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  • Why Are Politicians’ Books So Terrible?

    04/11/2014 4:59:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | April 9, 2014 | Casey N. Cep
    It was the best of hugs; it was the worst of hugs. Or so the description might have gone had Charlie Crist labored a bit longer on his new memoir, in which the erstwhile governor of Florida—who is now campaigning for the job again—relives the fateful embrace with President Obama that he claims sunk his political fortunes in 2009. Rather than try for style, Crist renders the moment with the racy, staccato gusto that one might expect from a pulpy romance. ................................................. But fiction is yours to write if you’re an aspiring politician with a book deal. Crist’s The Party’s...
  • Get not one, but TWO free Freeper novels today on Amazon.com.

    04/04/2014 3:00:44 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 31 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 4/4/2014 | Bern Pearson
    http://amzn.to/1dSYZ7h “Havelock’s Inheritance.” Havelock is on a voyage of discovery involving fraud, deceit, two crime families and enough dead bodies to start his own morgue. http://amzn.to/1fR47nx “A Plague of Dragons.” Something is trying to kill Kyle Fortune and when it does, an ancient menace will return to enslave and devastate the world.
  • The greatest book you've never heard of.

    03/31/2014 7:44:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 3//31/14 | Dutchman 6
    The loss of Doctor Richter's suggested reading list that saved my life was tragic, a fact that I am constantly being reminded of. Some books -- Whittaker Chamber's Witness, for example, or Orwell's Homage to Catalonia -- were unforgettable. Others, especially those that I could not locate at the time, never got read, so I had no memory at all in order to reconstruct. I did have a wisp of a memory about a book that had, I thought, the words "rebel colonel" in the title, but was marked down in Richter's precise handwriting as "American political economy." Imagine...
  • Sowell: A Tiger of a Book

    03/17/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year. It is titled "The Triple Package" because it argues that three qualities are found in spectacularly successful groups in America. These three qualities, they say, are a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. Whether you buy their theory or not, you will be enormously enlightened by their attempts to prove...
  • Tales of Futures Past: Soviet Science Fiction of the Cold War

    03/16/2014 7:35:17 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Jill Scharr,
    In 1898, British writer H. G. Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds," a science-fiction novel in which Martians invade the Earth and nearly decimate humanity. A decade later, in what was then the Russian Empire, writer and Marxist revolutionary Alexander Bogdanov wrote his novel "Red Star," also about Martians landing on Earth. But in Bogdanov's novel, the Martians are not violent or monstrous. Instead, they invite the main character, a young Russian student named Leonid, back to the Red Planet to see the Martians' civilization: a thriving, peaceful — and communist — utopia. The optimism of "Red Star" was...
  • The Trauma of Abortion Very Real in ‘The Tenth’s’ Fictional Realm

    03/15/2014 6:57:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    We are surrounded everyday by forces of good and evil. Sometimes our nation’s laws and leaders advance the former, other times unfortunately, the latter—just look at the result of Roe v. Wade, which has taken 55 million innocent lives in the last four decades and simultaneously unwoven the moral fabric of our society. Although “The Tenth” by Joanne Moudy is fiction, fighting against this evil takes center stage in her gripping novel. As a paranormal thriller, the book weaves back and forth between our world and another, known as the ‘Realm of Holding.’ The main character Elizabeth, a trauma...
  • Introducing the Freeper Novel Ping List.

    03/09/2014 2:59:24 PM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 28 replies
    Self | 3/9/2014 | Bern Pearson
    Freepers wanting to use this list to announce their latest book or a book giveaway, etc. Freepmail me. You got on this list by being intemperate enough to let me know you downloaded one of my novels. If you want off, mail me. If you want on, likewise. BTW, I’m new at this so your suggestions (other than the one about what I should do with my head) are appreciated.
  • The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading

    02/03/2014 2:13:32 PM PST · by jocon307 · 393 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/16/2014 | Ben Domenech
    Have you ever lied about reading a book? Maybe you didn’t want to seem stupid in front of someone you respected. Maybe you rationalized it by reasoning that you had a familiarity with the book, or knew who the author was, or what the story was about, or had glanced at its Wikipedia page. Or maybe you had tried to read the book, even bought it and set it by your bed for months unopened, hoping that it would impart what was in it merely via proximity (if that worked, please email me).
  • 18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

    02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST · by expat1000 · 36 replies
    Have a look!
  • THE ROAD TO SERFDOM

    02/14/2014 12:31:39 PM PST · by 7thson · 14 replies
    I just started reading The Road to Serfdom - just started the second chapter after slugging through the various introductions and prefaces. About halfway through the first chapter, I started wondering – not for the first time – that whenever there is a discussion on socialism, some things – to me – always seem to be missing. One, how come no one ever does a compare/contrast with socialism and our Declaration of Independence and Constitution? Two, how come no one really defines socialism? How did it start? What is the difference between communism, Marxism, socialism, fascism, Nazism? I have heard...
  • Red herrings - A review of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by...

