Archive for February, 2012

The Barber of Seville in Full Score: the Compilation of a World-class Comic Opera by Gioachino Rossini

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

To commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Gioachino Antonio Rossini, nothing can be the best way than to watching and listening to the Rossini’s popular Operas. But, there are least the chances of their availability. So, in that case, opera-lovers might read his one of the best works, The Barber of Seville in Full Score, and subsequently, can pay tribute to this legendary Italian composer of 19th century on his birthday.

The Barber of Seville is an opera in which nobody dies. This comic work of Rossini is proved to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music. As well as it is considered as the most popular and frequently performed and recorded Opera Buffa of all time. It consists of all the features of an Opera Buffa, such as funny plot, great tunes (including nine of the most immediately recognizable notes in Western music: “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!”), irresistible characters, and a well-composed overture.

This masterpiece of Gioachino Rossini unveils the story of a Barber named Figaro whom everyone comes to seek advice to. From the fast-paced overture to the “Figaro” aria , this opera serves a non-stop joy.

Even after two hundred years of its composition, it has the essence of that greatness on the modern opera stages. Adored for its fanatically and meticulously sketched characters, melodic elegance, and rhythmic elation, it features superb libretto along with the original, delightful orchestration.

If you seek for a great score of a great opera, you can go for The Barber of Seville in Full Score, a complete orchestral score of Rossini’s most-performed comic opera ever.

You can pick a copy of this book from our online bookstore, and commemorate the birthday of Gioachino Antonio Rossini by reciting its orchestral score.

Avail Yourself of the Secrets of “The Secret”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

As the name suggests, The Secret discloses about some secret and that is the secret of living a healthier, wealthier and of course, happier life. Written by prolific author Rhonda Byrne, this book is based on the theme of an earlier film of the same name.

The Secret has been a best-selling self-help book, revealing that our universe is governed by a natural law called the law of attraction, which is assumed to work by attracting into a person’s life the experiences, situations, events, and people that attain high number of frequencies in person’s thoughts and feelings. As per the book, a person ought to be a positive thinker as well as should feel positive in order to garner life-changing results such as amplified wealth, health, and happiness, all at once.

The author Rhonda Byrne got the idea of writing this book after reading Wallace Wattles‘ book The Science of Getting Rich. The Secret elicits many quotes of modern-day teachers whose words Rhonda Synthesized to bring along ancient wisdom and the ways for people to attract what they want to be happened and come into their lives.

Besides describing in the book the historical applications of the Law of Attraction, the author further describes about the power of thoughts which she assumes like a transmission tower that sends out a frequency to the universe and that the same frequency returns back in some sort of physical or experiential form.

In following chapters, the author explains about how to use the law of attraction to get better results. Further, there are appropriate examples to help understand the law in elaborated manner and use it to manifest one’s desire and dreams.

Overall, this book can work as a potent stimulus to make one thinks and feels positively. It will enable you to reap more wealth with better health to attain an endless happiness.

If you are looking for existent and eternal happiness, you must read The Secret.

A Clockwork Orange: the Best among All the Books by Anthony Burgess

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Take a glimpse of A Clockwork Orange on the 95th Birth Anniversary of legendary Anthony Burgess”

Only the best achievements are supposed to be recollected on a person’s birthday. So, here we are going to have recollection of the best of all the books compiled by Anthony Burgess on his Birth Anniversary. Known as a prolific author, the veteran Anthony Burgess had also been successful as a playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He is being acknowledged to have authored a number of bestsellers. But, of all the books that he was acclaimed for the most popular being the “A Clockwork Orange”.

Some of his other bestsellers are The Wanting Seed, Earthly Powers, Shakespeare, One Hand Clapping: A Novel, A Dead Man in Deptford, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Doctor Is Sick, etc.

