Magic City Book Reviews Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2015
Each week we publish a Book Basket in which is recorded the publicity material for 10 or more books. We cannot of course review every book but on that article page we offer all authors a 'no-pay no-charge self-promotions' deal. Basically this deal is that in return for publishing articles at Magic City on any topic whatsoever, we will include in that article that author's latest book cover, their bio and purchase details and links. It's a case of 'you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.
Dec 30, 2015 - 5:41:30 PM
Author Articles at Magic City 2015
Book authors are not required to write specifically in relation to their book. This offer is not just a 'free publicity offer.' Instead we give authors the chance to spread their wings and build up their internet presence by becoming opinion columnists and feature writers, political commentators and religious writers or whatever takes their fancy.
Dec 13, 2015 - 12:44:30 AM
"Win a Book" Competition for Magic City Readers
If you would like to win this free book, all you have to do is show us how well you write by writing a book review of something that you have recently read and giving us permission to publish it. Not only will the winner of the competition receive the free book, but he/she will be invited to write their own review of Thomas J. Hynes's book "It Wasn't Like Nothing: One Marine's Adventure in Vietnam." I would like to thank the Bohlsen Group and the Author for this offer. You never know, Magic City Morning Star might soon have an additional regular book reviewer.
Sep 21, 2015 - 5:53:20 AM
Speedy Recovery to Columnist Milt Gross
Milt Gross who provides us with his weekly Down the Road A Piece articles and regular book reviews had an operation this week and on behalf of all contributors to Magic City I would like to wish Milt a speedy recovery.
Sep 18, 2015 - 11:03:47 AM
Welcome to Magic City's Newest Book Reviewer, Laure McCourt Lopez
Today on behalf of the Magic City Morning Star team I would like to welcome our latest book reviewer, Laure McCourt Lopez. Laure has a special interest in both Christian and Children's books, and is currently reading her way through quite of list of books requested by her and graciously sent to her by the various publicists with whom I am in constant contact.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:15:13 AM
Greater Emphasis on Book Reviews in 2014 at Magic City Morning Star
The direction of Magic City Morning Star has changed over the course of 2014. As a result of this directional change, we have also been fortunate to receive quite a number of article contributions from book authors. We are quite pleased with the response we have received from authors and publicists, and of course our reviewers and hope as time marches forward, we shall have an even greater input from all concerned. Below listed are the 'headers' for the 75 book reviews that were published between the time we embarked on a change in direction and June 30th 2014.
Jul 5, 2014 - 12:28:08 AM
124 Book Author Articles Contributed to Magic City
If authors are happy to provide our readers with something interesting to read, then we are quite happy to help them promote their books. We do this by including in their articles a photograph of the book cover, relevant biographical information and links to purchase pages. From the time we first made this "no-pay / no-charge self-promotion" offer to authors, up until June 29th 2014, we have published 124 such articles which you can see listed below. During this same period, we have featured over 400 new book releases and provided 75 book reviews.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:03:02 AM
Crowdfunding 'The William DeVan Story'
If you care to help with the funding of this project then you can go to any of the links provided knowing that your donation is not being scammed. The Target for "Nothing To Fall Back Upon: The William DeVan Story" is $5,500 of which $535 has already been pledged and there is a section on the site which specifically states: Flexible Funding: This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: January 14, 2014 - January 29, 2014 (11:59pm PT).
Jan 17, 2014 - 8:45:52 AM
Martha Stevens-David on the speaking trail
We are happy to announce that Martha's next
scheduled appearance will be on March 21st 2012 at the Poland Historical
Society. Martha's book, "Autobiography of a Simple Soul," is a
collection of short stories about growing up in the small Aroostook
County town of Ashland.
Feb 22, 2012 - 8:14:57 PM
New Contributors to Magic City Morning Star News
With many of our writers having 'disappeared' over time, it is
reassuring to find others to replace them. We wholeheartedly welcome
them to Magic City Morning Star News. As locals may or may not know, Ken Anderson has been recovering from quite a serious illness.