    02/12/2014 10:20:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Red herrings - A review of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by Diana West Stumbling into a barroom brawl was the last thing I’d intended. Lined up on one side: sculptors of a hagiography that is now conventional wisdom crow about a noble conquest over totalitarian dictators. The other side bellows: “Nonsense! In defeating one monster, your heroes merely helped create another, sullying us with their atrocities and burdening us for decades with a global security nightmare.” The first side spews that its critics are deranged, defamatory conspiracy-mongers. The critics fire back that these “court historians”...
  • The Last Americans (book review of Earth Abides)

    02/08/2014 8:42:44 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 25 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 8 February 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Ol' Backwoods just finished a book that I have been avoiding since my teen years, a book, I supposed, so utterly despondent in its outlook, so stolid in its prediction of failure of civilization, that it would cast its pall of darkness over me, without recovery. But I was wrong. Earth Abides (Amazon) Earth Abides by George R. Stewart is one of the most important, one of the more comforting, and one of the more hopeful books I have ever read. Surprised?  Yeah, so am I.  What could an atheist Berkeley professor write that should impress a backwoods Christian engineer...
  • Book thieves stole 70,144 books from the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012

    02/01/2014 3:13:46 PM PST · by PROCON · 24 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Jan. 30, 2014 | Reuven Blau / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books — but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. Book thieves checked out but never returned 70,144 books from Brooklyn Public Library’s 60 cash-strapped branches in 2012, records show. GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books — but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. “Those are always going missing,” a librarian at the Brooklyn Heights branch told the Daily News Thursday.
  • A Book(s) Recommendation for this Weekend...

    01/30/2014 7:15:22 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 18 replies
    30 Jan 2014 | US Navy Vet
    The Guns of August & The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-W-Tuchman-Library-America/dp/159853145X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
  • The Killing of Kennedy

    01/20/2014 1:40:53 PM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 39 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | January 20, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    With the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination this past November, I began revisiting the various conspiracy theories that have appeared over the years. I never put any stock in the Warren Commission and the establishment verdict of “Oswald as lone killer.” But among all the conspiracy portrayals put forth, none truly satisfied me as definitive. That is until I read JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass. There are hundreds of “JFK conspiracy” books in print, but Douglass takes the reader to places not visited by others eloquently and hauntingly. And...
  • Conservatives Embrace Fancy Book Learnin’!

    01/20/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Who hasn’t had some liberal sneer at him, “Why don’t you conservatives go read a book?” This powerful critique of the intellectual deficiencies of my ideological brethren always cuts me to the bone. I’m usually so upset that I run weeping to my fine German touring sedan, completely forgetting to tip the nose-studded holder of a degree in Gender Neutral Puppetry who pointed out my educational failings while he fetched my latte. This meme is nonsense. In fact, conservative tastes in books can be quite eclectic. One day last week, Amazon delivered Hugh Hewitt’s new book on happiness concurrently with...
  • Why Do We Have 'Bridgegate' -- But Not 'Gatesgate'?

    01/16/2014 5:21:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Larry Elder
    The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly. Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is suspected of orchestrating, for political payback, a traffic jam on the GW Bridge. "Meet the Press" spent more than half of its most recent show -- 28 minutes not counting commercials -- on "Bridgegate," less than 11 minutes on the Gates' allegations, another 12 minutes reporting on women living in poverty and...
  • Men Are 'On Strike' Throughout The U.S.: What Are The Causes? (More John Galt than Peter Pan?)

