Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue
3 Stars , Fiction / December 13, 2010

I borrowed this eBook. My rating for Room – 3 About: “Room” by Emma Donoghue (Book Website | Author Website)  is a fictional, award winning book with a disturbing premise.  The book tells of Ma, who has been kidnapped and locked in a room for seven years by “Old Nick”.  Ma and Old Nick have a son, Jack who is also lives in the room without being able to leave. Buy it here, surly you have enough room for “Room” Thoughts: “Room” by Emma Donoghue has a very unique perspective, the whole story is told from the view point of five year old Jack.   Jack is very smart and bright, he lives happily in his own little world, unaware that there better or different things than the rigid daily routine he and Ma have devised.  Ms. Donoghue does an excellent job of narrating in the voice of a five-year-old whose only friends are his Ma, inanimate objects and characters on TV. The book was inspired by Elisabeth Fritzl’s confinement to a basement in Austria by her monstrous father who sired several children with her.  However, in the book Ma and Old Nick are not related, but its distirbuing enough without…

My First Guest Blog
Uncategorized / December 11, 2010

I wrote a guest blog for Bobbie from ‘Til We Read Again about writing bad book reviews – you can find the guest post here. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to Bobbie for publishing it. Zohar – Man of La Book

Book Review: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
3 Stars , Non-Fiction / December 10, 2010

I borrowed this book. My rating for The Mother Tongue – 3 About: “The Mother Toungue” by Bill Bryson is a book which I highly recommend to any bibliophile of trivia enthusiast (triviaphile?).  For any person who ever had to learn to idiosyncrasies of the language, this book will provide a fascinating overview of the strange rules and nuances of English.  If you think that learning English is not a big deal, try to define the word “what”. You think you know English? Buy this book to find out why you don’t Thoughts: Mr. Bryson had the advantage of being an American journalist in England, so he takes into account the American English and English English varieties and the differences (some subtle, some not-so-much) between them.  The first several chapters are a general introduction to English, how it has become the language we speak today and why it has been globally accepted. For obvious reasons these chapters move between what we know, what we think, and what we guess has happened over the course of several centuries. | The real meat of the book appears in the latter chapters where a large number of surprising facts appear (Shakespeare introduced 1,685…

Book Review: The Flock by James Robert Smith
4 Stars , Fiction / December 8, 2010

I got this book for free. Tor and Forge Books has kindly made three (3) copies to be given away – enter at the bottom of the post. Article first published as Book Review: The Flock by James Robert Smith on Blogcritics. My rating for The Flock – 4 About: “The Flock” by James Robert Smith (website | Facebook) is a fiction fantasy thriller set in a Florida.  The title of the novel comes from a group of prehistoric giant carnivorous birds known as Phorusrhacids.  The flock has survived in the Florida wilderness and is now fighting against being discovered by men. Men eating birds.. you know you’re going to love it – Buy the book now Thoughts: “The Flock” by James Robert Smith is a fast paced thriller with wonderful pulp elements peppered in the novel. The characters are fun, even though they are stereotypical with each representing an umbrella group (militants, big business, conservationists), but their interaction is what takes this book to another level.  I liked the way Mr. Smith played with his characters’ names. The militant is named after the U.S’s rightwing / patriotic authors etc.  These characters create the engaging drama in the novel, but…

Book Review: Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking by Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A. Callif
Non-Fiction / December 3, 2010

I got this book for free. The publisher has been kind enough to make available two (2) copies for those who are interested. About: “The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking” by Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A. Callif is a guide to help an individual sift through the mountains of legal forms in order to produce an independent film. The book includes a CD-ROM with the forms in MS-Word format. Thoughts: What am I doing reviewing a legal guide? When I was contacted by Laurén at MWPR | Entertainment Public Relations my first response was “thanks but no thanks“.  I said that I was not in the movie business and might possibly be able to review the book as a book – but I have no idea if the content of the guide is helpful or even accurate. Laurén said that it’s OK and sent me the book anyway.  That was just fine with me as I am interested in movies as well as find the law fascinating. After I read the book I gave it my friend Jonathan Mankuta (IMDB profile).  Jon has been a friend for many years, he is an actor (“Lost”, “Hollywood Treasure”)…

NYC Public Library Book Exhibit – The Three Faiths
Opinion / December 2, 2010

On Tuesday my family and I went to New York City for a showing of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”.  We had some time to kill before the show, being that it was also the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center the streets were blocked and we simply walked around our favorite city. We passed the New York City Public Library on 5th Ave. and decided to take a break (it also seem to start raining).  The main branch of the library is a magnificent building which is by itself worth a visit.  A gallery of marble, carved wood and unbelievable paintings greet the patrons. I wanted to see the Gutenberg bible which is usually on display.  I’ve had several reasons: 1) I never saw it 2) It’s an important book 3) I wanted my wife and kids to see it and talk about its importance …so I dragged them along.  However, the bible was featured as part of an exhibit which was called “The Three Faiths” featuring 200 rare books created over the past 1,500 years of Judaism, Christianity and the Muslim faiths. Any book lover who is in NYC must go see this beautiful exhibit.  The…

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
3 Stars , Fiction / December 1, 2010

I borrowed this book. My rating for Jane Eyre – 3 About: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë is an 1847 novel published as “Jane Eyre. An Autobiography” under the nom de plume of “Currer Bell”.  The novel is told in first person narrative and goes through five distinct stages in Jane’s life.  In spite of many dark elements the novel has strong elements of right vs. wrong as well as morality. Feeling too adequate? Buy the book to get a lesson on how inadequate you really are? Thoughts: I can certainly see why “Jane Eyre” is considered a classic. Brontë’s use of strong language , rhetorical brilliance and lovely narrative are certainly impressive.  The author also had the guts to tackle many social issues head on, something that we, at this voyeuristic age, seem to take for granted.  Even though this book was not meant to be  historical, several decades later I found it captivating to read about the day-to-day living of 1800’s England. The book described the fascinating social ladder of the 1800’s where governesses (nannies/teachers) were far below their employers, yet often better educated.  I felt that Jane’s assertions to Rochester that she is  his equal was something…

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