A Clockwork Orange is counted in the list of the complex and controversial novels. First published in 1962, this book is dystopian satire, exploring the nature of the excellent and evil, and the value of choice. The story moves around the protagonist, a 15 year old lad Alex who is trapped in the web of crime, cruelty, and haste. After being betrayed by his co-conspirator, he is sent to prison where he volunteers for rehabilitation program. Then his life is reduced only to suffer the consequences of his crashed and burned lifestyle.

Though this book has earned high criticism because of the violence that the story holds, I consider it to be a fabulous novel. Initially, readers would find it difficult to understand because of the slang dialect. But, those who have firm grip on informal English and would be able to grasp a few pages into the book must enjoy reading it.

All in all, A Clockwork Orange is truly a master piece that is as applicable today as it was in the year of its first publication. People still find it relatable for different reasons. We should be thankful to Anthony Burgess for presenting us such a wonderful epic.

To get a copy of A Clockwork Orange, you can browse through the online bookstore,

Remembering Snow White on the Birth Anniversary of Wilhelm Grimm

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Author:  Sherry Helms

You must have read or heard the story of Snow White during your school days. Haven’t you? In spite of that I guess it would not be annoying to read this fairy tale now, in order to commemorate the birth anniversary of Wilhelm Grimm, the youngest of the Brothers Grimm, who collected the best version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Though Snow White is a fable acknowledged from many European countries, it is most popular for its German version elicited by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. This widely accepted version boasts elements viz. the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarves.

Prior to Brothers Grimm’s popular German version, in which the culprit Snow White’s envious mother orders servants to take Snow White to woods to kill, some other story teller told the tale as the former takes the latter herself into the woods to gather flowers and abandons her. It is believed that Brothers Grimm had made this change to tone down the story for children. Till date, this tale is available in so many revised versions presented by other folklorists with slight changes in storyline.

Further, in many other non-German versions, the dwarves are described as robbers, where as the words of magic mirror are transformed into dialogue getting recited by the Sun or Moon.

Whatever changes in the dialogues and storyline have made, so far, in this world famous folklore, but the soul of the story is laid in the characterization of the protagonist, Snow White, and that remains the same as a snowy skinned princess. The tale is still fantastical enough to take one to a wonderland.

If you want to read the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a number of different versions are available on our online bookstore,

The Chronicles of Narnia 60th Anniversary Edition

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Commemorating the 60th Publishing Anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series”

You first read it when you were very young, and now you barely remember it. Besides, you read it in installments.  For new generations, all the seven Chronicles of this magical and thrilling epic are compiled together in a single volume with the title ” The Chronicles of Narnia 60th Anniversary Edition “. This volume is presented as a tribute to the 60th publishing anniversary of the very first book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The Chronicles of Narnia 60th Anniversary Edition is a modern conception of The Chronicles of Narnia series written by the one-time Oxford don, C. S. Lewis. It brings all the seven installments of the series under a single roof, but in non-chronological orders.

If you are an adult and have already read this series, the anniversary edition, which is compiled in disrupted order, will be a good read for you. Reading the series in chronological order again will become monotonous for you after reading a few chapters. Also, this new order will help you understand the ambiguity of the story.

But if you are new to this series, read the new volume in the correct order such as ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’, ‘Prince Caspian’, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Silver Chair’, ‘The Horse and His Boy’, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, and ‘The Last Battle’.

The fact that makes this special edition praiseworthy is the inclusion of the map and a time line of Narnian history, making this a better Lewis/Narnian collectible. At the end of the book, there is a section “Beyond the Wardrobe: The Official Guide to Narnia,” which supplies a kind of Narnia dictionary with 30 pages of character descriptions and commentary on the themes.

