Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin

A midwest librarian vacations in London and becomes entangled in a murder mystery when one dead body turns up in the B&B where she is staying—and she fears there will be another—in this first book in an engaging new cozy librarian series.

Minnesota librarian Karen Nash decides to go on her London vacation anyway even though her boyfriend has jilted her the day they are about to leave. Then she sees him at the airport boarding the same plane as she, only with another woman. Karen’s thoughts turn murderous and later spill over in what she assumes is an idle pub conversation with a sympathetic stranger. Only later does she realize this man might have taken her at her word when she angrily said wanted her ex dead. Meanwhile as Karen gets better acquainted with Caldwell Perkins, the owner of the charming B&B where she is staying, she discovers they have a lot in common—he might well love books as much as she does.

Things are starting to look up when all of a sudden a dead body turns up in Caldwell’s B&B sitting room—and several of the guests have reason seem suspicious. Karen can’t help but play detective, and clues begin to fall into place as she visits museums, used bookstores and the Chelsea garden show. With that mystery solved, Karen realizes it’s time to put her hurt and anger behind her. But is it too late?

E-galley received for review.

I wanted to like this. I really did. Alas, my hopes were dashed after the first few chapters. I did manage to limp through the first 50 pages before abandoning this though.

The main character was just not likable. She was whiny, rude, and vindictive - truly all the things that make for the stereotypical horrible American abroad. I couldn't even feel a sliver of sympathy when her boyfriend dumped her and that's pretty sad since empathy with the characters makes for such a significantly better reading experience.

Since I never did make it to the meat of the mystery I can't comment on its quality or solution but I don't hold out high hopes for it after reading the first bit of the book.

There are so many good cozies out there that to waste your time on this is just unfortunate at best. I seriously recommend a pass on this one.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Giveaway: Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . .

If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Guest Post: Gary Howard author of Help Your Kids Get Better Grades

Gary Howard, author of the book Help Your Kids Get Better Grades, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.

Helping Your Kids Get Better Grades
by Gary Howard

Here are just some of the invaluable suggestions on how parents can help children improve their study habits and effectiveness:

Shop and let the student select the perfect pen. The right pen makes all the difference when taking notes or writing long essay answers on an exam.  Parents may be surprised, but printing is easier for many students than writing script cursive.

Schedule Study Time and Stick with It. Set up a weekly schedule for study time with two forty-minute study times each day with a 20 minute break between. Pick the times and stick to the times.

Buy Study Guides for Your Student.  For high school and college, these 5 to $9 guides of key subjects are the easiest and fastest way to get the bottom line necessary building blocks of information on a topic. In no way are they to be considered cheating. They are a wonderful way to get the outline and vital subjects identified.

Encourage Participation in Study Groups.  After school, join a group, discuss ideas, ask each other questions and research the answers together. But focus on work, this is not a social gathering.

Get a Tutor.  In sports you have a coach, at the health club there’s a trainer, so in classes, don’t hesitate, get a tutor.  Use the Internet and search. It’s not as expensive as you may imagine. The help over the tough spots can be invaluable – the difference between getting it, and losing it.

Get a Good Backpack. The essential items include: notebooks, two favorite pens, two pencils, text books (for the day only), Kleenex, energy bars, medications, two dollars in change, and clothes for the weather. Parents – inspect weekly or anytime.  Write your name address and phone number in indelible ink on the pack in case it gets lost.

Have Reading Skills Tested. Make sure your child is at the appropriate level for his or her age and does not have eye problems.  See an eye doctor if you have any doubts or concerns.

Home Study Location, Chair and Lighting.  Sufficient lighting, comfortable desk and chair, with little or no distractions!  No TV, radio, music, or games during study time.

Reading Time and Practice. Get focused, brain on full alert, and cut out the daydreaming while reading textbooks.  Full attention on the task at hand.

Getting Proper Note-Taking Down.  THE BEST MEMORY IN THE WORLD CANNOT REMEMBER WHAT IS LEARNED IN A CLASSROOM.  Taking good notes is a learned skill. Use clean paper and favorite pens, three-ring binder with paper and separators, outline with notes and major points.   Re-reading good notes is where learning really takes place.  There are several types of note taking methods students should learn.

Develop Your Memory with Mnemonics. Using rhymes, telling stories or jokes, and memorizing four to five letter acronyms is a great way to remember lists of details or essential rules.  Writing these 20 times engraves them on your brain. 

The techniques in How to Help Your Kids Get Better Grades are best taught when children are in the seventh or eighth grade, but the checklist contained in this amazing book can be used to diagnose and remediate missing skills for anyone. The book provides excellent tips for high school and even for college students trying to raise mediocre scores to A’s and B’s.

About the book:
Teacher and school administrator Gary Howard has been helping children get better grades for over 35 years.  What he’s proven to parents, students, and teachers, year after year, is that very little improvement is possible unless you can teach the children HOW TO LEARN in the first place. 

He’s created a short and easy to use book that spells out the steps needed to make sure that a child receives the building blocks as well as the tools that will result in a love of learning.

Help Your Kids Get Better Grades is designed so that parents can simply, quickly and effectively mentor children and guide them to do the right things at home and at school, so that they learn how to study better, listen and take notes, and take tests with less stress.  

“Parents can have a tremendous impact on how a child handles school and test-taking,” he says. “But it is the child who is taking the test.”

Howard’s book identifies what is needed for children to discover and grow the talents they are born with.  Education success however, is in the hands of the student who has to practice by studying.  Howard focuses on how to make studying fun.

About the author:
Gary E. Howard was a teacher and administrator at the high school and college level for thirty-five years. Although he turned down the appointment as President of one college, he served as the Dean of Instruction at two others. He lives in Moraga, California.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review: The First Husband by Laura Dave

Laura Dave has already won adoring fans everywhere from Hollywood to the heartland. Now, with a slew of rave reviews and astute insights about modern love, The First Husband is certain to deliver her breakout success.

