Cover Gallery: King Solomon’s Mines
Latest Posts / March 31, 2012

I posted about King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard this week, as Part of the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1). For a book that has been around since 1885 there has been many wonderful covers. Personally I like the last one, just because I have a tendency towards the pulp art, but I think that all the selections below reflect the style, ideas and narrative of the book. Good job by the designers who might have actually read the book. So tell me, which one is your favorite? Buy this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic format. More book by H. Rider Haggard Buy this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic format. More book by H. Rider Haggard Zohar – Man of la Book   Related articles Fun Facts Friday: King Solomon’s Mines ( HiLoBooks to publish Haggard! ( Quote of the Day – February 17, 2012 ( Word Definition: Boss ( 75 Years of Adventure (

Fun Facts Friday: King Solomon’s Mines
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 30, 2012

Sometimes the story behind the book is more interesting than the book. King Solomon’s Mines (my thoughts) by H. Rider Haggard also has an interesting story behind the novel that inspired such characters as Indiana Jones. Buy this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic format. More book by H. Rider Haggard 1 ) When the novel was first published in London, 1885, it was marketed “ The Most Amazing Book Ever Written” and became an immediate best seller 2 ) At the time explorations around the globe were major headlines, however Africa largely remained a mystery. King Solomon’s Mines was the first novel, published in English, to capture the public’s interest. 3 ) Haggard has traveled in Africa when he was 19 and witnessed the Anglo-Zulu War as well as the First Boer War. 4 ) Alan Quatermain is based largely on famed British white hunter and explorer Frederick Courteney Selous. 5) The part in the novel about Captain Good taking out his false teeth and terrifying the locals is based on a true story. Jospeh Thomson, a Scottish explorer, has documented this even in his book Through Masai Land where he scared Kenyan warriors taking out his false teeth and putting them back. Haggard was…

Free eBook This Weekend Only
Latest Posts / March 29, 2012

For two days starting this Friday and ending Saturday night, James Conroy’s novel ‘Literally Dead‘ will be available as a free download in Amazon’s Kindle stores around the world. In the midst of the Great Depression, one man must do battle against corruption with nothing but his wits and a host of great literary figures… Amos Jansen is merely a clerk. He is not a crime fighter, the next great writer, or a man of privilege. He is the humble employee of a Chicago literary society. That is, until he is arrested for murder. The scapegoat of a perfidious lieutenant, Jansen stands wrongly accused while his idols rally around him. Literary personalities the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nelson Algren, and H.L. Mencken, as well as civil liberties war-horse Clarence Darrow, join Amos in his search for the real murderer of both the society’s vice-chairman and his own father. Will the pen prove mightier than the sword? Will mercenary police, politicians and money-barons meet with justice? Or will Jansen fail to solve the mystery and wind up literally dead?

Tightwad Tuesday – Free or Affordable eBooks – Jewish Non-Fiction

Welcome to a new feature of my blog where I’d list books from a certain category which you can download for free. I call this feature Tightwad Tuesday because I’m a tightwad…and it’s Tuesday. For the Kindle: The Remnant – Stories of the Jewish Resistance in WWII (Boomer Book Series) by Othniel J. Seiden After researching the transcripts of the Nuremburg Trials and interviewing ‘The Remnant’ or Jewish survivors of the holocaust, many still living in Israel; Othniel Seiden was compelled to write their startling and remarkable stories of World War II. In this stunning and compelling historical novel about the Jews who were able to remain free and fight, Seiden documents their survival, their suffering, their missions and their guerrilla warfare tactics against the Nazi occupation forces. Also, well documented, the tragedy of Kiev and now infamous ravine of Babi Yar where it is thought that nearly a million people, Jews and non-Jews alike were massacred. These brave few escaped the certain death of their co-religionists by acts of bravery and sheer determination to live. The myth that the Jewish people ‘went to their deaths like sheep to slaughter. . .’ is put to rest forever in the stories of…

Thoughts on: The One by RJ Smith

About: The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by RJ Smith is a biographyof the Godfather of Soul. The title “The One” refers mainly to the artist’s emphasis on playing the right beat. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the form at the end of the post to enter. 464 pages Publisher: Gotham (March 15, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1592406572 My rating for The One – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by RJ Smith Thoughts: The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by RJ Smith is a true testament that the nickname of “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” is not an empty gesture. While I don’t think I’d like to have worked with Mr. Brown or even would have liked him personally, I can certainly appreciate and even admire his work ethic. In this new biography, which digresses often but always stays on message, James Brown comes across as a demanding, violent, abusing and demanding man. However, this giant of music grew up in violent times; shaped by a segregated South in a rural community riddled with crime and poverty, which he never…

