On Travel
Latest Posts / July 30, 2013

I am on travel this week. I have very limited access to computer (but brought plenty of books). I will resume my posts next week. Happy Reading. Zohar – Man of la Book

The Man Booker Prize Longlist for 2013
Latest Posts / July 25, 2013

The Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced – I haven’t read any of these books but I guess they’re good and will go on the “to read” list. Anyone read one or all? Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus) The Luminaries Eleanor Catton (Granta) Harvest Jim Crace (Picador) The Marrying of Chani Kaufman Eve Harris (Sandstone Press) The Kills Richard House (Picador) The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury) Unexploded Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton) TransAtlantic Colum McCann (Bloomsbury) Almost English Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle) A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki (Canongate) The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland) The Testament of Mary Colm Tóibín (Viking) Zohar – Man of la Book

Book Review: The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 24, 2013

On an Arctic expedition, Dr. Kate Philo discovers the body of a man who was flash frozen deep in ice. In what could only be considered exceptional science with a bit of luck, the man, Judge Jeremiah Rice was brought back to life after being dead for more than a century.

Dr. Kate joins Judge Rice as he learns more about this new society, while the project’s director Dr. Erastus Carthage tries to exploit the Lazarus Project and Judge Rice for as long as he can.
And time is running out quickly.

Book Review: The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 23, 2013

About: The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum is a novel published in 1972. The thriller is the second book published by Mr. Ludlum. My rating for The Osterman Weekend – 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* More Books by Robert Ludlum Thoughts: The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum starts out with murder and deception. A TV host of a magazine type show, is being summoned to Washington under false pretenses and convinced by the CIA that his friends are conspiring against the country. The host, John Tanner, invites his friends to his home for the weekend in order for the traitor to reveal themselves so the CIA could capture them. This is a clever, intriguing and fun book which has glimmers of the genius which Robert Ludlum is about to become. The characters come to life, even though not all of them are likeable or pleasant. I’ve enjoyed this book (not as much as I enjoyed Ludlum’s later releases) simply because it intrigued me, the characters were interesting and the plot was fascinating since both the reader and the main character have no idea what’s going on. Even though The Osterman Weekend might seem thick, as are…

Guest Review: X-wing: Rogue Squadron (Star Wars) by Michael Stackpole
Fiction , Latest Posts / July 20, 2013

Buy this Star Wars Book in paper or elec­tronic copy* Andrew: Orig­i­nally pub­lished at: http://www.rancorslovetoread.com/2008/12/andrews-review-of-x-wing-rogue-squadron.html 4/5 Rancors – Michael Stackpole’s first book in the X-wing series, Rogue Squadron, was an exciting breath of fresh air when it was published in 1996. Bantam Spectra had offered a variety of novels focusing on the main characters from the Original Trilogy, but Rogue Squadron brought us an almost completely new group to follow. The story begins as Wedge Antilles, the only survivor of both Death Star runs (Luke was preoccupied with his father and the Emperor during the attack on the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi), is reassembling Rogue Squadron two-and-a-half years after the Battle of Endor. Wedge has been touring around the New Republic as a political figurehead, helping convince worlds uncertain of their allegiance to join the new government founded by the Rebellion. The fledging diplomatic corps is anxious to assemble a Rogue Squadron that has broad representation among various key constituent worlds, meaning Wedge can’t quite assemble the exact team he would desire. Squadmates Hobbie and Janson from the Battle of Hoth are off training squadrons of new recruits, so Rogue Squadron’s new roster is comprised entirely of non-film characters. The…

Fun Facts Friday: Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 19, 2013

Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson (19 July, 1875 – 18 September 1935) is an American poet and was involved in the flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance. Alice was among the first generation of African Americans born free in the New Orleans after the American Civil War. Alice graduated from Straight University in 1892, a time when fewer than 1% of Americans went to college. She became a teacher in New Orleans’ public school system. The Monthly Review published Ms. Moore’s collection of short stories & poems, Violets and Other Tales, in 1895. During the late 1800’s Ms. Moore moved to New York (previously to Boston) and co-founded White Rose Mission in Brooklyn. The home was also knowing as White Rose Home for Girls. Ms. Moore married Paul Laurence Dunbar, a poet and journalist, in 1898 and moved to Washington DC with him. The couple separated in 1902, however they never got an official divorce. Reportedly Mr. Dunbar was disturbed by Ms. Moore’s lesbian affairs. She was disturbed by his alcoholism and depression. Ms. Dunbar moved to Wilmingon, DE and taught at Howard High School. In 1910 Ms. Dunbar married a prominent physician and professor, Henry A. Callis. However that marriage…

Book Review: League of Sombodies by Samuel Sattin
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 17, 2013

Fearghas Murdoch Sikophsky wants to raise the world’s first legitimate superhero – the candidate: his son Lenard. However, before becoming a hero Lenard must pass several tests from an ancient book which teaches men how to be men. In the process Lenard falls in love with the mentally unstable Laura Moskowitz.

Book Review: Rocking the Wall by Erik Kirschbaum
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / July 16, 2013

About: Rocking the Wall: Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert that Changed the World by Erik Kirschbaum is a non-fiction book about a 1988 Springsteen concert in East Berlin, Germany. Mr. Kirschbaum got the idea for the book in a taxi coming back from a 2002 Springsteen concert in Berlin, when the cab driver told him about the incredible night which changed the country. 144 pages Publisher: Berlinica Publishing LLC Language: English ISBN-10: 1935902741 My rating for Rocking the Wall – 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tor­nic format* Thoughts: Rocking the Wall: Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert that Changed the World by Erik Kirschbaum is a short book and a fast read. It is especially poignant for those of us who actually remember a place called East Berlin. I call New Jersey my home state, it’s understandable that Bruce Springsteen is a mega star there, heck, I knew people who went to school with him. What’s amazing is that this local boy became a huge mega star not only in the country, but for a while was the biggest rock star on the planet. The first few chapters give an overall, and quick, history of East Berlin and the…

Children’s Book Review: The Legend of OinkADoodleMoo by Alan St. Jean
Kid's Reviews , Latest Posts / July 15, 2013

I won The Legend of OinkADoodleMoo by Alan St. Jean (website) from Bookingly Yours. If I knew what a hit this book would have been in my house I would have gladly bought it. This is a cute story and comes with a CD which includes 2 tracks. The first is the author reading the story and the second is the story being sung. My kids loved it (as you can see below). Please leave a nice comment to encourage them to read more and make more videos. Thanks. Buy this book from Amazon.com* Buy this book from Amazon.com* Zohar – Man of la Book Disclaimer: I got this book for free *Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

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