Book Review: Never Pay Full Price Again by Mr. Cheapskate
3 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 11, 2015

About: Never Pay Full Price Again: 5 Simple Lessons on How to Save Money on Anything & Everything by Mr. Cheapskate is an eBook containing a few short lessons on saving money. 15 pages Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English My rat­ing for Never Pay Full Price Again — 3 Buy this book from Amazon.com Thoughts: I am a self-proclaimed frugal man and proud of it, so when I saw that Never Pay Full Price Again: 5 Simple Lessons on How to Save Money on Anything & Everything by Mr. Cheapskate was free (on the Facebook Books Giveaways) I downloaded it. This is a short book I downloaded and read it in less than an hour. There is nothing new in this book and it is extremely short. The author tries to teach the reader how to save money, but the lessons are common sense and anyone who had to pay their own bills a year or so knows them. Basically find discounts using several means, be nice to the hard working folks at customer service and use rebates and sites that give you money. Frankly, I think there are other lessons out there that people should know about…

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Browning
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 8, 2015

Robert Browning (8 May, 1812 – 12 December, 1889) was an English poet with a flair for the dramatic. Works by Robert Browning Browning was educated at home and lived many years under his parents’ roof while fostering a literary career. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and playwright William Shakespeare were a major influence on Mr. Browning. When a collection of letters by Shelley was discovered, Browning wrote the preface. Later, it was discovered that the letters were fake and the collection never published; however, Browning’s preface remains an important piece due to its famous distinction between “objective” and “subjective” writers. Browning wrote poetry as dramatic monologues because his plays were poorly received and the drama was not suited for the theatre. Famous poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”) was his wife. During her life, she was the more famous of the two. Even though Mr. Browning was a citizen of the British Empire, he spent almost a quarter of his life in Italy, which was a large influence of his work. Browning ’s poem The Ring and the Book is made out of 20,000 lines. Robert Browning died on the day…

Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 6, 2015

The story is about Henry DeTamble is a time traveler, the next evolution of humans, only that he can’t control where or when he’s going – and he can’t take anything with him and that includes clothes and even tooth fillings but he does return with the bruises and injuries he has incurred. Henry, more than often, has to rely on his criminal skills (such as pick pocketing, lock picking, etc.) and, in a Dickensian twist of circular fate, even teaches his young self those same skills.

Book Review: The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 4, 2015

As a fan of history, I really enjoy the small, intimate stories which give a most excellent background to world events, and this book is filled with them. It was wonderful to read about the friendship, intimacy, companionship and service the staff provides the families who are on a world stage and sometimes can feel lonely and battered.

Giveaway (Over): Graphic History books by Wayne Vansant
Latest Posts / May 3, 2015

It’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Register to win 6 Wayne Vansant Graphic History Books AND the chance to have this award-winning author recreate one of these covers with YOUR FACE drawn in!! Entering Is Easy:http://gvwy.io/fmzg29. 10 lucky winners will get a free copy of each of Vansant’s 6 books and 1 lucky winner will have their face drawn into the Vansant book cover of their choice. The winner could choose to be a soldier on the Normandy battlefield or the Red Baron flying through the sky or maybe Robert E. Lee on Gettysburg grounds!. After Wayne Vansant personalizes the cover with the winners face, we will print it in large format and frame it for the winner.

Fun Facts Friday: Joseph Heller
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 1, 2015

Heller’s agent sold the unfinished manuscript of Catch-22 to Simon and Schuster. The publisher paid $750 and promised another $750 when the manuscript will be delivered 3 years later. Mr. Heller missed the deadline by 5 years or so.

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