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Just Ordered Obama’s Latest Book: “The Promised Land”.

by Anura Guruge


I was vaguely interested BUT, as always, I have a huge backlog of books to read & I knew that I wouldn’t get to this in months … if that.

But, wife was interested & that was good enough.

Ordered it, as you can see, from Amazon. Getting it on Sunday. SMILE.


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“Liar’s Girl”, By ‘Catherine Ryan Howard’, Brilliantly Clever & Creative Tale.

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Wow. What a story. Brilliant. As far as I know it is all fiction. Not sure how & where she got the idea. But, it is very, very clever & creative.

A very pleasant  surprise. It was available for free from Amazon Audible & I got it on a whim because I wanted something different. Lighter than some of my prior Audible books. This sure met the bill.

I can fully appreciate how it would win a mystery/crime award.

Very talented young lady. Writes beautifully. She has already gone far, but she will go further. Cracks me up that her bio says she is “currently studying English at Trinity College Dublin“. She should be TEACHING the course. Nothing she has to learn. Highly recommended.


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Book Publishing With Amazon’s Kindle KDP Gets More Involved — New Editions.

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Click to ENLARGE & read here. From KDP Help.


The Old & New Editions of My ‘The Conclave‘ Book.


Over the last 18-months or so publishing with Amazon’s KDP — particularly so when it comes to paperbacks — is getting more involved & obtuse.

Yesterday I ran into the ‘New Edition’ issue. You can no longer just to an update & publish a new edition of a paperback. Bummer. I used to rely on that. Now you have to UNPUBLISH the old edition & republish the new. Yes, more hassle. But, at least I now know. Aggravating.

A heads up for the rest of you. Paperback new editions — you must unpublish the old edition. Don’t forget. SMILE.


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My Current Total Immersion In ‘Radioactivity’.

by Anura Guruge



Despite my age, I am still fascinated & intrigued by many aspects of science. Stuff I didn’t get a chance to pursue when I was busy with my career. Now that I have a bit more time I kind of feel that I should make up for lost time.

In a way, again given my age, I grew up in the ‘Space & Nuclear’ AGE. Exciting times. True ‘Chernobyl‘ happened much later BUT I remember the news of the various atomic bomb tests in the 1950s & 1960s.

I am no stranger to the ‘Manhattan Project’. Over the years I have read a few books on the subject & had some familiarity with Oppenheimer & Groves. But, the book I am listening to is giving me a ton more insights & perspectives. Some of it was kind of ‘dry’ BUT it, understandably, got more gripping as the bombs came to fruition.

The Chernobyl book has proved to be an absolute PAGE TURNER. I know the story & the ending BUT reading the details.

I will definitely recommend BOTH. No question. Enjoy.


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Ken Follett’s ‘The Evening And The Morning’ — NOT Another ‘Pillars’, BUT Pretty Decent.

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I did NOT read it, but I listened to it, end-to-end, all 24-hours of it, via the AmazonAudible‘ version.

It was good. Decent.

I am GLAD I listened to it, rather than read it! I never thought I would ever utter that phrase about any book. But, ‘Audibles’ has made me into a convert. That I walk to for 2-hours every morning is a HUGE factor. I listen while I walk. So, I am killing two-birds …. That helps. This book sure kept me company & for the last couple of weeks I looked forward, every morning, to hearing it as I walked.

No, it is not another “Pillars of the Earth“. “Pillars …“, quite literally, changed my LIFE! I would NOT be writing this if not for “Pillars …“. “Pillars …” civilized I. Converted me from being the philistine I was. But, that was nearly 25-years ago — & “Pillars” was the first book of that genre I have read.

So, maybe the comparison is wrong & harsh. I am 25-years OLDER & much more attuned & au fait with the subject matter.

Definitely a fairly decent story. Yes, Ken gets your attention. We all know that.

But, this story, ALAS, has a HUGE, HUGE fatal flaw in its plot line! Sorry.

I won’t divulge it. I will just say it has to do with ‘Lady Regna’ & her relatives. Leave it at that.

I would definitely recommend listening to this — while driving, walking or exercising. That way you can justify your time commitment. SMILE.