    01/12/2014 6:48:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jerry Bowyer
    I haven’t seen my copy of Men On Strike for several weeks. I kept careful watch on the book until I finished interviewing her, but after that it disappeared into the Bowyer-Family-Book-Sharing Vortex from which it has not yet emerged. That’s because it is an easy read about a topic which is interesting in both a social science theory way, and in a figuring out how to get by in the current world kind of way. Men on Strike is pretty much what the title says it is, a book about how many men have decided not to participate in...
  • God's Not Dead (Movie Title)

    01/12/2014 5:42:10 AM PST · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    Gods Not Dead the Movie ^ | January 12, 2014 | Rice Brooks
    Per Wiki: God's Not Dead is an upcoming American drama film based on the book of the same name by Rice Broocks and the song of the same name by the Newsboys. The film is directed by Harold Cronk, and stars Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, Jim Gleason, David A.R. White, Marco Khan and Dean Cain. The film will be released to theaters on March 21, 2014 by Pure Flix Entertainment. Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a freshman college student, enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous and dictatorial professor. Prof. Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) demands that all of his students...
  • 43 Books About War Every Man Should Read

    01/10/2014 5:48:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 141 replies
    Art of Manliness ^ | 12-2-13 | Ryan Holiday.
    War is unquestionably mankind at his worst. Yet, paradoxically, it is in war that men — individual men — often show the very best of themselves. War is often the result of greed, stupidity, or depravity. But in it, men are often brave, loyal, and selfless. I am not a soldier. I have no plans to become one. But I’ve studied war for a long time. I am not alone in this. The greats have been writing and reading about war — its causes, its effects, its heroes, its victims — since the beginning of written text. Some of our...
  • Vanity: Any Reviews of Miracles and Massacres?

    01/08/2014 7:13:53 PM PST · by chargers fan · 5 replies
    9 Jan 14 | Selt
    As a student of history I was interested in the new Beck book Miracles and Massacres and was wondering if anyone had read it yet and if it was good history.
  • National Science Fiction Day

    01/02/2014 10:37:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Neatorama ^ | January 2, 2014 | Miss Cellania
    Happy National Science Fiction Day! January 2nd is the day selected for this wonderful holiday because it was Isaac Asimov's birthday. It's a day to celebrate, appreciate, and even read some of the many science fiction offerings at your local library, bookstore, website, or your own bookshelf.
  • The 10 Best Conservative Columnists of 2013 -- Who are the most valuable pieces on the chessboard?

    12/26/2013 12:00:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 26, 2013 | David Swindle
    This is Week 12 of Season 3 in my 13 Weeks of Wild Man Writing and Radical Reading Series . Every week day I try to blog about compelling writers, their ideas, and the news cycle’s most interesting headlines. This Top 10 list is the series’ climax for this year, a project I’ve been planning since first asking the question December 5, 2012 . What is the future of conservatism? Which voices should define the priorities of the movement in the coming decades? Who are its most skilled proponents today? How should the movement evolve to face the threats...
  • Remembering Our Armed Forces during the Holidays

    12/15/2013 10:45:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 15, 2013 | Elise Cooper
    The holiday season should be a time of faith -- a time to show compassion for those in the military, as well as for their families. This is definitely the theme of three recent books: The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom, The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal by Jason Redman, and American Heroes: On The Homefront: The Hearts Of Heroes by Oliver North with Bob Hamer. Throughout these books, the theme of hope and the belief in G-d is emphasized. American Thinker interviewed the authors about their books... Oliver North's latest book shows...
  • Politically correct is political ignorance

    12/12/2013 3:45:14 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Renew America ^ | 12-12-13 | Alan Caruba
    Americans are inclined to believe that, with the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the Cold War from 1945 to 1991 was over. In fact, that war of ideologies, communism versus capitalism, began in the 1920s after the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, initiated a covert program to undermine America. Today we call it "political correctness" and its impact on our society is sapping it of its true history and values. "Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Intelligence Agents Created Political Correctness, Obama's Hate-America-First Political Platform, and Destroyed America" by Kent Clizbe, a former CIA espionage officer, reveals how active and...
  • Developing the Case for Being a Tea Party Catholic

    12/11/2013 5:12:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Zenit ^ | 12/11/2013 | Giovanni Patriarca
    In his latest book Tea Party Catholic, Dr. Samuel Gregg develops a Catholic case for the values and institutions associated with the free economy, limited government, and America’s experiment in ordered liberty.He underscores the moral and economic benefits of business and markets, addresses the welfare state’s problems, and deals with related issues that divide Catholics in America such as the demands of social justice, the role of unions, immigration, poverty, and the relationship between secularism and big government.Gregg concludes that as a creative minority, limited government Catholics can help transform the wider movement to reground the United States upon the...
  • America's Knockout Novel: The Adventures of Huck Finn

