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: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Book Review: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

I borrowed this book. My rating for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter – 4 About: “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin is a fictional story set in the late 70’s in rural Mississippi. The title comes from the way children in Mississippi are taught how to spell their state’s name (. M, I, crooked-letter, crooked-letter, […]

Tempering with Twain

Tempering with Twain

None of us are surprised when common sense loses to political correctness – we encounter that almost on a daily base, after all that is what “procedures” and “policies” are for. It has recently been announced that Alabama-based publisher is planning new versions of “Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” that will replace the “n” word […]

Book Review: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Review: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I bought this eBook. This post was previously posted on Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. My rating for Treasure Island – 5 About: “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is an 1883 fictional adventurous and classic pirate story.  The book follows Jim Hawkins,  a young man, who has found a treasure map and with […]

Guest post on Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing

Guest post on Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing

My guest post on the book “Treasure Island” is up today on the blog Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. I’ve had a great time writing this post and thank you very much to Ashley for taking the time to make sure that the post goes up right and as intended. Zohar – Man of […]

Book Review: And The Show Went On by Alan Riding

Book Review: And The Show Went On by Alan Riding

I borrowed this book. My rating for And The Show Went On – 4 About: “And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris” by Alan Riding is a non-fiction book which tries to investigate the glimmering nightlife in an occupied city. Mr. Riding was the Paris bureau chief of the New York Times. […]

Follower Spotlight – 3 Penny Publishing

Follower Spotlight – 3 Penny Publishing

When I hit 1,000 followers on my Twitter account (@ManOfLaBook) I told myself “self… you must do something for these fine folks” – hence I like to introduce Tweeter follower number 1,234 aka 3 Penny Publishing (Website | Twitter). 3 Penny Publishing are based in Victoria BC Canada and aim to: To write and publish […]

Author Q and A with Tatjana Soli

Author Q and A with Tatjana Soli

Tatjana Soli (Website) wrote the wonderful “Lotus Eaters” (Review | Buy) – the story of a combat female photographer during the Vietnam War.  Ms. Soli was kind enough to answer a few question about Vietnam, female combat photographers and social media among others. All pictures in this post were provided by Ms. Soli including some […]

Book Review: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Book Review: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. St. Martin’s Griffin has made available one (1) copy of “The Lotus Eaters”  to be given to one lucky winner – enter below. My  rating for The Lotus Eaters – 5 About: “The Lotus Eaters” by Tatjana Soli (Website) is a […]

Book Review: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Book Review: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

I bought this book. My rating for Cleopatra: A Life – 4 About: “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff (Website | Twitter | Facebook) is a Pulitzer winning biography of the famous Egyptian Queen. This is a well researched and dense book –it is not easy to read. Get a discount on “Cleopatra: A Life” […]

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

is the amazing non-fiction story of Louis Zamperini (Website| Wikipedia) an American athlete, World War II Air Corp bombardier who survived a crash and interment in a Japanese POW camp

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