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review 2017-06-03 17:49
True Paranoid Facts! by Calvin Zeit
True Paranoid Facts! - Henrik Drescher,Calvin Zeit

Genre:  Nonfiction / Humor / War / Politics

Year Published:  1983

Year Read: 3/11/2017





Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc.



I must admit that I was on a shopping spree on Amazon for books that were obscure and out of print and I happened to stumble upon this really obscure book called “True Paranoid Facts!” “True Paranoid Facts!” is a factual book that was written by Calvin Zeit along with artwork by Henrik Drescher and the only reason I bought this book in the first place was because of Henrik Drescher’s artwork and I actually found this book to be quite an interesting read!

Basically, this book is filled with facts that deal with wars, historical figures and nuclear weapons that were relevant during the 1980s and these facts include:

“You can run, but you can’t hide.”

“Most wars in history have been fought over RELIGION!”

“Valley of the Dolls is the best-selling novel in the history of the world!”

“YOU are your own worst enemy!”

“Love is never having to say you’re sorry.”

Calvin Zeit has done a great job at detailing various facts that were relevant during the 1980s and compiling them into this graphic novel that is more aimed towards adults than anything, especially if you have knowledge about the Cold War paranoia going on during the 1980s. I like the fact that Calvin Zeit provided some source notes at the end of the book that details where he researched the facts in this book as I wanted to know where these facts had stemmed from and how authentic they were during the 1980s. There were also some facts that I found surprising as I did not know about some of these facts until I read this book such as “Valley of the Dolls” being the best-selling novel in the history of the world or that Nancy Reagan is more popular than Mother Teresa. Henrik Drescher’s artwork is as usual humorous and bizarre to look at as the artwork is mostly rendered in black and white colorings and the characters shown in this book are exaggerated beyond comprehension. One of my most favorite images in this book is the image of the food coming after a man as the facts state about how some foods contain dangerous and poisonous chemicals that could kill a human being and the image of the food coming alive really reinforces that fact.


The reason why I gave this book a four-star rating was because I felt that the information in this book were a bit outdated. Of course, since this was written during the 1980s, this cannot be helped, although it still bothered me a bit when I look at information like “Valley of the Dolls” is the best-selling novel in the world and you look at the current best-selling books and that fact has changed dramatically over the years. Also, just because the cover of this book looks extremely humorous, does not mean that this book is for younger readers. This book contains lots of violence and nudity and that might make some readers uncomfortable if they do not like such elements in a story.

Overall, “True Paranoid Facts!” is an interesting book if you are looking to see what kind of facts about war, nuclear weapons and historical figures were relevant during the 1980s. I would recommend this book to fans of books that deal with the society of the 1980s!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-05-23 13:10
Fun Fast Read
223 Amazing Science Facts, Tidbits and Quotes - Tasnim Essack

I got this book 2 years ago for free, today it is $0.73. Yeah, I know very expensive. It is just a bunch of fun scientific facts. I got it in hopes that one of the fun facts would prompt the girls to in search of more on something that they read. They tend to fight me on these things, but I keep working on it. I even started collecting "History's Mysteries" for them to research. I may write these items on cards for them to research, too. 


I did enjoy reading through the facts, at the end, there were some fun quotes from scientists. 

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review 2017-05-21 00:34
Now You Know Canada
Now You Know Canada: 150 Years of Fascinating Facts - Doug Lennox,Jean-Marie Heimrath

This book is packed with facts all about Canada and Canadians. The author covers a variety of subjects from geography, sports, disasters, war and heroes. What I enjoyed reading about the most - baseball, war, explorers and those who weren't afraid to lead the way and stand up for what they believed in. It was fun to read about some of the brave Canadians who helped shape this country into what it is today!


Thank you to Netgalley and Dundurn for a copy of this book.

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text 2017-05-18 10:43
Enhanced eBooks – Some facts you need to know

Enhanced eBooks in simplest of words is an eBook that includes interactive features like audios, videos and animations etc. embedded in it. Making eBooks readable on multiple devices has always been a challenging task owing to the fact that the features of eBook readers keep on progressing inconsistently. Underlying are some of the facts regarding enhanced eBooks which you should know before stepping ahead for the digitization process.


Misconceptions regarding enhanced eBooks

Before delving into the depth of enhanced eBook features, let’s check what is often misunderstood as enhancement. A lot of misconceptions are there regarding enhanced eBooks that should be alleviated. Some consider even linking and embedded fonts as enhancements. The mentioned are in fact the very basic features that electronic versions should have.