    12/10/2013 3:45:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Lee Culpepper
    With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twain’s classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most. Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twain’s timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry --...
  • Building a list of historic American biographies

    12/09/2013 5:47:24 AM PST · by headbegger · 28 replies
    I am building a list of books I can keep and/or recommend to others, especially those with kids. I need your help with books that are not the product of left leaning bias and/or were written in the past. I am a full time professional storyteller and public speaker and use such as source material for stories and to recommend to parents and adults when they ask for suggestions. The problem is that so many newer books portray our Founding Fathers and other American heroes poorly or have rewritten history to the point that I no longer recognize it. By...
  • Sowell: Christmas Books

    12/09/2013 11:35:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 10, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it. One gift for which that is unnecessary is a book. Books are ideal Christmas presents from the standpoint of saving wear and tear on the buyer. There are the traditional coffee table books, featuring...
  • The 5 Worst Books for Your Children: Why they should be avoided.

    12/08/2013 6:53:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 143 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/08/2013 | BONNIE RAMTHUN
    As a reader, the mother of four children, and an author, I want my kids to love to read and to approach reading as joy and nourishment. The following five works of fiction do not encourage and inspire the love of reading in children. They’re terrible books for kids. If you make your children read these they will develop a loathing for reading that will last their whole lives and may possibly poison their very souls. Let’s see why.Note: Minor spoilers.5.) The Red Pony by John Steinbeck This is a set of four short stories set in the western United...
  • Reading "GULAG: A HISTORY"

    12/01/2013 8:12:00 PM PST · by DIRTYSECRET · 12 replies
    It's by Anne Applebaum. It said that Lenin saw common criminals(thieves, pickpockets, murderers) as potential allies. He blamed the 'exploitation of the masses' where removal of the exploiters would curb the excesses and crime. I think that this is why the Left is always standing up for the illegals, the sucker punchers, the felon vote-u name it. They will use them and THEN deal with them their way. They're sick.
  • 100 Notable Books of 2013

    11/30/2013 8:33:01 PM PST · by Dysart · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-27-13
    The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. FICTION & POETRY THE ACCURSED. By Joyce Carol Oates. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $27.99.) Oates’s extravagantly horrifying, funny and prolix postmodern Gothic novel purports to be the definitive account of a curse that infected bucolic Princeton, N.J., in 1905 and 1906. ALL THAT IS. By James Salter. (Knopf, $26.95.) Salter’s first novel in more than 30 years, which follows the loves and losses of a World War II veteran, is an ambitious departure from his previous work and, at a stroke, demolishes any talk of...
  • America Island, (Freeper author) available now

    11/29/2013 10:35:29 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 4 replies
    Nov. 29, 2013 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    America Island is a tale of courage in the face of increasing government oppression. It follows a group of Working Wealthy Americans who recognize their liberties are being ripped away by a cabal of the Mega Wealthy and the Political Class. The Working Wealthy are American entrepreneurs and business people who work six and seven 10 and 12 hours days each week. They are worth a great deal but they work for every penny, but they are being slowly squeezed by the Mega wealthy who publicly demand higher taxes and unionization from their bought and paid for politicians. The Working...
  • Socialist, Communist authors make Obama administration reading list

    11/25/2013 12:15:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/25/2013 | Patrick Howley
    Socialist, Communist, and McCarthy-era blacklisted writers appear on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “Books That Shaped Work in America” list celebrating the department’s 100th anniversary.A Socialist leader, two Stalin apologists, two blacklisted ’50s screenwriters, and a suspected Marxist are included on the list, which DOL compiled based on recommendations from various figures in the community. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez described the program as an “online book club.”Better not invite Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.The first two reds on the list are Sidney and Beatrice Webb, who made it for their 1897 work “Industrial Democracy,” recommended by Carter administration Labor Secretary...
  • Herpes Virus Found on Library Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

    Two Belgian university professors recently decided to submit the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library to bacteriology and toxicology tests. Traces of cocaine were found on all 10 books...the scientists discovered traces of the herpes virus in the pages of the erotic tale Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • Palin fans come early, stay late for book signing in Bethlehem Township

