Fun Facts Friday: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón (25 September, 1964 – 19 June, 2020) is a Spanish author known for his The Shadow of the Wind (La sombra del viento), one of my favorite books.

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Book Review: Schoolhouse Burning by Derek W. Black

In Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy by Derek W. Black, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, provides context for the ongoing debate about public education, vouchers, charter schools, and more.

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Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

In a small Swedish town, a bank robbery has taken place. The bank robber is, obviously, not a professional for trying to rob a cashless bank. The robber stumbles into a showing for an apartment, on New Year’s Eve no less, and accidentally turns the incident into a hostage situation.

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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: The Plotters by Un-su Kim

Book Review: The Plotters by Un-su Kim

Reseng, was rained by a man named Old Raccoon in The Library of Dogs to become an assassin. In the corrupt underworld of South Korea though, alliances shift rapidly and Reseng is seeing his peers become the ones being hunted.

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

About: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is a graphic novel featuring all the action, comedy, and even drama one would expect from the title psycho anti-hero.  This graphic novel collects issues of Harley Quinn $14 – 21.   144 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401273696   […]

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Burns

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Burns

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. Many people consider him the national poet of Scotland. Complete Works of Robert Burns* Other names Robert Burns has used are Rabbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, and the Bard of Ayrshire. He was the oldest of seven children, in a […]

Book Review: The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Book Review: The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I absolutely loved the previous three books in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series: The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven. Of course I had to read The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and hoped to find a satisfying end to one of the finest series of books I’ve ever read.

Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

A graphic novel featuring alternate version of Superman that have been disappearing

Fun Facts Friday: A.A. Milne

Fun Facts Friday: A.A. Milne

Today is the birthday of British children’s author A.A. Milne (18 January, 1882 – 31 January, 1956). Most people know his most beloved creation Winnie the Pooh. The A.A. stands for Alan Alexander Winnie the Pooh and friends are based on stuffed animals that belonged to Millen’s son – Christopher Robin. You can see the […]

Guest Post: The 7 Biggest Challenges for Writers and How to Overcome Them

Guest Post: The 7 Biggest Challenges for Writers and How to Overcome Them

Regardless of your area of expertise, you will agree that writing is one of the most popular and sought-after professions. While being a writer can be lucrative and gives you new opportunities, young writers are still facing a lot of challenges on a daily basis. Sometimes, these obstacles can make or break a writer’s career. […]

Book Review: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Book Review: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

About: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction book taking place in 197, Viet Nam of a man who, after finishing college in the US, goes back to Vietnam to fight the communists. This is Mr. Nguyen first novel and it won a Pulitzer, where do you go from […]

Graphic Novel Review: Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Graphic Novel Review: Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

A a more naïve, less powerful version of Superman joined with a less moralistic more sarcastic version of Batman is a winning formula.

Fun Facts Friday: Bernard DeVoto

Fun Facts Friday: Bernard DeVoto

Bernard DeVoto (11 January, 1897 – 13 November, 19550 was an American writer, historian, editor, and teacher. As well as a writer, Mr. DeVoto is remembered as a champion of public land conversation and civil liberties. Books by Bernard DeVoto* Mr. DeVoto was born in Ogden, Utah. Mr. DeVoto attended the University of Utah for […]

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