Twitter Roundoup for Week Ending 24 March, 2012
Latest Posts / March 25, 2012

This week’s twitter feed was full of Hunger Games tweets in anticipation of the movie. While I don’t usually tweet about movies (even though I am a movie geek) I think it’s wonderful that people are interested in the movie BECAUSE of the books. Thoughts on: The Hunger Games by Suzanne #HungerGames#BookReview Profile: Aksel Hennie – star of Jo Nesbo’s… via @thelistmagazine Spring in literature – quiz via @guardian The Library Loft – 10 Design Ideas For Your Dream Loft – Book Review & Giveaway: Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd #BookReview Flowchart Friday: Are you reading the “right” books? | BOOK RIOT via @BookRiot Oh, My Hand: Complaints Medieval Monks Scribbled in the Margins of Illuminated Manuscripts | Brain Pickings – Book Clouds Pope’s Mexico Trip – – Digital Publishing With The Everyday Book Marketer | – We Need An E-Reader For Car Guys | Autopia | – Erotic e-book ’50 Shades of Grey’ seduces Hollywood suitors – Movies Wires – – 10 Die-Hard ‘Hunger Games’ Fans and Their Crazy Tattoos (PHOTOS) – The Daily Beast – Book Brahmin: Beth Gutcheon – ‘Hunger Games’ Fans: 4 Other Books That Will Hook Them Next – The Hollywood Reporter – Fake bibliophilia – “In our new digital…

Thoughts on: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 24, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on Blogcritics. About: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a dystopian novel written for young adults (YA). Even though the main audience targeted, the book has struck chords with parents as well and has been a best seller since it came out. 384 pages Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (July 3, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0439023521 My rating for The Hunger Games – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic for­mat Or get The Hunger Games Trilogy in paper or electronic format through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Suzanne Collins Thoughts: I’ll admit it, I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (website) because my wife did and I didn’t… we can’t have that now. Can we? I can certainly see why the book was such a hit. The novel struck many chords and many themes (teenage anguish, love, work, poverty and more), was an easy and quick read, as well as full of action. Ms. Collins built a fantastical and believable world where the United States is no more and instead the country is now called Panem which is run from “The Capital” and divided…

Fun Facts Friday: The Hunger Games
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 23, 2012

 The Hunger Games movie comes out today. I thought it would be fun to bring up some fun facts for all the fans. Check out this blog tomorrow for my thoughts on the novel. Buy The Hunger Games Trilogy Set More Books by Suzanne Collins 1 ) Author Suzanne Collins (website) said she got the idea for The Hunger Games while surfing channels and seeing people competing on a reality show and footage of the invasion of Iraq. The two blurred and an idea was formed. 2 ) The Hunger Games’ initial print was 200,000, bumped up from 50,000 3 ) The book has been translated to 26 different languages 4 ) Suzanne Collins is the first children’s or YA author to sell over a million Kindle eBooks and, as of March 2012, Collins is the best selling Kindle author of all times. 5 ) The Hunger Games can also claim 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle eBooks and, at the time of this post, Collins has written 17 of the top 20 most highlighted passages. 6 ) The novel ranks fifth on the American Library Association of most banned books for 2010 for being “sexually explicit,…

Guest Post: Guerlain – Marie Claire by M.J. Rose
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / March 22, 2012

M.J. Rose:  I’ve been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances… since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother’s dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia. Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination… (researched and described  with the help of the perfume writer  Dimitrios Dimitriadis)   GUERLAIN – MARIE CLAIRE Guerlain is revered as one of the most spectacular perfume houses in the world. More than 180 years of perfume history has translated into the creation of over 700 perfumes – many of which are rare editions and long-lost gems. In 1996, Guerlain created an eau de parfum for the French edition of Marie Claire magazine – limited to only 1000 examples – which were assigned to recipients by way of a competition. Nowadays, this rare treasure has all but disappeared. Marie Claire (the perfume) was a summery bouquet of white blossoms – jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang, which bloom over a dry, earthy vetiver base. A perfume with titanic sillage and an enduring presence, Marie Claire has slipped from our consciousness as yet another perfume lost to time.

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