Ian McKellen: A Biography by Garry O’Connor (Biography, November 2019). Garry O’Connor is a writer from the UK, best known for books about the lives of notable theatrical performers, playwrights and authors. He’s been around the theater world for years and, in addition to his personal experiences and contacts, he always does extensive research into […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Ian McKellen: A Biography"
A Long Time Ago in a Cutting room Far, Far Away. . . . by Paul Hirsch (Movie Industry Memoir, 2020). This one is a little different from what I usually read/review for this blog. You probably have never heard of Paul Hirsch; I hadn’t before reading this book. But he has spent the last […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Long Time Ago, in a Cutting room Far, Far Away. . . . ."
This biography of the man who took a mediocre comic book company, previously known as Timely, and transformed it into the multi-media empire that is Marvel is a fun, bouncy and entertaining, yet honest portrait of one of recent pop cultural history’s most fascinating, sometimes contradictory, occasionally controversial and always surprising figures. Rather than the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee"
This book is a magnificent, honest and heartfelt triumph. Kershaw, a best-selling history writer, presents the stories of an array of common soldiers and their field officers whose individual courage, smarts and determination enabled the vast invasion of Nazi-dominated Europe to secure the footholds allowing the rest of the Allied armies to flood into northern […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The First Wave"
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien (Historical Biography, 2018) This excellently researched and beautifully written book was a hardcover Bestseller last year and is now available in all the usual formats. It’s the riveting yet thoughtful account of a mostly forgotten period in early aviation history and of the struggles, triumphs and tragedies of the comparatively […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Fly Girls"
This month I had 2 original short stories and a book review article published in a single issue of the science fiction magazine OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND. The stories, both of which take place in my Cygnus Alliance Universe and both taking place during the Great Alliance War, are “The Wounded Nark” and “Sarcophagus Birthdays.” Also […]Read more "My July Publishing News"
Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas by Stephen Budiansky (Historical Biography, 2019). This extensive and fair-minded biography of perhaps history’s single most influential Associate Justice of the American Supreme Court is something special, indeed. It gives us a great, nuanced portrait of a true intellectual, a man of convictions and courage. Yet […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Oliver Wendell Holmes"
As always, I have a number of projects going at once. Hence this blog is in the nature of a ‘head’s up’ for any and all interested parties. In the next couple days (probably this Thursday), I’ll be posting my review of the 2013 film Lee Daniel’s The Butler here. It’s a somewhat fictionalized account of […]Read more "Various Coming Attractions"
Chaucer’s People by Liza Picard (Historical/Literary Nonfiction, American Edition 2019). Liza Picard has written a series of books on various aspects of English history. For her latest, published in England in 2017, with its American edition now out, she uses Geoffrey Chaucer’s best known work as a springboard into an entertaining and informative account of what […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Chaucer’s People"
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (History/Investigative Journalism, 2019). There have been countless books, TV and radio shows, movies and stage plays related to the mass-murderer known as Jack the Ripper. Well-known social historian Hallie Rubenhold takes an intelligent, well-researched and breathtakingly original look at these […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Five"