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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2011 Bookish Predictions

2011 Bookish Predictions

Kirkus Reviews (Website | Facebook) has recently asked their followers to come up with a short article on their 2011 predictions for the book world. I took up the challenge, below are my predictions – if you like them (heck, even if you don’t) I’d appreciate a “Like” vote from you on this page (riches […]

Book Review: Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines

Book Review: Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Command Influence: A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice by Robert A. Shaines on Blogcritics. My Rating for Command Influence – 3 About: “Command Influence: A story of Korea and the politics of injustice” by Robert A. Shaines (Website) is a […]

Book Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

Book Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

I got this book for free. I won a giveaway courtesy of Gene Bowker (Website | Twitter). My rating for The Autobiography of Mark Twain – 5 About: One hundred years in the making, “The Autobiography of Mark Twain” (volume 1 of 3) is published as requested by Mr. Twain, a full century after his […]

The Lame “My 10 Favorites of 2010” Post

The Lame “My 10 Favorites of 2010” Post

This year has been a tough year for me.  Many changes were either implemented on decided on in many aspects of my and my family’s life.  I think that starting this blog has helped me stay a bit sane in an insane year. Why end the year on a lame “top 10” list? No reason, […]

Author Q and A with Steve Anderson

Author Q and A with Steve Anderson

When I started to read “The Losing Role” (Buy | Book Review – don’t forget to enter the giveaway) I immediately knew that I have something special in my hands – I couldn’t resist an espionage novel set in World War II. The author, Steve Anderson (Website | Facebook | Twitter), has been kind enough […]

Book Review: The Losing Role by Steve Anderson

Book Review: The Losing Role by Steve Anderson

I got this eBook for free. The author has kindly made available three (3) books in SEVERAL FORMATS to be given away – Enter at the end of the post. My rating for The Losing Role – 4 About: “The Losing Role” by Steve Anderson (Website | Facebook | Twitter)  is a historical fiction book […]

Book Review: Corked by Kathryn Borel

Book Review: Corked by Kathryn Borel

I got this book for free. My rating for Corked – 3 About: “Corked” by Kathryn Borel is a memoir of a trip Ms. Borel and her father took down the unfamiliar roads of France in 2005.  This was not just a road trip, Mr. Borel, a Frenchman, is a wine connoisseur who posses limitless […]

Book Review: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

Book Review: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

I got this book for free My rating for Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas – 2 About: “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas” by Ace Collins (Website) is a short book, divided into sections, each corresponding to a beloved Christmas song. The book is arranged alphabetically and includes lyrics to most of […]

Book Review: The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman

Book Review: The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman

I bought this book. My rating for The Christmas Cookie Club – 2 About: “The Christmas Cookie Club” by Ann Pearlman (Website | Facebook | Twitter)is a short fictional novel which takes place on one December evening. The event is the annual Christmas Cookie party where twelve women exchange cookies and donate some for charity. […]

Author Q and A with Tami Hoag

Author Q and A with Tami Hoag

Tami Hoag (Website | Facebook) is the New York Times bestselling author and at the time of this post has thirteen consecutive best sellers.  Ms. Hoag was kind enough to take the time and answer a few questions, her responses are both enlightening and thought provoking. Q. It seemed to me that both “Deeper than […]

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