Books Recently Reviewed Stefan Haucke and Dale German
|Shadows of Ghosts by Stefan Haucke and THe Judge's Wife is Missing by Dale German. Two good book reviewed at Magic City|
These two books were reviewed in February. Stefan Haucke's book was reviewed by R.P. BenDedek and Dale German's book was reviewed by Milt Gross. Both reviewers were impressed with the writing, the quality and the storylines.
Mar 7, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Beach Mysteries" by Anne Hotchkis
I just received my copy of "Beach Mysteries" by Anne Hotchkis and sat right down to read it. Noting that the book was written for ages nine and up, I found the photography/drawings to be exceptional and beautiful. I believe that most parents might purchase this book to read to children of all ages.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:47:43 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "The Butler" directed by Lee Daniels
But the drama was really two stories, both true, Gaines as the butler and his family's part of the civil rights drama that shook the nation into modifying its hateful attitude toward blacks and moving forward somewhat the status of blacks in what is supposed to be the land of the free and brave.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:40:29 AM
W. Fankboner Movie Review: "East to West"
This series was produced by a Turkish university and the point of view is distinctly oriental. For example, the absurd praise of Timur, a butcher by any measure (it is estimated that his armies were responsible for the deaths of 17 million people, many of them Muslims). This would be tantamount to the West proclaiming Adolf Hitler a successful statesman. It's not as though Timur (or Tamerlane) managed to establish anything of lasting cultural or social value.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:17:07 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland"
Upon receiving this book, "The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland," Life, Love, Soul...Mate, by Elizabeth Highland, I had hoped that her personal story of living, dating and loving in this modern world, would be very interesting. But alas, that was not to be.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:07:22 AM
BenDedek Book Review: "Joseph of Arimathea" by Brian Mellor
If you have the time and inclination to read an interesting historical fiction then by all means buy this book, although cost wise I think that the nook book price is most appropriate. I personally feel that the author would have benefitted by opting for their "Advanced Editorial" service. It seems obvious by some of the spelling and paragraph spacing errors in the latter part of my PDF version of the book, that this service was not purchased
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:40:21 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Judge's Wife is Missing" by the late Dale German
The Judge's Wife is Missing is so well-written I thought the publisher was a "traditional" publisher, that is the publisher pays the writer for the manuscript and publishes it. The late author, Dale German, worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and Boeing Aircraft before his retirement. He died in 1999. The book was published in 2013. This is the first self-published book I've read that I think is really good.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:05:35 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Flying High" Calvin Lehew & Stowe Dailey
I was very touched by "Flying High: A True Story of Shared Inspiration", in that, upon reading the final chapter last night, I lay in my bed and found that my thoughts kept running back to random passages from the book. This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and YES, I will certainly recommend it to others.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:17:14 AM
BenDedek Book Review: "Shadows of Ghosts" by Stefan Haucke
The book is very well written, with excellent dialogues and effective descriptive narratives and it is I think, from a 'primary text reading' perspective, a great story for children. Its full beauty however is to be found in the way it presents all of these other issues, and under cover of the primary plot, teaches children to rise above both the baser instincts of man (prejudice) as well as inhumane (biased) political and social ideology.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:10:24 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "The Balance Myth, Rethinking Work - Life Success" by Teresa Taylor
Like her, initially, we "want it all" and we all want the various aspects of our daily lives to be wholesome and happy. However, the author soon found that one really can't "have it all" and that is when the true "learning" really begins. This is a very well-written book and I would recommend it to any and all. Nicely done in getting her point across.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:25:04 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "I Know All Save Myself Alone" by Lisa Monde
The writer, Lisa Monde, should be commended on this creation. She had done a beautiful job and I must say, the ending made me sad. Would I recommend it, YES and I'm keeping it for my personal library.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:10:22 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Botswana, Egypt, and Great Bear Rainforest" by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet
The three are well written, which says a lot for both the writers and the editors at Greenleaf Book Group Press, which published the three this year on acid-free paper. This traditional publisher, which means it doesn't publish your book because you pay them to do so, "specializes in the development of independent authors and the growth of small presses."
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Psychotic Skank" by Zena Livingston
If you are drawn to stories about sexual exploration and sexual exploitation, then this is the book for you...if you can get past the blatant sexuality of the book's characters and focus on the story, it can be very interesting.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:10:32 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny" by Nick Nicholson, M.D., & B.A. Blackwood
I absolutely loved this book! It was so comprehensive, clear and easy to understand. I loved the "font" size and the dark print that headed the chapters, making it easier to read.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:17:33 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Four Score and More" by La Vera Edick
That being said, the part of the story dealing with her childhood in Nebraska and early adulthood was interesting and contained information I found helpful. The early-year part was pretty good, and informative, for example I had never heard of a "cob box" next to the wood stove. The family fed some livestock corn on the cob -- perhaps not cooked with butter and salt added -- but the critters didn't eat the cobs. So the family threw the cobs into the cob box and burned them in the stove.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM
Magical Children's Books for all ages
These two books were recently reviewed at Magic City Morning Star and although I provided the review for only one of the books, I actually read both of them. As the 'Stand-in-Editor' of Magic City I am honored to have been able to share some personal emails with both M/s Burroughs and M/s Yuvasheva.
