Giveaway (Over): The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
Latest Posts / May 30, 2017

Last week I reviewed The View from the Cheap seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman, a compilation of essays on many subjects the author composed. I enjoyed the book very much and the publisher was kind enough to allow one copy for a giveaway. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Give­away Give­away ends: June 06, 2017 Winners must have a valid e-mail address US Address Only please Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fun Facts Friday: The Man with the Golden Gun
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 26, 2017

A few days ago I reviewed The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming. It was not my favorite Bond novel (or film), but reading it was still a lot of fun – and isn’t that what it’s all about? For this post I researched the novel, and movie, a bit for a few fun facts to make your Friday go a bit faster. 1)      The novel was published eight months after the death of Ian Fleming. 2)      Fleming was unhappy with the book, but his copy editor thought it was viable for publication. 3)      It seemed that Fleming was right, and the novel was not yet “ready for publication”, the reviewers kept their reviews polite, despite giving the novel a poor reception. 4)      In the beginning of the novel, James Bond is presumed to be dead. 5)      In 1965 the novel was serialized by the Daily Express and Playboy. 6)      In 1966 an adaptation of the novel was published in the Daily Express in comic strip form. 7)      The novel was made into a film in 1974, loosely based on the storyline Fleming drew out. 8)      Christopher Lee, British actor, author, singer and lifelong badass, played the villain….

Book Review: The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 25, 2017

I mostly enjoyed the speeches included in this collection. I don’t know if these are the speeches he wrote or are they were transcribed later on – this is because I can hear him talk in my head and know him to be an excellent writer so it could be that either or. The speeches also seem target to a more specific audience (me?) and hence are personalized more than simply talking to the public at large.

Fun Facts Friday: Paul Erdman
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 19, 2017

Paul Erdman (19 May, 1932 – 23 April, 2007) was a financial and business writer. He was known for writing novels based on historical facts and complex financial intrigues. Books by Paul Erdman* 1)      The author earned a PhD in economics and was a former Lutheran seminarian. 2)      He was the first American to establish a private bank in Switzerland. 3)      The bank collapsed because of unauthorized speculation in cocoa and silver futures. 4)      Mr. Erdman started to write in a Swiss jail where he was serving time for his role in the collapse of a bank he ran. 5)      The jail Mr. Erdman was until he was charged was a 17th century dungeon in Basel, complete room services and wines. 6)      He is credited with popularizing financial fiction (affectionately called fi-fi). 7)      The reason he wrote a novel was because the dungeon did not have a research library. 8)      One of the inmates occupying the dungeon with Mr. Erdman was a French safecracker. Mr. Erdman traded wine for knowledge on safecracking and that became the first chapter in his book. 9)      From a business perspective, Mr. Erdman considered his time in jail as a positive. 10)   Mr. Erdman’s novels…

Fun Facts Friday: Peter Benchley
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 12, 2017

The Doubleday editor who met with the author didn’t care for his idea of a non-fiction book about pirates, but loved the man eating shark terrorizing a community pitch. It is said that Mr. Benchley wrote a page in the Doubleday offices and immediately got an advance check.

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