While offering a new approach to the C. S. Lewis’s fantasy series of the time The Chronicles of Narnia, the 60th Anniversary Edition of the series can earn a good worth to your bookshelf.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Experience the Hardship of Navy SEAL Commandos through the Words of Chris Kyle”

Navy Seals is one of the elite fighting forces of America, epitomizing great patriotism and self-sacrifice. But, the selection process and training period of this military unit is like exploitation in itself. Its training includes 132 hours of continuous operations known as Hell Week which percolates the committed ones from the interested ones. Chris Kyle, a former United States Navy SEAL, made it, and proved his efficiency in Iraq War.

With 160 officially confirmed sniper kills under his belt, Chris Kyle joins the ranks of other great American snipers such as Carlos Hathcock with 93 confirmed kills during the Vietnam War, and whose story of sniper exploits can be read in books like Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills and Silent Warrior: The Marine Sniper’s Story Vietnam Continues – written by Charles Henderson.

In his American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Chris Kyle shares what he have had experienced during his stint of SEAL commando including his exploits while serving in Iraq war. Setting off the anecdotes of various missions, the Iraq war veteran avoids irony as well as pushing of any political agenda or emotional stuff in the content.

The book is simply written which emotions come naturally through. The  deadliest marksman, Kyle has euphemized the names of his comrades in order to protect their identities. Besides, this book might be little disappointing to those who seek overt details about selection procedure and working criteria of SEAL Commandos as the writer says quite a little about the same. Author has been very careful that none of the facts from his book would violate operational security as the training approach of our elite forces should not be available to the enemies in printed form.

The most informative stuff readers will find in this book is the dichotomy that proves one a deadliest fighter. Besides describing his major kills as a sniper as well as the major firefights his platoon had had, Kyle also takes us deeper into his stint of Iraq war.

Readers will find the book a quick read as the former Lethal Sniper recollects his experiences with commentary. Further, the inclusion of occasional viewpoints expressed by Kyle’s wife, Taya, makes the content more compelling. Taya offers her accounts at various points and makes the tension, percolated into their married life from Kyle’s back-to-back deployment, more believable.

Over and above, the America Sniper enables its readers to gauge the dilemmas a Navy SEAL Commando has to confront both in professional and personal life. This is a remarkable autobiography of a truly remarkable American hero, Chris Kyle, written hand in gloves with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

5 Most Popular Categories Suggested By Book Aficionados

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

We have been interacting with Book Aficionados through our Facebook and Twitter page and generally ask for their opinions and likings. With brief interaction that we have in the last one year with our readers, we have come up with the blog post, which offers you a glimpse of of some of the most popular books categories.

Listing here the top 5 categories of books based on popularity:

1.  Books of Famous Authors: This tops the list. Interestingly, we found that most of our Facebook and Twitter connections are interested in reading books written by famous authors. Good for us that we have made a dedicated page on our website from where you can browse through all your favorite authors. This category spans a number of popular authors from classic to modern genre.

2.      Fictions, Romance & Thrillers:  Whilst having interaction with the Facebook and Twitter enthusiasts, we come up with the fact that the young genre of society keeps its eyes open for the books on fictions, romance and thrillers. They can get from us the latest releases of this category which includes books on love story, Ghosts, espionage and fictional characters like Batman, Harry Potter, James Bond, Robinhood, Spiderman, Superman, Tarzan, etc.

3.     Biographies: The next category which our Facebook and Twitter fans are most interested in is Biographies. Our past record of selling a number of the biographies on Steve Jobs demonstrates this fact. At our online store, readers can have the biographies of popular figures from the sub-categories such as actors, authors, historians, scientists, Journalists, Leaders, Literatures, Musicians, Philosophers, etc.

4.      Countries of the World Books: A good number of our fans have shown interest in books written about the political, social, economic and cultural issues of countries.  As we have the option for this category on our website, those who are interested in the same can come to us. Its sub-category comprises countries like America, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Russia, France, etc.

5.    Books on Animals:  Most surprisingly, books on animals are also in the list of readers’ first choice. Some Facebook and Twitter Buffs have given preference to the books on terms and issues related to zoological creatures like kangaroo, dog, zebra, tiger, lion, amphibians, cycliophora, echinodermata, insects, etc. Our collection of books on animal is unmatched.  You can browse through it for getting more knowledge about your favorite animal.