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:02:17 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Silk Armor" by Claire Sydenham
I did find that some of the author's descriptions of the archaic customs, mode of dress and setting of the Middle East were interesting but simply put, could not carry the story. A chapter might begin in one place and then, upon turning a page, one found one's self reading about another character set in a totally different place.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:15:13 AM
M. W. Johnson Book Review: "That You May Know Him" by Clifford Deister
I do not challenge the author's integrity, but as one might hear preachers preach from time to time, 'words have power' and in an age when Christianity is split into many different and often conflicting theological camps, how we phrase our expressions can lead people to assume something that was not necessarily what we intended to convey....I would like to say that I would recommend this book, irrespective of anyone's knowledge of the Bible or personal relationship with Christ.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:30:30 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? God and Spirit
In addition to the four published articles submitted by various book authors, and the four book reviews, this week we present a variety of books (Ten in all) on God/Religion/Spirituality, which includes: "The God Within Speaks" by Hazel Sinanan, "The Great Gray Globs" by Norma Wilson, "Biblical Lessons" by Robert Ridings, "The Battle of the Three Wills" by H. Edward Schrier, "An Exceptional Zephyr" by Dorian Dalta, "The Divine Summit: A Love Story" By Steven Panzer, "The Apocrypha: Does it Matter?" by S. Laws, "Quiet Water" by Dr. Heather Rivera PhD., "Jesus Didn't Fit In: Raising Nontraditional Children" by Janet L. Jackson, and "That You May Know Him" by Clifford Deister
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:27:20 AM
Jarod Chen Book Review: "I am Angelo: Sense of Direction" by Ekaterina Yuvasheva
"Sense of Direction" is obviously the overture to a series of Angelo's adventures. While it might be the beginning of what might be hailed as another classic fantasy series, a more polished writing style and some innovative features to distinguish Angelo from Potter will be needed in later episodes to help the series establish its own identity.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:23:30 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "An Exceptional Zephyr" by Dorian Dalta
The writer does a good job of getting us inside the old man's head and leading us into empathy. Mr. Dalta does not spare us the physical degradation that Rahja suffers; the pooping his pants and being taken to the toilet and made to do childish exercises. There are a few funny moments in those baser aspects of life.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Lost Art of Walking" by Geoff Nicholson
Nicholson does write that he himself has done a lot of walking, some of which he describes. He also writes about walking itself, "...You can dress it up any way you like, but walking remains resolutely simple, basic, analog. That's why I love it and love doing it. And in that respect -- stay with me on this -- it's not entirely unlike a martini. Sure you can add things to martinis, like chocolate or an olive stuffed with blue cheese or, God forbid, cotton candy, and similarly you can add things to your walks -- constraints, shapes, notions of the mapping of utopian spaces -- but you don't need to. And really, why would you? Why spoil a good drink? Why spoil a good walk?"
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:05:30 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Was I a Stranger in My Homeland?" By Malavi Sivakanesan
This book may be small in many respects but it has a beauty in the way it has been printed and from the inclusion of many of the author's family pictures. I found it very educational and interesting and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:17:30 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "The Entity" by Norman Harrison
Mr. Harrison is a great story teller. Normally I don't like detective stories except maybe for Agatha Christie novels. This one was superb. It was quite different to anything I have ever read and would make for a great movie. The book has a rather surprising ending as one would have expected but one which I did not predict, and it sets the groundwork for the forthcoming sequel, "The Entity: The Doomsday Chronicles."
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:20:13 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? 'Books with a Lesson'
This week in the Book Basket apart from five (5) articles contributed by various book authors, we are providing the promotional material for eight (8) other books some of which might be classified as 'How to' Books. The books this week are: "The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen" by Diana Prichard (Children's Story); "The Foxes of Caminus" by Laura Burroughs (Fantasy/Sci-fi all ages); "Uniquely Human: The Basis of Human Rights" by Gabriel Moran (Intellectual); "Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement" by Bill Sims, Jr. (How to motivate people to do better); "Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan" by Motez Bishara (How to say money on Sports Event Tickets); "The Balance Myth" by Teresa Taylor (How to be realistic), "The Entity" by Norman Harrison (Scary Detective Thriller with a twist) and "A Time Not Yet Forgotten a Time Before Hope" by Billy J. Morris (exploring modern day problems via a sci-fi story)
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:15:09 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "I was that Masked Man" by the late Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson
Moore tells of his early life in acrobatics and other endeavors but focuses, of course, on his playing the Lone Ranger. Not the original actor, but Moore played the Lone Ranger for years in many of the 221 TV episodes and two movies and in retirement traveled as himself portraying the Lone Ranger. Forced out of that role for several years by a restraining order, he eventually was permitted by the producers to go back to his travels as the Lone Ranger.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:05:01 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Comes a Soldier's Whisper" by Jenny La Sala
When I received my latest book to review, "Comes a Soldier's Whisper" I immediately began reading it. It is a compilation of wartime letters written by an American soldier to his sweetheart back in the United States. I couldn't wait to begin reading his letters, but for me personally, they were disappointing. The letters were so "sanitized" that there really wasn't much of interest left in them.
