Book Review: The Confessor by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 22, 2011

About: “The Confessor” by Daniel Silva (web­site) is the third installment in the fictional adventures of the reluctant Israeli agentGabriel Allon. 480 pages Publisher: Signet ISBN: 0451211480 My rat­ing for The Confessor — 5 Buy & Save on “The Confessor” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: As I have come to expect from Daniel Silva, this book is well written, well plotted and the characters are fantastic.  Each book occurs in the Silva universe with recurring characters (from other series) , have several layers of intricacies and thoughts, as well as smaller stories which the reader has to keep track of in the fast pace which the book is told. This novel is also thought provoking – what was the church’s role during the holocaust? We know that no action was taken and the Vatican did open its archives several yeas back to six scholars who found the lack of documentation available astounding (the Vatican vilified the three Jewish scholars without mention of the three Catholic scholars – all of whom came to the same conclusions).  There are a few pages in the end where Mr. Silva touches upon this subject which…

Fun Facts Friday: Father’s Day Edition
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 17, 2011

It’s Father’s Day and while researching this post I have noticed how lacking literature is when it comes to fathers. Even the “manly” novels don’t seem to pay much respect to the role fathers play in the lives of their children. I did manage to get ten though, but tried to stay away from the famous literary father figures (King Lear, Atticus Finch, etc.) which are always given as examples. 1) In “Little Orphan Annie” Daddy Warbuck’s full name is Lieutenant General Oliver Warbucks Picture from http://file.vintageadbrowser.com 2) Charlie Brown’s father’s occupation is a barber. 3) It’s a tradition that Mr. Darling and Captain Hook are played by the same actor in the play “Peter Pan”. (c)Disney 4) Jack Torrance, the psychotic father in Steven King’s “The Shining”, is a school teacher by trade. Special Father/Son picture – the happiness “shines” 5) Babar, King of the Elephants, is first and foremost a father to Pom, Flora, Alexander and Isabelle. Picture from http://www.terradialtrove.it 6) Charles “Pa” Ingalls, the patriarch of “Little House on the Prairie” series loved to travel and moved his family many times. From Wisconsin, to Indian Territory in southeastern Kansas, then back to Wisconsin, then to southern Minnesota,…

Free Download of Go the F–k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (and some venting)
Fiction , Latest Posts , Opinion / June 15, 2011

Last night, while “flutzing” around I discovered a link to the free audio download of “Go the F—k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach (website | book website) narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.  This is a short book, much like the good night books you read your kids and the audio lasts about six minutes. Buy & Save on “Go the F–k to Sleep” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK   My wife and I were laughing the whole way through. If it were up to us Mr. Jackson would receive an Grammy for his reading. In  “Go the F—k to Sleep”. Adam Mansbach basically writes down what every parent thinks but never said (“Bullshit, I know you’re not thirsty”). While I love reading books to my kids before bed, I despise the whole night time routine. It seems that we move from one fight to the next until they are finally in bed. Correction, until at least the youngest (4) is finally in bed.  G-d forbid that his older sister, six going on sixteen and wise beyond her years, will go to bed until she has a 30 minute buffer – tired or…

Guest Post by Bruce Sallan – “Men Are Parents, Too aka Why I Wrote My Book”
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / June 14, 2011

When I tell people that I write a parenting column and host a radio show about parenting, relationships, and other “emotional” reactions, I often get a surprised reaction as if men shouldn’t or can’t address these issues.  How ironic in our so-called progressive and PC times.  The reality is actually that things are far from equal between men and women.  In so many ways, women have more advantages today since they are finally allowed to choose work and/or being a mom.  Sadly, dads are still disparaged in real life if they choose not to work or to be a SAHD (Stay-At-Home-Dad). I learned this the hard way: by living and experiencing it.  As with so many of life’s experiences, it wasn’t the way I’d planned it.  I love the saying, “You make plans and God laughs” as that, describes very well, the last ten years of my life. The second chapter of my life began, in a nutshell and without all the gory and self-pitying sounding details, when my marriage ended about eight years ago and my wife, the mother of my two boys, left.  I mean, “Left.”  She saw the boys briefly the first year of our separation but…

Book Review: The Profession by Steven Pressfield
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 13, 2011

The year is 2032 and Gilbert “Gent” Gentilhomme, a professional solider, commander and mercenary, is being sent around the world fighting for corporations. Gent’s wife, a hard nosed reporter, allows him to see some of the big picture, but his trust and loyalty to his commending general is unwavering.

Soon Gent realizes that fighting without a flag has its drawbacks as the oil producing regions enforce their dominance.

Cover Gallery: 1984
Cover Gallery , Latest Posts / June 11, 2011

While doing my research for yesterday’s post, Friday Fun Facts: 1984, I discovered some wonderful covers that have been done for the book over the years.  Here are some, hope you enjoy them – let me know which one is your favorite. Picture from http://nmitsoftwareengineering.blogspot.com Image from http://www.ymag.it Penguin Books has commissioned Shepard Fairey of Obey to create two new book covers for two George Orwell classics: Animal Farm and 1984. Picture from http://www.creativereview.co.uk Zohar – Man of la book Related articles Shepard Fairey Movie Poster of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at) Awesome Poster Art for THEY LIVE – By ‘Obey’ Artist Shepard Fairey (geektyrant.com) First look at Shepard Fairey’s Mondo They Live Poster! [Video] (io9.com) Cool Stuff: Shepard Fairey’s ‘They Live’ Mondo Poster (slashfilm.com)

Fun Facts Friday: 1984
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 10, 2011

This week George Orwell’s classic “1984” has been published all the way back in 1949. The dystopian novel with its all-seeing leader “Big Brother” because a symbol worldwide for intrusive and oppressive government bureaucracy. The story is about Winston Smith and his attempt to rebel against the totalitarian state in which he lives.

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