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Literature in the Olympic Opening Ceremony
Latest Posts , Opinion / July 30, 2012

When you play at it by day with the chairs and table-cloth, it is not in the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very real As I was watching the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies I couldn’t help be impressed with the presentation, scope, audacity and vision of the program. While some of my friends didn’t care for the program I thought it was brilliant. The ceremony was not meant to glorify the Olympic Games but for the English to boast about their country, promote tourism and welcome nations while navigating the viewers and guests through exciting numbers which include history, culture and literature all set to a wonderfully rich soundtrack. It was heartwarming to see the program recognize the great contributions to literature which have come from England. Starting with J.K. Rowling reading a favored selection from Peter Pan mentioned above (and doing a beautiful job, by the way) to Danny Boyle, the director, including many children’s books in the segment. I recognized characters from Lord Voldemort – main villain in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Mary Poppins – heroine of the books by P.L….

Day 1 – Armchair BEA – Introduction
Latest Posts / June 4, 2012

I decided to join the Armchair BEA this year because even though I’m in close proximity to NYC I decided that this year, again, my money will be better spent elsewhere (food, shelter, kids, etc.). But the Armchair BEA promises to be fun as well. So here it goes… Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? I’m a husband, father or two mischievous children who actually puts some time away everyday to read. I got into blogging by doing a LibraryThing challenge (50 books a year) and had no where that I can call my own to write my thoughts about them and hopefully interact. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? I’m currently reading Only One Life by Sara Blaedel, a Danish Crime Writer. I have read one other book by Ms. Blaedel of the same series and got the opportunity to read this one before it comes out. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I used to do a lot of wood…

Thoughts on: Pandora’s Grave by Stephen England
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / October 9, 2011

About: “Pandora’s Grave” by Stephen England is a fictional book set mostly in the US and Middle East. The novel is the first of a series and I, for one, am looking forward to see what’s next. Mr. England was kind enough to give three (3) eCopies for a giveaway. This is an international contest. My rating for Pandora’s Grave – 5 Buy & Save on “Pandora’s Grave” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Kin­dle |Smashwords Thoughts: “Pandora’s Grave” by Stephen England (website) is an exciting thrill ride which starts fast and continues until the last page. This book is the kind of spy thrillers we rarely see anymore, maybe because the Cold War has supplied so many great stories and its end demised them. The book reminded me of the TV show “24”, it is devised into small sections which tell the reader what happens in different places at the same time. The story is rich, thrilling with plenty of action in the tradition of the good ol’ Cold War thrillers but with twists. The main character, Harry Nichols, is well written as well as the rest of the cast. I was actually surprised to find how well the…

Books by Author A-L
/ January 26, 2011

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – A –   Abrams, Dan Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency (with David Fisher) – A mini-biography of the 16th President’s last big trial before running for high office Abnett, Dan Titans Vol. 3: A Judas Among Us (illustrated by Brett Booth) – A graphic novel seeing the team trying to infiltrate H.I.V.E. Adams, Mark Turn Right at Machu Picchu – A nonfiction travelogue/history/investigate report in which the author fol­lows the foot­steps of Hiram Bing­ham III. Afshar, Tessa Pearl in the Sand– Biblical fiction story of Rahab, one of the most famous and controversial figures in the Jewish bible Aguinis, Marcos The Passion According to Carmela (translated by Carolina De Robertis) – A novel which takes place during the Cuban Revolution and follows an an idealistic divorcee who gets caught up in the excitement of the Cuban Revolution, and run away from her wealthy parents to join Fidel Castro and his rebels. Aja, David The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story (with Ed…

Books by Title 0 – 9 / A – L
/ December 6, 2010

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help by Benjamin Wiker – A non-fiction meditation by the author about books which he believes are influential and popular but are actually full of bad ideas. 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do (2019 Edition) by Joe Yogerst – A travel book published by National Geographic about the American National Parks. 100 Drives, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to Do, What to See (2020 Edition) by Joe Yogerst – A National Geographic book detailing 100 journeys through all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The 100-Year-Old Who Climbed Out Through the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – A fic­tional book which fol­lows the adven­tures and mis-adventures of its centenarian pro­tag­o­nist in a hilarious romp through the 20th century. 108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa S. Johnson – A book fea­tur­ing pho­tographs of gui­tars (and gui­tars only) of famous gui­tarists. The book took 17 years for Ms. John­son…

Graphic Novel Review: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels / September 29, 2010

Banned Books Week. “The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes” by Neil Gaiman is the collected issues of Sandman #1-8. This is the story of Morpheus, who has been accidentally captured in 1916 by a magician. Morpheus, the Sandman, is an eternal being responsible for sleep and rules over The Dreaming – the place where humans go when they are in an unconscious state. 240 pages ISBN-10 : 9781401225759 Publisher : Vertigo Language : English My rating for The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes – 4 Buy The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes* More Books by Neil Gaiman* Morpheus was accidentally captured because the magician, Roderick Burgess, was trying to achieve immortality by capturing Death. Morpheus bides his time, when Burgess dies his captor becomes Burgess’ son Alex, but he too cannot get anything out of their elusive prisoner. Accidently Alex weakens Morpheus’ containment spell by running it over with his wheelchair and Morpheus escapes, punishing Alex with a lifetime of nightmares The weakened Morpheus goes on a journey to recover his symbols of power: a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby. The pouch is found in the possession of occult detective John Constantie’s girlfriend. To recover the helm Morpheus has to travel…

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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