Los Angeles–based travel writer Annie Adams thinks she has it all. Nick, her longtime film director boyfriend, has finally hit the big time, her column is syndicated, and they've got a great dog. Then Nick moves out. Three months later, Annie is married to Griffin, a down-to-earth chef with a restaurant in the Berkshires. When Nick asks for a second chance, Annie is torn between her husband and the man she might have been meant to marry.

Received for review.

This was my first experience with the author and I was intrigued but not particularly thrilled by the experience. The book was okay and fairly typical chick lit although it did seem more mature than most of the genre. It was well written and had a nice flow but I really couldn't care less about the characters or their situations. They just weren't that believable or interesting.

I'd recommend this to those looking for a more emotionally mature chick lit option.

★★☆☆ = Liked It

Monday, September 24, 2012

Guest Post: Nick Redfern author of The World's Weirdest Places

Nick Redfern, author of the book The World's Weirdest Places, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.

What Makes a Place Weird, Truly Weird?
By Nick Refern

If someone gets a fleeting glance of an Unidentified Flying Object soaring across the skies of New York City, does that make the famous Big Apple weird? If a hairy, eight foot tall Bigfoot briefly and enigmatically appears in the thick forests outside of Seattle, does that make the city weird? And if a chain-rattling member of the living-dead club materializes for a second or two in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, London, England, does that make the residence of Queen Elizabeth II weird? The answer is no, it does not, to all three of the above scenario.

What we have in each of these instances is a singular, stand-alone, strange event that has occurred in one particular locale. But, by definition, the place itself is not weird. Only the thing that decided to put in a one-time, brief appearance was weird. That is not always the case, however. On far more than a few occasions, it is the place itself – and not just the mysterious phenomena that manifest in its midst – that is weird, and incredibly richly so, too.

Expanding on the above, if that same Bigfoot, UFO, and chain-rattling ghost all appear in one particular, concise location, time and again (and quite possibly even for centuries, too), and along with a fantastic range of other bizarre things too, such as nothing less than lake- monsters, poltergeists, strange energies and vortexes, werewolves, occult activity, aliens, and enigmatic entities including fairies, elves and goblins, then this is all highly suggestive that the place is truly weird in the extreme!

But the definition of that very emotive word – weird – is most certainly wide open to interpretation. For some, it may simply mean odd or eccentric. For others it might imply terror, fear, panic, and sheer, unrelenting horror. A significant number of people might be inclined to suggest the word equates to unspeakable foulness and revulsion of the highest order; the type of awful thing that lurks in the shadows of the woods on the proverbial dark and stormy night. Or, that it’s a most apt term to use when describing matters of a supernatural or occult nature, such as life after death, alien encounters, and fantastic monsters.

It’s not enough, however, to simply record the fact that our planet seems to have far more than its fair share of certain, specific areas that act as veritable magnets for mysterious events, strange creatures, UFOs and aliens, enigmatic entities like fairies and goblins, and an absolute multiplicity of spectral figures of a wide and dizzying nature. The bigger question that requires a solid answer is surely this: why, exactly, do these magnet-like beacons for all things supernatural even exist in the first place?

To answer that question, there is a need to dig deep into what are known in particle- physics-based research as wormholes. Imagine, if you will for a moment or several, a kind of cosmic version of New York’s Subway System, or London’s sprawling underground railway. Just like its terrestrial equivalents, the cosmic variety allows you to jump on at one point and get off at another of your personal choosing. But, this one also allows you to do something else, too; something near unique and astonishing. Namely, it provides you with the ability to completely bypass the cumbersome and time-consuming major problem of having to travel from Point A to Point B in linear, minute by minute fashion. This is where the wormhole concept comes into play in undeniably spectacular fashion.

In essence, a wormhole is nothing less than a theoretical shortcut that has the ability to cut a definitive swathe through the very fabric of both space and time, not unlike the scenario famously portrayed in the 1994 movie Stargate, starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. In the movie, the U.S. military secretly deciphers a series of codes and hieroglyphics adorned on a huge, ancient, stone ring found at Giza, Egypt back in 1928 – codes and hieroglyphics which turn out to be nothing less than coordinates for far away stars and galaxies. And, by entering those same coordinates into the Stargate of the film’s title, the Universe is, quite literally opened up to Uncle Sam.

There’s one particular type of wormhole called the Lorentzian Traversable Wormhole that may play a role in all this. So-called Lorentzian Traversable Wormholes might, physicists speculate, not only permit travel from one part of the universe to another, but also at an incredibly fast rate of speed, and possibly even near-instantaneously, too. Moreover, the two points of connection may very possibly be static, stable and unchanging.

In other words, we would have a situation where strange entities from strange worlds, realms and dimensions – entities possibly deeply adept and skilled at negotiating our very plane of existence via the advanced science of wormholes - might pop up time and time again at certain, specific locales on our planet. Those same locales could allow for nothing less than potential permanent connection with the domains of the mysterious others that have for so long been staple parts of our culture, history, mythologies, folklore, religions and belief-systems, and perceived variously as aliens, demons, monsters, gods, or as countless other paranormal conundrums. Definitive weird places, indeed!


About the book:

NICK REDFERN HAS THREE IMPORTANT and thought provoking questions for you, the discerning connoisseur of distinct high-strangeness. If someone is lucky enough to get a fleeting
glance of a UFO soaring across the skies of New York, does that make the Big Apple weird? If a large and lumbering Bigfoot briefly and enigmatically appears in the thick forests outside of Seattle, does that make the city weird? And if a chain-rattling member of the living-dead club materializes for a second or two in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, London, England, does that make the residence of Queen Elizabeth II weird? The answer is no, it does not, to all three of the above.

What we have in each of these instances is a singular, stand-alone, strange event that has occurred in one particular locale. But, by definition, the place itself is not weird. Only the thing that decided to put in a one-time, brief appearance was weird. That is not always the case, however. On far more than a few occasions, it is the place itself – and not just the mysterious phenomena that manifest in its midst – that is weird, and incredibly richly so, too.

