Book Review: The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 29, 2011

FBI agent Lucian Glass is investigating an art collector who is destroying expensive masterpieces and becomes involved in a strange case of hostage negotiation. While working the case, Lucian goes undercover at the Phoenix Foundation and discovers he has flashbacks of past life experiences.

Author Q&A with Stefan Merill Block
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / June 28, 2011

Stefan Merill Block (web­site) wrote a very lyrical book called “The Storm at the Door” (book review) which I found fascinating. The subject matter were the lives of Mr. Block’s grandparents, however the story he tells is fictional, more likely a family-historical fiction type. Mr. Block was kind enough to answer my questions with very thought provoking responses. Q. Did you have some trepidations writing a novel about your grandparents? A. Actually, much more than anything I’ve written before or since, this felt like something I absolutely had to write. The loss of my grandparents – particularly the loss of my grandfather, whom I never met—has always haunted me. My grandparents continue to feel so present in my family and in my own life, and they have been gone for decades. This book came out of an urgency I have always felt, the need to know them. At first, I thought of this book as a non-fiction project, and I tried to approach it as a journalist, with interviews and research. But, eventually, I saw that what I really needed to know was something that only an act of imagination could deliver. The facts of their lives weren’t enough; I…

Book Review: The Memorist by M.J. Rose
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 26, 2011

About: “The Memorist” by M.J. Rose is the second in fictional “The Reincarnationist” series. As in the first book, this one also deals with past lives and the mystery behind them. 464 pages Publisher: MIRA ISBN: 0778325849 My rating for The Memorist – 4 Buy & Save on “The Rein­car­na­tion­ist” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: I liked “The Reincarnationist” (book review) and “The Memorist” by M. J. Rose (website | Facebook |Twitter) didn’t disappoint either. When I saw that the book starts out quoting the Zohar I immediately knew that the author has done her research. White “The Memorist” is a bit slower than the previous novel, I thought the story was more interesting, the characters are more fleshed out and Vienna comes alive. Some of the characters from the first novel make an appearance, and even have an important role, however one need not read the first book to enjoy this one (even tough I would recommend it). Ms. Rose complied a bunch of beliefs about reincarnation from several religions and religious texts and did a great job combining them and explaining some complex theology in simple terms. On a…

Fun Facts Friday: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 24, 2011

This week we celebrated the birthday of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001). Besides being the wife of the famous aviator, Mrs. Lindbergh was an accomplished woman in her own right. 1) Born Anne Spencer Morrow to Dwight and Elizabeth Morrow in New Jersey. 2) While attending Smith College she won several coveted literary awards. 3) She met her future husband in Mexico through her father, who was Lindbergh’s financial adviser at J.P. Morgan and Co. 4) She flew solo for the first time in 1929 and was the first American woman to earn a first class glider pilot’s license in 1930. 5) The Lindberghs were the first to fly from Africa to South America. 6) Mrs. Lindbergh was hailed as “one of the leading advocates of the nascent environmental movement” after the 1955 publication of her national best seller “Gift from the Sea”. 7) Mrs. Lindbergh’s “Gift from the Sea” has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 45 languages. 8 ) The Lindberghs lived in New Jersey, New York, England, France, Maine, Michigan, Connecticut, Switzerland, and Hawaii. 9) In 1994, Anne was awarded the Hubbard Medal by the National Geographic Society…

Book Review: The Confessor by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 22, 2011

About: “The Confessor” by Daniel Silva (web­site) is the third installment in the fictional adventures of the reluctant Israeli agentGabriel Allon. 480 pages Publisher: Signet ISBN: 0451211480 My rat­ing for The Confessor — 5 Buy & Save on “The Confessor” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: As I have come to expect from Daniel Silva, this book is well written, well plotted and the characters are fantastic.  Each book occurs in the Silva universe with recurring characters (from other series) , have several layers of intricacies and thoughts, as well as smaller stories which the reader has to keep track of in the fast pace which the book is told. This novel is also thought provoking – what was the church’s role during the holocaust? We know that no action was taken and the Vatican did open its archives several yeas back to six scholars who found the lack of documentation available astounding (the Vatican vilified the three Jewish scholars without mention of the three Catholic scholars – all of whom came to the same conclusions).  There are a few pages in the end where Mr. Silva touches upon this subject which…

Fun Facts Friday: Father’s Day Edition
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 17, 2011

It’s Father’s Day and while researching this post I have noticed how lacking literature is when it comes to fathers. Even the “manly” novels don’t seem to pay much respect to the role fathers play in the lives of their children. I did manage to get ten though, but tried to stay away from the famous literary father figures (King Lear, Atticus Finch, etc.) which are always given as examples. 1) In “Little Orphan Annie” Daddy Warbuck’s full name is Lieutenant General Oliver Warbucks Picture from 2) Charlie Brown’s father’s occupation is a barber. 3) It’s a tradition that Mr. Darling and Captain Hook are played by the same actor in the play “Peter Pan”. (c)Disney 4) Jack Torrance, the psychotic father in Steven King’s “The Shining”, is a school teacher by trade. Special Father/Son picture – the happiness “shines” 5) Babar, King of the Elephants, is first and foremost a father to Pom, Flora, Alexander and Isabelle. Picture from 6) Charles “Pa” Ingalls, the patriarch of “Little House on the Prairie” series loved to travel and moved his family many times. From Wisconsin, to Indian Territory in southeastern Kansas, then back to Wisconsin, then to southern Minnesota,…

Free Download of Go the F–k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (and some venting)
Fiction , Latest Posts , Opinion / June 15, 2011

Last night, while “flutzing” around I discovered a link to the free audio download of “Go the F—k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach (website | book website) narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.  This is a short book, much like the good night books you read your kids and the audio lasts about six minutes. Buy & Save on “Go the F–k to Sleep” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK   My wife and I were laughing the whole way through. If it were up to us Mr. Jackson would receive an Grammy for his reading. In  “Go the F—k to Sleep”. Adam Mansbach basically writes down what every parent thinks but never said (“Bullshit, I know you’re not thirsty”). While I love reading books to my kids before bed, I despise the whole night time routine. It seems that we move from one fight to the next until they are finally in bed. Correction, until at least the youngest (4) is finally in bed.  G-d forbid that his older sister, six going on sixteen and wise beyond her years, will go to bed until she has a 30 minute buffer – tired or…

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