Jan 22, 2014 - 1:10:18 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "The Foxes of Caminus" by Laura Burroughs
The story's hidden and mystical location combined with advanced technology and young people with extraordinary gifts is reminiscent of 'Harry Potter', 'Stargate Atlantis' and 'The X-men,' and its focus on personal development combined with recognition of the divine reminded me of 'The Travelers' by J.L. Sconce. Throw into the mix some spies, detectives, kidnapping, murder and other drama and of course 'love,' and you have a very complex presentation, which the author pulls off quite well.
Jan 22, 2014 - 1:00:32 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "One Man's Meat To Us by the late E.B. White"
"I should, I am sure, remember the clear sparkling days, bright and cool, that come toward the end of summer....." White wrote at the end of the book. As I write this, we are in the middle of the cold days of January, which only brings back those end-of-summer days as a distant memory. A distant memory seems to me to be what One Man's Meat is all about.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:05:03 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Cairo Unzipped!" By Mona Fuad
This story provides readers an opportunity to delve into the culture and history of Egypt and King Farouk, their very powerful and corrupt leader. I found the story to be well-researched and well-written and I hope readers will take the opportunity to read "Cairo Unzipped" also.
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:27:22 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Dead Do Speak To Us" by Dayton Foster
Foster, on the other hand, spent 14 years studying old burial grounds throughout the U.S. and Europe, due to a love of history, philosophy, and photography, according to a paragraph called "About the Author." Words in a cemetery, read by just a few or by many, do lead us ahead to that time when our lives on earth end. I sometimes would like to ask question to those who have gone before to their place beneath a tomb. But I can't. Well, I can, but they probably won't answer.
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:05:20 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Promise Fulfilled" by Theresa Bryant
It's a story about a woman, who, after having been brought up in a very loving family, upon the accidental demise of her parents, finds that she has been an adopted child. Upon being told of her adoption, she dissolves into a total breakdown that carries on throughout the whole story.
Jan 8, 2014 - 12:12:05 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery" by Madeleine Carroll
The story is a good juvenile. Frank and his mother move to a ranch, while Frank's father is in the armed forces in Germany. The boy has to learn to ride and do ranch chores, which he does. The mystery is that cattle are dying, and Frank takes it upon himself to become the sleuth who solves the mystery. Despite too many comments that folks in the small town resent outsiders, hey, say it once -- Frank and friend follow some clues, get themselves kidnapped by the bad guys, but free themselves when left alone by the bad guys who had tied them to chairs.
Jan 5, 2014 - 12:05:16 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "The Station Agent" directed by Thomas McCarthy, who is also the film's screenwriter.
The story of this 2003 89-minute DVD continues in a low key manner, but includes Fin and Joe taking walks along the railroad tracks with Joe armed with a camera provided by Olivia. A climax approaches as Olivia's ex-husband appears, and is rejected soundly by Olivia. Just as the climax has you wondering if there will be violence and what kind, the movie comes to an end with....well, it will be worth your viewing it to find out about that ending.
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:05:42 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
The Heritage of the Desert, typical of his books was all accurate western in that he detailed extensively scenes from the West and filled those scenes with adventure and, in this case, romance. Although no humor took place in this story, it was a comedy because of its happy ending -- hero gets heroine in marriage and a happy ending with her relatives being on board.
Dec 22, 2013 - 4:53:09 AM
Photograph of the Week: S.S. Ernie Pyle
Dec 22, 2013 - 12:02:32 AM
Jerrold L. Sobel Book Review: "Insula-Island of Hope" by John and Ventis Plume
Insula the book is a compendium of personal accounts by displaced Latvian families fleeing to Germany in fear of a second round of Russian invasion, during the waning days of World War II. The idea is fine, many of the stories are quite interesting but being dependent exclusively on personal accounts which go into the most minute details of their experiences gets a bit tough. Being devoid of a narrative, the book is rendered a little bit lifeless because each account is almost a replica of its antecedent.
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:10:39 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "David's Miracle" by A.D. Erving
I can well-remember what it was like to be a cheerleader for our high school basketball team back in the 1960s and you showed what it was really like for the players and the pressure they endured and overcame, to finally emerge the winners.
Dec 20, 2013 - 12:07:34 AM
M. Stevens-David's Book Review: "Mert, The Anxious Evergreen" by Claire Bowman
I received my copy of "Mert, The Anxious Evergreen" yesterday afternoon and being still a child at heart, I simply couldn't wait to read it. I liked the colorful cover and simple illustrations of the book.
Dec 18, 2013 - 4:40:09 AM
Milt Gross Review: "Twelve Years a Slave", written by Solomon Northup
Northup wrote the book in 1858 after being rescued from slavery in 1853. Northup was a free black man in New York State until he was tricked and kidnapped in 1841, before the Civil War partly by accident freed all slaves and subjected them to the horrors of the years following. found the book much more complete and detailed as to the facts of Northup's unbelievably terrible experience than the movie.
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:05:32 AM