Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Samuel Johnson

Dr. Samuel Johnson (18 September, 1709 – 12 December, 1784) was an English write, poet and essayist who has made large contributions to English literature.

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Book Review: A Lion in the Grass by Mark Zvonkovic

This was a surprising book, unlike many of the espionage novels I’ve read before. The story takes place over 70+ years in which the protagonist finds himself on the edge of history, like many of us do.

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Book Review: A Quiet Madness: A biographical novel of Edgar Allan Poe by John Isaac Jones

I don’t know much about Poe’s life, besides the bullet points many people are familiar with. I thought the author did a good job re imagining his life, habits, and most of all motivations. I especially enjoyed the chapter in which Poe wrote his most famous poem “The Raven” and how it came to be.

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Fun Facts Friday: O. Henry

O. Henry (11 September, 1862 – 5 June, 1910) was an American writer, known for his short stories.

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Book Review: Comrade Koba by Robert Littell

It is unclear what role Koba plays in Stalin’s government, except that he is a very high, and admired advisor. Koba, like Stalin, also came from Georgia and, like Stalin, excuses the crimes which the regime commits as a path to a greater “worker’s paradise”. It is a very interesting exercise to explain such concepts to an audience, especially if they’re ten year olds. Koba, at points, seem to be trying to convince himself of the deeds he is a part of, instead of convincing Leon

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Book Review: Stan Lee: A Life in Comics by Liel Leibovitz

This is a short biography on one of the most influential men in American pop-culture, and a true American success story. The book tries to tie Stan Lee’s stories and ideas to Jewish culture and Jewish religious book, some of the passages are a stretch, but all of them are interesting and show an understanding of the author of the characters he created.

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Fun Facts Friday: François-Auguste-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand

François-Auguste-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand (4 September, 1768 – 4 July, 1848) was a French author and diplomat, known as one of the first Romantic writes of his country.

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Book Review: Pont Neuf by Max Byrd

A historical fiction story following two female reports during World War II. Annie March arrives in France, 1944 after D-Day, her mentor is Martha Gellhorn, an ace reporter, editor, who is in a troubled marriage to writer Ernest Hemingway. Annie gets to know several soldiers and takes on photography to tell her story.

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Fun Facts Friday: Rómulo Gallegos

Fun Facts Friday: Rómulo Gallegos

In 1947, during an election that is believed to be Venezuela’s first honest one, Mr. Gallegos won 74% of the votes (a record than and still today).

Book Review: The Shamless by Ace Atkins

Book Review: The Shamless by Ace Atkins

The Shamless by Ace Atkins is the 9th novel in featuring Sheriff Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger who has came back home to Tibbehah County, Mississippi and was elected sheriff.

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – The Resistance by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley, Rob Williams, and Robert Venditti

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – The Resistance by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley, Rob Williams, and Robert Venditti

Dick Grayson sent out an SOS to Robin, which promptly returned to the transformed Gotham City, full of magic and doom. Robin puts together a team of heroes and anti-heroes included Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow which work their way through a maze of madness, where the prize for second place is death.

Fun Facts Friday: Aldous Huxley

Fun Facts Friday: Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley (26 July, 1894 – 22 November, 1963) was a writer and philosopher from England. Mr. Huxley is known for his famous novel Brave New World. Books by Aldous Huxley*  Mr. Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England as the third son of Leonard Huxley, a writer himself, schoolmaster and magazine editor. The author’s […]

Guest Post: These Are the 5 Best Books on How to Negotiate

Guest Post: These Are the 5 Best Books on How to Negotiate

When you’re at the negotiation table, you want results skewed in your favor. The person you’re negotiating with wants results skewed in their favor, too. The negotiator who is best prepared will likely win the day.

Book Review: Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexievich

Book Review: Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexievich

The stories the author collected shattered many lives, not the least the childhood of the person telling. Several of them never recovered after their childhood ended abruptly, no matter what age they were.

Book Review: The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand

Book Review: The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand

About: The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence by Anita Anand is the true story of Udham Singh, a Sikh orphan, setting out on a decades long scheme to murder an English diplomat. Ms. Anand is a British radio and TV personality, author and journalist. My rating for […]

Fun Facts Friday: A.J. Cronin

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 […]

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

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 […]

Graphic Novel Review: Civil War by Mark Millar

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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