Audiobook Giveaway: The Last Israelis by Noah Beck
Latest Posts / May 22, 2013

A few months ago I reviewed The Last Israelis by Noah Beck. Noah produced the first draft of his novel in just ten weeks, which is not much time to research, write, and refine a manuscript. So he took advantage of the many months involved in producing a second edition of his book (this time adding paperback and audiobook formats) to make many editorial refinements along the way. Noah also have a wonderful blog in which he writes of his experience in marketing a his book, dealing with publishers and other professionals which makes a fascinating read. Noah has been kind enough to offer one  Audible downloads of the audiobook to three winners (each one is a $20 value) on the condition that the winners will write and post a review. If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, you can buy the paper, eBook or audio version today. Giveaway Give­away ends: May 29, 2013 A valid e-mail and Audible.com account is needed Winners’ email address will be shared with Mr. Beck for the sole purpose of sending them the free download code Winners MUST write and post a review   Congratulations: allibrary@, studying.forensix@, etotschinger@

Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 20, 2013

About: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is the long awaited novel by this bestselling author. Mr. Hoseini’s previous novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, sold more than 38 million books. 416 pages Publisher: Riverhead Sold by: Penguin Publishing Language: English My rat­ing for And the Mountains Echoed — 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format* More Books by Khaled Hosseini Thoughts: I was glad to receive a copy of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (website | Facebook) from the publisher as I enjoyed both his previous books. When I started reading the book two things became immediately clear – this was not going to be another heart wrenching novel and that this is going to be an ambitious story. This is a character driven novel, the story takes place all over the world over decades, but it’s the characters that make you want to come back for the next story. One the reader gets through about half the book, the reader can put together the individual pieces which make the work a whole. What I enjoyed in the narrative were the subtleties which Mr. Hosseini weaves into his work. Reading the stories…

Thoughts on: War & Peace: Book 4 Part 4
Latest Posts / May 18, 2013

Natasha is mourning Andrei, yet she is unaware that Petya has died as well. Natasha replays in her mind her last conversations with Andrei and to consider whether or not they had understood one another when news of Petya’s death come.

Fun Facts Friday: Dorothy Richardson
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 17, 2013

Dorothy Richardson (17 May, 1873 – 17 June 1957) was an English author. Ms. Richardson was an influential writer whose stream-of-consciousness style has influenced such luminaries as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. Richardson’s work validated and focused the female experiences as subjects for literature. Books by Dorothy Richardson Even though she’s not popular today, during her lifetime Richardson was widely read and discussed. Richardson’s father was a grocer who went bankrupt, her mother was severely depressed and Richardson devoted herself to caring for her. One day in 1895, while Richardson was taking a walk, her mother committed suicide. Richardson was highly educated and held jobs as a teacher in Germany, London and as a governess. Insisting on being independent, Richardson worked as a dental assistant while writing essays and reviews. In the early 1900’s Richardson met a husband of an old friend, author H.G. Wells. The couple had an affair and Richardson was impregnated with Wells’ child. Richardson broke up her relationship with Wells so she could raise the child herself, however she miscarried. While writing a monthly column for The Dental Record, Richardson was working on her stream-of-consciousness novel, Pilgrimmage. Pilgrimmage, which followed the life of a young woman,…

Star Wars Kids Room
Latest Posts / May 15, 2013

My son celebrated his sixth birthday yesterday, my wife and I decided to surprise him with a Star Wars themed room … on a budget. The reason I’m writing this post is because of the lack of resources I found on the Internet when it comes to kids Star Wars themed rooms. I found a whole bunch of great stuff, I mean really great… thousands of dollars great and as much as I think that my son certainly deserves a life size Yoda statue or a wall of FX replica lightsabers I don’t think he’d appreciate those collectibles as his old man would. We redid the room for about $150 which includes the new bed sheets and comforter. We did use some of his old Star Wars toys which are no long in use but would make great decorations (such as the masks) and puzzles. The room consits of: New bedding New comforter Yoda Glow in the Dark Giant Wall Decal (bought at AC Moore with a 40% off coupon) Various Star Wars: The Clone Wars glow in the dark wall decals  (bought at AC Moore with a 40% off coupon) Darth Vader and Clone Trooper masks Custom bought pictures…

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 14, 2013

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is a novel taking place in New York, 1899. The story weaves two mythical creature from two different cultures to create a different kind of story altogether.

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Author Q&A with Glen Weldon
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / May 13, 2013

Glen Wel­don is a non-fiction book chron­i­cling the fic­tional his­tory of the Man of Steel in comic books, radio, TV, the­ater, music and movies. Mr. Wel­don is a con­trib­u­tor to NPR’s pod­cast Pop Cul­ture Happy Hour and author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography. Q. As you mentioned in your book, Superman is not “just” a hero, but also a symbol. This is not a marketing ploy but a status which the fan base bestowed upon him. Why do you think that is? A. Some of it comes down to timing: His status as the first true superhero sets him apart, ensuring that he’ll always be the ideal other heroes get measured against. He created an archetype that persists to this day. But if World War II hadn’t come along — which transformed him from an outlaw hero in the Batman/Shadow/Zorro mold to a patriotic symbol — who knows if he’d be seen as the icon he is today? People needed a hero to help them localize the anxieties of wartime — to show them that Good always triumphed. It’s a lesson that imprinted itself onto the collective consciousness of the country — and the world — and still hangs around….

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