Expanding on the above, if that same Bigfoot, UFO, and chain-rattling ghost all appear in one particular, concise location, time and again (possibly even for centuries), and along with a fantastic range of other bizarre things too, such as nothing less than lake-monsters, poltergeists, strange energies and vortexes, werewolves, occult activity, aliens, and enigmatic entities including fairies, elves and goblins, then this is all highly suggestive that the place is truly weird in the extreme! But the definition of that very emotive word – weird – is most certainly wide open to interpretation. For some, it may simply mean odd or eccentric. For others it might imply terror, fear, panic, and sheer, unrelenting horror. A significant number of people might be inclined to suggest the word equates to unspeakable foulness and revulsion of the highest order; the type of awful thing that lurks in the shadows of the woods on the proverbial dark and stormy night. Or, that it’s a most apt term to use when describing matters of a supernatural or occult nature, such as life after death, alien encounters, and fantastic monsters. And that’s what you get in The World’s Weirdest Places: a study of unrelenting weirdness, in all its many and varied forms, guises and definitions, throughout recorded history, and at numerous areas on a worldwide level, no less.

In the packed pages of Nick Redfern’s The World’s Weirdest Places, you will learn the startling truths of the many amazing, paranormal, and uncanny hot-spots that pepper our planet, as well as the terrible things that call such places their permanent homes. They are hot-spots that extend from the United States of America to Russia, from Scotland to Canada, from the Philippines to England, from Iceland to Australia, from Guyana to the Solomon Islands, and from just about anywhere and everywhere else in between, too.

About the author:
NICK REDFERN works full-time as an author, lecturer and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. He writes for UFO Magazine; Fate; and Fortean Times. His previous books include Keep Out!; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter. An extremely popular media guest, Nick has appeared on numerous television shows, including:

  • VH1’s Legend Hunters
  • BBC’s Out of this World
  • History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets and UFO
  • Hunters
  • National Geographic Channel’s The Truth about UFOs and Paranatural
  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann
  • SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive

Nick can be contacted at

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Completed Challenge: 2012 Death by Gaslight Reading Challenge

I officially completed my goal of The Merry Widow of Windy Nook level of the challenge!

Here are the books I read:

1.  The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart
2.  The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
3.  The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
4.  The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5.  The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Note the Mary Roberts Rinehart books which were recommended by Ryan at Wordsmithonia and got me hooked on the author!

For the Death by Gaslight Reading Challenge, the goal is to read mysteries set in or written during the Victorian and Edwardian eras (1837 - 1910). I'll probably be reading mysteries set in England (since those are the ones I'm most interested in), but any location is acceptable, as long as the time frame fits. No more than 3 titles can be from the same series (except for the first special challenge, listed below).

There are 4 levels to choose from:
1.  The Merry Widow of Windy Nook: 5 books
2.  Palmer the Poisoner: 10 books
3.  Burke and Hare, Body Snatchers: 15 books
4.  Jack the Ripper: 20+ books

Additionally, there are 4 "special challenges".  Books which are read for any of these mini-levels do not count towards the main reading levels. These are "extra credit" and are purely optional.
1.  Serial Killer: Read an entire series (re-reading if necessary) from the first book until the last (or most recently published). There is no limit on the number of books, so a series could consist of 2 books or 20.
2.  The Great Detective: Read 5 (or more) books featuring Sherlock Holmes, at least one of which must be an original story by Arthur Conan Doyle.
3.  Arsenic and Air Ships: Read 5 (or more) books which are steampunk mysteries.
4.  Penny Dreadfuls: Read 5 (or more) non-fiction books that detail Victorian or Edwardian crimes.

All the regular rules apply:
* cross-overs between challenges are more than okay
* any format counts - audio, ebook, etc., as well as any level (adult, children, YA)
* you don't have to have a blog to participate (since I technically don't - I post reviews at Goodreads)
* feel free to change levels at any time
* re-reads are fine, but books must be read in the 2012 calendar year to count
Reading challenges are suppose to the challenging (hence the name)...but we don't do this for a living, we do this for fun! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Featured Book: The Ruins of the Soul by Hamed Vahidi

About the book:

There are ideas only poetry can express. The first part of this book consists of general lyric poems dealing with such subjects as love and separation. The second half, written in the style of Rubaiyat, sheds light on the age-old, philosophical problem of free will.

About the author:

Hamed Vahidi is an Information Technology specialist living in the United States. He has written for the Skeptic and The New England Journal of Skepticism. The Ruins of the Soul is his first book.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Baroness by Susan May Warren

Coming of age in the turbulent Roaring Twenties, two daughters of fortune can have anything they possibly want—except freedom. Expected to marry well and take the reins of the family empire, Lilly and Rosie have their entire lives planned out for them. But Lilly longs to flee the confines of New York City for the untamed wilds of Montana. Her cousin Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen. But following their dreams—to avant-garde France, to dazzling Broadway, to the skies of the fearless wing walkers—will demand all their courage.

When forced to decide, will Lilly and Rosie truly be able to abandon lives of ease and luxury for the love and adventure that beckons? At what cost will each daughter of fortune find her true love and a happy ending?

Received for review.

First, let me say that this is the second book in a series and I did not read the first so I was unsure of what to expect. I should have just skipped this entirely.

The story did absolutely nothing for me because the characters were just so unlikable. Think Kardashians in the twenties. Yawn. I didn't even want to like them and could care less about their "tough" lives of privilege and being "forced" to marry rich. Oh, poor babies! As such I just could not bring myself to choke down more than a few pages.

The language was snooty, the characters holier-than-thou, and the settings lackluster. I frankly couldn't find anything about this that was moderately tolerable but if you like reading about the "trials and tribulations" of rich bitches then this is for you.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It

Monday, September 17, 2012

Featured Book: This Book is from the Future by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman

About the book:

We have mastered traveling through space, but time eludes us. Not a person exists who doesn’t wish to go back in time to the past or shoot forward into the future to see what may unfold. Time eludes us, for we are trapped by the arrow of past, present and future in an order that appears fixed and unchangeable. it really fixed and unchangeable, or is it just a matter of how our brains have been trained to perceive time?

