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Book Review: The Ghost War by Alex Berenson 02/20/2010

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Alex Berenson’s The Ghost War is the first spy thriller book that I’ve completed reading.  I’ve tried to read several times before, mostly Clancy stuff like Rainbow Six and Without Remorse, but I almost always ends up abandoning them.  But this time it’s different.  The story just grabbed me and never let go till the epilogue.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post here, I’ve never known Alex Berenson before discovering The Ghost War.  But now that I’ve read it, I’ll be on the lookout for the next Berenson novel.  Actually, I’ve yet to read the first one, The Faithful Spy.  There were several references to the first novel but they were not a hindrance to the novel’s full enjoyment even if you haven’t read the first book.  It would be interesting for me to read The Faithful Spy since I will be now be able to connect the referenced events to the actual events.  It will be just like reading a prequel 🙂

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Collection of Conan Short Stories 02/14/2010

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A collection of short stories featuring that famous barbarian from Cimmeria?  Count me in!  Just seeing Conan in the cover is enough to get me pumped up for the adventure contained within its pages.

BTW, regarding the post I did last 02/02/2010 on how SF books got some of the coolest covers, I would like to add that fantasy books also have some of the best covers ever!

Books Turned to Movies: Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief 02/14/2010

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the movie...

... based from the book

I think mythology is making a comeback.  When I was a kid, mythology-based movies with stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen was the rage: Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and the best of them all — Clash of the Titans.  Then somehow these types of movies silently disappeared.

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A Book by the Author of The Godfather 02/13/2010

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I’m a big fan of the Godfather movies, even though I haven’t read any Mario Puzo novels.  But I think that would change now.  Because I got an offer I can’t refuse.  I just discovered a novel by Mario Puzo entitled Omerta.  And this might be the first Puzo book that I will read.

Wanted: A Grisham Legal Thriller! 02/09/2010

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I love John Grisham’s legal thriller!  But lately some of his books have wandered into different territories.  The last Grisham book I’ve read was The Broker.  It’s more of a political thriller than a legal thriller.  I want the old Grisham!  The legal battles in the courtroom.  The great exchanges between opposing lawyers.  The ultimate triumph of good over lawbreakers!

And it seems that in one of his latest books, The Appeal, my wish has finally been granted!  I’ve already got the hardback of The Appeal and it’s proudly displayed in my bookcase.  But I also usually buy a paperback edition so I can read it in my travels, i.e., my MRT commutes.

A Book from Stephen King’s Son 02/07/2010

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I was browsing Book Sale, SM Fairview when I came across a book that caught my eye.  The book was Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.  I knew that I’ve read about that book somewhere.  It took a few seconds then it came to me — this book is the critically-acclaimed first novel of the son of the great Stephen King himself!

Tolkien Galore at Book Sale 02/06/2010

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Imagine my surprise when I see loads of J.R.R. Tolkien books at Book Sale, SM Fairview.  The first book that I got is The Children of Húrin.  The cover alone made me wanna buy it.  I saw this book years ago at NBS, Crossings and the cover also got my attention.  It truly has got one of the cooler fantasy covers.

The second book that I got is Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth also by Tolkien.  This one is thick volume and is an excellent addition to any library.

I would have bought the multi-part The History of Middle-earth but sadly only Part Four remained.

Books Turned to Movies: Solomon Kane 02/06/2010

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I know that Robert E. Howard created Conan, my favorite barbarians of all time!  I also know that he created that other famous barbarian — Kull the Conqueror.  What I don’t know is that he also created Solomon Kane!  So when I learned about it, there is just no reason for me not to see Kane since I admire Robert E. Howard’s creations and visions.

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Wizard + ToyFare! 02/06/2010

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Starting today, I’ll also be posting my Wizard & ToyFare collection.  I’ve been a long-time Wizard collector, since my high-school days.  I even had a subscription to Wizard when I worked in the States before.  Recently, due to a resurgence of my interest in toy collection, I’ve also begun collecting ToyFare.

This morning, I saw a ToyFare posted to the glass display of Book Sale, SM Fairview.  I got it immediately.  Usually when ToyFares or Wizards show up in Book Sale, they are few in quantity and it’s best to buy them right away because they will be selling like the proverbial hotcakes.

Around the time that I will go home, I pass by the HyperMarket section of SM and lo and behold, a Super Obama limited edition of Wizard was poking out of a top shelf.  I quickly picked it out then headed to the nearest cashier.

One of the Best Book Cover Art 02/02/2010

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I just bought Have Robot Will Travel by Alexander C. Irvine at NBS, SM Fairview at half the price.  Good deal!  There are still tons of books on sale and I just have to practice my rummaging skills.

For me, this book has one of the best covers ever.  I guess SF books in general really do have some of the best cover art.

FYI: This book is part of the New Isaac Asimov’s Robot Mystery