Book Review: Chasing the Moon by Robert Stone and Alan Andres

The book mainly fills in the blanks in the non-technical side of the moon landing, the political environment which fostered at the time, as well as how leaders at high levels encouraged or derailed the program based on their own goals and/or selfish reasons.

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Book Review: An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

Mr. Steinhauer refuses to make this novel easy for his readers, but the relish in which he writes, creating a world full of paranoia is worth the effort.

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Fun Facts Friday: Bram Stoker

As a member of the London Library, Mr. Stoker has access to research for Dracula. In 2018 the library discovered the books he used for research, along with notes.

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Book Review: Dark Territory by Fred Kaplan

Some fascinating stories and anecdotes are included in this book, such as the time President Ronald Reagan saw the movie War Games and asked the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if it would be possible for a teenager to execute an attack.

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Book Review: Return to the Reich by Eric Lichtblau

Mr. Mayer must have had balls of steel, he seem to have neve inherited the protective gene of fear. Whether it is to fly a B24 without training, or jump out of it over the Austrian Alps – for the first time.

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Fun Facts: Sholem Asch

The drama 1906 God of Vengeance (Got fun nekome) takes place in a Jewish brothel and includes Jewish prostitutes, lesbians, and throwing of the Torah across the stage. The play was translated into about a dozen languages and was very controversial. It was hailed as artistic and beautiful but also as immoral and misrepresenting Jewish traditions.

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Book Review: A Matter of Interpretation by Elizabeth Mac Donald

I was impressed by the research the author has done, rich historical details lend authenticity to the story, even when the paranormal is provoked (not very often, but just right). The narrative remains plausible and the characters seem true to their historical counterparts.

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Book Review: Information Wars by Richard Stengel

Mr. Stengel makes an excellent case about the first part of his subtitle, but sadly the second part “what can we do about it” is not convincing. Mostly because of the government bureaucracies, slow moving administrative machinery, and simply the way democracies work.

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Book Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Book Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

I borrowed this book from the local library. “Child 44” by Rob Tom Smith is a tightly woven fictional story taking place in old-school Russia where Big Brother is everywhere and a fabricated incriminating charge is just a step away – a charge no-one could defend against. Because that would mean the State is wrong. The […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Graphic Novel Review: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Banned Books Week. I borrowed this graphic novel from the library. “The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes” by Neil Gaiman is the collected issues of Sandman #1-8. This is the story of Morpheus, who has been accidentally captured in 1916 by a magician. Morpheus, the Sandman, is an eternal being responsible for sleep and rules over The […]

Book Review: How to Sue a Telemarketer by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq.

Book Review: How to Sue a Telemarketer by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq.

I got this book for free. “How To Sue A Telemarketer” (website) by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq. (and  his alter ego, comedian Ozmo Kramer) is exactly what it sounds like, a non-fiction manual to navigate the courts when you decide to sue telemarketers for disturbing dinner, sleep or any other part of your free time.  […]

Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I got the eBook for free. “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the fictional story of Amory Blaine, born with a silver spoon in his mouth; heir to wealth, has good looks and sophistication. The story is set in the early 20th Century in the northeastern United States. After traveling the country […]

Poll Results – impulse purchase price for eBooks

Poll Results – impulse purchase price for eBooks

Yesterday I asked a simple question on several reading groups on Facebook and to my Tweeter following: What is your “impulse purchase” price for an eBook? The answers were varied and interesting. Some people just plopped a number down, other gave very sound reasoning (“depends on the author” was the most popular). The numbers ran […]

Book Review: Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar

Book Review: Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar

I got this book for free. “Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos” by Manal M. Omar is a memoir which the author wrote of her time working as a Non-governmental organizations called “Women for Women” in Iraq. Ms. Omar is an American woman […]

Book Review: Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins

Book Review: Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins

I bought this eBook. Image via Wikipedia “Fatty” Arbuckle In “Devil’s Garden”, a historical fiction novel, author Ace Atkins recounts the events of a historic Labor Day weekend in 1921, San Francisco. On that fateful day beloved comic and silent movie star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle held a weekend of drunkenness orgy (regardless of the prohibition […]

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 […]

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