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: Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Book Review: Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

About: Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill is a non-fiction book, examining the policies of the United States, and the consequences, on the War on Terrorism. Mr. Scahill is an editor and journalist for online and print publications. 680 pages Publisher: Nation Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1568589549 My rating for Dirty Wars – 4 Buy Dirty […]

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn and Power Girl by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn and Power Girl by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

I liked Harley Quinn in her debut in Batman: The Animated Series, one of the few characters in comics who transitioned well from TV to comic books (and not the other way around). She has become an iconic character and, no disrespect to Margot Robbie’s excellent interpretation of the character in Suicide Squad, all the fans probably hear the voice of actress Arleen Sorkin in their heads.

Fun Facts Friday: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Fun Facts Friday: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

He was one of the original members of Norway Nobel Committee which awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Book Review: Munich: The Man Who Said No! by David Laws

Book Review: Munich: The Man Who Said No! by David Laws

I enjoyed this book very much, it is smart, fast, and entertaining.

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

A novel with an intriguing premise: how, or if, your life would change if you knew the day of your death?

Fun Facts Friday: Rex Stout

Fun Facts Friday: Rex Stout

Rex Stout (1 December, 1886 – 27 October, 1975) was an American writer, most notable for detective fiction. Mr. Stout’s books about Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin (Wolf’s assistant), were his biggest sellers. Books by Rex Stout* 1)      Born in Noblesville, IN to a family of Quakers with nine children. The family moved to Kansas shortly […]

Book Review: Atlas of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson

Book Review: Atlas of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson

The text is interesting and informative, sometimes over the top

Book Review: Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

Book Review: Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

About: Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones is a fictional book taking place in 1300s Spain, Barcelona to be more accurate. The book was published in 2006 and has been translated by Nick Caistor. 611 pages Publisher: Penguin Group Language: English ISBN-10: 0525950486 My rating for Cathedral of the Sea– 5 Buy Cathedral of the Sea from Amazon.com* More Books […]

Fun Facts Friday: Carlo Collodi

Fun Facts Friday: Carlo Collodi

The book is much darker than the 1940 Disney adaptation, in the novel Pinocchio gets hanged and stabbed by assassins – and that’s before you reach the half way mark. Mr. Collodi intended to finish the novel with the characters miserable death, the happy ending seems like and afterthought.

Book Review: You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think by Wes Moss

Book Review: You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think by Wes Moss

This is a well rounded book, certainly not the end all financial bible, but certainly a very helpful guide and full of good ideas and approaches

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