This book looks first at the enigma of time little we truly know about linear time and how it has actually changed over the course of scientific knowledge and evolution. Time is not what we originally thought it would be, and as new discoveries point to a much less fixed concept of time, we very well may one day be able to control the clock the way we control our spatial location. We may, in fact, be able to travel through time.

From the earliest ideas and imaginings of science fiction authors and visionaries to the most cutting edge research into the behavior of particles and the cosmic constants that constrain time travel, we explore how close we have come from Einstein’s time dilation and relativity theories to a world of potential wormholes, parallel universes, additional spatial and temporal dimensions, the Multiverse and even bizarre particles that seem to exceed the speed of light, and open new doors to one day walking the landscape of time as we once walked upon the moon.

Yet what are the problems and challenges and paradoxes we face from the known laws of physics that keep us from already going back to the past, and forward to the future? Can the newest theories in speculative and quantum physics overcome these paradoxes? Only time, pun intended, will tell. We examine those troubling paradoxes and the research physicists hope will one day make them obsolete.

And yet...we may already be time traveling, in a form of “mental time travel” that occurs in a variety of enigmatic ways from déjà vu to remote viewing, precognitive dreams to out of body travel, apporting to time slips and time shifts. Time travel does not always have to be physical to be real, and we look at a number of more “paranormal” aspects of overcoming temporal boundaries that may be occurring to each and every one of us. And we look at the most fascinating claims of those who already claim to be time from some distant past or far‐off future to guide us, warn us...or just plain fool us.

This book will be a mesmerizing journey exploring the entire landscape of time and time travel evolution. Where we started. Where we now stand. What the future holds for us to discover, out time.

About the authors:

Marie D. Jones is the best‐selling author of Destiny Vs. Choice: The Scientific and Spiritual Evidence Behind Fate and Free Will. She and Larry Flaxman, her partner, run, an organization devoted to exploring unknown mysteries. Their next book, due in July of 2012, is This Book Is From the Future: A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Wormholes and Other Adventures in Time Travel. Marie and Larry have also launched the ParaExplorer Series of eBooks and articles introducing readers to a variety of subjects.

She has an extensive background in metaphysics, cutting edge science and the paranormal and has worked as a field investigator for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s. She currently serves as a Consultant and Director of Special Projects for ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, where she works with ARPAST President Larry Flaxman to develop theories that can tested in the field. Their current project, called The Grid, will be launched in 2012. Marie is a former licensed New Thought/Metaphysics minister and has trained extensively in the Science of Mind/New Thought arena.

Marie has been on television, most recently on the History Channel’s “Nostradamus Effect” series, and served as a special UFO/abduction consultant for the 2009 Universal Pictures science fiction movie, “The Fourth Kind.” She has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows all over the world, including Coast To Coast AM, NPR, KPBS Radio, Dreamland, the X‐Zone, Kevin Smith Show, Paranormal Podcast, Cut to the Chase, Feet 2 The Fire, World of the Unexplained, and the Shirley MacLaine Show, and has been featured in dozens of newspapers, magazines and online publications all over the world. She is a staff writer for Intrepid Magazine, and a regular contributor to New Dawn Magazine, and her essays and articles have appeared in TAPS ParaMagazine, Phenomena, Whole Life Times, Light Connection, Vision, Beyond Reality, and several popular anthologies such as “If Women Ruled the World” and five Chicken Soup For The Soul books. She has also contributed and co‐authored over fifty inspirational books for New Seasons/PIL.

She has lectured widely at major metaphysical, paranormal, new science and self‐ empowerment events, including “Through the Veil,” “Queen Mary Weekends,” “TAPS Academy Training,” “CPAK,” and “Paradigm Conference,” “Conscious Expo,” and “Darkness Radio Events,” and is a popular public speaker on the subjects of cutting edge science, the paranormal, metaphysics, Noetics and human potential. She speaks often at local metaphysical centers, churches, local libraries, bookstore signings, film festivals and regional meet‐ups on writing, the paranormal, human consciousness, science and metaphysical subjects.

She is also the screenwriter and co‐producer of “19 Hz,” a paranormal thriller in development with Bruce Lucas Films, as well as a science fiction feature film titled “Twilight Child,” and she serves as a co‐host on the popular Dreamland Radio Show. In her spare time, she raises her son, walks and runs marathons, and is active as a disaster response and preparedness second responder for CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team through CitizenCorps. She is also a licensed ham radio operator (KI6YES).

Larry Flaxman is the best‐selling author of 11:11‐ The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities and The Resonance Key: Exploring the Links Between Vibration, Consciousness and the Zero Point Grid. He also has a screenplay in development and is a regular contributor to TAPS ParaMagazine, New Dawn, and other paranormal publications.

Larry is the President and Senior Researcher of ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, which he founded in February of 2007. Under his leadership, ARPAST has become one of the nation’s largest and most active paranormal research organizations, with over 150 members worldwide dedicated to conducting research into the paranormal using the most stringent scientific methodology. ARPAST is also now a proud member of the TAPS family (The Atlantic Paranormal Society). Larry supervises a staff of fully trained researchers and over $250,000 worth of top‐of‐the‐line equipment. Larry also serves as technical advisor to several paranormal research groups throughout the country.

Larry has appeared in numerous print interviews, including newspapers, magazines and online publications and has appeared on television, most recently on Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab,” and on JustIn TV’s “In Search of the Paranormal.” He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio programs, including “Coast to Coast AM,” “X‐Zone,” “Ghostly Talk,” “Eerie Radio,” “Crossroads Paranormal,” “Binall of America,” “The Jeff Rense Show,” and “Haunted Voices.”

