Book Review: Fly Navy by Alvin Townley
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / July 18, 2011

The book is divided into five parts; Home Port, The Atlantic, The Arabian Sea, The Eastern Seas, and The Pacific. Each of these parts is divided into more descriptive sections.

For example, Home Port actually talks about the beginning of the Navy’s aviation program while The Pacific talks about POWs, survivors, etc.

Author Q&A with Keith Donohue
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / July 17, 2011

Author Keith Dono­hue (web­site) wrote the black comedy “Centuries of June” (book review) which I very much enjoyed . I had many questions about this strange book, which somehow works. I actually got to ask a few of them. I love book blogging. Q. I found it hard to categorize “Centuries of June”, how would you categorize the book? A. Centuries of June defies categorization.  It is a literary novel that spoofs the conventions of the murder mystery and the ghost story, as well as a novel-in-stories in the mode of “Canterbury Tales” or “If on a winter’s night a traveller…”  It is a black comedy about the cycle of life and love, being stuck in the bathroom, and how we tell stories to remember where we have been and to project where we may be going. Q. The book moves between genres, mystery, myth, folk tale and more. Was it difficult writing in different genres in the same book? A. Part of the fun of writing the novel was the play among the various genres. Some of the stories are based on actual events but reinterpreted for my own nefarious ends. Some of them are based on folklore or…

Cover Gallery: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Cover Gallery , Latest Posts / July 16, 2011

“The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy  (book review) has had some excellent covers over the years. Take a look and let me know which one is your favorite.   I like number 2 and 3. Number three especially since it is mysterious and has a lot to do with the story. Zohar – Man of la book Related articles The Scarlet Pimpertool (doubleplusundead.com) Confessions of a Geek (There’s Nothing ‘Former’ About It) (alwayscoffee.wordpress.com) My favorite books (satsumaart.wordpress.com)

Fun Facts Friday: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 15, 2011

“The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy is an exciting book with some great history behind it. After reading it (book review) I did some research on it and found some amazing and fun facts. 1)      Baroness Emmuska Orczy full name is Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála  Orczy de Orczi. Emmuska, meaning “little Emma”, is a nickname and is pronounced em-moosh-ka. 2)       “The Scarlet Pimpernel” was originally written as a play which received negative reviews but popular success. 3)      The book was published after the play opened and was immediately successful. 4)      The novel was translated to at least 16 languages and been adapted to film, television and even a musical. 5)      Due to the success of her novel, Baroness Orczy wrote a whole series of books associated with “The Scarlet Pimpernel”.  The books were not written in chronological order, however for your convince  here they are in the order they might be read: The Laughing Cavalier The First Sir Percy The Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Leads the Band The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel I Will Repay! The Elusive Pimpernel Eldorado Mam’zelle Guillotine Lord Tony’s Wife The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Hits Back Adventures…

Book Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel By Baroness Emmuska Orczy
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 14, 2011

About: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” By Baroness Emmuska Orczy is a fictional story taking place during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. This is the first, and most famous, in a series of novels about The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. 202 pages ISBN: 1456506897 My rating for The Scarlet Pimpernel – 4 Buy & Save on “The Scarlet Pimpernel” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Fan Website) By Baroness Orczy (Bio & Works) is a relatively short book, however it is packed with intrigue and action. While I never read the book, I do remember seeing a black and white version of it when I was a child. Especially embedded in my memory is the catchy phrase: “We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.” Two things struck me when I read the book – the main character and the author’s politics. As I found out when I re-read “Treasure Island” (book review), another childhood favorites, the story is not about Sir Percy Blakeney or his alter ego The Scarlet Pimpernel….

1st anniversary Giveaway – $15 Borders Rewards
Latest Posts , Uncategorized / July 11, 2011

I cannot believe a year has already passed. It has been a rough and challenging year in my personal life and some say “why the blog?” This blog is not a burden, it is a joy. I made some great new virtual friends, found many books I never would have known about, got to share my bookish thoughts, engage in convesations and learn a lot about blogging and the blogging community. No, this blog is not a burden, it is a savior. To thank all of those who have supported me,  I am giving $15 in Border’s rewards – just fill your name in below and I will contact you for you account number if you win. Give­away Rules: Con­test is for $15 in Borders Rewards. There will be ONE (1) WINNER Ends Sun­day July 17, 2011 Win­ners will be cho­sen using Random.org Win­ners will have 24 hours after my ini­tial con­tact to write back Border’s account number. Congratulations: monagarg@ Zohar – Man of la Book  

Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Watson
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 8, 2011

Today, August 7 is the birthday of the fictional character Dr. Watson. Created by Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Watson became almost as famous as the protagonist, Sherlock Holmes. 1) Full name John Hamish Watson, M.D born July, 7 1852. 2) Arthur Conan Doyle, a physician by trade as well, died on July 7, 1930 3) Watson attended the University of London Medical School and worked worked at St Batholomew’s Hospital in London as a staff surgeon before joining the English Army in World War I. 4) Coming back from the War, after being wounded, he heard about someone wanting a roommate to share expenses on Baker Street. That was how he met Sherlock Holmes. 5) “Elementary, my dear Watson” is the good doctor’s famous catchphrase. However, he never actually uses that phrase in any of the books. 6) Dr. Watson is the narrator of most of the Holmes books. 7) The good doctor is not only an excellent surgeon and healer, but also described as an excellent marksman with firearms. 8 ) Doyle created Dr. Watson, an ordinary man, to contradict Holmes, the analytical, unemotional machine. 9) Dr. Watson was a precursor to many sidekicks of great fictional detectives such…

Author Q&A with William C. Rempel
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / July 7, 2011

William C. Rempel wrote the excellent non-fiction book “At the Devil’s Table” which I recently read and highly recommend. Mr. Rempel is a noted investigative journalist and editor for the L.A. Times and was kind enough to answer a few questions.

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