    11/13/2013 1:43:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | November 12, 2013 | JD Malone
    It was everything red-blooded Americans love: politics, Christmas and 20 percent off. There was a hum of anticipation Tuesday evening at the Barnes & Noble at Southmont Center in Bethlehem Township. It was too early for Black Friday. Stephen King's new thriller was already out. Bill O'Reilly's latest effort was old news. The buzz centered on Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, and her new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas."Bethlehem being the Christmas City, it was a fitting kickoff for Palin's new book. The Fox News pundit met her fans...
  • Hungry Souls (a bit of a [Book] review) Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    11/03/2013 2:13:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Become What You Are ^ | 20 August 2010 | Catholic. Wife. Mom. Grandma. Homeschooler. Knitter. Army Mom. Texan.
    Hungry Souls (a bit of a review) Posted on 20 August 2010 by becomewhatyouare I can’t remember where I first saw a reference to the book, Hungry Souls – Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory. I saw it mentioned in a few places and what I read was enough to make me decide I wanted to read it.I was surprised by the quality of the (physical) book. Being published by TAN, I didn’t expect much by way of paper and binding quality. This book is as well made as any Ignatius book I own. I noticed that St. Benedict Press...
  • Meet the Pope's Jewish Bookbinder

    10/19/2013 9:10:32 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    The Forward ^ | October 25, 2013 | By Graham Lawson
    ... The advent of the Internet has not seen off the format of the book, nor is its demise coming anytime soon. Yehuda Miklaf, a Jerusalem-based bookbinder, has a backlog of orders, and his highly regarded editions are still in demand. Despite the specialized and somewhat exclusive nature of Miklaf’s work, his burgeoning trade testifies to the fact that books remain very much in the cultural domain and will for some time to come. Born Seamus McClafferty (he converted to Judaism in 1986 and moved to Jerusalem with his wife), Miklaf hails from Nova Scotia. In 1968 he moved to...
  • Saving Reagan

    10/03/2013 3:36:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | David Stokes
    Hollywood put out some great movies in 1939, films such as Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But one movie that year—now largely forgotten—served a purpose even greater than helping a Depression-ravaged American public forget their dire straights, not to mention the storm clouds gathering around the world. It was called, Code of the Secret Service, and it starred a handsome young actor named Ronald Reagan. Jerry Parr was nine years old the day his dad took him to a Miami theater to see Reagan play a...
  • Book Review: Cottonwood, By Scott Phillips

    09/29/2013 7:17:57 AM PDT · by DC Bound · 28 replies
    www.claytonlindemuth.com ^ | 9/28/13 | Clayton Lindemuth
    It’s damn nice to be in the hands of an author who leaves nothing to chance. Who knows how to convey a thought that is deeper than the words he uses to convey it. Consider this sequence: “I couldn’t stand another of those damned prayer sessions without bursting out with the news that I’d been laying his wife so frequently that the only excitement left in it was the increasingly likely possibility that we’d be found out.” The other man, though, is kind and generous, and this quickly follows: “By the time I left I disliked Harding because he had...
  • Killing Jesus

    09/28/2013 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 75 replies
    Challies Dot Com ^ | September 25, 2013 | Tim Challies
    This book is going to be big, a near-lock for the bestseller lists. First Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard teamed up to write a book about Killing Lincoln and it sold more than a million copies. They followed it up with Killing Kennedy and it sold briskly as well. And now they turn their attention to their greatest subject: Jesus of Nazareth. Killing Jesus: A History is a short biography of Jesus, focusing on the events leading to his death. From the outset, the authors make it clear that though they are Roman Catholics, they are not writing a religious...
  • Ian Fleming 'was sexist, racist and sadistic': New Bond author says his book is well-written...

    09/22/2013 8:55:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    Ian Fleming 'was sexist, racist and sadistic': New Bond author says his book is well-written... unlike the originals The author of the new James Bond book, says he deliberately wrote about women and African people 'not in a way Fleming would write them'. William Boyd, the third writer in recent years to pen a new installment to the classic spy series, said he found it difficult to read the descriptions of 'negros' and chapters entitled 'Nigger Heaven'. Boyd, who was born in Ghana in 1952 and spent his childhood travelling between Africa and his Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun, said: 'It's...
  • What science fiction/fantasy (if any) are you reading right now?