In addition, Larry is co‐creator of the popular new ParaTracker software program for documenting data from paranormal investigations. He is a highly requested speaker at major paranormal conferences educational seminars across the country, and is partners with Marie D. Jones in ParaExplorers. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review: New Self New World by Philip Shephed

Anxiety runs like an undercurrent through our daily lives. We often feel distracted and out of touch with our deeper purpose. These common feelings are the by-products of an exceedingly celebral Western culture. In New Self, New World, Renaissance man Philip Shepherd explores the root causes of these feelings and presents practical solutions in terms so fresh that they open your eyes and your heart to a compelling reality.

In our culture we find it normal to live in our heads, in a fragmented world, absorbed in our own anxieties-the only imaginable state for people who mistakenly believe the body is a machine. But at our core, we know better. New Self, New World challenges this primary story of what it means-and feels like-to be human.

Shepherd demonstrates how we come into our true humanity only when we unite with our core-the deep, innate intelligence of the body. Our consciousness is not centered in the head any more than the universe is centered around the earth. To shift our paradigm, though, we need a revolution in our understanding of ourselves as decisive as the one begun by Copernicus. At once a spiritual handbook, a philosophical primer and a roaming inquiry into human history, New Self, New World cracks open the possibilities of human experience and, with clarity, inspiration and compassion, lays the groundwork for personal renewal.

Received for review.

First, this is one fat book, weighing in at 450 page and rivaling a Harry Potter hardcover for wrist straining records.  The type is also unfortunately small so there is a lot of closely packed text on each page, giving it and almost textbook like feel.

This is a heavy, dense, intellectual book and not for amateurs.  Frankly, I was nodding off moments after I picked it up - every time I picked it up.  The portions I did manage to limp through were well written and informative but not particularly engaging.

If you are into the metaphysical thing and really, really enjoy reading about it, this is for you.  If you're a newcomer you may want to start with something lighter first.

☆☆☆ = Just Okay

Friday, September 14, 2012

Featured Book: The Churning Cauldron by Ronald Dahle

About the book:

There are those, who believe so strongly in an ideal or concept that it consumes their very soul. “The Deacon”, a retired Green Beret is one such person. He has decided that this nation of ours is in rapid decline and he plans to save it from a totally destructive Administration as well as it’s other problems by whatever means possible, He has teamed up with several old friends with like backgrounds and they set out to… in their words “Save Lady Liberty.”

About the author:

Rebellious, freethinking and with abundant contempt for authority Ron Dahle was the ideal Special Forces soldier. Ron epitomized “never a better friend or a worse enemy.” Ron retired from the US Army after 24 years of service as a Command Sergeant Major. Most of his Army career was spent in Special Forces where he rose to the highest levels of responsibility and fame. 

Unconventional, mercurial and intolerant of incompetence Ron was respected for his ability to get the tough jobs done. Constant in his loyalty to his friends Ron has an extensive network of brothers-in-arms from his service in five Special Forces Groups, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, plus 3779th Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. Ron served in Vietnam during 1965. 1966, 1967, and 1970 experiencing life on the edge and acquiring a flavor for life that he still has. After retiring from the Army Ron worked as his interests drew him: railroad, wool mill, manager of a horse ranch, lumber jack, photographer, and now author. Today Ron remains ready to launch new adventures, here today, gone tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: 4 Ingredients Christmas by Kim McCosker

Easy, elegant holiday entertaining is as simple as 1-2-3 . . .4 INGREDIENTS!

MOUTHWATERING Christmas Day brunch. Fun snacks for Santa and his reindeer. Hearty, flavorful main courses for a bountiful holiday table. Hours of work in the kitchen and too many dollars spent at the checkout line? Not with 4 Ingredients Christmas.

Kim McCosker, the internationally bestselling author who brought you 4 Ingredients and 4 Ingredients Gluten-Free, has once again created a delightful collection of quick, easy, and delicious recipes, all using four or fewer ingredients. Maple & Pepper–Glazed Turkey, Roast Pork & Crispy Crackling, Sweet Squash Galette, Cinnamon Stars, and a decadent Christmas Candy Martini will help create the illusion that you worked endlessly in your kitchen anticipating your guests’ arrival. You will be amazed by what you can create with just the right ingredients.

Find out what home chefs all over the world have already discovered. 4 Ingredients Christmas is bound to become your trusted choice not just during the festive season, but for every special occasion.

E-galley received for review.

This was a cute little book with lovely photos of each recipe. The recipes themselves covered a variety of options from drinks to desserts and were simple yet stunning. I mention that simple does not mean easy as some were rather complex.

Some of the recipes I'd like to try are:

Sweet Squash Galette
Brandy Custard
Coconut Cream Truffles

Overall this was solid but not fabulous with some different kinds of recipes. It might be good for your own personal reference but I'd pass on giving it as a gift.

★★☆☆ = Liked It

Monday, September 10, 2012

Guest Post: Dr. Bob Curran author of A Haunted Mind

Dr. Bob Curran, author of the book A Haunted Mind, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.

H.P. Lovecraft's Dark Universe
by Dr. Bob Curran

As horror writers go, perhaps none is more mysterious or more intriguing than Howard Phillips Lovecraft who died in March 1937 and who created the dark cosmos which is now known as the Cthulhu Mythos. In life, Lovecraft was as strange as any of his creations – a gloomy, withdrawn and introverted man wholly dependent on other people ‐ indeed, so much so that many have suggested that he was in touch with things which we ourselves cannot see or sense and that they formed the basis of his macabre fiction. Much of his work centred round blasphemous tomes – the most famous being the “abhorred Necronomicon” – or remote and mysterious locations and this has prompted some to suggest that he was privy to occult and arcane knowledge that is denied to the rest of us and rightly so for it would send our minds crashing into madness. But is that the case?

There is no doubt that Lovecraft’s vision is vivid and intense and utterly terrifying. It has served as an inspiration for other fans and writers who have both expanded and developed it down the years in their own fiction, in films and in role playing and video games thus keeping the vision fresh and unique. The landscapes which the Mythos envisages are bizarre and dangerous in the extreme. Here great and monstrous beings which have existed since the dawn of time come and go between Earth and the stars with impunity, disregarding Mankind as being of little interest as they did so. All of these ancient beings, however, had some impact on our world and sometimes manipulated individuals for their own eerie and unfathomable purposes. Indeed, much of the history of the world has been clandestinely guided by them towards their undefined objectives. But are such ideas truly rooted in fact or are they, as some have argued, simply the horrific distillation of Lovecraft’s own fears and nightmares?

