Thoughts on: Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 8, 2011

About: “Rhino Ranch” by Larry McMurtry is a fictional book set in Texas. The book follows familiar characters from previous McMurtry Books. 288 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 1439156409 My rating for Rhino Ranch – 3 Buy & Save on “ Rhino Ranch” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Rhino Ranch” by Larry McMurtry is is easy to read, with lots and lots of white space, some of the chapters are half a page and none longer then two pages. Strangely enough, some of the chapters are split, or so it seemed to me, without any rhyme or reason. I found the rhinos a very intriguing and interesting part of the story, however slowly the rhinos fade out, which is too bad because they were more believable than the quirky, and not-so-quirky, characters who pop in and out of the pages of this book. The author writes about Duane as if the reader is familiar with the series of books, but even though I haven’t read the previous books I liked Duane, his friends and even his grandson which seemed to be the only sane character in the book. McMurtry…

Thoughts on: Just My Type: by Simon Garfield
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / September 7, 2011

About: “Just My Type: A Book About Fonts” by Simon Garfield is a nonfiction book about fonts. After reading this book I will never look at signs the same way again. 356 pages Pub­lisher: Gotham ISBN: 1592406521 The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Just My Type” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. My rating for Just My Type  – 5 Buy & Save on “Just My Type” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield (website | Twitter) is a humorous and entertaining book which will change the way you look at the world. Like me, most people probably don’t think much about fonts, unless they’re ugly, unfitting or difficult to read. As it turned out there are font aficionados out there, enough to merit heavy discussions on IKEA changing its font and to religiously maintain Internet groups. That is not including those whose livelihood depends on fonts (authors, designers, advertisers, etc.). Pangram: a phrase that contains all of the letters of the alphabetIf you know nothing about typography don’t worry, the second chapter explains common terms which you’ll want…

Thoughts on: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 6, 2011

About: “Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman is an award winning fictional book inspired by Norse Mythology. I picked it up because frankly, I seem to enjoy everything Neil Gaiman writes. 128 pages Publisher: HarperCollins; First Editiion First Printing edition ISBN: 0061671738 My rating for Odd and the Frost Giants – 5 Buy & Save on “ Odd and the Frost Giants” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kindle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK  Thoughts: “Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman (Web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter) is a wonderful, quick read, by one of my favorite authors. The story is about a lonely boy named Odd, who lost his Viking father and his mother who was “stolen” by his father from her native Scotland. Odd tries to make it on his own by living up to his father’s mythical image only to be crippled in an accident which forces his mother to get re-married. Needless to say Odd’s stature in the new house is not very high. Odd runs away to his old house, only to encounter Norse gods in the form of a bear (Thor), an eagle (Odin) and a fox…

Fun Facts Friday: Mort Walker
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 2, 2011

Tomorrow, September 3 will be the birthday of author and cartoonist Mort Walker (September 3, 1923). Mr. Walker (website) is mostly known for creating the comic strip Beetle Bailey in 1950 as well as Hi and Lois in 1954. Mr. Walker has written several excellent books on comics history and comic art as well as children’s books. 1 ) Born Addison Morton Walker in El Dorado, KS but grew up in Kansas City, MI. 2 ) Published his first comic strip at age 11. 3 ) Sold his first cartoon at age 12. 4 ) At 15 Mr. Walker already worked as a comic=strip artist for a newspaper and was chief editorial designer at Hall Brothers by the time he was 18. 5 ) Serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Walker was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. 6 ) “Beetle Baily” was picked up for syndication in 1950 by King Features. 7 ) In 1954 the Army’s paper Stars & Stripes dropped the strip because “it supposedly engendered lack of respect for officers”. Subsequently and due to the large press this move received the strip was picked up by more than 100 newspapers. 8 ) In…

Thoughts on: Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwarz
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / September 1, 2011

About: “Displaced Persons” by Ghita Schwartz is a fictional book which follows a group of holocaust survivors from their liberation to the twilight of their life.  This is a moving narrative of people with no country and no home. 352 pages Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 0061881902 The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Displaced Persons” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. My rating for Displaced Persons – 4 Buy & Save on “Displaced Persons” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon  | Kin­dle |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Displaced Persons” by Ghita Schwartz (website) is a post World War II survival story. An evocative novel which follows holocaust survivors for decades after their liberation. The content of the story is very interesting and thought provoking. What I found most interesting is how, living through decades after being liberated, the world treats the survivors differently. The perspective is not only that of the survivors themselves, but also of the society around them. That is the aspect of the book I liked the most, society has not treated the survivors generously as we might like to imagine. For many years they were seen as…

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