Book Review: Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer
4 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts / April 29, 2019

About: Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer is a novel taking place in present day New York City, involving a search for a missing manuscript by Edgar Allen Poe in a hidden world of magic and magical creatures. Mr. Schaefer has wrote several books which deal with the supernatural and the occult. 445 pages Publisher: 47North Language: English ISBN-10: 1542043999   My rating for Ghosts of Gotham – 4 Buy Ghosts of Gotham from Amazon.com* More Books by Craig Schaefer * Thoughts: Reading the description for this book it seems to be right up my alley including books about books (who doesn’t love those?), magic, and an interesting premise. With these high hopes, I was glad that Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer actually did deliver. While the manuscript is a small part of the story, simply meant to drive the plot forward and an excuse to join up some characters, it was still a worthy idea and well executed. New York City, written in a way which reminds me of the grim noir novels, is a perfect setting for the dark forces at work, as well as the personal trauma the protagonists of this story go through. While I…

Fun Facts Friday: David Hume
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 26, 2019

David Hume  (26 April, 1711 – 25 August, 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian, known for A Treatise on Human Nature (1739-40), Essays Moral and Political (1741-42), Political Discourses (1752), and an exhaustive History of England (1754-62), as well as many others. Works by David Hume* Born as David Home in Edinburgh. His father died when he was about two years old and he was raised by his mother who never married. He changed his last name to Hume because that’s the way “Home” was supposed to be pronounced, but was not known in England as that. At age 12, or maybe even 10, Mr. Hume started to attend the University of Edinburgh. He told friends that “there is nothing to be learnt from a Professor, which is not to be met with in Books”. Mr. Hume did not graduate. At age 25 Mr. Hume found himself with no source of income, despite being of noble ancestry. He took a job as a merchant’s assistant and was forced to leave to France. Mr. Hume did not do well in his forced on profession, but did manage to get a job as a career as a librarian at the University…

Book Review: The True Story of the Great Escape by Jonathan F. Vance
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / April 24, 2019

About: The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 by Jonathan F. Vance is the historical account of the largest prison break during World War II. Mr. Vance is a Canadian author and educator. 392 pages Publisher: Greenhill Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1784384380 My rating for The True Story of the Great Escape – 4 Buy The True Story of the Great Escape from Amazon.com* More Books by Jonathan F. Vance* Thoughts: Many people only know of the events in this book from the fictionalized 1963 Hollywood account, but as often occurs, truth is stranger than fiction, and often much more mesmerizing. In The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 by Jonathan F. Vance the author recounts the evens which led to the escape, and the aftermath. This book is being re-released to honor the 75th anniversary of what we call now the “Great Escape”.  Mr. Vance’s well researched and very readable account of the men of Stalag Luft III is exciting and personal. Each soldier gets a mini-biography (peppered throughout the book as they are introduced) , and it is obvious that the author really looks up to these guys. The English officers saw it as their…

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / April 22, 2019

About: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di GIandomenico) is a graphic novel starting a new story line for the scarlet speedster. This graphic novel collects The Flash: Rebirth #1, and The Flash #1-8.  216 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 140126784X My rating for The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice – 4 Buy The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice from Amazon.com* More Books by Joshua Williamson* Thoughts: I really enjoyed the new Rebirth story lines, and this issue is no exception. Right off the bat, The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di GIandomenico) held my interest – from beginning to end. The villains are an important aspect of this graphic novel, including a new one called Godspeed. There are a bunch of new speedsters, which made me lose track at them at first, however it will be cool to have Barry Allen have Kid Flash back as a sidekick. The art was really good, it’s difficult to draw speedsters but Mr. Di GIandomenico did a great job bringing the feel of motion into the panels.  Even with a bunch of normal people suddenly becoming speedsters, something which could get very messy in both…

Book Review: Gray Day by Eric O’Neill

About: Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy by Eric O’Neill is a non-fiction book following the author’s investigation into the FBI’s most damaging spy. Mr. O’Neill is a cybersecurity expert and a former FBI agent. 304 pages Publisher: Crown Language: English ISBN-10: 0525573526 My rating for Gray Day – 5 Buy Gray Day from Amazon.com* More Books by Eric O’Neill* Thoughts: I have read many books about cybersecurity, and many books which spy Robert Hanssen (code name: Gray Day) is mentioned, but I never realized the two subject had anything to do with one another, until now. Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy by Eric O’Neill is a thrilling memoir about the author’s FBI assignment to “work” for Hanssen while secretly investigating whether he is a Soviet spy or not. The author starts by introducing the reader to his world of shadows. As an FBI “ghost” he was an expert at surveillance while blending into the background, gathering information without notice. Real spy work some might say. As a young agent, Mr. O’Neill was tasked at joining the new cybersecurity division that Mr. Hanssen was put in charge of. Unbeknownst…

Book Review: The Agitator by Peter Duffy

About: The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising against Nazism by Peter Duffy is a short biography of William Bailey, an American who stood his ground against Hitler’s Germany at a time when the US was solidly neutral. Mr. Duffy is a historian and journalist. 288 pages Publisher: PublicAffairs (March 19, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 1541762312 My rating for The Agitator – 4 Buy The Agitator from Amazon.com* More books by Peter Duffy* Thoughts: The main event that The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising against Nazism by Peter Duffy centers around is a protest against the Third Reich which took place in July of 1935. A group of Communist Party members, led by Bill Bailey, crashed a reception on the SS Bremen, a huge German luxury liner, tore down the swastika flag and threw it into the New York Harbor. Mr. Duffy places the events of that day, and the life of Mr. Bailey, in context of the times and his socio-economic status. Bill Bailey came from “a destitute Irish family”, he spent time in juvenile jail, grew up in a slum, and as a result developed a political ideology and a strong conscious. The book juxtaposes between…

Fun Facts Friday: Tom Clancy
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 12, 2019

Tom Clancy (12 April, 1947 – 1 October, 2013) was a prolific bestselling American author known for his espionage books and military-science novels. Books by Tom Clancy* The author was born as Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. in Baltimore, MD, where he grew up. Mr. Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October, was sold to the Naval Institute Press for $5,000 in 1984. The Press Editor, Ms. Deborah Grosvenor said she thought “have a potential best seller here, and if we don’t grab this thing, somebody else would.” The Hunt for Red October was a favorite of President Ronald Reagan who said it was “the best yarn”. Seventeen of Mr. Clancy’s novels were number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Because The Hunt for Red October was difficult to summarize, no one in Hollywood wanted to adapt it to a movie. It was only after Mace Neufeld, the producer, got a Paramount executive to read the novel that they got a green light for production. Several of Mr. Clancy’s novels were not only adapted into movies, but also to video games. In 1994 Mr. Clancy became part owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Red Storm Rising (1986)…

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / April 8, 2019

About: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King (illustrated by Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin) is a graphic novel which culminates the story-line where Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle) are set to get married. This graphic novel collects Batman #45 – 50. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401283381   My rating for  Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding – 4 Buy Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding from Amazon.com* More Books by Tom King Thoughts: I loved this whole run of Batman, I was looking forward to every issue and was excited to finally get my hands on Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King (illustrated by Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin.  While I was guessing the ending from the beginning (SPOILER: they didn’t’ get married), I was disappointed from the way it happened. Tom King has proved himself, time and time again, to be a masterful storyteller, but this one fell short. It simply didn’t make any sense to me. The reasoning which Catwoman gave for her actions are ludicrous considering the history of the engagement. I also didn’t care for the side stories, Booster Gold was never a favorite and his…

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial
RSS