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: Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag

Book Review: Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. Dutton has made available both copies of “Deeper than the Dead” and “Secrets to the Grave” to be given to one lucky winner – enter below. My rating for Secrets to the Grave – 3 Buy Secrets to the Grave from […]

For My Father

For My Father

My father died yesterday morning. After 27 years of fighting cancer, the last two years very aggressively, he succumbed; but not without a fierce fight. It took his heart 12.5 hours to stop beating after the tubes were taken out, his blood pressure was steady the whole time and he gobbled up 4 bags of […]

Book Review: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Book Review: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

I bought this book. My rating for A Reliable Wife – 4 About: “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick (Website | Goodreads) is a fictional story about a 58 year old widower and his mail order bride. The story takes place in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, as well as in the heated, burning desire […]

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

I borrowed this eBook. My rating for Room – 3 About: “Room” by Emma Donoghue (Book Website | Author Website)  is a fictional, award winning book with a disturbing premise.  The book tells of Ma, who has been kidnapped and locked in a room for seven years by “Old Nick”.  Ma and Old Nick have […]

My First Guest Blog

My First Guest Blog

I wrote a guest blog for Bobbie from ‘Til We Read Again about writing bad book reviews – you can find the guest post here. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to Bobbie for publishing it. Zohar – Man of La Book

Book Review: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

Book Review: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

I borrowed this book. My rating for The Mother Tongue – 3 About: “The Mother Toungue” by Bill Bryson is a book which I highly recommend to any bibliophile of trivia enthusiast (triviaphile?).  For any person who ever had to learn to idiosyncrasies of the language, this book will provide a fascinating overview of the […]

Book Review: The Flock by James Robert Smith

Book Review: The Flock by James Robert Smith

I got this book for free. Tor and Forge Books has kindly made three (3) copies to be given away – enter at the bottom of the post. Article first published as Book Review: The Flock by James Robert Smith on Blogcritics. My rating for The Flock – 4 About: “The Flock” by James Robert […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström

Book Review and Giveaway: Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström

I go this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström on Blogcritics. February Partners has made available books for three (3) winners – enter below. My rating for Three Seconds – 5 About: “Three Seconds” by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström (website | Facebook | […]

Book Review: Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking by Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A. Callif

Book Review: Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking by Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A. Callif

I got this book for free. The publisher has been kind enough to make available two (2) copies for those who are interested. About: “The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking” by Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A. Callif is a guide to help an individual sift through the mountains of legal forms […]

NYC Public Library Book Exhibit – The Three Faiths

NYC Public Library Book Exhibit – The Three Faiths

On Tuesday my family and I went to New York City for a showing of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”.  We had some time to kill before the show, being that it was also the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center the streets were blocked and we simply walked around our favorite city. […]

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