Fun Facts Friday: Irvin S. Cobb

Irvin S. Cobb (23 June, 1876 – 11 March, 1944) was a prolific American humorist, columnist and author. Books by Irvin S. Cobb* 1)      Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Mr. Cobb moved to New York when he was 28 years old. 2)      At one time, Mr. Cobb was the highest paid staff reporter in the United […]

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Book Review: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin

The characters, they are complex and three dimensional, as I mentioned none are “good” and none are “evil”, but complex human beings trying to stay alive and working for their own best interest.

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Book Review: A Chain of Thunder (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater #2) by Jeff Shaara

The research in this book, as with the author’s other books, demands special recognition. While the book is condensed, almost like a history book, it is very readable and interesting.

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Fun Facts Friday: Isabelle Holland

A recurring theme in her books were the effects of alcoholism on families.

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Graphic Novel Review: Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

The book is still one of the smartest, self-contained graphic novels I have read

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Book Review: War Reporting for Cowards by Chris Ayres

Being embedded with American troops is no joke, as he soon finds out

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Fun Facts Friday: Richard Adams

Richard Adams (9 May, 1920 – 24 December, 2016) was a novelist from England who is known for his novel Watership Down. Books by Richard Adams* 1)      Mr. Adams studied modern history in Worcester College, Oxford. 2)      During World War II he was posted to the Royal Army Service Corps. 3)      Mr. Adams was a […]

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Giveaway & Book Review: More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger’s Daring Escape From the Nazis​ by D.M. Annechino

The story takes place during World War II, but the war is just a backdrop to this admirable, and well written, story.

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Book Review: Caged by Cameron Conaway

Book Review: Caged by Cameron Conaway

Mr. Cameron talks about his life, his childhood and career as an MMA fighter (he fought 3 times). In between he injects some exercise tips and his poems

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 5 September, 2015

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 5 September, 2015

Some of my favorite tweets from the past week

Audiobook Giveaway (Over): Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman

Audiobook Giveaway (Over): Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman

After suffering an emotionally-brutal bereavement and against her counsellor’s advice, Jackie ran away. Suddenly within a new culture, with a new husband, and no friends, she was living in the obscure world of cruising with zero knowledge of boats.

Fun Facts Friday: Syd Hoff

Fun Facts Friday: Syd Hoff

Syd Hoff (4 September, 1912 May, 22004) was a children’s book author and a cartoonist. Books by Syd Hoff Hoff was born as Sydney Hoffberg in the Bronx, New York to Jewish-American parents. When Mr. Hoff was a high school student in the 1930s, a popular cartoonist named Milt Gross said to him “kid, someday […]

Book Review: Moonraker by Ian Fleming

Book Review: Moonraker by Ian Fleming

This is a well written, post World War II spy drama which moves forward the character of Bond and enhances the notion of the gritty world he lives in.

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 29 August, 2015

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 29 August, 2015

Some of my favorite tweets from the past week

Fun Facts Friday: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fun Facts Friday: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As a young man Mr. Goethe was tutored at home in the usual subjects learned at the time, but specifically in languages. He learned Latin, Greek, French, Italian, English and Hebrew among others.

Infographic: 25 fictional languages you can learn to speak

Infographic: 25 fictional languages you can learn to speak

I speak several languages, but cannot even imagine how difficult it must be for linguists to create a fictional language, alas, they have, do and will.

Book Review: The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

Book Review: The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

I am happy that the author brought the attention to the women journalists of World War II, an important subject indeed. I’m going to pick up a few biographies to learn more about them.

Book Review: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

Book Review: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

I enjoyed reading about each of the well-developed characters and their back-story. Along with the creative story, the reader gets a sense of 17th Century Holland and what it was like to live during that time.