Thoughts on: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 7, 2012

About: American Gods by Neil Gaiman is an award wining fictional book. The book blends fantasy, Americana and mythology to create a unique story from the brilliant mind of one of today’s top writers. 624 pages Publisher: Harper (April 30, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 0380789035 My rating for American Gods –5 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Thoughts: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter) is fascinating, titillating, smart and funny. This is not a light read on vacation because the book asks you to suspend reality and be immersed in it. Mr. Gaiman makes many cultural references, societal commentary (not always good) and loads of mythological elements weaved into this fascinating story. The book’s main character takes us through a journey which weaves a tale of how the old gods (Odin, Thor, Anubis, elves, leprechauns, etc.), who were brought over to the US by immigrants, are dying because people stopped believing in them to favor the new gods (media, celebrities, technology, money and more). The scenery takes place mostly on the back roads of the United States where the protagonist meets gritty folks who, despite the storyline, are believable and…

Guest Post: Rhinestone Beads
Uncategorized / May 5, 2012

These gorgeous rhinestone beads are high quality and affordable for all to enjoy. One cannot easily tarnish them because of the material made to prevent that from occurring. They come in a variety of colors, such as purple, green, pink, blue, yellow and orange. Any creative person can make beautiful jewelry from it. For example, he or she can make necklaces or bracelets. All of them come with an elegant shine that makes them very appealing. An individual is likely to become very creative upon looking and analyzing the hole of the bead and ways to make it a success for themselves or for their business. With your design, a spark will occur because of the sophistication of the amazing product. Customers will come back flocking for more of these unique beads that one can get at beads barn. Organizations will continue to work together to keep producing them at an alarming wait. Anyone who purchases these beads will become astonished at the response that will happen from their clienteles. The demand of the product will rise, and so will the economic boost from increasing revenue too. Industries will continue to keep coming back for as many rhinestone beads as…

Thoughts on: Sikander by M. Salahuddin Kahn
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 5, 2012

Seventeen year old Sikander is studious Pakistani who dreams of America. His plans change after a raging quarrel with his family which prompts him to leave home. Ending up as a mujahideen warrior in neighboring Afghanistan, Sikander fights the Soviets and due to his language skills is picked to go to Scotland in order to learn Stinger missiles.

Thoughts on: Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer

Article first published as Book Review: Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer on Blogcritics. About: Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer is an autobiography of the Israeli industrialist. My father has always admired Mr. Wertheimer, unfortunately he did not live long enough to read this book which I’m sure he would have loved. 383 pages Publisher: yediot sfarim (2011) Language: Hebrew ASIN: B00641DQDM My rating for Man at a Machine – 5 Buy this book in paper format. Thoughts: Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer is more than just a biography, it is an important document of what can be achieved with dedication and creativity. Mr. Wertheimer came to Israel as a boy after his family escaped Germany during the 1930’s and has became a successful entrepreneur and statesman. The self-made man, who built his first business with his own two hands believing in himself and his foresight, is not only one of the captains of Israeli industry but also a posses a unique ideology. Mr. Wertheimer’s views were shaped and solidified by his parents, who accurately forecasted Europe’s turmoil and managed to get out in 1936, when Stef was 10 years old. To this day, in his…

Guest Post & Giveaway (Over) of Kindle Touch: Unspent Time Launch Party
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / May 2, 2012

Unspent Time Launch Party Get free books and win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch     Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%* (* These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!) From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time; time that was allotted but never spent. This is where we find the stories that could have been true. Read how to enter below. Excerpt “This is not what it looks like,” he said, glancing about nervously. “And even if it was,” he added, “which it isn’t, then it still wouldn’t be. Understand?” I shook my head. “You think I don’t know what I’m talking about?” He tried to move a lock of hair from his face, which was odd, as he was one of the baldest people I’d seen in a long time. “What business would it be of yours, anyway?” He shot me a defiant look. “I mean, it’s just a pen. Am I not allowed to hold a pen?…

Thoughts on: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 1, 2012

About: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger is a fictional book which deals with online marriages of US citizens to mail order brides. As with any marriage, this one is also fraught with challenges on a day to day basis. My rating for The Newlyweds – 3 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format. More books by Nell Freudenberger Thoughts: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger is a well written book and a first rate drama. The author created a rich world and some thought provoking instances in the narrative. This is one of those books that I’m on the fence about (much like Jane Eyre). While I certainly appreciate the quality, the story didn’t speak to me nor could I identify myself with anyone of the characters except George, the American husband, which is basically a set piece. As someone who is not unfamiliar with cross cultural / cross religious marriages, as well as immigration and culture shock, I thought this book would speak to me more – but it didn’t. I really liked the premise of a Bangladeshi woman coming to the United States to marry an American. Amina is not some dimwit, but an intelligent (far more intelligent than her husband),…

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