Enhancements are actually those extra virtues that make reading a more interactive, informative and interesting process. The restrictions of printed books are eliminated to a great extent; you can add new functionality or more content as you wish and whenever you need.


Incorporation of audio and video

One of the most common and basic enhancements done on eBooks is the addition of media to it. For availing a better reading experience you can embed relevant media content that falls in line to the message your content intends to communicate. Take care to make sure that the content and media don’t mismatch to deposit a feel of weirdness in the eBook.


However as of now these features are supported only in Apple IBooks, Second generation Fire HD tablets and Kindle Fire as well as Barnes and Noble Nook tablets.

Limitations in regard of the market where these books can be sold and the devices on which the incorporated media can function must be considered. Many readers shun away from downloading heavy books. So, it is highly recommendable that you place the media files in your website rather than in the eBook itself. By this you get an additional benefit to connect with the prospects when they reach your website after they click the link provided in eBooks.


Narration via audio

Audio narration can surely be a great inclusion, especially in case of children’s books. This increases the level of perception enjoyed by children. The narration can easily be added as media overlay to Barnes and Noble eBook formats as well as Apples. Having audio narrations can help children in grasping the idea in a more comprehensive manner. Travel books and cooking manuals are also incorporating audio narrations these days as voice in instructive mode is more impactful.


Interactivity through animation

As of now, animations are compatible to iBooks on iPad. Though animations can be used in any eBooks, it is normally used with books for children. As most of the animations in children’s eBooks are created using CSS, texts and images can move along the predetermined paths. With the proprietary functionalities available with Apple, developers can embed interactive features through JavaScript. Overall interactivity can be taken to a newer level using animations. Always remember that the animations created for video products and eBooks are different in many aspects. Including animations for professional purposes is also a nice idea as the project scope can be illustrated with more precision to the prospects using animation.


Beneath the Ink

The extended dimensions of possibilities are one of the major upsides of eBook publishing. There are virtually no limitations as far as your creativity doesn’t deceive. It is not just about the images and texts as in case of traditional books in print. Besides that, you can exploit the opportunities of Beneath the Ink. This is a technology that helps readers to add information or content layer beneath the wordings in your electronic books. By this, your readers can explore more, no matter whatever the genre is.


Creation of customized interactive Widgets

IBook Author platform has the ability of creating customized interactive widgets via which new functionalities can be added to the eBook files. There are many widgets built-in which include a quiz taking widget and a picture gallery along with much more. You can add more functionality when compared to the standard fixed layout electronic books with these widgets. They are developed using Dash code which is a programming tool by which even Apple Product’s web applications are created. The code used is normally a strategic combination of JavaScript, HTML and CSS.


Now, if you prefer opting enhanced eBooks conversion service provider over many other options available, the very first step for you is to find a digital conversion expert team in the process. Do enough research, proper market studies and critical comparisons before handing over the conversion or the publishing task to a service provider.


Checking the previous works and customer endorsements of the service provider can be helpful. Also don’t hesitate to ask for a sample done for you before making the final deal. These only make sure that your investment is on the right people.

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review 2017-04-13 20:17
best one of three!
Behr Facts (Foothills Pride) - Pat Henshaw
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book. Book three in the series, but you don't need the others for this to make sense. I loved book one, book two was not quite as good, but this one?? THIS BOOK?? By far the best of the three! Why?? I can only assume that Abe Behr himself, as the only voice in this book, that made this book for me. He shines, he really does. Usually I'll write a separate bit for the book and then a bit for the narration, but I can't split it here. David Ross' portrayal of Abe is just brilliant. He gives us Abe's slow growing affection then attraction to Jeff. Abe's dawning knowledge on who is pulling a fast one with his company. Abe's realization that he, and indeed, his brothers, need a life outside of Behr Construction. And we are shocked when Abe stands up and announces to the town meeting what he does. I loved that bit, because we had no idea what was coming! Also, I usually prefer my male/male books on the more explicit side. HOWEVER, this one is, again, like one and two, totally clean. And you know what?? I'm really REALLY enjoying that they are just so. I gave book one 5 stars because I thought it too cute, and book two got 4 stars because I really didn't like Fredi so much. I think I loved this one a little more than book one, but not because it was too cute. I loved it because it carries a little more emotion, it delves a little deeper, because Abe got to the grand old age he does, and was still a virgin. Because I did not see that coming, I tell ya, I really didn't! 5 stars for the book 5 for the narration 5 overall **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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