American Literature History | The Strange Mysterious Life & Death Of Edgar Allan Poe

I thought you might enjoy this article about the talented writer Edgar Allen Poe,

THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

The father of the detective story left everyone with the greatest mystery of all. What was behind his untimely demise? Edgar Allan Poe is known as being a literary master. His ability to intrigue, awe, and entertain readers leaves inspiration for new writers.

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Review “Hard to be a God” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were writing in Soviet era Russia, and the environment in which they worked gives their books an added nuance, knowing the societal constraints under which they were working, and what they managed to achieve. This is the second book I have read by these authors, and I have enjoyed it just…

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(First published 1963.) Vonnegut is not for everyone, and I suspect many would find him far too cynical to truly enjoy. His world view has always seemed to me to be without illusion, though sometimes lacking in joy or hope. That being said, his books are always interesting and thought-provoking. “Cat’s Cradle” starts with the…

Mirror Magic

Recently I finished reading a children’s book called “The Night of the Solstice” by Lisa Smith, which contained the idea of mirrors being used as gateways to another world. So this got me thinking about magic mirrors and how they have featured in legends and fiction over the ages. In ancient times mirrors could be…

Review “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus revolutionized the Cosmos” by Dava Sobel

First published: 2011 Published by Walker Publishing Company ISBN: 978-0-8027-7894-9 First published in 2011, “A More Perfect Heaven” is a biography about Nicolaus Copernicus, who developed the heliocentric theory which placed the sun, rather than the Earth, at the centre of our universe. Copernicus lived from 1473 to 1543, and was a Polish astronomer and…