, […]

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

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.

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

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.

Fun Facts Friday: Laurence Binyon

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 […]

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

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

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

Book Review: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

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. […]

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

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 […]

Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris

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. […]

Kiva – July 2018 Repayments

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 […]

Book Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Book Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

The book is very smart, the author builds a complex world, filled with multi-dimensional characters, a class system.

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