Fun Facts Friday: William Braithwaite

When, at age 15, the young Mr. Braithwaite was apprenticed to a typesetter he discovered his love to poetry and began to write his own literature.

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Book Review: Manhunters by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña

About: Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña is a memoir of the two Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who spent decades hunting drug traffickers. The two authors are the subject of the Netflix show Narcos, which follows their hunt for Pablo Escobar […]

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Book Review: Alexander Von Humboldt by Maren Meinhardt

This is a very readable book, exposing people to the “most celebrated scientist of the 19th century”.

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Fun Facts Friday: C.S. Lewis

Donating all the proceeds from his books to Christian charities, left Mr. Lewis struggling to pay the large tax bills.

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Book Review: Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton

The book is expertly researched with extensive notes and bibliographical information. There are many photos and illustrations throughout as well as a list of characters to make it easier to follow.

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Book Review: A Futile and Stupid Gesture by Josh Karp

Attempts, and I believe succeeded, to capture the personality and intelligence of Mr. Kenney, even though, it seems, he was not aware of  his own comedic brilliance.

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Fun Facts Friday: George Eliot

Eliot’s scandalous personal life clouded her reputation even after her death. Despite her literary achievements, Eliot was not allowed a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. She finally received recognition there in 1980, one hundred years after her death.

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Book Review: Fortune’s Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora by James Conroyd Martin

We follow Theodora through childhood, daughter to window trying to make ends meet. Teenage and adulthood where the beautiful woman finds the bug of acting, but does not shy away from prostitution. She ties her fortunes to an upperclassman who has been given a governorship in Africa, but quickly finds out that meddling in affairs of the state will not earn her any friends.

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Book Review: Somewhere in the Mediterranean by Mark Tiro

Book Review: Somewhere in the Mediterranean by Mark Tiro

Israel sometime during the 1990s, a beach is cleared for an army exercise, but one man accidentally stays there. The man witnesses a strange occurrence, a World War II refugee ship arrives.

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Pirsig

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Pirsig

Robert Pirsig (6 September, 1928) is mainly known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values in which he tells of his of motorcycle trip he and his young son Chris from Minneapolis to San Francisco. The book explores western culture and analyzes forms of philosophy. Books by Robert […]

Book Review: The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

Book Review: The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

While predictable and somewhat fragmented, this has all the makings of a good series.

Book Review: Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest

Book Review: Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest

Even though the main characters didn’t work for me, I did enjoy much of the novel regardless of a few glaring plot holes and pacing.

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August, 1787 – 1 February, 1851) was an English author who is most widely known for her novel, Frankenstein. Image from http://frankensteinproject.wordpress.com/ More Books by Mary Shelley Mary’s mother died only 10 days after giving her birth. Mary didn’t have a formal education, however she made great use of her father’s […]

Book Review: Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt

Book Review: Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt

In his book, Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death author Anthony Everitt paints of picture of his subject with all his strengths and weaknesses, showing a flawed human and not a godlike figure – as Alexander himself would have liked us to see

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman, Volume 4: Godwatch by Greg Rucka

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman, Volume 4: Godwatch by Greg Rucka

The artwork is gorgeous, very impressive and dynamic. The artists go back to the classic look of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman which, for me, is a big plus. Not that I dislike the bubbly DC artwork, but it just wouldn’t work here.

Fun Facts Friday: Edgar Lee Masters

Fun Facts Friday: Edgar Lee Masters

A series of poems about Mr. Masters’ childhood in Western Illinois appeared in a St. Louis literary journal called Reedy’s Mirror. Contributors to the journal included Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and Theodore Dreiser.

Book Review: The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith

Book Review: The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith

Von Choltitz loved Paris, but not so much the regime’s leadership, promptly ignored the order to destory the city – most likely knowing that it could cost him his life.

Book Review: Great Battles for Boys: Ancients to Middle Ages (Great Battles for Boys #1) by Joe Giorello

Book Review: Great Battles for Boys: Ancients to Middle Ages (Great Battles for Boys #1) by Joe Giorello

This book was an easy read, the chapters are concise and highlight the interesting parts of each battle without bogging down with too many details. I think the book is a great introduction to history and all the fascinating stories it provides.

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