Fun Facts Friday: Captain Frederick Marryat

Captain Frederick Marryat (10 July, 1792 – 9 August, 1848) was a Royal Navy officer, and a novelist who pioneered historical naval fiction.

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Book Review: How to Lose the Information War by Nina Jankowicz

I have to give Ms. Jankowicz credit for not taking sides and attempting to be as bipartisan as possible. She writes about how many entities on the political spectrum in the US embrace Russian disinformation tactics to their advantage.

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Book Review: The Atlantis World by A.G. Riddle

I really enjoyed the overall premise to he series, but in this last book I’m not sure what the author wanted to convey, or if he had a trilogy planned out at all. It seemed like a bunch of story-lines thrown together for good measure, crossing fingers they would somehow work and make sense.

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Fun Facts Friday: M.F.K. Fisher

M.F.K. Fisher (3 July, 1908 – 22 June, 1992) was a food writer and translator. Ms. Fisher believed that eating well was one of the “arts of life”

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Book Review: The Revelators by Ace Atkins

The story revolves around Mexicans getting deported from a chicken plant, in an inhuman way which separates them from their children. Some children were kidnapped by gangs, getting sold to into the sex trade. What that, and several other subplots have to do with Quinn’s assassination attempt you’ll have to read for yourself.

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Book Review: The Atlantis Plague by A. G. Riddle

The second book in The Origin Mystery trilogy, a science-fiction story following a genealogist out to save the human race from the brink of extinction.

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Fun Facts Friday: Charlotte Zolotow

Charlotte Zolotow (26 June, 1915 – 19 November, 2013) was a prolific writer of children books, editor and poet. Mrs. Zolotow was a prolific children book author who did not shy away from examining difficult subjects.

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Book Review: The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson

To my surprise, this techno-fiction book became, about half way in, a world spanning espionage and intrigue story. Everything is drive, of course, by this new technology that would set the world into a new age that everyone wants to get their hands on.

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Fun Facts Friday: Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff

Fun Facts Friday: Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (March 10, 1788 – November 26, 1857) was a Prussian novelist, playwright, translator and poet. Mr. Eichendorff was considered to be a major writer of Romanticism. 1)      Both of his parents were aristocrats from old noble families. His family, however, was always in dire straits. 2)      As a young man, Mr. Eichendorff was schooled at home […]

Book Review: National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, 5th Edition: The 300 Best Drives in the U.S. and National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States, 5th Edition

Book Review: National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, 5th Edition: The 300 Best Drives in the U.S. and National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States, 5th Edition

The first thing that struck me was that these were quality books. The pages are printed on nice stock, are stitched together and easy to read.

Graphic Novel Review: Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman (Rebirth) by Tim Seeley

Graphic Novel Review: Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman (Rebirth) by Tim Seeley

The new character the creative team introduces, Raptor, is one of the better new characters DC Comics came out with in awhile.

Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Seuss

Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today. 2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found […]

Book Review: World Without End by Ken Follett

Book Review: World Without End by Ken Follett

As in the first book, I loved the historical research and detailed portrayal of the Middle Ages in England.

Infographic: 20 Quirks & Strange Habits. The Weird Side of Famous Writers

Infographic: 20 Quirks & Strange Habits. The Weird Side of Famous Writers

Fun Facts Friday: William L. Shirer

Fun Facts Friday: William L. Shirer

William L. Shirer (23 February, 1904 – 28 December, 1993) was an American journalist, author and war correspondent. Mr. Shirer’s best known work is the a history of Nazi Germany titled The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Books by William L. Shirer* 1)      As a college graduate, Mr. Shirer worked his way from his […]

Giveaway (Over): Jeet Kune Do Basics by David Cheng

Giveaway (Over): Jeet Kune Do Basics by David Cheng

This useful and informative book offers a detailed overview of Jeet Kune Do practice while explaining the specific moves readers will need to perfect their techniques. As a foundation, Jeet Kune Do Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Jeet Kune Do – from Basic Footwork to Training and Tournaments by David Cheng recalls the origination […]

Giveaway (Over): Kung Fu Basics by Paul Eng

Giveaway (Over): Kung Fu Basics by Paul Eng

Get your training off to a great start—from basic kicks to practice and tournaments—this book is a perfect introduction to kung fu for beginners. It’s everything you need to get started in kung fu! Whether you are considering taking up this martial art, or you’ve already started, Kung Fu Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King and Scott Snyder

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King and Scott Snyder

The story starts off fresh and even manages, slyly I might add, to tell the Batman origin story we all heard a thousand times without breaking up the narrative.

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