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: Mjolnir by Brian James

Book Review: Mjolnir by Brian James

This book straddled the funny – cheesy borderline, but this is on purpose as the author clearly set out to write a fun story with tongue firmly held in cheek.

Graphic Novel Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker

Graphic Novel Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker

I really enjoyed the backstory of Bucky, the writer made him much more of a badass than what I imagined (Bucky, not the Winter Soldier).

Fun Facts Friday: Horace Mann

Fun Facts Friday: Horace Mann

Horace Mann (4 May, 1796 – 2 August, 1859) was an American politician and author. Today Mr. Mann is remembered for promoting public education. Mann was born on a farm in Franklin, MA. Even though he went to school about six weeks during the school year, he made good use of the library and enrolled at Brown […]

Book Review: A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks

Book Review: A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks

The subject matter is serious and dark. Emotional leaders making bad decisions, abusing their authority.

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol 4.: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) by Tom King

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol 4.: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) by Tom King

Mr. King lets The Joker and The Riddler to shine in this issue. I have never found The Riddler to be much of a challenge in previous incarnations, but this Riddler is a true equal to The Joker, just as manipulating, devious and evil.

Fun Facts Friday: Ludwig Bemelmans

Fun Facts Friday: Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans (27 April, 1898 – 1 October, 1962) was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults, he is mostly known for his Madeline children’s’ books. Books by Ludwig Bemelmans* Born in Mera, Austria-Hungry (now Italy), the author was the son of a hotel owner. He spoke French and German since childhood. […]

Book Review: The Valley of the Fallen by Carlos Rojas

Book Review: The Valley of the Fallen by Carlos Rojas

The narrative merges fact and fiction, to tell two stories that even though are worlds apart, are still connected through a common language, ideology, politics, and art.

Guest Post: A Writer’s Handbook: 10 Self-Editing Techniques You Need to Know

Guest Post: A Writer’s Handbook: 10 Self-Editing Techniques You Need to Know

So, you’re in the process of writing your book, you’re coming up to completion and now comes the part of the process where you need to edit your book to perfection. If you’ve chosen to self-edit your book, this gives you full control over your content, so you can make it exactly how you want […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) by Tom King

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) by Tom King

About: Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) by Tom King (illustrated by David Finch) finishes up the Bane story in the Batman Rebirth line. This graphic novel collects Batman #16-20, 23-24, and Annual #1 Story. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401271316 My rating for Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane – 5 Buy Batman Vol. 3: […]

Book Review: How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

Book Review: How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

About: How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg is a non-fiction book about the business practices of this famous company. Mr. Schmidt was the Executive Chairman of Google from 2001 to 2017 and Alphabet Inc. from 2015 to 2017, Mr. Rosenberg is the former Senior Vice President of Products at Google and current advisor to […]

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