 Well, this is not the end of story. There’s a lot more for you to browse through. Just go and check out the whole list.

Best Books on Marine Life: Informative From Cover To Cover

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is World Whale Day, and on this great day we want to gift our readers a plethora of books related to Marine world, so that they can become more knowledgeable about the stunning and susceptible creatures of this world.

“Marine life is the fundamental nature of MarineBio where we can explore the science, biology, taxonomy, morphology, behavior, and ecological relationships of marine life inhabiting our ocean.” Marine life is as sensitive as terrific it looks. Besides admiration, it requires immense protection which can be provided only when complete knowledge is acquired.

In fact, there is a large segment of people who are so fascinated with the marine life that they want to bring that life into their life in the form of an aquarium. Do you consider yourself among those specific human breed? Or say, are you an aficionado of marine dwellers and their habitats, and very curious to see the sights for the same. Nothing can be a better option than go through a book to gain knowledge about Marine Life.

Here enlisted some randomly selected books from the store of on Marine Life which may help you to pacify your curiosity to a great extent:

 Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life: This is available in series covering all the past and recent advances in research and technology within the field of marine biology. While maintaining student-friendly style in content, the latest releases of this series span current trends and problems in the field. Here, you can also gain the information on marine viruses, marine fungi, estimating productivity from satellite images, problems faced by coral reefs, and much more.


 Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life Making Ocean Life Count: This book deals with the findings of a project elicited to study the 10-year course of the recently completed Census of Marine Life. An ad hoc global network of researchers from more than 80 nations has worked hand in glove to help improving our understanding of marine biodiversity – past, present, and future. The information elicited in this book will help you to understand better resources management, conserve diversity, reverse habitat losses, and take action according to global climate change.


 The Complete Book of the Marine Aquarium: Giving you “A Comprehensive Reference Guide to more than 700 Marine Fish and Invertebrate Species, and How to set up and Maintain a Living Reef Aquarium”, this book will enable you to successfully construct and maintain a natural-looking coral reef aquarium in your home.


 Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: As this is “A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation and Planning”, it helps the readers to gauge about the worldwide change in human attitudes towards the world’s oceans. This book is the newer edition of its series written by Erich Hoyt. If the highly admired previous edition led to a number of new marine protected area proposals and numerous notable conservation successes around the world, this revised and expanded edition speaks about new developments in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific  oceans as well as gives future directions for High Seas Protection.

Sensuous Seas: Tales of a Marine Biologist: This exclusive book will feed you more than you have learnt from a marine biology textbook. In Sensuous Seas, the author Eugene Kaplan takes the readers to the bottom of the sea in a submarine to discover living fossils or to coral reefs as well as to observe a day in the life of sea creatures, with a look at their habitats, their beauty and, yes, even their sex lives.

Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies: If you want to dive into the colorful world of saltwater fish then this  readers-friendly guide is best for you.  It gives you easy and step-by-step instructions on how to choose and care these  fun-loving animals. in this book, you can get the latest knowledge on feeding, tank upkeep, filtering systems,  live rock maintenance and preventing algae build-up.

The Unnatural History of the Sea: The Past and Future of Humanity and Fishing: In this book the author deals with the history of human exploitation of the sea’s resources, predominantly through fishing. Well researched and wonderfully written, this book draws forth the fact that how much we have changed our marine atmosphere through over-exploiting its inhabitants and other natural resources like fish, whales, coral reefs, etc.Our online bookstore has great collection of Books on marine and marine life.

If you are interested in grabbing copies of some of the hard to find books, please browse our collection.

