Book Review: Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin

About: Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin is an autobiography by the famous astronaut. I read this book about a year ago, but it seems fitting to publish the post today, the 43rd anniversary of the moon landing. My rating for Magnificent Desolation – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Buzz Aldrin Thoughts: Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin (website) is a very interesting book. To be honest, I only bought it as an excuse to meet Mr. Aldrin, but I’m glad I did. For most of us, whether we want to admit it or not, the highlight of our lives, the event which we define ourselves, the successful summit to the Mt. Olympus of our existence, happened before we were 25. For an aerospace engineer with an inquisitive and fertile mind it seemed a disappointment that it happened at age 39. I think the book could use a bit of re-writing by a “commoner”. It’s almost insulting to read that Dr. Aldrin and his lovely wife say they had no income in one paragraph, yet they travel the globe, take ski vacations, go diving around the…

Author Q&A with Sara Blædel
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / July 19, 2012

Sara Blædel (web­site | Face­book | @sarablaedel) , the Danish author had her second book translated into English. Ms. Blædel, a fine writer has agreed to answer a few pesky question. Q. How did you come up with the character of  Inspector Louise Rick? A. She simply appeared one day. I had been a publisher of crime novels for some time while at the same time working as a journalist. First came the question: What if (I could write a crime novel myself?). Then came Louise! Both she and side-kick Camilla Lind were at first based on some colleagues I had at a TV-station where I worked, because I wanted to create some distance between myself and my protagonists. Q.If I go to Copenhagen’s and the surrounding community to where you set your stories, can I use your books as guide books or many of the local places made up? A. Everything is exactly as I describe it! We could arrange a tour for Man of la Book and/or some of his readers! It’s important to me that the surroundings are recognizable to people who know them. At the same time I try hard to describe them in a way…

Book Review: Only One Life by Sara Blædel
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 18, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Only One Life by Sara Blædel on Blogcritics. About: Only One Life by Sara Blædel is a fictional mystery book set in Denmark. This is the second book translated into English in the series featuring Detective Louise Rick. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the Raf­fle­copter form at the end of the post to enter. 352 pages Publisher: Pegasus Language: English ISBN-10: 1605983500 My rating for Only One Life – 4 Buy this book thru More Books by Sara Blædel Thoughts: Only One Life by Sara Blædel (website | Facebook | @sarablaedel) lives up to the previous novel, Call Me Princess, which I read about a year ago and enjoyed as well. The book is exciting and the characters are well written and continue to build up and expand from the previous book (even though I understand that there are more untranslated books). The book touches on some relevant topics, such as honor killing, social intolerance and sexual based crimes. The author explores these subjects, and more, without forcing her own morality or ideology down the readers’ throats, which is a big plus for me. I love to read about…

Book Review: The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor

Article first published as Book Review: The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor on Blogcritics. About: The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World by Steven Saylor is a collection of short stories starring the youthful, wise cracking Gordianus.  Currently there is a popular series of mysteries written by Mr. Saylor and starring an older Gordianus. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy to 2 (two) win­ners – enter using the Raf­fle­copter form at the end of this post. 336 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0312359845 My rating for The Seven Wonders – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More books by Seven Saylor Thoughts: I enjoyed Saylor’s (web­site | Face­book),previous books (although admittedly I didn’t read many) and was thrilled to be offered to read The Seven Wonders. The short stories are a great introduction to Gordianus and actually have a running theme throughout them besides a travelogue. I am a true believer that travel opens the mind, it lets you see for yourself that there are other ways to live your life besides what you believe is the right way. Actually, traveling shows you that there is no right way, a dirt…

Book Review: The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / July 14, 2012

The book is divided into eight chapters which help the reader understand George Lucas. The story starts from Lucas’ humble beginnings in Modesto, CA, introduces us to his family and start in the film making business. The book then goes to analyze each of the Star Wars films and the creative process (not the technicalities of movie making) which created the much beloved stories and characters.

Fun Facts Friday: Michael Shea
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 13, 2012

Today we celebrate the birthday of award winning science-fiction author Michael Shea (13 July, 1943 – ???). Mr. Shea (website) has won “year’s best” World Fantasy Awards for his novel Nifft the Lean and Growlimb, a novella. Books by Michael Shea 1 ) Michael Shea hitchhiked twice across the USA 2 ) A Quest fo Simbilis is Vance’s homage, and an authorized sequel, to Jack Vance’s The Eyes of the Overworld which he found in a hotel in Juneau, AK. 3 ) Jack Vance declined to share the advance offered by DAW Books. 4 ) Some of the jobs Mr. Shea had before and after publication were: painting houses, teaching ESL,, construction and night clerk. 5 ) Mr. Shea married Lynn Cesar, author and artist. They have two children, a boy and a girl. 6 ) Michael Shea’s book Nifft the Lean is a collection of four linked stories. 7 ) The Color out of Time is an homage to H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour out of Space. 8 ) Reviewing The Incomplete Niff, writer Elizabeth Hand said that she “must create a new category for this beautiful, terrifying work, part sword-and-sorcery, part season in hell. Call it Shea generis.” 9 ) Shea’s…

Grandfather’s Book Published – A Tragedy
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / July 12, 2012

The story of how Pegasus Falling came to be published is possibly as tragic as the story within its pages. William Thomas, my grandfather, was born in 1925. He started work as a messenger at theBBC at the age of 14. When war broke out, he went to work with his father at a factory in Harrow. While still a teenager, William joined the army and was soon recruited in to the Parachute Regiment. By May 1945, he had been “dropped” in to a number of key battles and become a much decorated soldier. He was still only 19 years old. Following the war, he served in Palestine until 1948. William has six children. As they were growing up, he was working and studying in shifts as a merchant seaman and an engineer. He was one of the first students to enrol at The Open University and in his mid fifties, he decided to work there full time as a lab technician, remaining there until his retirement in 1990. Having become quickly bored of the life of a pensioner, he looked around for something to keep him occupied. A lover of the arts, in particular music and literature, he bought…

Book Review: Pegasus Falling by William E. Thomas

Captain Stanley Adam Malcom Parker, known as Sammy (S.A.M. Malcom), is a British captain in the Parachute Regiment during World War II. During operation Market he was captured but after attacking an SS officer, was sent to spend the rest of the war in a concentration camp. The same impulsiveness which has gotten him to the camp also helped him to survive.

Excited About Upcoming Non-Fiction?
Latest Posts / July 10, 2012

BAND (Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees) is a group of people devoted to reading and discussing nonfiction and to promote its nonboringness. Its brilliant! Each month they post a question which other members answer.  BAND’s brilliant leader is Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness. Check her blog out! The post today is about upcoming new non-fiction books which you are excited about? I do read a lot of non-fiction books, not solely because I don’t like to box myself into a corner, but I do like to learn something…anything … from my reading. One could argue that you cold learn as much from fiction books as you do from non-fiction, but this isn’t what this post is about. I’m always on the lookout for interesting books, the thing is I never know what would I would find interesting, there is no genre or subject. Sometimes I get on a kick, for instance a few years ago I read any book which deals with the American Civil War, then moved on to the Civil War Generals’ biographies, then to the American Revolution, then to simple physics – no rhyme or reason. Without further ado and not in order, here are five books which either…

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