Fun Facts Friday: John Tenniel

Tenniel was honored as a living national treasure and for his public service was knighted in 1893 by Queen Victoria, the first cartoonist or illustrator to receive the honor.

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Book Review: Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter

Through Friedrich we are witnessing one of the ugliest events of the 20th century, from the front seat. Friedrich is privy to many meetings and has a personal insight into Hitler’s taking over Germany

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Book Review: Eat Sleep Work Repeat by Bruce Daisley

In Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job by Bruce Daisley the author does not only concentrate on cultural changes which, let’s face it, most of us are not in a position to implement, but also on little changes you can make to make your work life more manageable.

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Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque does not glamorize war, it is not a battle zone fantasy a-la 80s Hollywood action flicks. It is a sad and sober reflection on the toll war takes on individual soldiers, their families, society, and country. In fact, the Nazis hated this book so much, and the movie, that they banned it altogether.

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Fun Facts Friday: R.P. Blackmur

His literary reputation was not only based on criticism, but also on the poetry Mr. Blackmur wrote.

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Guest Post: Contests and Awards by Chris Harold Stevenson

How much does talent have to do with copping a win? Fortunately a great book will stand out whether it is picked by a panel of judges or a reader’s poll. It is subjective and a matter of personalized opinion. Yet the wheat will win over the chaff. Every time. 

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Book Review: The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner

The photographs are gorgeous and the write ups are very interesting. It is important to note that the diet of Blue Zone residents is only part of the reason for thier longevity, climate, reasonable amount of exercise, family, work, and relationships all have a big say in getting to old age

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Book Review: The Fire and the Darkness by Sinclair McKay

The author does not shy away from the controversy surrounding the bombing. Was it necessary? Was it a war crime? A crime against humanity? How did the people who ordered the bombing as well as those executing the orders deal with the morality of it?

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Book Review: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

Book Review: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

About: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui is a novel which follows a mother from India, traveling to the United States in search of her son. This is Ms. Franqui’s first novel. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post. […]

Graphic Novel Review: Shazam! The New Beginning #1 by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas

Graphic Novel Review: Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas

About: Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas (art by Tom Mandrake) is a graphic novel which retells the origins of Shazam. This graphic novel was originally published in 1987. My rat­ing for Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 — 3 Buy Batman – Shazam! The New Beginning  #1 from Amazon.com* Thoughts: My daughter took […]

Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris

Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris

Leon Uris (3 August, 1924 – 21 June, 2003) was an American author who is mostly known for his two historical fiction books Exodus and Trinity. Books by Leon Uris* The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American. […]

Kiva – July 2018 Repayments

Kiva – July 2018 Repayments

It has been awhile since I posted on the micro-loans I make through Kiva. That does not mean I have stopped or forgotten about it, just pure laziness – that’s all. My loans are coming back nicely, so far only one is delinquent, but is paying it back. I will be able to make two […]

Book Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Book Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

The book is very smart, the author builds a complex world, filled with multi-dimensional characters, a class system.

Graphic Novel Review: Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 6: Fall of the Batmen by James Tynion IV

Graphic Novel Review: Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 6: Fall of the Batmen by James Tynion IV

The Victim Syndicate has turned all of Gotham against Batman and his team in protest. They also kidnapped Clayface while threating to release dangerous criminals from Arkham Asylum unless Batman unmasks himself on live TV.

Fun Facts Friday: Giosuè Carducci

Fun Facts Friday: Giosuè Carducci

Giosuè Carducci (27 July, 1835 – 16 February, 1907) was a Nobel Prize winning Italian poet and author. The poet was brown in a small town in Tuscany. His father, a doctor, was very vocal about his politics advocating the unification of Italy. Due to his stand, Dr. Carducci had to move his family several […]

Book Review: The Fighters by C.J. Chivers

Book Review: The Fighters by C.J. Chivers

The author tells real stories of real soldiers that have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, some are new to the military and others are veterans of other conflicts. Their stories are told from a humane point of view and takes into account the human factor and the toll fighting takes on one’s self and one’s family.

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

About: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV continues the Rebirth series where we see Batman building a team of heroes. This graphic novel collects issues of Detective Comics #963-968 and Annual #1. 144 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401278221   My rat­ing for Batman: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Erik Karlfeldt

Fun Facts Friday: Erik Karlfeldt

Erik Karlfeldt (20 July, 1864 – 8 April, 1931) was a popular Swedish poet, member of the Swedish Academy, and winner of the 1931 Nobel Prize in Literature. Books by Erik Karlfeldt* The poet was born Erik Axel Eriksson on a family farm in Karlbo. In 1889 he changed his last name to Karlfeldt in […]

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