Sharing of a secret about the President and me: “Once Upon a Secret” by Mimi Alford

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Author:Sherry Helms

once upon a secret 0307877795Having an affair with a political figure earns publicity equivalent to the terrible situations lies behind this fact. And, if the affair is with the President of the country then it will act more as a boon for the one. Mimi Alford, the author of “Once Upon a Secret” describes in the book that how her secret affair with President John F. Kennedy had grossed media hype for her.

Before setting off this anecdotes, she had been kept this secret deeply rooted somewhere in her heart for around 50 years. In the first half of the book she explains how President JFK got involved in extra marital affair with her. She was just 19 when she got a summer job as a White House intern.

Besides creating well-knit sentences, Mimi Alford is successful in eliciting the thinking of a 19-year-old girl. Readers might become restless when they learn that on the mere fourth day at her work she ended up in bed with the President.

Author says, she was asked to swim at lunchtime in the pool of the White House pool, which she couldn’t refused. Even, when the President arrived unexpected, asking, “Mind if I join you?” she couldn’t resist. Describing her teenage innocence, she asserts that she never realized, not even thought once that she was being cheated. She did not even think that she has been entrapped in an extramarital affair. She was so bewitched.

This well-composed memoir includes a few contemptible episodes, such as the president humiliated Ms. Mimi by asking her to tune-up sexually with other men.

As the narration progresses to the next level, she recalls about her married life with husband Tony Fahnestock. She describes about a happy married life. Besides a bunch of succulent notes of the affair with President JFK, another most catchy stuff Mimi shared in this book is her claim to have enjoyed the status of being identified as the President’s girlfriend in 2003.  She claims that she had taken pleasure in being packed in her New York apartment while reporters staking around the building.

She puts an end to the book with a motivational account, revealing that she and her husband once visited the Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. And, the most interesting, she whispered the words “Thank you” at the grave as the writer believes the President JFK gave her a terrible yet exciting secret that turned out to be a blessing for her, reaping public affection and vast media exposure.

While recommending this book, I urge the readers to go through it from cover to cover. All in all, I must say “Once Upon a Secret” is a book worth to read for all who always seeks about some saucy stuff.

Red Star Rising: A Thriller

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Author : Brian Freemantle

Red Star Rising: A Thriller   is a professional first for me, after 80 novels.

It is the first book in a trilogy, something I’ve never before attempted, although it is 14th in the series featuring my Charlie Muffin character. Red Star Rising – with Red Star Burning and Red Star Falling to follow – brings Charlie back to Moscow, after the discovery of a tortured-to-death, unidentified Russian in the grounds of the British Embassy. It also brings him back to Natalia, the Russian intelligence colonel to whom he’s secretly married. So of course he has yet another chance to persuade her finally to defect with their daughter to England. That personal ambition is sidelined when the murder investigation uncovers a KGB-originated operation (20 years in the making) to manipulate every decision of the American president from within the Kremlin. To defeat it, Charlie blows his intelligence cover, confronting inevitable assassination and other problems.

Which is where Red Star Burning, the second in the trilogy scheduled for June publication by St Martin’s Press, begins. Charlie risks Russian assassination by returning to Moscow to rescue Natalia when their marriage is discovered by the FSB, successor to the KGB. The danger he doesn’t anticipate is becoming a sacrificial target for his own side.

The completion of Red Star Falling, the last of the trilogy, coincided with my contracting with Open Road Media to digitize 43 of the 81 so far published books, including all in the Charlie Muffin series. The first in that series was written while I still worked as a foreign editor and chief foreign correspondent at one of Britain’s leading national newspapers, the Daily Mail. During that earlier, Cold War career I was twice approached to be a spy for the KGB-controlled intelligence services of Poland and Hungary.

The attempts to blackmail me into becoming an “agent of influence” – writing pro-Soviet articles in British newspapers – failed, but the experiences provided background for my novels. That background proved so worrying for the KGB that agents stole a pre-publication copy of a non fiction expose of the service at the Frankfurt Book Fair and for six years after its publication I was banned from entering Russia.

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