Book Review: No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

The book begins after the Normandy invasion. The allied generals are confident that the war will be over in a few weeks, but Hitler is not so sure. Despite the advice of his generals, Hitler launches a desperate counteroffensive in the Ardennes Forest surprising the Americans.

The story is told through the eyes of Eisenhower, Patton, private Eddie Benson as well as Germans Gerd von Rundstedt and Albert Speer.

Graphic Novel Review: Last Pict by Rick Boven
5 Stars , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / May 14, 2011

I got this eBook for free. My rating for Last Pict – 5 About: “Last Pict” by Rick Boven (website) is a short story in graphic novel form. Mr. Boven is a very talented artist, actor and filmmaker who worked as a TV director and for high profile dot com companies. 21 pages Pub­lisher: Nan Bu Nan Publishing ASIN: B004UM95PU Get “Last Pict” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon Thoughts: “Last Pict” by Rick Boven is short but delivers a powerful message. While the story is short, it is also sad and reflects deeply on a father/son relationship. I actually felt sad after finishing to read, there are no good and bad people in the story. The father and the principle are both well meaning adults but at the end, to me, it was clear their good intentions are not enough. The father, a hardworking man, is not proud of his talented boy and does not take the bullying incident seriously. One needs to read between the lines to get the message which is built very subtly into the panels. As a father myself, I realize what great burden I carry. I can still remember something from age five-six…

Fun Facts Friday: Roger Hargreaves and Mr. Men
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 13, 2011

This week we celebrated what would have been Roger Hargreaves 76th birthday. Mr. Hargreaves was the creator of the “Mr. Men”(official site | collector’s site) series of books which many of us grew on. In his honor I dedicate this post of Fun Facts Friday. 1) Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September 1988) was born at a private hospital in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England. 2) Roger Hargreaves always wanted to be a cartoonist and wrote his firs Mr. Men book, “Mr. Tickle, while working as a creative director for an advertising agency. 3) He had a difficult time finding a publisher, however once published the books were an instant success selling over one million copies in three years. 4) He published his first Mr. Men book in 1971, by 1976 he quit his day job. The Little Miss book series appeared in 1981. 5) Mr. Hargreaves wrote many other stories for children, including a series of 25 books called “Timbuctoo”. image from karaman.org 6) By 1983 Lillte Miss was a TV show (Mr. Men had his own TV show prior) voiced by Upstairs, Downstairs actors John Alderton, and Pauline Collins. 7) Mr. and Mrs. Hargreaves had four…

Author Q&A with Lauren Belfer
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / May 12, 2011

A few weeks ago I read “A Fierce Radiance” (book review) and was very impressed with the storytelling and research that went into the book. The author, Lauren Belfer (web­site), was kind enough to answer a few questions I had after finished reading her book. Q. It seems you did a lot of research, anything specific you can share about how you went about it? A.I adored doing the research for “A Fierce Radiance.”  Of course, research is always easier for me than sitting down to write!  I started my research by reading every issue of Life Magazine for the war years, 1939 (when the war began in Europe) through 1945.  I learned some amazing things, such as the extent to which people assumed that America would be bombed and invaded during World War II.  I also read the New York Times on microfilm for the war years.  For my purposes, microfilm was much better than reading the digital archive of the Times, because on microfilm you see the advertisements.  You learn what people are wearing, and what cars they’re driving.  As I wrote the novel, I wanted to forget everything I knew about the actual course of World War II and…

Book Review: The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 9, 2011

John Pollack loves words and one could tell from the book. He is a former World Pun Champion and speech writer for President Bill Clinton. In the book Mr. Pollack explains the significance of the mighty pun. The author shows the reader how the pun revolutionized the language weaving stories, history, science, culture and literature.

Guest Post: Times Two by Kristen Henderson and Sarah Kate Ellis
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / May 8, 2011

Just in time for Mother’s day, the pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Times Two” AND an unreleased advance MP3s of two of Antigone Rising’s new singles – Borrowed Time and Everywhere is Home to be given out– enter at the end of the post.As the Oscar-nominated film The Kids are Alright reflects, gay parenting, sperm donors, and alternative families are no longer a rarity in our culture.  But if you can imagine Annette Benning and Julianne Moore’s characters finding out they are pregnant at the same time, with the same donor, with due dates only three days apart, you might get a sense of the real life story of Kristen Henderson and Sarah Kate Ellis (website), who document their funny and heartwarming path to parenthood in Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made Sarah, a high-powered magazine executive, and Kristen, a laid-back rock star, fell madly in love and decided to start a family.  After determining that Sarah had the better shot at pregnancy, they headed to the fertility doctor.  But month after month of drug treatments, miscarriages, and heartbreak left them desperate, and they decided they’d both try at the same time. …

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