Book Review: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

When most of us hear the name Leonardo da Vinci, we think of his paintings the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper. Others might think of The Vitruvian Man or his designs of early tanks and helicopter. Just like any other human beings, Leonardo da Vinci is more than a painter, engineer or weapon smith, and in this biography Walter Isaacson tries to figure out this complex genius.

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Book Review: One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman

About: One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing them safely back to Earth. 480 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 1501106295 My rating […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (14 June, 1811 – 1 July, 1896) is an American author, known mostly for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin but she was an avid writer all of her life. Picture from Nation’s history is embedded in portrait of a famous writer – boston.com Books by Harriet Beecher Stowe* 1 ) Uncle Tom’s […]

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Book Review: The Undercover Nazi Hunter by Wolfe Frank

About: The Undercover Nazi Hunter: Exposing Subterfuge and Unmasking Evil in Post-War Germany by Wolfe Frank (edited by Paul Hooley) is a non-fiction book composed of articles the author wrote while he researched post-war Germany’s attitude through street level  investigations. Mr. Frank, a German born British citizen, was the Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. 288 […]

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Guest Post: What if fictional cars were redesigned by car brands?

Fiction lets us imagine alternative realities and fantasy worlds, and it’s not just the characters and places that are fictional, the cars are too! We’ve taken the most iconic fictional cars and imagined what they would look like if they were redesigned by popular car brands. A mishmash of worlds combined to create some truly […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennett

World War II is becoming larger and the heroines find themselves fighting across the globe, while protecting the home front. Wonder Woman faces the undead in Greece, Stargirl and Supergirl are in London following a family secret.Mera finds that she can’t control everything in the sea, while Zatanna uses her powers to fight eveil magic. Batwoman has been caught by Lex Luthor and the Nazis, but no need to worry.

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Fun Facts Friday: Amelia Edwards

Amelia Edwards (7 June, 1831 – 15 April, 1892) a novelist, journalist and Egyptologist from England. She was well known for her ghost story The Phantom Coach and A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, a travelogue. Books by Amelia Edwards* The author was born in London, England as Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. Her father was an […]

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Book Review: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

About: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik is a novel taking place in the jungles of Bolivia, where an American woman finds herself with her Bolivian husband who went back to his village. Ms. Ferencik is a best selling author. 336 pages Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press Language: English ISBN-10: 1501168924 My rating for Into the Jungle – 3 Buy Into […]

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Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I borrowed this book. My rating for The Shadow of the Wind –5 About: “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a 2001 fictional story and a worldwide best seller.  The book follows a young boy named Daniel and has possibly one of the best literary inventions of the decade the “Cemetery […]

Book Review: Galveston by P. G. Nagle

Book Review: Galveston by P. G. Nagle

I got this eBook for free. My Rating for Galveston: 4 About: “Galveston  (Civil War in the Far West)” by P. G. Nagle is a historical fiction account of events in Texas and New Mexico during the American Civil War.  The story culminates in the battle for Galveston, a Texan barrier island. Civil War buffs? […]

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

I got this book for free. To participate in the Gratitude Giveaway to win a free copy at the bottom of the page. My rating for The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – 4 About: “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” by Lola Shoneyin is a fictional story set in modern day Nigeria […]

Book Review: The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva

Book Review: The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. My rating for The Mark of the Assassin – 4 About: “The Mark of the Assassin” by Daniel Sivla is fast paced fictional mystery about CIA agent Michael Osbourne. The story takes place mainly in the United States & England and involves several contemporary themes. Thoughts: “The […]

Author Q And A with James R. Benn

Author Q And A with James R. Benn

James R. Benn (website) is the author of the Billy Boyle (Reviews) book series.  As a fan of historical fiction as well as consuming everything I can about the World War II era I immediately took to the series of a Boston Cop investigating crimes in Europe. And you know what? I also learned a […]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury

Book Review and Giveaway: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury on Blogcritics. Giveaway: Five (5) hardcover books courtesy of the publisher. Enter below. My rating for The Templar Salvation – 4 About: “The Templar Salvation” by Raymond Khoury is the long awaited fictional sequel to “The Last […]

Book Review: The First Wave by James R. Benn

Book Review: The First Wave by James R. Benn

I bought this eBook. My rating for The First Wave – 4 About: “The First Wave” by James R. Benn is second book in the fictional Billy Boyle series.  In the Billy Boyle book (review) we meet the young Boston cop who has been enlisted as a special investigator to his uncle in Washington during […]

Book Review: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

Book Review: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

I borrowed this book from the local library. My Rating for Last Night in Twisted River – 4 About: “Last Night in Twisted River” was my first John Irving novel and the word “operatic” comes to mind. Even though this novel is long, the plot is tight and interesting. I never thought I’d read a […]

Book Review: Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk

Book Review: Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk

I got this book for free. My rating for Kingdom Under Glass – 5 About: “Kingdom Under Glass” by Jay Kirk is a historical fiction – biography tale, set in the late late nineteenth – early twentieth century, about the great taxidermist & conservationist, inventor and sculptor Carl Akeley, his wives Delia “Mickie” Akeley and […]

Author Q and A with Bob Ingle

Author Q and A with Bob Ingle

Elections Day Special. The people of New Jersey often wonder where does all the billions of money from the road-tolls go? I came to a conclusion that collecting tolls is simply a time honored tradition.  After all, the New Jersey’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention were late because they stopped to collect tolls, as well […]

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