Fun Facts Friday: Michael Crichton
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 23, 2020

Michael Crichton (23 October, 1942 – 4 November, 2008) was an American author of medical fiction and techno-thrillers, as well as a successful filmmaker. Mr. Crichton is known for many projects, including Westworld, ER, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain.

Fun Facts Friday: Walt Whitman
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 31, 2019

Walt Whitman (31 May, 1819 – 26 March, 1892) was an American journalist and essayists – I believe he also wrote a poem or two. Mr. Whitman is, of course, one of the most influential poets in the American catalog. Books by Walt Whitman*  Mr. Whitman was born in Huntington, Long Island. In addition to being a published poet, Mr. Whitman held jobs of a government clerk, teacher,  and journalist. During the American Civil War Mr. Whitman worked part-time in the army paymaster’s office volunteered as a nurse. His essay “The Great Army of the Sick” which was published in 1863, talked about his experiences during that time. In 1855 Mr. Whitman published his notable poetry collection Leaves of Grass, using his own money. Leaves of Grass, a poetry collection, is a play on words in Mr. Whitman’s usual self-deprecating style. “Leaves” refers to sheets of paper, “grass” means things of little value. The intent of Leaves of Grass  is more or less “Sheets of crap”. In a delicious irony, Mr. Whitman, who left school at age 11, and he became a great American poet, couldn’t believe that an uneducated English common could have wrote the great plays which are attributed to one…

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: Primacy by J.E. Fishman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 12, 2011

About: “Primacy” by J.E. Fishman is a fictional book which covers a lot of ground, both geographically and storywise. The book is partially about animal testing and contains some difficult passages, however it’s worth the effort. 384 pages Publisher: Verbitrage ISBN: 0983380902 The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Primacy” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. My rat­ing for Primacy— 5 Buy & Save on “Primacy” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon|Kindle Thoughts: “Primacy” by J.E. Fishman starts fast and never lets go. The story revolves around a research ape, type bonobo, who has developed the ability to speak. This great ape, named Bea, doesn’t talk in full sentences, but a word here or there. However it is enough for Liane, the book’s heroine, to risk everything to save her. A bonobo While the book could have easily been rehashed as a genre type it reads fresh and exciting. Mr. Fishman’s pacing is flawless and the narrative superbly entertaining. The writing style is intelligent and the action sequences are beautifully executed. When I first started to read this book I thought “not another animal friendly book” and was waiting for the inevitable…

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