Book Review: Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Article first published as Book Review: Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger on Blogcritics. About: Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger is an autobiography of the famous actor, politician and champion body builder. While the life that Mr. Schwarzenegger has led are indeed astonishing, this book is more of a political memoir and boasting of one’s achievements than that of a celebrity autobiography. 656 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 1451662432   My rating for Total Recall – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format* More Books by Arnold Schwarzenegger Thoughts: Disclaimer: I have been a Schwarzenegger fan for decades. Not only of Ahhnold’s (because I can call him that) movies, but also of his bodybuilding, self promotion, business acumen and focus. From some reason I find Schwarzenegger’s story and professional success very inspiring. Due Governor Schwarzenegger’s recent drama of siring a child out of wedlock this book has gotten a lot of press coverage. The drama gets a few pages towards the end and it is not the reason I read this book. I would have read the book regardless as I have read previous biographies of Mr. Schwarzenegger. Regardless of what…

Book Review: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 25, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas on Blogcritics. About: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas is a detective novel taking place in Germany.Mr. Haas, a popular author in Germany, has recently had his first translated work published. 224 pages Publisher: Melville International Crime; Language: English ISBN-10: 1612191134 My rating for Brenner and God – 3 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Wolf Haas Thoughts: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas is an entertaining, yet wildly strange novel. The book is narrated by an unnamed person who has a wicked, dark and wry sense of humor – much like my own which is why I thought I’d enjoy the book more. The style of the novel is unwieldy and I never got used to it. I don’t know whether the style is that way because it’s meant to be that way or simply lost in translation – meaning the translation is fine, but the style simply doesn’t conform to the English reader. The narrator says things like “listen carefully”, “take note” etc. and reminds himself things retrospectively. The main character of Brenner walks around the novel, basically it seems just…

Thoughts on: Siberian Prison by E.V. Enzmann

About: “Siberian Prison” by E.v. Enzmann is a non fiction account of the author’s experience in the Austrian Army and as a Russian prisoner of war.  The eyewitness account was translated, edited but mostly left intact from the original. 374 pages Publisher: White Knight Studio ISBN: 1453773924 The Enzmann family was kind enough to allow two copies for a giveaway– enter at the end of the post. My rating for Siberian Prison – 5 Buy & Save on “Siberian Prison” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon  |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: I tremendously enjoyed “Siberian Prison” by E.v. Enzmann. Being an old soldier myself I appreciated the humor, story, skill and history being presented in the book.  The story of Mr. Enzmann, a schoolteacher who became an officer in the Austrian army during World War I is astounding. To read the colorful eyewitness account of his trials and tribulations was amazing. Mr. Enzmann’s sarcastic sense of humor is, especially to those who have been in the military, shines through the pages. For example, the Austrian army’s generous handing out medals: “You usually received the first medal because you did not have a single one and your breast…

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