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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Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for Moonwalking with Einstein – 5 About: “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” by Joshua Foer is a memoir of the author’s attempted to win the U.S. memory championship. Along the way Mr. Foer attempts […]

Book Review: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz

Book Review: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz

I got this eBook for free. Article first published as Book Review: Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz on Blogcritics. My rating for Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest – 4 About: “Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest” by award winning Israeli author Amos Oz (archive)  is a short […]

Book Review: Devotion by Dani Shapiro

Book Review: Devotion by Dani Shapiro

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. Dani Shapiro is available and very enthusiastic about doing skype chats with book clubs. My rating for Devotion – 3 About: “Devotion” by Dani Shapiro (Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog) is a memoir about the authors mid-life crisis and […]

Dr. Seuss – Birthday Facts

Dr. Seuss – Birthday Facts

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today. 2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found […]

Guest Post: 5 Essential Ingredients for Romance

Guest Post: 5 Essential Ingredients for Romance

5 Essential Ingredients for Romance by Kameron Lo who also writes for online accounting degrees and sonogram tech among other fine sites I love a good romance novel: it’s a great escape from the troubles and boredom of everyday life to fantasize about exciting, romantic adventures worlds away. Having read so many of these exciting […]

Author Q and A: Kenneth Wishnia

Author Q and A: Kenneth Wishnia

Author Kenneth Wishnia (Website) wrote the unique book “The Fifth Servant” (Book Review) a smart mystery which is funny and interesting. The book is an interesting read about the Jewish ghetto in Prague and takes place around 500 years ago.  The novel is filled with Jewish folklore,  humor as well as Yiddish, German and Hebrew […]

Guest Post: 5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel

Guest Post: 5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel

5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel This post was written by Jessica Stilling who also writes for buy adderall now and medical assistant So you’ve always wanted to be a writer. Maybe you got that fancy MFA, or you sit in your room during all hours of the night typing away, or maybe you […]

Book Review: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Book Review: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for Beatrice and Virgil – 2 About: “Beatrice and Virgil” (book website) by Yann Martel is a fictional book, a follow up to the author’s wildly successful “Like of Pi”. A strange story which is suppose to be an […]

Book Review: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

Book Review: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for The Devil’s Star – 4 About: “The Devil’s Star” by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø (Website | Facebook)is the third in the Harry Hole series. This novel  was published in Norway in 2003, but just recently arrived in the […]

Book Review: The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

Book Review: The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

This book is certainly worth reading, there are some faults but it is a wonderful first effort by Mr. Lukas who certainly has a story telling capability. The novel is elegantly crafted with intriguing characters.

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