Book Review: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Book 4 of 4 of The Murderbot Diaries tells of the humanization of Murderbot, a weaponized cyborg that became self-aware, one stop forward by making him… care about Dr. Mensah, who is in grave danger. But is Dr. Mensah his owner or friend?

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Fun Facts Friday: Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle ((22 May, 1859 – 7 July, 1930) was a Scottish author most famous for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

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Book Review: The Greatest Beer Run Ever by John “Chickie” Donohue and J. T. Molloy

If this story wasn’t true it would have been unbelievable, falling squarely under the category of “if I knew what I was doing I wouldn’t do it”, a category which I am also, proudly or not, a member of.

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Guest Post: 7 Great Ways To Write Dialogue

Want to make sure that your characters’ dialogues make sense in your story? Are you receiving feedback saying that the dialogue is either awkward or unrealistic? Well, you’re not alone. All writers want to make dialogue more realistic and believable. With countless books and websites on writing fiction, chances are you’ll come across a section […]

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Book Review: Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

While this book could be a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the first two. This novella would make a lot more sense, and would be much more enjoyable instead of reading it as a standalone book.

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Fun Facts Friday: Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov (15 May, 1891 – 10 March, 1940) was a Russian writer best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, which was published posthumously.

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Book Review: The Age of Plunder by W. G. Hoskins

Mr. Hoskins takes familiar aspects of the age, and peels them back to look at how people functioned within England, and within their own villages.

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Book Review: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

The technological aspects that the author writers about are very creative, and one can see that she put in a lot of thought into them

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Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

John Burroughs (3 April, 1837 – 29 March, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist. Born on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, Mr. Burroughs was the seventh of ten children. To go to college, Mr. Burroughs worked as a teacher alternating studying and teaching. The Atlantic Monthly published his first essay in 1860. Mr. […]

Book Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider

Book Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider

About: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider is a guide to introduce people, young and young at heart, to astronomy. Mr. Fazekas, the Night Sky Guy, is a science writer and speaker. 288 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220154   My rating for […]

Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

About: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise is a biography of the famous actor about his career, family and charity work. Mr. Sinise is a talented actor, known to many as Lieutenant Dan from the classic movie Forrest Gump, but is appreciated just as much for his work with American […]

Book Review: Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina

Book Review: Zuleikha by Guzel  Yakhina

About: Zuleikha by Guzel  Yakhina (translated by Lisa Hayden) is a novel about a Tartar widow who has been exiled to Siberia in the 1930s.  This book was the winner of the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award and the Russia Big Book literary prize, as well as being short listed for the Russian Booker Prize. 448 […]

Guest Post: Fictional Schools want YOU!

Guest Post: Fictional Schools want YOU!

That’s right, School Smart are recruiting for the world’s best fictional schools and we want you to attend. Reminiscing back to our school days we have fond memories of writing with smelly gel pens and collecting the latest stickers. The most exciting moments from our school years were competing in the egg and spoon race […]

Book Review: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

Book Review: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

About: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona is a generational saga, spanning about 100 years in which the effects of the Vietnam War are felt. Mr. Scibona is an award winning American author and writer of short stories.  432 pages Publisher: Penguin Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0525558527 My rating for Books – 5– Buy The Volunteer from Amazon.com* More Books by Salvatore Scibona* Thoughts: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Randolph Caldecott

Fun Facts Friday: Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott (22 March, 1846 – 12 February, 1886) was an artist and illustrator, mainly of children’s books, from England. Born in Chester, Mr. Caldecott was the third of 13 children. Caldecott worked at a bank, but went to the Manchester School of Art. Once he knew he could make a living with his art, […]

Book Review: Books by Larry McMurtry

Book Review: Books by Larry McMurtry

About: Books by Larry McMurtry is a non-fiction memoir of the author’s time as an antiquarian book seller.  Mr. McMurtry is an American novelist, who is known for writing about the Old West such as Lonesome Dove. 272 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 9781416583349 My rating for Books – 3 Buy Books from Amazon.com* More Books by Larry McMurtry* […]

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka

About: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka (illustrated by Liam Sharp) is a graphic novel which continues the story of Diana of Themyscira search for the truth about herself. This graphic novel collects issues 13, 15 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 of Wonder Woman. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Lady Augusta Gregory

Fun Facts Friday: Lady Augusta Gregory

Lady Augusta Gregory (15 March, 1852 – 22 May, 1932) was a folklorist, drama writer and theater manager from Ireland. Books by Lady Gregory* She was born as Isabella Augusta Persse in Roxborough, County Gallway. Her husband, Sire William Henry Gregory, was a neighbor who had served as a member of Parliament and governor of […]

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