Your Friday Fun Read 11/30/2018

War God Rising by [Marquitz, Tim]

My pick for your Friday Fun Read is Tim Marquitz’s War God Rising.

Monty Python meets Gladiator!

Sand is destined for greatness. Or so a pair of two-bit criminals would have him believe.

After rescuing him from certain doom, Bess and Kaede embark on a scheme to game the War God Tournament. It’d be easier if Sand wasn’t an alcohol-soaked twit with a disturbing interest in mutton.

Pitted against monsters, magic swords, and murderers galore, they soon realize winning the tourney is the least of their worries.

Personally, I am a huge fan of the movie “Gladiator” and an equal fan of Monty Python, so that by-line alone had me sold!

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Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season Part 1

You have a reader in your life. The question becomes what to get that person for the holidays. Well there are several ways to approach this.

  1. Go out and get them a book you have enjoyed. It is a way of sharing yourself with them. This serves two purposes: A) You give of yourself, and they gain a little insight into who you are and B) They get a book.
  2. Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com have a wishlist function that people can look at. Look at your person’s list and see what they want. This is the ultimate win win. You know they will like what you got them, and they get a book.
  3. Sometimes, the size of the print can be a hindrance for some readers. The answer is e-readers. Now, if your reader does not own an e-reader, they are usually on sale during the Holiday season. If they do own one, you can still get them a book on the e-reader. In most cases, all you will nee to know is their e-mail address. When you go to buy the book, mark is as a gift, then you will need to supply the address, bing bang boom it is done!
  4. Gift cards. Yes, to some it seems impersonal, but it is the best way to guarantee your money is not wasted and they get what they want.

In the next part I will start giving gift ideas by genre.

The Ninetoes Book of the Week 11/26-12/01/ 2018

Norse Mythology

I have always been fascinated by mythology, especially Norse Mythology. My choice for Ninetoes Book of the Week is Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. It is a wonderful book that re-tells the stories of Odin, Thor, Loki, etc, and makes the stories fun to read.

This book is easy to read and I would say ages 12 on up could easily handle it.

It also makes a great Christmas gift!

Skal!

The Gods of Gotham Review

The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde Series #1)

TITLE: The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde Series #1)

AUTHOR: Lyndsay Faye

GENRE: Historical Mystery

PAGES: 480

I love history! I love mysteries! When the two are combined, I am one happy reader. The only thing better is if that story is engaging, and almost impossible to put down. This is what Lyndsay Faye gives us.

New York City in 1845, and there are two significant changes coming: a potato famine that strikes Ireland, sending its citizens to America, and the formation of the New York Police Department. With these two events, Lyndsay Faye gives us the story of Timothy Wilde, a young man who works in an oyster bar, saving every bit of money he can in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams, Mercy Underhill. A fire that tears through Manhattan destroys those dreams for Timothy, and he takes a job his brother Valentine has set up for him, that of a “Copper Star” and New York City police officer. After an exhausting night shift, Tim runs into a ten year old girl that is covered in blood. This girl tells Tim of a dark hooded man who has killed a dozen of her friends and buried them in the woods near Twenty Third Street. Now, it is up to Tim to find this killer and stop him before more are killed.

The Gods of Gotham is rich in detail and atmosphere. I felt as though I was in the fire that swept through Manhattan, I could taste the metallic tang of blood from the victims, I felt the jolts of fear the victims felt. The suspense would ratchet up a notch with every page turned.

I read this book on an e-reader. I mention this because at the beginning of the book is a glossary of terms. With a hard copy, you could put your thumb at the section and flip back to look up a term you are not familiar with. It is much more difficult with an e-reader.

One other part that was confusing was when characters would speak in the street slang “flash”. While this lent to the authenticity and flavor of the book, it also made that part of the book bog down a bit.

Was I entertained by this book? Yes

Would I recommend this book to my friends? Yes

Will I read more of Lyndsay Faye’s books? Yes

Overall, I give this 4.5 bookmarks out of 5

 

5 For World War I

November 11 is Armistice Day, A.K.A Veteran’s day. Armistice Day refers to the Armistice signed by the Allies of World War I and Germany that brought about the cessation of armed combat on the Western Front. The Armistice took place at eleven o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In remembrance of Armistice Day, I offer five books about World War I.

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Guns of August

The Guns of August is must reading for anyone that loves history and World War I history in particular. This book won the Pulitzer Prize, and was the first book historian Barbara W. Tuchman wrote. It traces the first month of the war beginning with the funeral of Edward VII. Ms. Tuchman traced each step that inevitably led to the outbreak of World War I.

The First World War by John Keegan

The First World War

John Keegan’s The First World War should be required reading for anyone wanting to know about World War I from the first incident to the final shot fired. Aside from his fantastic narrative of the subject, Mr. Keegan also gives analysis of the military conflict, as well as re-creating the engagements that have become legend: Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli among them. As if that was not enough, he also inter weaves the human element, from the leaders, to the military commanders, to the common soldier on the field.

Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I by John Mosier

Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I

John Mosier shows us why the Battle of Verdun was the most important battle of World War I. History tells us that the battle of Verdun lasted from February 1916 until December of that year. John Mosier shows us that there were eight separate battles for Verdun that lasted until Armistice was declared in 1918. Employing accounts from military analysts, serving officers and witnesses, John Mosier offers a compelling argument to make his point.

Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918: World War I and Its Violent Climax by Joseph E. Persico

Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918: World War I and Its Violent Climax

Armistice was going to be declared on the November 11 at eleven o’clock a.m. The military leaders knew this, and were willing to not fight leading up to that hour. Joseph E. Persico shows us that was not the case. To the bewilderment of field commanders, orders were given to continue fighting right up to the moment that Armistice was to go in effect. This book is a must read for anyone interested in what happened in the final day of World War I.

To the Last Man: A Novel of World War I by Jeff Shaara.

To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

It may seem counter intuitive to include a novel in this list of book about World War I, but Jeff Shaara is no mere novelist. The reason Mr. Shaara gives for calling his books novels is because there are certain areas of speculation that he does not know from research. These are trivial aspects of the account. Otherwise, his history is on point, and he even makes history entertaining. It is hard to believe that such a feat is possible, but in his capable hands, history comes alive!

Kids Friday Fun Read 11/09/2018

Peanuts 5-Minute Stories

I cannot think of a better way to get kids interested in reading that having the entire Peanuts gang tag along. That is why I chose Charles M. Schultz’s Peanuts 5 Minute Stories and the Kids Friday Fun Read for November 9, 2018. It is a series of twelve stories that can be read aloud in five minutes. The stories in this book are:

Snoopy Takes Off!
Go Fly a Kite, Charlie Brown!
Lose the Blanket, Linus!
It’s Hockey Time, Franklin!
Cool Like Snoopy
Messy Like Pigpen
Sweet Like Sally
Snoopy for President!
Kick the Football, Charlie Brown!
A Best Friend for Snoopy
A Best Friend for Woodstock
Snoopy and Woodstock’s Great Adventure

This is a book for any Peanuts fan of any age!