Thoughts on: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / January 8, 2012

Solomon Kugel moved is family to Stockton, New York, a town famous for nothing which is why Kugel likes it so much. Kugel hopes to begin again. However, Kugel gets something he didn’t bargain for, an elderly, foul mouthed Anne Frank living in his attic writing a sequel to her book and a lunatic burning down old farmhouses.

Thoughts on: The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 29, 2011

About: The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg is an award winning historical fiction book. The book was translated from Swedish and tells about real life, as well as fictional characters. 672 pages Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN-10: 0374139644 My rating for The Emperor of Lies – 5 Buy & Save on The Emperor of Lies through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Steve Sem-Sandberg Thoughts: The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg is still an amazing, somber, hard look at a Jewish Ghetto, in Łódź Poland during World War II. The book has several stories which, might not intertwine, certainly run parallel to one another. While a novel, the book’s research is a amazing and I sometimes forgot I was reading about the fictitious lives of others. The author is inside the heads of the characters but yet keeps a watchful eye on the historical timeline and incorporates non-fiction documents into the narrative. Mixing fact and fiction is always a tricky business especially when writing historical fiction as oppose to writing a fictional story which takes place in the past. There are many historical figures which go…

Thoughts on: The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 23, 2011

About: The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough is a fictional children’s book aimed at the younger crowd. This book is a sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs. 140 pages Publisher: Viking Juvenile ISBN: 0670012793 My rat­ing for The Cats in the Dollshop — 5 Buy & Save on The Cats in the Dollshop through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Yona Zeldis McDonough Thoughts: The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough (website) is an interesting book which manages to capture the lives of a Jewish family of immigrants vividly and colorfully which brings them to life. The time period, post World War I, is also captured with the same attention to detail which the story is told. This is a simple and honest book exploring issues which might seem too grownup, but which fascinate kids and are important to explore together. What better way there is to explore complex subjects with children than fiction? I liked it but I’m not the target audience so I read it to my daughter (7) to see how she likes it. I’m glad to say…

Thoughts on: Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer by Ernst Weiss
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 13, 2011

Georg Letham is unhappy in his marriage but happy in his research. When the opportunity knocks he injects his older, wealthier and well insured wife with the lethal poison Agent Y. However, as good as a physician as Georg is he botches up the cover-up. Not only does he leave the syringe in the crime scene but also confesses to his father, an official in the Austrian bureaucracy.

Thoughts on: Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 12, 2011

About: Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva is the fifth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Unlike the previous books, this one takes place mostly in Israel as oppose to Europe. 432 pages Publisher: Signet ISBN: 0451215737 My rating for Prince of Fire – 4 Buy & Save on Prince of Fire through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Daniel Silva Thoughts: Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva (web­site) is another action packed book in the series about my new favorite recurring character. This book differs from the previous ones because it takes place mostly in Israel, as oppose to Europe, and does not have a holocaust connection. In the previous books, Daniel Silva unleashed his furious pen on European countries exposing their hypocrisy over their role in the Holocaust. This time however the author targets one person, Yasser Arafat. Arafat, who died shortly after the novel came out, is depicted as a liar, a racist and a despicable human being who is resisting peace, making the Palestinian people suffer, for no good reason. With all the action and adventure, this is ultimately a melancholy book. Allon is…

Book Review: A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 1, 2011

About: “A Death in Vienna” by Daniel Silva (website) is the fourth book in the fictional Gabriel Allon series. The book touches on revenge and justice themes. 416 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN: 9780399151439 My rating for A Death in Vienna – 5 Buy & Save on “A Death in Vienna” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “A Death in Vienna” by Daniel Silva is a well written book with a complex plot. The trail of clues which intermingle with historical events and touches complex and sensitive political maze, is a pleasure to read. Daniel Silva is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors; his books are not only intelligent and sophisticated, but also credible. Mr. Silva is one of those authors that takes his historical research seriously and it shows. Which leaves me with a serious problem. No matter how hard I try to put my thoughts down on one of Mr. Silva’s book, I always end up sounding like a blurb on the dust jacket. The plot is full of twists and turns, a wonderful cast of characters (which might be difficult to keep track of if you haven’t read…

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