    09/15/2013 8:09:44 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 89 replies
    Sept 15, 2013 | Me
    For those who are into this sort of thing...what sfnal or fantasy literature are currently reading or have just finished? I'm working my way through the series, "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher, having read the first 10 novels of the 15 published so far. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files The Dresden Files is a series of contemporary fantasy/mystery novels written by Jim Butcher. He provides a first person narrative of each story from the point of view of the main character, private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. Butcher's original proposed title for the...
  • Harper Lee reaches settlement in ‘Mockingbird’ copyright case

    09/07/2013 7:03:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9-6-13 | Rich Colder
    Harper Lee, the aging author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has reached a settlement in principle on a lawsuit alleging she was scammed into signing over the copyright to her classic novel by an unscrupulous literary agent who took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight, a lawyer in the case says. Lee had filed suit in May against Samuel Pinkus and others — including disgraced journalist Gerald Posner — to reclaim the copyright. However, dismissal papers were filed in Manhattan federal court today by Lee’s lawyer removing both Posner and Lee Ann Winick, Pinkus’ wife and another defendant, of...
  • Where Religion Went Wrong in America

    09/06/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 51 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | Aug 2013 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics": In his latest book, Ross Douthat, a public intellectual and a Catholic, argues that “bad religion” poses a greater danger to our nation than does secularism. His book is divided into two parts: in the first he chronicles the decline of traditional Christianity since 1965; in the second he examines four heresies that have flourished since then.
  • Thrilling the Reader with Real Life

    Why are Thrillers named such? That’s largely up to the talent of the writer. They have to grab us and not let go for hundreds of pages. The best of them draw many details from the real world. Even in all the action and far-from-our-own-life-as-possible events happening to the characters, it’s those truths that hook you even further. They draw you in, get you thinking or upset you. Tom Clancy is known for coming up with details in his techno-thrillers that seem almost too real. Sometimes prophetically so. They have even caught the attention of the military, wondering how he...
  • Strange new (How freed American slaves founded a new country . . . on slavery)

    08/11/2013 4:01:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 11, 2013 | LARRY GETLEN
    During Revolutionary times, to be “enlightened” often meant having enough compassion that you were willing to free your slaves — but only upon your death. So when founding fathers such as George Washington began to pass away around 1800, their slaves were set free into a country that had no desire for them. The result, as James Ciment writes in this thorough account of an experimental nation, was to send free blacks whence they came, to Africa. Liberia was the country created by freed American slaves who, perversely, became slave owners themselves.
  • Self-published e-book author: 'Most of my months are six-figure months'

    08/05/2013 9:42:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 190 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | September 7, 2012 | John D. Sutter
    It's been called a "cure for rejection-letter fatigue." Amazon on Thursday released new details about the success of its program for authors who want to self-publish on its Kindle e-reader devices. The company, which unveiled a suite of new e-readers and tablets at a press conference in Southern California on Thursday, says 27 of the top 100 Kindle books were created using a system called Kindle Direct Publishing. That system allows authors to bypass traditional publishers and instead deal directly with Amazon, which claims to be able to publish their books digitally "in hours." The authors receive 70% of the...
  • The man who turned rejection into a career

    08/05/2013 5:52:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-5-13 | Bob Greene
    Rejection -- even repeated rejection -- doesn't have to mean defeat. That, it turns out, is the lasting lesson of the Chuck Ross story. You may recognize the name; two Sundays ago, I wrote about J.K. Rowling, the spectacularly successful author of the Harry Potter books, and about how she has published a detective novel under the name Robert Galbraith. In the column, I recalled what a young and frustrated writer -- Chuck Ross -- did in the 1970s. To briefly recap: Ross had written a mystery novel that had been turned down everywhere he sent it. So, as an...
  • The Men Who Lost America by Andrew O'Shaughnessy, [book] review

    07/30/2013 3:01:58 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | July 29, 2013 | Saul David (review)
    The surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, 1781 Photo: courtesy Library of Congress Britain’s loss of America in the War of Independence (1775-1783) is typically attributed to the failings of its key political and military decision makers who were, in Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s words, “associated with opposition to progress and with attempting to introduce an authoritarian style of government”. They have, he writes, become cartoon figures of incompetence and mediocrity in a story with an inevitable ending, “as history progresses towards modernity”. Not any more. In this fascinating, well written and extensively researched study of 10 of those British decision makers...