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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 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 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,…

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.

Fun Facts Friday: Dashiell Hammett
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 27, 2011

Today we mark the birthday of Dashiell Hammett (1894 – 1961), born Samuel Dashiell Hammett. A prolific writer who popularized the hardboiled detective fiction, Mr. Hammett wrote such classics as “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”.

Author Q and A with Tatjana Soli
Author Q&A / January 12, 2011

Tatjana Soli (Website) wrote the wonderful “Lotus Eaters” (Review | Buy) – the story of a combat female photographer during the Vietnam War.  Ms. Soli was kind enough to answer a few question about Vietnam, female combat photographers and social media among others. All pictures in this post were provided by Ms. Soli including some from her amazing trip to Vietnam. Q. Have you ever been to Vietnam? If so how was the experience? A. I just recently went, and it was a wonderfully exciting trip on so many levels. First, I had read, researched, and imagined the place for so long that it had a deep resonance. When our guide recited history, I was able to add things that he was surprised I knew. Such as that the Communists crashed through the gates of the Presidential Palace (Independence Palace) even though the side gate was wide open. A photo op. But when I asked him questions about current Vietnamese society, about how people feel about marriage, jobs, children, there were so many things I learned. It was just the best experience. There were moments in Saigon and further south in Can Tho that recalled parts of the book for…

Book Review: Galveston by P. G. Nagle
4 Stars , Historical Fiction / November 19, 2010

I got this eBook for free. My Rating for Galveston: 4 About: “Galveston  (Civil War in the Far West)” by P. G. Nagle is a historical fiction account of events in Texas and New Mexico during the American Civil War.  The story culminates in the battle for Galveston, a Texan barrier island. Civil War buffs? Buy the book here. Thoughts: Let me preface by saying that Galveston is part three or a series and I have not read parts one or two. “Galveston” by P. G. Nagle was an easy read and a fascinating one as well.  The outdoor descriptions of New Mexico and Texas are very good and help transport you to the 1860s.  I was mesmerized by the descriptions of the battle (there is only one) and the tactics used at the time.  Ms. Nagle also took the time to put us into the minds of civilians being caught in the midst of the war – an aspect which should not be overlooked. The book flows smoothly, is entertaining and well written.  However, the characters aren’t complex, but that could be due to the fact that I have not read the previous two books. I did like the…

The 50th Book Review Blog Carnival
Opinion / August 22, 2010

I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! reviews Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith“What do you do as an encore after writing a best seller and trend setter like Pride and Prejudice and Zonbies? Seth Graham-Smith has turned from Jane Austen to Abraham Lincoln.”   Primo Reads reviews The Ask by Sam Lipsyte “”The Ask” by Sam Lipsyte is a quick and enjoyable read. This novel is clearly “contemporary fiction” – Lipsyte drops in amusing pop culture icons throughout this novel.”   Learn This reviews Be Bodacious by Steven D. Wood “Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I have a few minor points against it but all in all, this is definitely worth your read.”   Spine Uncracked reviews The Best American Noir of the Century by Ellroy Penzler “This book is pretty badass. A good 700 or so pages of enjoyable noir short stories, and an introduction by James Ellroy in which he says things like, “The short stories in this volume are a groove. Exercise your skeevy curiosity and read every one.””   Digital Book Readers: e-readers guide and review reviews Breath by Tim Winton ““Breathless” might be a more appropriate title for this…

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