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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Rising Cost of eBooks… Author Got Me Started

Rising Cost of eBooks… Author Got Me Started

Recently I’ve had some very interesting conversation via email with author Irene Ziegler (Rules of the Lake, Ashes to Water, ). I’ve left a comment on her blog and she contacted me by email asking for an expansion on my thoughts which, as an opinionated person, I was happy to oblige. The conversation, which is […]

Book Review: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Ed Kritzler

Book Review: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Ed Kritzler

I bought this book. “Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean” by Ed Kritzler is about a small part in the vast history of the Jewish people. This is an incredible book with many fascinating characters their intrigue, exploration and adventure. The author focuses on the Jewish pirates as well as the legitimate Jewish seamen (such as pilots, […]

Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

I borrowed this book. “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver is the fictional story of Harrison William Sheppard, a quite boy of a dull American bureaucrat and a saucy Mexican mother.  Sheppard, as he prefers to be called, spends his childhood with his mother in Mexico filling out notebooks with stories and memories while she chases […]

Twitter Survey Results: How Long Do You Spend Writing Book Reviews

Twitter Survey Results: How Long Do You Spend Writing Book Reviews

Yesterday I asked bookbloggers on Twitter (#bookbloggers) how long do they spend writing book reviews.  As expected the answers were varied and interesting. Prolific blogger kaolin fire (kaolin fire presents , @kaolinfire/) said: “just writing? maybe an hour, if it’s not an antho or collection of some sort; thinking about it? few more hours“. Creative […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Book Review and Giveaway: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

I got this eBook for free. Giveaway: Moody Publishers has kindly made books available to three (3) lucky winners who will be randomly chosen on Monday, September 20, 2010. Entry form below. View Book Trailer “Pearl in the Sand” by Tessa Afshar, a biblical fiction novel, is the story of Rahab, one of the most […]

Book Review: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

Book Review: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

I bought this book. If I started reading a book about 9/11 and a few pages into it found that an American General, a CEO of an international clothing conglomerate, several members of the board of a wealthy charity, an NYPD detective and parents of a firefighter who is lost in the World Trade Center […]

Dirty Little Angels Contest Winners

Dirty Little Angels Contest Winners

Winners of the Dirty Little Angels eBook giveaway have been chosen. Congratulations to all: banta.lucy@ mizztuts@ CarolNWong@ mishamary@ javadog70@

Book Review: The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

Book Review: The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. Disclaimer: I’m a sucker for WWII and / or spy books “The Unlikely Spy” by Daniel Silva is a fictional, fast paced page turner, set mostly in days preceding the Normandy invasion in WWII. The story’s unlikely hero is a university professor Alfred Vicray who was recruited […]

Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

I borrowed this book. “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is a series of well written short stories, which ultimately get intertwined. These fictional stories happen around the cultural touchstone of Philippe Petit stringing a cable between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walking the distance, to the amazement of […]

Book Review: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis

Book Review: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Invisible Mountain” by Carolina de Robertis starts off with a miracle. In the first day of the twentieth century a baby girl, who disappeared from a village after her mother died giving birth to her, was found on top of a tree, that little girl is […]

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