Certainly as a lonely and introverted boy Lovecraft had access to strange books on the travel and folklore of his great uncle Whipple Phillips’ library in the family home in Providence, Rhode Island and many of these writings may well have taken root in his steadily darkening mind. And some of the ancient houses of Providence itself, with their queer histories and curious traditions may also have intrigued him. In many respects he saw himself as an investigator of the unusual and the outré and this notion was to haunt him as he penned his ghostly fiction.

Part of the source of the dreadful Universe also lay in Lovecraft’s inability to fully integrate into society and into general friendships and relationships. He always considered himself as an “Outsider”. True, he did form friendships – some which lasted until his death – and he actually was briefly married, which hinted at a relationship of sorts but he always found human society difficult and often chose to retreat into his own dark cosmos which he had fashioned out of his peculiar dreams, ideas and nightmares. But he did find face to face relationships difficult and preferred to keep the world at a distance – maintaining his friendships through voluminous letters.

As a writer, Lovecraft was something of a failure in his own lifetime and indeed almost died in penury, having made very little from his imaginative fiction and reduced to “hackwork” and revisions. Nor did many of his friends or fans turn up to his funeral when he died, although there were disagreements over his estate afterward. And yet, the dark legacy which he has left behind has continued down to the present day – not only surviving but continuing to expand and grow like some mysterious seed planted in fertile ground – the minds of those who read them. Others too have taken up the mantle, placing their own stamp upon the Mythos – expanding it and taking it in new and even darker directions. In recent times, the followers of the Cthulhu across the world have never been more numerous. And in the background the shadowy influence of Lovecraft still lingers on. Did he really know things that we don’t and that we would be terrified to find out?


About the book:

Arguably no American writer has had more of an impact on the modern horror scene than Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the man who created the Cthulhu Mythos, with its strange gods, eerie places, and forbidden books. But what sort of a man was Lovecraft, how did he create such a terrible universe, and where did his inspiration come from? Was it, as some have argued, based on esoteric knowledge forgotten or even denied to all sane people?

In A Haunted Mind, Dr. Bob Curran explores what motivated Lovecraft--his personal life is just as strange as some of his creations--and drove him to create his terrible cosmos. Using both folklore and history, Dr Curran investigates a wide variety of Lovecraftian mysteries.

A word of warning: you may never look at Lovecraft--or the world--in exactly the same way again!

About the author:
Dr. Bob Curran was born and raised in a remote mountain area of the County Down in Northern Ireland. Leaving school at 14, he worked in a number of jobs including gravedigger, lorry driver, professional musician, journalist and even a scripter of comics. He traveled extensively in many countries before returning home to settle down and begin working in the Civil Service. Later, he went to college where he obtained degrees in education, history and educational psychology, graduating as a teacher.

Although he still teaches much of his work now concerns community development within Northern Ireland. In this capacity he acts as a consultant to a number of cultural bodies within the Province. He deals with cross‐ boarder matters with the Irish Republic, working for the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

Sitting on a number of cultural committees, Curran has worked directly as a governmental advisor and as a consultant to several bodies which have been set up by other governments. He also acts as a consultant to a number of tourism companies, giving lectures and conducting tours on many topics of local and national Irish history.

As a writer, Curran has been extremely prolific and has approximately 38 books to his name, mainly on the subjects of history and culture. In addition, he has a number of works published in other languages including Japanese, Italian, French, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Spain and Mexico), German, Urdu and Latvian. He has also served as a contributor and consultant to various radio and television programs both for private companies and national networks.

Married and with a young family, Curran continues to live in Northern Ireland on the picturesque North Derry coast, not far from the celebrated Giant’s Causeway.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: The Summer Nights Never End ... Until They Do by Robert James Waller

You may know Robert James Waller as the man who brought the world to Iowa's storied covered bridges. What you may not realize is that before and since becoming an internationally acclaimed novelist, Waller has grappled with a very real puzzle: How can an individual, a group, and/or a society cut through the confusion of everyday life to successfully navigate its pitfalls and traps?

Through intense reflection, shrewd reasoning, and not a little trial and error, the reclusive author has developed a unique and inventive paradigm for thinking clearly and logically. In The Summer Nights Never End ... Until they Do, Waller shares a methodology that can be applied to everything from governmental gaffs and immigration reform to losing weight and financial freedom.

Like so many things that make sense, Waller's words are complex in their simplicity, turn from the madness of short-term, quick fixes and toward time-tested, reasonable goals.

The devil is in the details. So, too, are the answers.

Received for review.

Overall this could have been relatively informative but the author oversimplifies many, many things - two of the main items being weight and money, which the author has clearly never had issues with or he'd never, ever have written about them in such a manner.  That one must only exercise self control and all will be well seems to be the author's main view.  Um, not so fast buddy!

So, if you already are part of the 1% (as the author is) and you like to tell the other 99% what their problem is and how stupid they are for not fixing it then this is for you.  If you're a member of the other 99% just give this one a pass as it will provide no usable information for you.

 ☆☆= Just Okay

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Guest Post: Nancy Du Tertre author of Psychic Intuition

Nancy Du Tertre, author of the book Psychic Intuition, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Psychic Intuition
by Nancy Du Tertre

Skeptics argue fiercely that all things psychic are merely products of wishful thinking, delusion, and ordinary probability. They do not experience such things themselves. They maintain psychic phenomena is not real, otherwise it would lend itself to observation in the laboratory. On the other end of the spectrum are the believers. They trust their perceptions implicitly and do not question the origins of their strange experiences. They are as disinterested in a debate as the skeptics. They are less skilled at analysis and don’t wish to argue facts. Moreover, they don’t care. They have no need to be convinced one way or another.