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:57:35 AM
Happy New Year 2012
Jan 1, 2012 - 12:26:39 AM
Merry Christmas to our readers in 2011
Dec 23, 2011 - 12:02:16 AM
Gilad Schalit - Free at What Cost?
The rabbinic sages were very clear. The ransom to be paid cannot involve the murder of other Jews. This deal - like its predecessors - is not in line with Jewish tradition. It stands in opposition to Jewish tradition.
Oct 16, 2011 - 12:10:12 AM
Congratulations! Martha Stevens-David becomes a 'hardcopy' author
Congratulations to Martha Stevens-David on the publishing of her hardcopy book: "Autobiography of a Simple Soul"
Jun 18, 2011 - 1:55:23 AM
U.S.A. not as economically free as Hong Kong
Which country is the most economically free? No, not the United States. (It's Hong Kong.)
Jan 20, 2011 - 12:38:07 AM
What does the future hold for Jason Levesque?
After his reasonably narrow defeat in last Tuesday's election, Jason Levesque finds himself in the same position as many - wondering what to do next.
Nov 6, 2010 - 12:13:33 AM
Magic City Morning Star, Past & Future
As for the Magic City Morning Star, until I believe that I can afford the time to do a good job of maintaining the Magic City Morning Star, I don't know my time would be worthwhile. I still harbor hopes that I will one day find myself in a position to be able to contribute once again in some meaningful way to the Magic City Morning Star, but am not sure when or what that might look like.
Apr 10, 2010 - 10:20:30 PM
The Maine Point of a Magic Conversation
Ken battles to keep up with his costs and he does it for the locals. I admire him for that. I wish I could do more and fear what will happen if I can't continue with my own input.
Jan 3, 2010 - 12:25:41 AM
OPM: Other People's Money
If there is one thing that Millinocket needs, it is business. However, it seems that someone has been playing around with the language again, because I was always under the impression that a business was something that involved either producing a product or performing a service in return for a profit. People who invested time or money into a business would hope to see a return on their investment in the form of a profit. Otherwise, businesses that failed to produce a profit would be forced to go out of business, which sometimes involved filing for bankruptcy. I have been through it and there is no shame in that.
May 27, 2009 - 12:20:42 AM
Reflections on Being Home
I've been home for a week or so now, and already the time that we were away is beginning to feel like a dream. The house was not empty while we were gone, yet things are pretty much where we left them, which is sort of nice but a little eerie at the same time. A book that I read more than two years ago remains in the place where I set it when I had finished with it. Other things have changed, and mostly for the better. Projects that I had begun before leaving Millinocket have been completed, and probably better than I would have done had it been left to me. The backyard is more orderly than it was when I lived here before, and probably easier to maintain in the winter. Some of my favorite trees have been cut down, but that's okay; trees are trees, and I don't want anyone accusing me of being a tree hugger. Trees are a renewable resource, and if they were truly worth keeping they'll grow back.
May 12, 2009 - 11:57:24 PM
Traveling, With Cats
Last Monday, my wife and I left Fayetteville, North Carolina, where we have been living and working over the past year and a half, to return to our home in Millinocket, Maine. We brought with us four of the five cats who were part of our family when we left Millinocket more than two years ago.
Apr 17, 2009 - 10:40:04 PM
Under Cover of a "Stimulus" Bill, Congress Seeks to Overturn the Second Amendment
In a Bill introduced on the first day of the present session of Congress, with no coverage from the mainstream media, H.R. 45 (Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) targets gun owners in the United States. While everyone's attention was on the bogus "stimulus" plan to print and spend trillions of tax dollars, this legislation is worming its way through the House and Senate.
Feb 12, 2009 - 10:41:20 AM
Fighting the Trojans
There hasn't been a lot of activity here on the Magic City Morning Star for the past few days. There are a couple of reasons for this actually, one of which will be the subject of this article, but I'll touch upon the other in an editor's note.
