M. Stevens-David Review: "Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse" by Torben Kuhlmann
This book is so special in every regard and I will never part with it. Not only is it exquisitely written but the drawings/illustrations are so captivating that I found myself as an adult reader, stopping and just looking at the drawing on each and every page and if I am spellbound, just think how a youngster will feel!
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM
Milt Gross Book review: "Memoirs of a Cool Cat" by Joy Cool
The author's biography tells how Cool has always loved animals with cats and dogs being her favorite. It also says that she has volunteered at animal shelters, a good background for writing about cats. The biography says about her condo, "She has turned her own home into a feline paradise, with lofts and beams and kitty gym equipment, a screened-in balcony, a special diet and piano recitals." That description pretty much covers much of the book itself.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:05:14 AM
Jarod Chen Book Review: "Her Name is Sophia" by Anna B. Moyer
Young readers will certainly enjoy a world reintroduced from the perspective of their furry friends. Grown-up readers may smile at seeing themselves in the metaphorical connotation of an invisible fence and a heart longing for adventure.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:23:33 AM
Milt Gross Book review: "The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
This 1915 Zane Grey book, published by Harper & Brothers, continues the tale in his 1912 Riders of the Purple Sage, not of the main characters but of Jane Withersteen and Lassiter. I imagine that when Grey wrote the first one, he had the 1915 story in mind. The Rainbow Trail involves lots of action, most taking place in the high country and canyons near the Grand Canyon. Chased by the villains led by an evil Mormon. The villains are killed in a freak accident and the others escape to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:05:37 AM
BenDedek Review: "9-1-1 What Is Your Emergency" By Lucia - Retired Dispatcher #160
The personal comments made by the author gave me a sense of the person herself and I have a strong feeling that we would get on well together. Some parts of the book were hilarious, some parts were disturbing, some parts were moving and some parts just defy my ability to understand what America must be like. There sure are a lot of crazies out there folks.
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:15:26 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "A Meaning for Danny" by Brigid Marlin
This story, as told by a distraught mother, details her interaction with a non-understanding husband, the educational system, a myriad of health professionals and their differing opinons and the public in general, was enough to make a "normal" person wish to escape in any way they can.
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:13:30 AM
Milt Gross Movie review: "Monte Walsh" starring Tom Selleck
While the general tenure of the movie is sad, that is, the end of an era and of jobs for all those cowboys, there is romance too, as all good westerns must have to be good westerns. Tragedy strikes Walsh when his girlfriend, played by Isabella Rossallini dies, and he spends a night by the side of the bed on which she is laid out under a sheet.
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:05:07 AM
M. Wallace Johnson Review: "What's Next for the People of the Earth" by Phyllis Gordon
I found in this book that whether the author was comparing Heaven and Hell or using Old Testament Scriptures to back what is in the Book of Revelations, Scripture quotes were made to 'stand alone' with no attempt made to 'extrapolate' meaning. The author obviously believes that it is the 'Word of God' itself that has the power to convince, not the words of mere mortals or particular theologies. From my reading of the PDF copy of her work, she has done an excellent job. I believe that the author has succeeded in accomplishing her objective.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:10:04 AM
Milt Gross Book review: "Avalon Bay" by Ronald Von Freymann
How the couple discern the intent of the terrorists and actively thwart the plot becomes a somewhat gripping tale. The climax occurs on the two ferries, which are held by authorities in the harbor between the two locations when they are told of the plot. The action is fairly intense. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in defense against terrorism or in that topic generally. A good read for perhaps a price for the new paperback that is a little too high.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:05:34 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Sunshine after Rain" by J. R. Lucy
I was so looking forward to reading this book because the writer and myself are exactly the same age. But upon completing this 283 page book, I was rather disappointed
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:25:32 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "I Am a Wish" by Marie Callegari
This children's book is lovely from the cover page right through to the final one. It is so well-drawn and colorful that children won't want to put it down or even share it with their siblings.
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
Milt Gross Book review: "The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Behavior that is common today was just beginning in those days right after the First World War. I kind of chuckled at the "evil" goings on in Lane's hometown, since they are so common today. But when Grey penned this book -- "not a western romance" the reader is warned on the cover, these behaviors were still new in the U.S.
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:05:05 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "An Angel Without a Name" by Mary E. Sims Heidi Harmon
Having been born in the northern part of Maine myself, I was very interested in reading how the author had been born and raised in a poor Black family in the south. I would have liked reading more about that part of her life.
Mar 21, 2014 - 8:12:21 AM
Milt Gross Movie review: "Nebraska" directed by Alexander Payne
The father's wife is a negative, critical old bitty, who keeps telling the father there are no winnings. She tells him other things too to make his life with her miserable. Near the end of the strange tale, we learn that they actually do love one another.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:05:30 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Small Change, Big Gains" by Thomas H. Stoner Jr.
Thomas H. Stoner Jr., a veteran energy entrepreneur, joined a group to form the Social Venture Network, built the first independent national energy services company, was CEO of a large independent developer of carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol, took that company public on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market in 2006 and became a CEO of the "clean coal" industry. After 25 years in alternative-energy industries, Stoner spoke out about the harmful effects of climate change by writing this book.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:05:30 AM
Books Recently Reviewed Stefan Haucke and Dale German
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