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 […]

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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.

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Fun Facts Friday: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

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

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

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

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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?

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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 […]

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

The text is interesting and informative, sometimes over the top

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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 […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Fun Facts Friday: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Today is the birthday of one of the greatest authors in history: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616. As you can tell, I am a fan. Not only because of the Quixotic pun of this blog’s name, but also because I think that Don Quixote is still one the most relevant stories in […]

Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R. R. Martin

Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R. R. Martin

When I first started reading these books, my friend who recommended them told me that the author keeps surprising the reader.

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 3: World’s Finest by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 3: World’s Finest by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

I really like where the writers of the issue were going with the characters and the world they built around them. Kate Kane, Batwoman, refused to join the Batman team when asked, and only wears his symbol as a source of her inspiration.

Book Review: Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis W. Maley

Book Review: Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis W. Maley

The story telling is done tongue in cheek, the readers are privy to the lies, manipulations, and political maneuvering getting an overall picture of what is happening

Fun Facts Friday: The Indictment of Playwright Ben Johnson

Fun Facts Friday: The Indictment of Playwright Ben Johnson

On this day in 1598 Ben Johnson, an English playwright, was indicted for manslaughter. Mr. Johnson was a bona fide celebrity in 17th Century England, being admired by writers and socialites. 1)      Ben Johnson was educated at the Westminster school by excellent teachers and scholars. 2)      Mr. Johnson’s father was a master bricklayer, a good occupation. Ben tried […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

About: Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by J.H. Williams III (Writer, Cover Artist), W. Haden Blackman (Writer), Amy Reeder (Illustrator), Trevor McCarthy (Illustrator), Rob Hunter (Illustrator), Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Richard Friend (Illustrator), Guy Major (Colourist) continues with the story of Kate Kane who took up the mantle of Batwoman. This graphic novel collects […]

Book Review: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Book Review: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

About: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie is a novel about a powerful tycoon who immigrates to the US.  This is the thirteenth novel from Mr. Rushdie’s arsenal of tales, it is the first one I read but am looking forward to filling the backlog. 400 pages Publisher: Random House Language: English ISBN-10: 0399592806 My rat­ing for The Golden […]

Fun Facts Friday: James Fenimore Cooper

Fun Facts Friday: James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (15 September, 1789 – 14 September, 1851) was a popular American writer who is best known for his Leatherstocking Tales featuring Natty Bumppo. Books by James Fenimore Cooper* 1)      Mr. Cooper was born in Burlington, NJ. He was the eleventh of 12 children. 2)      In 1790 the family moved to upstate New  York by Otsego Lake. The […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

I really enjoyed this storyline, a troubled hero (seems like they all are these days) who thinks she’s going to solve some societal problems while taking out her angst on everyone around while protected behind a mask.

Book Review: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Book Review: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

I really appreciated how Ms. Allende took three disjointed stories and tried to weave them together

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