Fun Facts Friday: Tom Clancy
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 12, 2019

Tom Clancy (12 April, 1947 – 1 October, 2013) was a prolific bestselling American author known for his espionage books and military-science novels. Books by Tom Clancy* The author was born as Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. in Baltimore, MD, where he grew up. Mr. Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October, was sold to the Naval Institute Press for $5,000 in 1984. The Press Editor, Ms. Deborah Grosvenor said she thought “have a potential best seller here, and if we don’t grab this thing, somebody else would.” The Hunt for Red October was a favorite of President Ronald Reagan who said it was “the best yarn”. Seventeen of Mr. Clancy’s novels were number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Because The Hunt for Red October was difficult to summarize, no one in Hollywood wanted to adapt it to a movie. It was only after Mace Neufeld, the producer, got a Paramount executive to read the novel that they got a green light for production. Several of Mr. Clancy’s novels were not only adapted into movies, but also to video games. In 1994 Mr. Clancy became part owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Red Storm Rising (1986)…

Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 3, 2018

Leon Uris (3 August, 1924 – 21 June, 2003) was an American author who is mostly known for his two historical fiction books Exodus and Trinity. Books by Leon Uris* The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American. It is said that at age six Mr. Uris wrote an operetta about the death of his dog. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Uris, then 17, joined the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific and saw combat in Guadalcanal and Tarawa. The young Marine fell ill with dengue fever and malaria. While recuperating in San Francisco he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant. They were married in 1945. After he got discharged, Mr. Uris worked at a newspaper while writing. His novel Battle Cry, depicting the Marines in the Pacific, was a best seller. Uris helped write the script for the movie which was a crowd favorite. In 1958 Mr. Uris published Exodus, which went on to become his best known novel. In order to finance the book, Mr. Uris sold the rights to the movie in advanced, and wrote newspaper articles…

Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / February 19, 2015

The author manages to touch on many subjects interrelated to society and science, as well as ask many tough questions about how we treat the less fortunate of our society and the state of healthcare in the pre AHA days. There are no good answers to these questions, there are no rights or wrongs, the Skoots felt they have been cheated by John Hopkins Medical Center, scientists believed they acted according to ethical standards of the time.

Book Review: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 17, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell on Blogcritics. About: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell is a feminine take on the famous Burroughs novel. This book tells the famous story from the view point of Jane Porter, Tarzan’s love interest. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the Raf­fle­copter form at the end of the post to enter. 320 pages Publisher: Tor Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0765333589 My rating for Jane – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Robin Maxwell Thoughts: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell (website | Facebook | @TheRobinMaxwell) is not a retelling of the origin story of Tarzan, but a reimagining of the mythology originally created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was very excited about this novel, Tarzan has always been a favorite (who can forget those wonderful comics and Johnny Weissmuller films) and in preparation read the original Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. To be honest, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book again (I read it as a kid), I can certainly see why it is considered a classic and captures the imagination of…

Fun Facts Friday: Edgar Allan Poe
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 20, 2012

Yesterday was the birthday of famed author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (museum). Mr. Poe’s stories and poems are classics and he was an interesting person as well. Illustration by Abigail Larson Works by Edgar Allen Poe 1 )      There is a common misconception that no-one knows how Poe died. There are stories about hired henchmen , a brain tumor and more. However, a few years ago Poe’s body was dug up and as it turned out he died of rabies. 2 )      Poe’s Army record has him as “Edgar A. Perry”. 3)      For The Raven, one of the most famous or Poe’s works, if not the most famous, he was paid $9. 4 )      Rufus Griswold hated Poe because of a negative review he wrote about one of his works. Upon Poe’s death Griswold wrote an anonymous obituary and later published a false biography. Both the obituary and biography greatly exaggerated Poe’s madness and drunkenness. 5 )      Virginia Eliza Clemm, Poe’s wife, was much younger than him and loved to play on the lawn together. They were married when he was 27 and she was just 13. 6 )      Some say that Edgar and Virginia had a more of…

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