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A Catholic Priest From The UK, A ‘Canon’ No Less, Gives My “Electing The Next Pope” ($2 eBook), 5-Stars.

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Click to ENLARGE & read. On Amazon.


This is Canon Canon Anthony Churchill, STL.

Click to ENLARGE & read here.


This is the book. Available on Apple, Amazon, etc. etc.


Amazon product page. Click to ENLARGE & read here.



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Full Disclosure.

Father Churchill & I are NOT strangers — though we have yet to meet.

We know each other through my books. He contacted me over 10-years ago after seeing my “Pope Names” book. We have been penpals ever since.

He is no stranger to the readers of this blog. He helps me out.

But, his review is genuine. Honest. SMILE.

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Snippets from the book.

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My “Pope Names” Is Finally (After 12-Years) Available As An eBook — Updated, Expanded & In Color.

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The 2008 PRINT version. This book was well received. Check Amazon … worldwide.


Some of the Reviews for the PRINT book on Amazon.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. On Amazon. Check it out.


In FULL color. Looks good.


Hard to believe. My 1st pope book! I was so, so new to popes & I was so tentative. Then I started getting all the feedback. Wow. People liked it. They had copies at the Vatican.

People started asking me what the NEXT NAME was going to be. That is what got me started on the ‘Next Pope‘ kick. Wow.

I said I would NEVER publish this book as an eBook. I was, obviously, WRONG.

The problem was that it was tightly-formatted & contained tons of tables. In 2008, eBook rendering was not good enough to deal with that. Much has changed in the last 12-years, PLUS I am much more experienced in creating eBooks. This took a fair amount of work & time. Close to a WEEK! At the rate I work, that is a LOT of work.

It looks good. I am PLEASED. I am proud of it.

Have a look. It is FREE to preview IF the $2 is too much of an ask.

It is also available, as are most of my eBooks (as of 2020), on BOTH APPLE & Amazon (i.e., Kindle). So, no excuses.



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My Considered Take On The Next Conclave.

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It will be uncanny — for those that lived through the U.S. 2020 presidential election.

It will be deja vu, but this time in the context of the Church.

Yes, since 1870 (or thereabouts) most conclaves pivoted on ‘right’ (traditionalist/conservative) vs ‘left’ (‘modernist’/liberal) considerations.

But, as with the U.S. (& Trump), Pope Francis has brought this to ‘a head’.

There is polarization like never before — both in the U.S. & the Church.

The HUGE, insurmountable difference between the U.S. election & the conclave, however, being that unlike U.S. citizens, Catholics have NO SAY. Not even Catholic priests, bishops or archbishops. Just (at most) 120 cardinal electors hand-picked by Popes Francis, Benedict XVI & John Paul II. Papal elections are NOT democratic. Papal elections hark back to the fiefdoms of the 13th century.

But, the battle will be real & bitter.

It will hark back to Vatican II — ’80’-years ago. It will be a ding-donger.

Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.


 


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‘Central Pain Syndrome’ (CPS) — I Got THIS e-Mail About My CPS Book.

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Every once in a while I get an e-mail like this or someone leaves a review.

This is what makes it ALL WORTHWHILE.

I write to share knowledge with others. E-mails like this make me happy. SMILE.

This is the book she is talking about. It is available in PRINT & as an Apple, Android or Kindle eBook.


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I Dedicated My Latest Book To The Memory Of ‘Patrice Bourgeois’ Who Died Of Cancer Last Year.

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She died under tragic circumstances — just over a year ago.

She was being treated for bladder cancer & she was led to believe that she was cancer-free. That was the last she told ANY OF US.

She died alone! None of us, family or friends, knew!

I found out, 4-months later, when I called the police & requested a ‘Wellness Check’.

She had died from brain cancer!

That might explain, some.

I wanted to do SOMETHING. She was on her own & died alone.

If she had been alive she would have helped proof this book. She would have written a review.

She was a good, genuine friend. An ALLY.

A father was a dear & valued friend too. A mentor. I met her through him.

This was the LEAST I could do.



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