Graphic Novel Review: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels / September 29, 2010

Banned Books Week. “The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes” by Neil Gaiman is the collected issues of Sandman #1-8. This is the story of Morpheus, who has been accidentally captured in 1916 by a magician. Morpheus, the Sandman, is an eternal being responsible for sleep and rules over The Dreaming – the place where humans go when they are in an unconscious state. 240 pages ISBN-10 : 9781401225759 Publisher : Vertigo Language : English My rating for The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes – 4 Buy The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes Amazon.com* More Books by Neil Gaiman* Morpheus was accidentally captured because the magician, Roderick Burgess, was trying to achieve immortality by capturing Death. Morpheus bides his time, when Burgess dies his captor becomes Burgess’ son Alex, but he too cannot get anything out of their elusive prisoner. Accidently Alex weakens Morpheus’ containment spell by running it over with his wheelchair and Morpheus escapes, punishing Alex with a lifetime of nightmares The weakened Morpheus goes on a journey to recover his symbols of power: a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby. The pouch is found in the possession of occult detective John Constantie’s girlfriend. To recover the helm Morpheus has to travel…

Book Review: How to Sue a Telemarketer by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq.
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / September 27, 2010

“How To Sue A Telemarketer” (website) by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq. (and  his alter ego, comedian Ozmo Kramer) is exactly what it sounds like, a non-fiction manual to navigate the courts when you decide to sue telemarketers for disturbing dinner, sleep or any other part of your free time.  I have heard that you can get $500 for every annoying call, but it’s not as simple as filling out a form.  This book shows you the basic steps you need to take in order to get this money. And you will earn the money; there is some footwork involved and expanses as in any lawsuit. 152 pages ISBN-10 : 0615338178 Publisher : AMIGO PRESS Language: English My rating for How to Sue a Telemarketer – 4 Buy How to Sue a Telemarketer Amazon.com* More Books by Stephen L. Ostrow* The book starts with an explanation of the National Do-Not-Call Registry and what it means.  The author talks about how the list came about and, of course, all the loopholes our esteemed leader made sure there are in the legislation. The book is divided into sections which you can follow in order.  This is not your usual dry legal mumbo jumbo, the…

Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2 Stars , Classics , Fiction / September 24, 2010

Tells the fictional story of Amory Blaine, born with a silver spoon in his mouth; heir to wealth, has good looks and sophistication. The story is set in the early 20th Century in the northeastern United States. After traveling the country with his mother, Amory attends St. Regis prep school and, even though lazy in his studies, manages somehow to have his pick between Harvard, Yale and Princeton Universities (he chooses Princeton).

Poll Results – impulse purchase price for eBooks
Uncategorized / September 23, 2010

Yesterday I asked a simple question on several reading groups on Facebook and to my Tweeter following: What is your “impulse purchase” price for an eBook? The answers were varied and interesting. Some people just plopped a number down, other gave very sound reasoning (“depends on the author” was the most popular). The numbers ran the gamete from $0 to $12.99. Wow, I wish I had to funds to buy every $12.99 eBook I wanted – good for the person that they can do so. The median impulse purchase price was $4 with an average of $3.66. However, if I took out the highest ($12.99) and lowest ($0) numbers, the median became $5 while the average was $4.31. These are interesting results but were just about were I thought they would be. With the prices of eBooks inching up every week, I think this un-scientific and small poll just might reflects a much wider audience of readers. I have no idea if a book sells more when it’s $3-$4 to be worth it to the publisher to drop the price, but it sure is an interesting question. By the way, my impulse purchase price is around $4 (and I have…

Book Review: Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar
3 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs , Non-Fiction / September 22, 2010

“Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos” by Manal M. Omar is a memoir which the author wrote of her time working as a Non-governmental organizations called “Women for Women” in Iraq. Ms. Omar is an American woman and a devout Muslim, which gives her a unique perspective.

