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Book Review: Disney’s Land by Richard Snow

Walt Disney’s attention to detail is amazing, but like many great men this part of his personality caused great concern and setbacks when it came to the park. He insisted on details being absolutely right even though no one but him and the workers will see it. Whether he was right or not depends on who you ask, personally I’m amazed at the details in the parks and could enjoy simply walking around appreciating them all without ever going on an actual ride.

Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 3, 2018

Leon Uris (3 August, 1924 – 21 June, 2003) was an American author who is mostly known for his two historical fiction books Exodus and Trinity. Books by Leon Uris* The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American. It is said that at age six Mr. Uris wrote an operetta about the death of his dog. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Uris, then 17, joined the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific and saw combat in Guadalcanal and Tarawa. The young Marine fell ill with dengue fever and malaria. While recuperating in San Francisco he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant. They were married in 1945. After he got discharged, Mr. Uris worked at a newspaper while writing. His novel Battle Cry, depicting the Marines in the Pacific, was a best seller. Uris helped write the script for the movie which was a crowd favorite. In 1958 Mr. Uris published Exodus, which went on to become his best known novel. In order to finance the book, Mr. Uris sold the rights to the movie in advanced, and wrote newspaper articles…

Fun Facts Friday: W.S. Gilbert
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 18, 2016

W.S. Gilbert (18 November, 1836 – 29 May, 1911) was an English poet, illustrator and dramatist. Mr. Gilbert is known for his collaboration with computer Sir Arthur Sullivan in musical theater. By Leslie Ward – Published in Vanity Fair, 21 May 1881; adjusted from [1] using colour cubes provided., Public Domain, Link The W.S. stands for William Schwenck. Mr. Gilbert’s father, also named William, was a naval surgeon and wrote short stories. Some of his stories were illustrated by his son. The young William traveled with his parents to German and Italy. In Naples he was kidnapped by brigands and ransomed back. He was a captain in the English militia Mr. Gilbert wrote criticism and humor pieces for London periodicals under the name of “Bab”, his childhood nickname. The first collaboration with Sullivan was for Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old – a Christmas piece. The show was so successful its run was extended. The 1870s were the peak collaborative years for Gilbert and Sullivan. Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated for over 20 years, but their relationship was severed due to finance. In 1907, Mr. Gilbert was knighted and retired to the country. He drowned in 1911. Zohar – Man of…

Excerpt from Black Rain by Matthew B.J. Delaney
Latest Posts / October 3, 2016

The security men had advised against it. Or at least Greeley had. But Greeley advised against most things. Like taking walks, sitting by open windows, and eating in restaurants. He’d be against meltwater, Synthate shopping, and visiting pleasure parlors, if he thought anyone would pay attention. The secret to getting along with Greeley was to listen to his advice, nod, then do whatever it was you planned on doing. Only do it when he wasn’t looking. Greeley wasn’t looking now, so Martin Reynolds slid his hand around Betsy’s waist. “Don’t!” Her hand met his. “You’ll crush my wings.” “I’m sorry, my angel.” Her wings were little lacy ones, extending out from the back of her tightly fitted white dress. Reynolds slid his arm down the side of his wife’s thigh instead. The big clock on the wall chimed eleven, barely audible over the sound of the band. What Greeley had advised against was Seeks. A silly game, really, Reynolds thought. An adult version of hide-and-seek. One that rich people played at the lavish parties Bruce Livingston had been throwing inside his Fifth Avenue mansion for years. Reynolds had known Livingston since undergrad. Livingston had gone on to become a senator,…

eBook Giveaway: Chakana by W. E. Lawrence
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / September 21, 2016

W. E. Lawrence’s latest historical romance novel Chakana is a James Bond meets Indiana Jones action/adventure story. It is set in Peru, just before the start of World War II. The basis of the tale is a race between good and evil to find an ancient treasure that could affect the outcome of the war before it even begins. It’s filled with danger, suspense, some humor, and even a torrid romance (with sex scenes). The publisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book  –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post. Synopsis: In 1940, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger. But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother,…

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