Fun Facts Friday: Shirley Jackson

American author Shirley Jackson (14 December, 1916 -8 August, 1965) born on this day. She is best known for her excellent short story The Lottery. Books by Shirley Jackson* 1 ) Jackson believed in white and black magic 2 ) The author influenced Stephen King and Neil Gaiman 3 ) Jackson’s husband, Stanley Hyman, is […]

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Book Review: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis

About: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is a non-fiction book about a British spy operating in occupied France. Mr. Lofits was a corporate attorney, but is now a full time writer. 384 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1501198653 My […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan

About: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan (illustrated by Ed Benes) is a graphic novel, part of The New 52 storyline by DC Comics. This graphic novel collects issues #1-6 of Red Lanterns. 160 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401234917   My rating for Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Willa Cather

Today is the birthday of Pulitzer prize winning American author Willa Cather (7 December, 1873 – 24, April, 1947). Even though Cather is associated with the pioneer spirit, she lived most of her life in New York city. Books by Willa Cather* 1 ) Ms. Cather often lied about the year she was born in. […]

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Book Review: Atlas of World War II by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan

About: Atlas of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan (foreword by Kenneth W. Rendell) is a hardcover book featuring maps, photographs, documents,and eyewitness accounts. 256 pages Publisher: National Geographic; Comprehensive edition Language: English ISBN-10: 1426219717 My rating for Atlas of […]

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Book Review: The Banker and the Blackfoot by J. Edward Chamberlin

The author goes on to tell about the history of the West and the relationships between the Mounties (police), the Natives, and the settlers. Even though the Canadians did not have the issues that the US struggled with, they still managed to break their promises to the First Nation.

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Book Review: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera

About: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera is a memoir of the prolific actor and director. Mr. Duke has been in many movies which are now considered pop-culture classics (American Gigolo, Commando, Predator, X-Men), he is also a director, producer and entrepreneur. 232 pages Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Language: […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November, 1667 – 19 October, 1745) was an English satirist, essayist, poet, and pamphleteer. Mr. Swift is remembered for his prose and satire in works like Gulliver’s Travels. Books by Jonathan Swift* Mr. Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father, Jonathan Swift, was a lawyer. At Dublin University (Trinity College, Dublin) […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Thomas Hardy

Fun Facts Friday: Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (2 June, 1840 – 11 January, 1928) was an English poet and novelist. Mr. Hardy is considered a Victorian realist. Books by Thomas Hardy* 1)       Mr. Hardy’s novels were very critical of Victorian society, especially on the way rural British people were treated. 2)      William Wordsworth, a well-known English Romantic poet that helped […]

Book Review: Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson

Book Review: Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson

The story, the author tells us, is loosely based on tale he heard from a Holocaust survivor he met while working on his previous book while doing research across Europe and at Yad-Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum.

Giveaway (Over): The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Giveaway (Over): The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Last week I reviewed The View from the Cheap seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman, a compilation of essays on many subjects the author composed. I enjoyed the book very much and the publisher was kind enough to allow one copy for a giveaway. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Give­away Give­away ends: June 06, 2017 Winners […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Man with the Golden Gun

Fun Facts Friday: The Man with the Golden Gun

A few days ago I reviewed The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming. It was not my favorite Bond novel (or film), but reading it was still a lot of fun – and isn’t that what it’s all about? For this post I researched the novel, and movie, a bit for a few […]

Book Review: The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

I mostly enjoyed the speeches included in this collection. I don’t know if these are the speeches he wrote or are they were transcribed later on – this is because I can hear him talk in my head and know him to be an excellent writer so it could be that either or. The speeches also seem target to a more specific audience (me?) and hence are personalized more than simply talking to the public at large.

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This is a clever book and the translation is simply brilliant

Book Review: The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

Book Review: The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

The novel is not unreadable, it is enjoyable for the Bond fans, but it is far from being one of the best in the series

Fun Facts Friday: Paul Erdman

Fun Facts Friday: Paul Erdman

Paul Erdman (19 May, 1932 – 23 April, 2007) was a financial and business writer. He was known for writing novels based on historical facts and complex financial intrigues. Books by Paul Erdman* 1)      The author earned a PhD in economics and was a former Lutheran seminarian. 2)      He was the first American to establish […]

Book Review: Hook’s Tale John Pielmeier

Book Review: Hook’s Tale John Pielmeier

To enjoy this book, it’s good to be familiar with the character of Hook from the original play

Book Review: Pumpkinflowers by Matti Friedman

Book Review: Pumpkinflowers by Matti Friedman

This is an important book, but as far as I know, no history has yet been written and this personal memoir, an intense eyewitness, will be an important first hand source