Book Review: Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins
5 Stars , Historical Fiction / September 20, 2010

In “Devil’s Garden”, a historical fiction novel, author Ace Atkins recounts the events of a historic Labor Day weekend in 1921, San Francisco. On that fateful day beloved comic and silent movie star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle held a weekend of drunkenness orgy (regardless of the prohibition laws) and debauchery with several friends, sans his wife of course

Rising Cost of eBooks… Author Got Me Started
Opinion / September 19, 2010

Recently I’ve had some very interesting conversation via email with author Irene Ziegler (Rules of the Lake, Ashes to Water, ). I’ve left a comment on her blog and she contacted me by email asking for an expansion on my thoughts which, as an opinionated person, I was happy to oblige. The conversation, which is nothing more than some preliminary thoughts and a bit of venting about cost of eBooks, was very interesting and engaging. Irene has decided to post some of our correspondence on her blog at http://www.ireneziegler.com and has received some very enlightening comments which further the discussion. Please check out Ms. Ziegler’s post and let her know if you agree, disagree or have a different point of view all together.

Book Review: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / September 17, 2010

“Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean” by Ed Kritzler is about a small part in the vast history of the Jewish people. This is an incredible book with many fascinating characters their intrigue, exploration and adventure. The author focuses on the Jewish pirates as well as the legitimate Jewish seamen (such as pilots, navigators, etc.) since, let’s face it, there is a reason you never heard of Jewish pirates – there weren’t that many.

Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
4 Stars , Fiction / September 15, 2010

“The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver is the fictional story of Harrison William Sheppard, a quite boy of a dull American bureaucrat and a saucy Mexican mother.  Sheppard, as he prefers to be called, spends his childhood with his mother in Mexico filling out notebooks with stories and memories while she chases rich prospective suitors. 544 pages ISBN-13 : 978-006085258 Publisher : Harper Perennial Language : English  My rating for The Lacuna– 4 Buy The Lacuna from Amazon.com* More Books by Barbara Kingsolver* We meet Sheppard at age 12, living on the small island of Isla Pixol the lonely boy befriends the cook who teaches him how to cook and turns Sheppard into a sous-chef.  Isla Pixol doesn’t have a school but as an avid reader Sheppard gets lost in the library, where his mother only allows him to read four books a week, and with his notebook.  The boy’s mother, while pursuing another prospective husband, a “Mr. Produce the Cash”, drags poor Sheppard to Mexico City.  Sheppard tries to reunite with his father, who promptly puts him in a military academy in Washington DC where Sheppard gets accidentally tangled up in the Bonus March Riots – and returns to his mother’s…

Twitter Survey Results: How Long Do You Spend Writing Book Reviews
Opinion / September 14, 2010

Yesterday I asked bookbloggers on Twitter (#bookbloggers) how long do they spend writing book reviews.  As expected the answers were varied and interesting. Prolific blogger kaolin fire (kaolin fire presents , @kaolinfire/) said: “just writing? maybe an hour, if it’s not an antho or collection of some sort; thinking about it? few more hours“. Creative blogger iubookgril (Girl Reads a Book, @bellareads) chimed in as well: “15 to 20 mins usually“, while our resident librarian blogger Mieneke(A Fantastical Librarian, @Pallekenl) takes a bit longer: “About three hours? But I’m a slow writer!“. Inexhaustible blogger iubookgirl (Reader for Life, @iubookgril) also joined the coversation by tweeting: “same here, unless I don’t really like or dislike a book then it might take a little longer to decide what to say“. As for myself (@ManOfLaBook), I average between 30 minutes to an hour, a bit more if a contest in involved.   That’s just writing though, I could think about the review for several  hours, or even days, before I even put a word to screen. How about you? Zohar – Man of La Book   Related articles: 2010 BBAW – New Book Blogs & Giveaway (bookingmama.blogspot.com) How Challenge Makes Us Better Bloggers (blogworld.com)…

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