In this strange atmosphere of ridicule and mistrust, lies a fascinating riddle. If psychic phenomena and ability are real, how can we explore and exploit the benefits of such extraordinary perception? Imagine what our world would look like if psychic claims were real.

  • What if you could locate the bodies of homicide victims and identify their killers without any physical evidence or witness testimony?
  • What if you could accurately identify enemy war installations and weaponry in foreign countries without any other form of spy operations?
  • What if you could medically diagnose and even cure any kind of illness or disease simply by understanding
  • Your own brain’s interpretations of electromagnetic vibrations?
  • What if you could actually have a conversation with a dead person and learn something about what happens after humans die?
  • What if you could find a lost document, key or piece of jewelry without having a logical clue where it was last seen?

These are all “impossible” feats, right? Well yes, at least within our known, logical world and the understanding of science. However, anyone who follows the growing psychic and paranormal fields knows that these things are not only “possible” but they are being done every day. Psychic detectives can locate crime victims based on nothing more than a name or a photo of the victim. CIA remote viewers can describe any geographic location in the world with nothing more than a pair of numbered coordinates. Medical intuitives can accurately diagnose a person, either in person or over the phone, knowing absolutely nothing about them. Energy healers can cause instantaneous healing, pain relief and even cures while never even touching a person’s body! Mediums can not only speak with the dead to obtain information, but they can often see them as well! Psychics can feel the vibrations of an object and accurately specify characteristics of its owner using a method called psychometry The author actually claims to have become a better lawyer after her psychic training!

It is a shame that those who have these skills are so unskilled at communicating how they do these things! It is equally unfortunate that those with the ability to scientifically investigate and probe the universe’s great mysteries are so disinterested in these amazing feats because they have already been adjudged to be phony.

“Psychic Intuition” was written as a way to create a starting point for a conversation between skeptics and believers. The author, using her own background as an attorney and trained psychic medium, carefully straddles both worlds. She offers a groundbreaking new approach to understanding how psychic ability functions. She proposes new approaches based on current neuroscience, psychology and linguistics and offers a logical framework for explaining how psychic ability works.

One of the main problems in getting skeptics interested in psychic phenomena is that they don’t have their own psychic experiences. Why is that? The author proposes that skeptics aren’t psychic, not because psychic phenomena aren’t real, but rather because the neural systems of skeptics have literally been altered over their lifetime so they can no longer experience psychic phenomena! Most skeptics are intellectuals ‐highly analytic, logical, sequential thinkers. There is nothing wrong with that – except it is antithetical to psychic sensing. To experience psychic events, a person must be open to receive data in a very different way.

Skeptics tend to have a blind reliance on our five senses. This is a mistake since even modern science cannot define what constitutes a “sense” and, in any event, we have more than five senses and possibly as many as forty that have been identified to date! How can you claim to rely on your five senses to tell you the whole truth ‐ or even the accurate truth ‐ about reality?

The psychic senses – clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairgustation and clairolfaction – are like the shadow senses of the five physical senses. Are they any less real? No, says the author, because the psychic senses are – just like our regular physical senses – only giving us helpful imagery in our brain. We live in a world of vibrations. The brain’s job is simply to make enough sense of these vibrations so we can effectively navigate and survive. The psychic senses respond to much more subtle external vibrations. Often our five physical senses aren’t sufficiently sophisticated to recognize these vibrations so we fail to recognize them. The real obstacle is not so much physical as mental. The brain has a tendency to reduce everything it experiences into something it already knows. This is where skeptics fail to experience psychic phenomena.

Psychics aren’t actually crazy but they resemble certain people with neurological conditions – notably, autistic savants and synesthetes. Savants are able to access extraordinary information that is “invisible” to the rest of us by virtue of their unusual brains. Synesthetes experience cross‐over of their senses. They may be able to “see” music or “taste” shapes. They too have an enriched sensory experience of the world. Ultimately, the author suggests that none of us is the sole proprietor of our own thoughts. Even our imagination does not belong exclusively to us. The imagination is our most active sensory organ. Many of our so‐called fantasy thoughts are actually reflections of sensory data gathered by our body and brain! The imagination, thus defined, lies at the heart of psychic ability.


About the book:
In her new book, “Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask,” author Nancy du Tertre presents psychic ability in a brand new light and in a way that is acceptable to skeptics and believers alike.

Because of her background as an attorney, the author is able to explain psychic ability from two simultaneously different angles – objectively, using evidence from current neuroscience, psychology and linguistics, and also subjectively, drawing on her own unique personal experiences as a trained psychic detective and medium. She explains how she 
learned to read the future, see auras, communicate with dead spirits, recognize ghosts, intuit medical conditions, and work with healing energy – while fighting her own personal skepticism every step of the way!

The author argues we lose our psychic abilities as a process of “unlearning” them over our lifetime and replace them with logic and sequential thought. She maintains that psychic ability is a natural and normal human ability. We all have the potential to be psychic. Psychic ability, like educated guesses, emotional reactions, and vague hunches, is just one type of basic intuition.

The key to understanding psychic ability is in understanding our five senses. Human beings are limited by the electromagnetic and chemical range of their five senses. The author suggests we are all able to receive far more information beyond that received by our sensory organs. We are able to sense vibrational information about the universe that bypasses our sensory organs. However, only certain highly sensitive (think: “psychic”) people are able to properly identify and interpret the meaning of these kinds of vibrations. This is not magic. It can be explained.

Women, says the author, are more intuitive than men not only because they are more emotionally attuned to others, but also because all five of their physical senses have scientifically been shown to be far more acute than those of men. Sensing ability, she concludes, is a fundamental part of being psychic since it allows you to “see” what is invisible to others.

The author then poses the question of whether psychics are really just self‐deluded or psychotic individuals. She explores all kinds of sensory hallucinations and compares them to psychic sensing, and concludes psychic sensing is something very different. Psychics are not crazy. So what are they? The author suggests that psychic ability is actually very similar, in many respects, to two kinds of well‐known neurological conditions: autistic savantism and synesthesia. Both of these conditions involve extraordinary sensing abilities and the ability to “know” things that are invisible to others.

