Book Review: Comanche by Brett Riely

There is lots of good banter, sometimes you can’t tell if the character is saying, thinking, or just gesturing (oh, you) but the author gets the feeling across efficiently and quickly which makes the reading much more pleasurable.

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Fun Facts Friday: Benjamin Franklin

January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a […]

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Book Review: Grunt by Mary Roach

About: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach is a nonfiction book which tackles subjects that challenge soldiers’ daily life, but are rarely thought about (unless it’s you wearing the uniform).  Ms. Roach, an award winning author, is known for her books which combine science and journalism. 288 pages Publisher: W. […]

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Book Review: Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The sequel expands not only on world building, societies, and technologies, but also questions what the author created. He explorers the reality of politics, faith, and of course the humanity of his characters.

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Fun Facts Friday: Robinson Jeffers

Mr. Jeffers attended schools in Switzerland, Germany, and France and was fluent in three languages (English, French, and German) by the time he was 12 years old.

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Book Review: Lux by Elizabeth Cook

Ms. Cook has a great narrative through biblical women, most of them do not get a voice or to tell the story through their eyes. The author takes her time to demonstrate the power of repentance that occurs in King David after he commits adultery with Bathsheba.

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Book Spotlight: Coffee Traveller by Fahad Ben. G

A collection of musings about travel, life, love, family, relationships, the future and growing up in Saudi Arabia, by the author and poet Fahad Ben G. Buy Coffee Traveller  from Amazon.com*   Invisible lines tie me to you whether I like it or not.   No matter how much I travel away from you, no matter […]

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Fun Facts Friday: J. R. R. Tolkien

Today he might be known for his work in fiction, but that was his side job. Even today Mr. Tolkien is considered to be one of the most renowned medieval scholars of all time, his publications are still considered a must in libraries.

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Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World Edited by Samuel Shimon

Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World Edited by Samuel Shimon

Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free. “Beirut 39” is a collection of stories and poems, edited by Samuel Shimon.  The collection is the product of a literary competition in the Arab world, young authors and poets, all under 40 years of age, competed in a contest sponsored by, […]

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

I bought this book. “Little Bee” is the fictional story of a Nigerian teenager named aptly named Little Bee whose family had the misfortune of living in a small village on a valuable Nigerian oil deposits. Little Bee meets British magazine editor Sarah O’Rourke on a beach in Nigeria and their lives are changed and […]

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

I borrowed this book from the local library. There is something about the Romanov’s which has always been lighting up people’s imaginations, whether it’s the rumors about their death (helped immensely by misinformation from the Russian government), or the enormous wealth symbolized by the fabulous Faberge eggs or the legends of the survival of Princess […]

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

I bought this book. “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” is one of the most remarkable works of fiction I have ever read. Even though this story is about the comic book world, there are very few comic / pop references, and none which are required to enjoy the book. This is a big […]

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

I borrowed this book form the local library. “Infamous” is the first novel I read by author Ace Atkins and after this I intend to read more. The subject of this historical fiction book is the kidnapping of oil magnate Charles Urschel by George “Machine Gun” Kelly and his wife Kathryn. The year is 1933, […]

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

Disclaimer: I got this e-book for free in exchange for a review.     “Booth’s Sister” is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Asia Booth Clarke who is placed under house arrest the night her brother shot President Lincoln. The book is divided into two parts, part one is when Asia reflects on […]

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I borrowed this book from the local library. Before you read this review, pour yourself a cup of coffee …   In the Swedish thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“, Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist / magazine editor who has just lost a libel case under shadowy circumstances, is hired by multi-millionaire Henrik Vanger […]

Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills

Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. This short biography of James Madison focuses on his time as president of the United States – imagine a biography of Miguel de Cervantes […]

Book Review: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

Book Review: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   American Sphinx is an elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies.  In this book, Mr. Ellis tries to figure […]

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

I borrowed this book from the local library. Devils in Exile , a fictional story, starts out great and with a subject which speaks volumes.  Neal Maven, a loser in high school who turned out to be a lethal fighting machine in Iraq, is coming back home to…nothing. I remember taking of my uniform as […]

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