Book Review: Napoleon by Andrew Roberts

The author’s astute understanding of the material has provided the book with a fresh take on a man that so much has been written about. Mr. Robert’s understanding of the times and personalities helped him convey that information in a clear, concise manner which kept this book relatively short (considering Napoleon’s notoriety and achievements).

Fun Facts Friday: Voltaire
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 21, 2014

The name Voltaire, which the author started using in 1718, is an anagram of “AROVET LI,” the Latinized spelling of Arouet and the initial letters of “le jeune” (“the young”). Many saw the adoption of the name, which followed his incarceration at the Bastille, as a formal separation from his family and past.

Who is taller? The character or the actor who played them?
Latest Posts / November 20, 2014

I saw this wonderful infographic on and thought it was very cool. While I’m not a big fan of fantasy books, I am a big fan of the movies. I tried to read fantasy books, I simply don’t “get” them (I tried to read Lord of the Rings about 4 times the past two decades, never reaching beyond page 150) even though I might give the genre another shot since, it seems, my taste is change.

Book Review: Botticelli’s Bastard by Stephen Maitland-Lewis
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 19, 2014

e protagonist of the book, an art dealer named Giovanni Fabrizzi, finds an old painting of an Italian Count that starts talking to him. The picture tells Giovanni that it was painted by famed artist Sandro Botticelli and its history from the 15th Century to the 20th Century when it was stolen from a Jewish family by the Nazis.

Book Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 13, 2014

About: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith is an engaging novel which is thought provoking with an interesting premise. This is Mr. Smith’s debut novel. 384 pages Publisher: Atria Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1476730539 My rating for Forty Acres – 4 Buy this book from in paper or elec­tronic format* Thoughts: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith is an interesting novel which makes the reader think how one would avenge a sin caused by their forefathers. The novel also takes a look at racism and getting justice through revenge. This is a contemporary novel and the author included “ripped from the headlines” events about race. More than the upfront, in your face premise, I thought the book made me think about the social consequences in American society which racism and discrimination causes. The injustices which were suffered long ago in the open, still exist in places, however they are covered with honey but are not any sweeter. The struggle to overcome these injustices make some people do things which they otherwise wouldn’t dream of, and shape their character in a way many of us couldn’t understand. I enjoyed the unique premise of the book, it is an interesting, yet…

Guest Post: What’s in a Name? by Don Bredes
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / November 12, 2014

Their influence on the culture can be far-reaching. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published, to great acclaim, in 1900. Four years later, responding reluctantly to the demands of the novel’s admirers, the author published a sequel, The Marvelous Land of Oz. Baum’s eager, insistent readers would not let him stop there. His publisher released additional sequels in 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1913, and every year thereafter until 1919, when he died.

Giveaway (Over): The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter by Dr. Katherine Freese
Latest Posts / November 10, 2014

The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe—from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars—constitute only 5 percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as dark matter and dark energy, because their precise identities are unknown. The Cosmic Cocktail is the inside story of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science—what is the universe made of?—told by one of today’s foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter.

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