Book Review: The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand

About: The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence by Anita Anand is the true story of Udham Singh, a Sikh orphan, setting out on a decades long scheme to murder an English diplomat. Ms. Anand is a British radio and TV personality, author and journalist. My rating for […]

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Fun Facts Friday: A.J. Cronin

A.J. Cronin (19 July, 1896 – 6 January,1981) was a Scottish novelist, best known for his 1937 book The Citadel. © the artist. Photo credit: West Dunbartonshire Council Image from: https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/a-j-cronin-18961981-194889 Books by A. J. Cronin* The author was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire as Archibald Joseph Cronin. His father, an insurance agent, died from tuberculosis when […]

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Book Review: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher

About: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher is a memoir of the famous actor and his up and down relationship with his co-star Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Shatner needs no introduction, he is a successful actor and author. Mr. Fisher is the author and co-author of more than […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Civil War by Mark Millar

About: Civil War by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) is a comic book event which pitted a team led by Captain America against a team led by Iron Man (Tony Stark) at great cost to both. This graphic novel was adapted to the 2016 motion picture Captain America: Civil War from Marvel Studios. 208 […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (12 July, 1904 – 23 September, 1973) was a Nobel Prize winning poet from Chile. Books by Pablo Neruda* Born as Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile he was the son of a railway employee and a school teacher. Sadly his mother, the school teacher, died two months after he was born. […]

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Book Review: The Last Leonardo by Ben Lewis

A non-fiction book about Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi, sold at auction for $450 million.

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Infographic: 11 Well-Known Books That Were Inspired By Dreams

It can be hard to stop reading a good story. Chapter after chapter, there’s always something to keep you turning pages. For avid readers, a great book is the ultimate escape, and our favorite authors our heroes.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 8: On the Outside by Bryan Hill & Michael Moreci

About: Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 8: On the Outside by Bryan Hill & Michael Moreci (illustrated by Miguel Mendonca, Phillip Briones, and Sebastian Fiumara) is a graphic novel which continues the story of the aftermath of the events which led to the Gotham Knights team take down the monster they helped create. This graphic novel […]

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Book Review: Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur

Book Review: Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur

It took me about a quarter of the book to realize that I’m actually reading two different stories, in two different tones. The first, a noir style narrative, reminiscent of Cold War novels, where an operative, Dotan Naor, is a macho, somewhat sexist loaner being forced to work with a partner who is out of her element. The second, a narrative a-la a travel guide about India, its history, geography and culture.

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

About: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Pop Mhan) finds Barry Allen, the title hero, at a breaking point where he is about to lose everything and everyone close to him. This graphic novel collects issues of The Flash #23 – 38. 136 pages Publisher: DC […]

Fun Facts Friday: William Trevor

Fun Facts Friday: William Trevor

William Trevor (24 May, 1928 – 20 November, 2016) was a playwright and novelist from Ireland. Books by William Trevor* Born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, as William Trevor Cox to a middle class family, Mr. Trevor graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a history degree. He worked as a sculptor under the name Trevor Cox […]

Book Review: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

Book Review: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

About: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose is several short historical accounts of women spies, tied into a single narrative. Ms. Rose is an author and journalist whose work appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson

About: The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico) is a graphic novel where The Flash is fighting a litany of villains, or is he helping them?  This graphic novel collects The Flash #14 – 20. My rating for The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded – 4 Buy The Flash, Vol. […]

Fun Facts Friday: Frederic Prokosch

Fun Facts Friday: Frederic Prokosch

Frederic Prokosch (17 May, 1906 – 2 June, 1989) was an American writer, known for his novels, poetry, excellent translations, and literary criticism. He is mostly known for his novels The Asiatics and The Seven Who Fled. Books by Frederic Prokosch* Mr. Prokosch was born in Madison, WI. His family of intellectuals (his father, an Austrian immigrant, was […]

Book Review: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

Book Review: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

About: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick is a non-fiction book for the information age, talking about how people send information (and misinformation) from tum-tums in Africa, to Ada Lovelace, Alan turning and every “expert” on Twitter and Facebook. Mr. Gleick is an author who explores the consequences of science […]

Book Review: Metropolis by Philip Kerr

Book Review: Metropolis by Philip Kerr

About: Metropolis by Philip Kerr is a novel featuring German detective Bernie Gunther, this time between World War I and II. This is the fourteenth book in the series, sadly published after Mr. Kerr’s death. 384 pages Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Language: English ISBN-10: 0735218897   My rating for Metropolis – 5 Buy Metropolis from Amazon.com* […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness by Joshua Williamson

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness by Joshua Williamson

About: The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness by Joshua Williamson (with the creative team of Felipe Watanabe, Oclair Albert, Chris Sotomayor, Steve Wands, , Jorge Corona, and Ivan Plascencia) is a graphic novel continuing the story of Barry Allen and the trouble in Central City. This graphic novel collects The Flash #9-13. 128 pages […]

Fun Facts Friday: Bel Kaufman

Fun Facts Friday: Bel Kaufman

Bel Kaufman (10 May, 1911 – 25 July, 2014) was an American author and educator known for her novel Up the Down Staircase (1964). More Books by Bel Kaufman* Ms. Kaufman, born as Bella, in Berlin, Germany to Russian immigrants. The family returned to Russia where her father became a physician and her mother wrote […]

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