Book Spotlight: How Fires End by Marco Rafalà

A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian. Amid […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist (18, October 1777 – 21, November 1811) was a poet, novelist, writer and journalist from Germany.

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Book Review: The First Stone by Carsten Jensen

A platoon of Danish soldiers, part of NATO forces, are hampered down in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. Third platoon has a charismatic and brave leader, Schrøder, who answers to Colonel Steffensen. The two man are polar opposites.

The soldiers embark on a revenge mission, without realizing they are being set up by a traitor from within. Third platoon realizes that in war you have to make inconvenient allies, and embrace strange bedfellows just to survive the day.
If you’re lucky.

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Book Review: The Second World War Illustrated by Jack Holroyd

The book is full of pictures, many of which I have never seen, each one with an engrossing caption.

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Book Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

I was looking forward to reading more about the “binding”, how it worked, affected people and what is Emmett’s role in the whole magical realm the author created.

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Fun Facts Friday: Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard (11 October, 1925 – 20 August, 2013) was an American writer and screenwriter who specialized in thrillers and crime fiction.

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Book Review: The Names Heard Long Ago by Jonathan Wilson

The Names Heard Long Ago: How the Golden Age of Hungarian Soccer Shaped the Modern Game by Jonathan Wilson recounts how the Hungary’s changed soccer and became a powerhouse exporting players and coaches to the world.

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Book Review: The First Wave by Alex Kershaw

I enjoyed this book very much, it is very easy to read and Mr. Kershaw, as usual, goes out of his way to tell big stories in an intimate way. Even though I read numerous books bout D-Day, the individual accounts in this book were refreshing and help me get a better understanding of the success of these groups.

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Fun Facts Friday: Hugo Gernsback

Fun Facts Friday: Hugo Gernsback

The Hugo Awards are named after him. In 1960 Hugo got a Hugo for being “The Father of Magazine Science Fiction”

Book Review: 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help by Benjamin Wiker

Book Review: 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help by Benjamin Wiker

I was very interested in the author’s philosophy and rebuttal to the books which he chosen to analyze

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal by Scott Snyder

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal by Scott Snyder

The Dark Knights, a twisted version of Batman, come out of a door between worlds. Batman is trapped in the Dark Multiverse and the Justice League must go and find the metals which can win the war against the Dark Knights and Barbatos, their master.

Fun Facts Friday: Daniel Keyes

Fun Facts Friday: Daniel Keyes

His boss and editor-in-chief was another Jewish New York native named Stanley Martin Lieber, later known simply as Stan Lee. Atlas Comics went on to become Marvel Comics.

Book Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Book Review: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Two rivaling time travelling spies, Red and Blue, correspondence through space and time, taunting each other until they fall in love. The two are battling for a future which their respective organizations want to have.

Book Review: Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski

Book Review: Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski

The author tells the story in a vivid manner, with self-introspection and analysis which makes the book worth reading.

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – Dark Knights Rising by Dan Abnett, James T Tynion IV, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, Joshua Williamson, and Sam Humphries

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – Dark Knights Rising by Dan Abnett, James T Tynion IV, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, Joshua Williamson, and Sam Humphries

Seven Batmen appear from the Dark Multiverse, The Red Death, The Devastator, The Merciless, The Murder Machine, The Drowned, The Dawnbreaker, and the Man Who Laughs all of them are a twisted take on the Dark Knight. The seven Batmen have only one thing in mind for Earth-0, total destruction.

Fun Facts Friday: Rómulo Gallegos

Fun Facts Friday: Rómulo Gallegos

In 1947, during an election that is believed to be Venezuela’s first honest one, Mr. Gallegos won 74% of the votes (a record than and still today).

Book Review: The Shamless by Ace Atkins

Book Review: The Shamless by Ace Atkins

The Shamless by Ace Atkins is the 9th novel in featuring Sheriff Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger who has came back home to Tibbehah County, Mississippi and was elected sheriff.

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – The Resistance by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley, Rob Williams, and Robert Venditti

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal – The Resistance by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley, Rob Williams, and Robert Venditti

Dick Grayson sent out an SOS to Robin, which promptly returned to the transformed Gotham City, full of magic and doom. Robin puts together a team of heroes and anti-heroes included Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow which work their way through a maze of madness, where the prize for second place is death.

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