Book Review: Very Recent History by Choire Sicha
Latest Posts / August 12, 2013

After the Wall Street crash of 2008, the richest man in town is the mayor. Billionaires shed apartments like last season’s fashions, even as the country’s economy turns inside out. The young and careless go on as they always have, getting laid and getting laid off, falling in and out of love, and trying to navigate the strange world they traffic in: the Internet, complex financial markets, credit cards, pop stars, micro-plane cheese graters, and sex apps.

Fun Facts Friday: John Dryden
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 9, 2013

John Dryden (19 August, 1631 – 12 May, 1700) was an English playwright, literary critic and poet. Dryden was England’s first poet laureate and was also historiographer royal. Walter Scott called Dryden “Glorious John” A period in which Dryden dominated the literary life was called Age of Dryden Dryden was the oldest of 14 children and a second cousin once removed of Jonathan Swift During his time as a playwright, Dryden maintained that he was never good enough for his audience. Dryden was expelled from the Royal Society for non-payment of his dues. Of Dramatick Poesie (1668) is considered Dryden’s best unsystematic prefaces and essays. Her wrote that work in Wiltshire when London was suffering the Great Plague. Dryden had a long standing conflict with John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. In 1679 Rochester hired thugs to attack Dryden in Convent Garden near his home. Dryden was also known for his satiric verse. Dryden is believed to be the first person to state that English sentences should not end in a preposition. Dryden was buried in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Soho, however 10 days after his burial he was exhumed and reburied in Westminster Abbey. Zohar – Man of la…

Book Review: The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 7, 2013

Engineer Henri Poincaré works hard to try and bring up the frigate HMS Lutine which went down almost 200 years before with millions worth of gold in its belly. As a reward for his hard work, Henri takes a break and hikes at low tide across the Wadden Sea. Henri gets to know his guide, Liesel Kraus who is a director at Kraus Steel and is still haunted by a violent history and corrupting wealth.

Book Review: Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 6, 2013

About: Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the sixth book about the Lord of the Jungle. Even though this is the sixth book about a character with an established history, it is a prequel. My rat­ing for Jungle Tales of Tarzan — 3 Buy this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic format More Books by by Edgar Rice Burroughs Thoughts: Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a collection of short stories which tell of the adventures of Tarzan before he met any white people. As the other books, these tales are very readable and make for a quick read. The stories are loosely related to one another and most of them are told in chronological order. In these stories Tarzan learns to love, develops religion, and philosophizes about the moon. Meanwhile, our prolific ape-man analyzes himself in relation to the other jungle animals in general, and specifically apes. The book is filled with fights, it seems Tarzan fights a representative of every jungle animal he encounters as well as the Gomangani tribe. The novel is filled with fast paced action and good characterization. For the modern reader however, the book will seem racist –…

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