Giveaway & Book Review: The Vineyard by María Dueñas

This book is long, but it’s a satisfying read – something which I rarely say about translated books

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Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death (Rebirth) by Marguerite Bennett and James IV Tynion

I believe that the Kate Kane Batwoman will become one of DC Comics most successful new characters

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Book Review: Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States by Charles Denyer

The book did not disappoint, not only is it beautiful on the outside, the enclosed photographs of the house, grounds, intimate moments of Vice-Presidents and Presidents with the loved ones, staff, and stuff are alone worth getting the book.

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Fun Facts Friday: Conrad Richter

 By the age of 19, Mr. Richter was already working as the editor of a weekly newspaper. Among his other jobs were a private secretary, jobs in publishing, starting a magazine for young people and as a screen writer for MGM.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman Vol. 5: Webs Marc Andreyko

About: Batwoman Vol. 5: Webs (The New 52) by Marc Andreyko (illustrated by Jeremy Haun and Trevor McCarthy) is a continuation of the story of Kate Kane, the new Batwoman who is not so much part of the Bat family. This graphic novel collects issues of Batwoman #25 – #34 as well as Batwoman Annual […]

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Book Review: The Happy Ending by David Stokes

I really enjoyed the protagonist, but I think the author went out of his way to make him naïve. He doesn’t like computers, knows nothing about GPS, and is shocked to hear what’s going on inside strip joints.

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Graphic Novel Review: James Bond: Felix Leiter by James Robinson

I was excited from the first time I head the plans to make a standalone Felix Leiter story. With all the trepidations and pre-judgements that came with the announcement, only one thought, and one thought only, was on my mind – about damn time!

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Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Much like the previous book, this novel takes full advantage of geek culture, and border-line infantile jokes (both of which I enjoyed). But don’t let this dismay you, the science in this book is absolutely fascinating and ranges from overall theories to nuts and bolts (literally, there are whole pages on how valves and welding work in space).

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Fun Facts Friday: James Fenimore Cooper

Fun Facts Friday: James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (15 September, 1789 – 14 September, 1851) was a popular American writer who is best known for his Leatherstocking Tales featuring Natty Bumppo. Books by James Fenimore Cooper* 1)      Mr. Cooper was born in Burlington, NJ. He was the eleventh of 12 children. 2)      In 1790 the family moved to upstate New  York by Otsego Lake. The […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

I really enjoyed this storyline, a troubled hero (seems like they all are these days) who thinks she’s going to solve some societal problems while taking out her angst on everyone around while protected behind a mask.

Book Review: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Book Review: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

I really appreciated how Ms. Allende took three disjointed stories and tried to weave them together

Fun Facts Firday: Ludovico Ariosto

Fun Facts Firday: Ludovico Ariosto

As governor of the province of Garfagnana, it is said that Ariosto was walking alone when captured by bandits (the province was rife with many gangs of bandits, but as governor Ariosto did not get the resources to fight them). When the chief bandit discovered his captive was the author of Orlando Furioso, he apologized and showed him the respect he deserved.

Book Review: Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

Book Review: Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

Most of the book tells to story of the family in East Berlin, how they lived, worked and feared the brutal regime

Book Review: Henry – A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver

Book Review: Henry – A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver

Mr. Zguda was considered a threat by the regime, he was not Jewish but was considered a political threat. An athlete with good connections, he managed to survive three years in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

Fun Facts Friday: Blaise Cendrars

Fun Facts Friday: Blaise Cendrars

Blaise Cendrars (1 September, 1887 – 21 January, 1961) was Swiss poet and novelist, he held considerable influence in the European modernist movement. Books by Blaise Cendrars* 1)      Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland to a Swiss father and a Scottish mother as Frédéric-Louis Sauser. 2)      Young Frédéric never showed much interest in school, he was sent to a German boarding school, […]

Book Review: Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Book Review: Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Mr. Mangan really gets into a character’s mind and when he tells the story through their lens he lends them credibility and authenticity.

Book Review: What To Do About The Solomons by Bethany Ball

Book Review: What To Do About The Solomons by Bethany Ball

The author does not shy away from pain or happiness, as is real life.

Fun Facts Friday: Bret Harte

Fun Facts Friday: Bret Harte

Bret Harte (25 August, 1836 – 5 May, 1902) was a short story writer whose stories featured the people of the California Gold Rush. 1)      Even though he is associated with the west and western stories, Mr. Harte was born in Albany, New York as Francis Brett Hart. 2)      The author’s father, an orthodox Jewish immigrant, was […]

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