Finally, the author proposes a revolutionary new theory of the human imagination. She proposes that the imagination is a giant sensory organ and that we are not, as we believe, the sole proprietary owners of our thoughts. Our brains are like giant fishbowls. Others can see in and we can see out!

About the author:
Nancy du Tertre, known as “The Skeptical PsychicTM,” is on the cutting edge of the growing spiritual movement in the United States. She is one of the new breed of psychic mediums in America today. As an attorney, specialized in securities litigation, she embraces a healthy skepticism and loves evidence. She was not born with her psychic and mediumship gifts – she learned them! Moreover, she believes anyone can become psychic with proper discipline and training. She has devoted her career in the paranormal to teaching skeptics why psychic ability is real in terms of neuroscience and psychology – and they don’t have to compromise any of their skeptical values!

Nancy is a trained psychic detective and works with law enforcement and victims’ families on missing persons/homicide cases around the country. Nancy was apprenticed for over a decade with a famous psychic detective in New Jersey, and also works with a former New Jersey police officer on private cases. Nancy is also a spiritual medium, medical intuitive and energy healer, having trained with many British, American, and Russian experts in these areas, and gives private readings to clients worldwide. Nancy is a serious paranormal investigator, and has participated with paranormal teams all around the country, and is a frequent guest lecturer at paranormal and psychic conventions. She is the founder of the New York City & New Jersey Skeptical Psychics Societies and teaches regular workshops in the tri‐state area. Nancy also lectures about psychic intuition to psychology students at universities (e.g. New York University, Pace University, Montclair State University, Hofstra University). Nancy also trained for more than 10 years and is certified in Intuitive Gestalt Psychotherapy dialoguing from the SomaPsyche Institute in New York.

Nancy hosts a regular weekly Friday night radio show called “Hot Leads Cold Cases” on CBS and Para‐X Radios in which she interviews fascinating guests from many different professions (e.g. homicide detectives, astrophysicists, neuroscientists, spiritual mediums, mentalists, submarine commanders, audio engineers, paranormal investigators, biologists) about how they use their analytic and intuitive skills to investigate mysteries.

No stranger to publicity, Nancy has been a frequent guest on broadcast/internet radio programs, and also television. She offered expert commentary on the paranormal in the Sundance Television Channel’s “Love/Lust & the Paranormal” and was in “Mystery Hunters” on Canadian television. Nancy was previously a regular weekly guest on the KAHI News, Sacramento, CA, making predictions about politics, economics and weather. Nancy has also written other books ‐ an art history book considered authoritative entitled “The Art of the Limoges Box” (Harry N. Abrams Co., 2003) and co‐ wrote the memoirs of a NYC homicide detective entitled “Behind Criminal Minds” (2011).

Nancy graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a prize for best thesis. She later received her JD degree with honors from Pace University School of Law, where she was a published member of the Law Review and editor of the law school newspaper. Nancy has been the publisher of an award‐winning newspaper specialized in the health care industry, owner of a small printing company, co‐owner of a 242‐bed skilled nursing home in Brooklyn, and managed the U.S. operations of the largest manufacturer of porcelain giftware in Limoges, France. As an attorney, she practiced securities litigation with a NYC law firm for nearly a decade.

Nancy is married to Patrick du Tertre, an aristocrat from the second‐oldest family in France, and they have two children. Nancy also managed her young daughter’s early acting career. Her daughter appeared in roles opposite Leonardo Dicaprio in Spielberg’s “Catch Me if You Can” and Sean Penn in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River.”

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review: Chick & Chickie Play All Day by Claude Ponti

These two chickies never stop playing!

Chick and Chickie love to play in their very own way, whether scaring each other silly or tickling the letter A. As young readers eagerly turn the pages of the story, they’ll look forward to spotting all the witty side jokes and hilarious details. The fast-paced and zany narrative by Claude Ponti, one of the world’s most beloved children’s book authors, will instantly delight early readers and will just as surely turn reading into play.

Received for review.

This was a cute little children's book for beginning readers. It had a nice, swift pace and fun, upbeat characters. The artwork was also very well done. The book itself is a solid and durable slim hardcover nicely sized for small hands.

I highly recommend this start to a series for the target K-1 readers.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Home in the Cave by Janet Halfmann

Baby Bat loves his cave home and never wants to leave it. While practicing flapping his wings one night, he falls, and Pluribus Packrat rescues him. They then explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave where they meet amazing animals—animals that don't need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on them for food. Will Baby Bat finally venture out of the cave to help the other animals?

Received for review.

While not the most intellectually stimulating book I've read on the topic this was a cute enough children's book. It was fiction so it wasn't quite what I would have liked to have seen. The story was cute but not overwhelmingly wonderful. The illustrations by Shennen Bersani were well done and appropriate for the material.

Overall I would have to say this is a good bat story, and if you're looking for something on the fiction side this is a promising option.

★★☆☆ = Liked It

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Review: Rather Outspoken by Dan Rather

This memoir by Dan Rather is told in a straightforward and conversational voice, and covers all the important moments of his journalistic career, including a frank accounting of his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, new insights on the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" as well as inside stories about all the U.S. Presidents he covered and all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his distinguished career.

The book will also include Dan's thoughts on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.

Received for review.

Admittedly, I'm not a huge biography/autobiography fan but the author has that certain something about him that made made me want to learn more so I braved the book - and I was pleasantly surprised!

The discussions of everything from Clinton to 9/11 to Bush's service record were clearly written and quite illuminating. You really got to see his perspective of the story. The discussion f his departure from CBS was also interesting reading and makes one wonder (again) about large companies and their general lack of ethics.

All in all this was a solid, informative read and would make a lovely gift.  It is also a great personal read if you are a fan of the author or of biographies in general.

★★★★ = Really Liked It