Dec 24, 2008 - 12:11:42 PM
Mar 21, 2008 - 12:01:51 AM
MAGIC Consents to an Interview
While WSYY Radio's recent pleas for the Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council to to come on the air, making themselves accountable to the public, have gone unanswered, a spokesperson for the organization agreed to be interviewed by the Katahdin area's primary source of accurate news and information, the Magic City Morning Star.
Feb 18, 2008 - 10:07:36 PM
Our Position on Polstein's Resort Plans
While it would ordinarily be nice to be mentioned on the front page of the Bangor Daily News, I am curious about the references to the Magic City Morning Star in Bangor Daily reporter Nick Sambides' article about Matt Polstein's resort plans.
Jan 3, 2007 - 12:50:03 PM
MAGIC Members Witholding Information of Involvement in the Backcountry Project
When the Portland Press Herald first reported on the secret meetings that were being held between our state government and various environmental organizations, I was shocked but not surprised, since I had been warning of just such a collusion for the past few years, as had others before me.
Jun 22, 2006 - 6:20:00 PM
Ira Einhorn, Earth Day's Dirty Secret
On this, the 36th anniversary of Earth Day, it is only fitting to speak of one of its founders, Ira Einhorn.
Apr 22, 2006 - 12:01:00 AM
NAIS: What Does it Take to Raise an Alarm These Days?
This article on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) was written for "All Maine Matters" and first appeared in its January debut issue.
Jan 18, 2006 - 2:02:00 PM
Interesting Stuff From the Katahdin Cultural Center
I've been looking over the promotional booklet from the Katahdin Cultural Center, and it left me with a few questions.
Aug 1, 2005 - 10:34:00 PM
"I can't wait to fry that fat bitch's ass!"
Jul 30, 2005 - 6:31:00 PM
See No, Hear No
Last week the Katahdin Times published an editorial decrying the fact that Millinocket's dirty laundry was be being aired throughout the state. I didn't actually read the article, but heard about it from someone else, who may not have read it either, so please excuse me if I'm wrong.
Jan 31, 2005 - 7:17:00 PM
More Corruption in Millinocket
Did we elect a town council, or did we select MAGIC? How much longer are the people of Millinocket willing to let this continue?
Aug 17, 2004 - 11:21:00 PM
A Circle of Friends
If you truly cannot see the evil in this, perhaps I should just shut up and let you experience the natural consequences of apathy. Or are you still hoping that you will be chosen as one of the elite?
Mar 28, 2004 - 12:02:00 PM
Oh Say, Can You See?
What's really going on with the visioning process in the Katahdin region?
Jan 23, 2004 - 3:40:00 AM
Some of you may be unaware of this, but many of us recently witnessed a local businessman and stakeholder in the Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council (MAGIC) threatening those, including the Magic City Morning Star, whom he accused of encouraging a boycott of his business ventures.
Nov 13, 2006 - 4:25:00 PM
As The Worm Turns
MILLINOCKET -- Last April, we read about the Backcountry Project, a series of meetings in which Maine state agencies conspired in secret with several environmental organizations to gain control of the rural areas of Maine. We have now learned much more, and some of it is close to home.
Aug 22, 2006 - 12:21:00 AM
"I can vouch for him, officer," he says. "He was with me the whole time."
Jul 14, 2006 - 5:19:00 PM
Shall We Run the Mohammed Cartoons?
There is a movement afoot to persuade newspapers and magazines to run the now infamous Mohammed cartoons, whose publication by a Danish newspaper has led to rioting throughout the world, as a show of solidarity behind the principles of freedom of speech.
Feb 6, 2006 - 5:34:00 PM
Another Mystery Surfaces
MILLINOCKET -- We've cleared up the mystery of the Polstein-McLean signs that were reportedly stolen over the weekend, in that they had been removed by the property owners who never gave permission for the signs to be placed there anyhow. Still, we were left with other signs that were vandalized, according to the Katahdin Press. This leads only to another mystery.
Nov 8, 2005 - 1:48:00 PM