Media Monday

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It's only the second week of the year, and it already seems like last week's books have been replaced by a whole new cast of fiction and nonfiction. It's an embarrassment of riches, and every media outlet seems to be featuring something different. What follows is my attempt to keep up with it all.

 

New York Times

  • The cover of this weekend's Sunday Book Review features William Gibson's collection of essays titled Distrust That Particular Flavor. Gibson writes science fiction and is well-known for inventing the term "cyber-space." To view life through his essays is to get swept up into his unique vision and brilliance. As reviewer Pagan Kennedy puts it, "Such is the power of his prose that when I glanced up from the pages of this book and surveyed the street-side around me, I felt as if I were wearing Gibson-glasses. Cars lumbered past like ponderous elephants of rusty steel, not so different from the cars of 30 years ago, and seemed not to belong in the same world as the tattooed kid punching code into his laptop nearby. Under the spell of this book, I suddenly understood my surroundings not as a discrete contemporary tableau but as a hodgepodge of 1910, 1980, 2011 and 2020."

  • There's a not-entirely-positive review of the Amazon Best of the Month Spotlight pick, Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son, which states in part "Johnson’s novel, far from being too labyrinthine, is an ingeniously plotted adventure that feels much shorter than its roughly 450 pages and offers the reader a tremendous amount of fun" But, the review continues, "This isn’t entirely a compliment. Should 'fun' really be the first word to describe a novel about one of the worst places on earth?" I guess you can be the judge of that. I loved the book, and so did a lot of other people at Amazon (and elsewhere).


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Posted by: Jeff Carter | Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I am a disabled vetran. I wrote a childrens book, I would like to donate any profits to benefit childern! Here is a page!
Robby the Rubber Duck
The sun shined down, reflecting off the water of the pond below. Robby the duck flapped his wings as hard as he could to gain a little extra altitude. The wind blew cold and fresh in his face, and the sun warmed his back. As he reached the peak of his climb, he slowed his wings, turning his beak down toward the ground that lay far below him. He then folded his wings in close to his body, leaving only the narrow edges of his wings extended into the wind.

He lowered his head and started a steep dive, down through the clouds he flew. The wind roared in his ears, and he had to squeeze his eyes almost shut to protect them from the wind. In just a few seconds, he was moving very fast, sixty miles per hour, then seventy. The wind screamed like the fireworks at the Fourth of July; it was so loud it hurt his ears, and the ground grew closer at a frightening speed. Robby was a brave duck, but he knew ducks were not meant to fly at this speed and fear began to creep in on him. When the fear finally got the best of him, he edged his right wing out to slow his descent. But it was too late; his wing caught the wind, and he rolled to the left, losing control and going into a wild spin. As the ground rushed up, he spun helplessly out of control. Fear griped him, and he let out a terrifying scream. Everything went black.

The scream woke up the other toys in the bedroom where Robby lived. The old stuffed elephant who sat on the shelf above the bed looked down in scorn.“Dreaming of flying again, Robby?” he asked in a very rude voice. The other toys broke out in laughter. The old brown bear that sat in the corner of the bed smiled. “Foolish duck,” he said. “When will you learn that rubber ducks can’t fly?”

Copyright © 2012 by Gary Dougharty. 110967-DOUG ISBN: Softcover 978-1-4691-5901-0

http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0110967017/Robby-The-Rubber-Duck.aspx

Posted by: Gary Dougharty | Sunday February 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

A small number of pages can occasionally pack a Huge Idea. So it is with Gary Dougharty's New "Robby the Rubber Duck". This story about a rubber duck who dreams of flying and Dreams of being a real duck. It is filled with charming colors and Illistartions. It will warm the hearts of children everywhere, while teaching them the valuable lesson "Believe in yourself and fly with your Heart!"

Posted by: Free New Ebook Download "Robby The Rubber Duck" | Friday February 24, 2012 at 6:39 AM

A small number of pages can occasionally pack a Huge Idea. So it is with Gary Dougharty's New "Robby the Rubber Duck". This story about a rubber duck who dreams of flying and Dreams of being a real duck.
It is filled with charming colors and Illistartions. It will warm the hearts of children everywhere, while teaching them the valuable lesson "Believe in yourself and fly with your Heart!"

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Posted by: Free New Ebook Download "Robby The Rubber Duck" | Friday February 24, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Controversial Incidents involving U.S. Soldiers abound but we rarely hear of a good story, A new Children's Short Story by a Disabled Staff Sargent is going viral!

Robby The Rubber Duck, the debut of this inspirational children s book by former Army Staff Sargent, Gary Dougharty, was originally published in February 2012 by Xlibrils for $21.99 but is now being offered for free, or at a nominal price, to Make it available to as many children as possible by Several sites including Bookyards.com, Free-eBooks.net and Full Sail Books.

Kingman, Arizona (Omnivoracious)–21st March 2012

He was born in Houston, Texas and was known as a retired soldier with almost two decades of service, who had become disabled in the service of the country. It was an International web-site PublishaLetter.com Under the heading Guest letters to the Editor, that first brought attention to the story of this disabled soldier who had published a highly inspirational children's book, called “Robby The Rubber Duck.” It was a book about a rubber duck who dreams of flying and dreams of being a real duck!

It then appeared on several book blog like Omnivoracious and A blog By Kathryn Schuls Named Book critic at New York Today, The story High lighted this disabled Vets wishes to donate profits from the book to children's charity’s and included the excerpt from the book below.

The sun shined down, reflecting off the water of the pond below. Robby the duck flapped his wings as hard as he could to gain a little extra altitude. The wind blew cold and fresh in his face, and the sun warmed his back. As he reached the peak of his climb, he slowed his wings, turning his beak down toward the ground that lay far below him. He then folded his wings in close to his body, leaving only the narrow edges of his wings extended into the wind. He lowered his head and started a steep dive, down through the clouds he flew. The wind roared in his ears, and he had to squeeze his eyes almost shut to protect them from the wind. In just a few seconds, he was moving very fast, sixty miles per hour, then seventy. The wind screamed like the fireworks at the Fourth of July; it was so loud it hurt his ears, and the ground grew closer at a frightening speed. Robby was a brave duck, but he knew ducks were not meant to fly at this speed and fear began to creep in on him. When the fear finally got the best of him, he edged his right wing out to slow his descent. But it was too late; his wing caught the wind, and he rolled to the left, losing control and going into a wild spin. As the ground rushed up, he spun helplessly out of control. Fear griped him, and he let out a terrifying scream. Everything went black. The scream woke up the other toys in the bedroom where Robby lived. The old stuffed elephant who sat on the shelf above the bed looked down in scorn."Dreaming of flying again, Robby?" he asked in a very rude voice. The other toys broke out in laughter. The old brown bear that sat in the corner of the bed smiled. "Foolish duck," he said. "When will you learn that rubber ducks can’t fly?"

The book has since been picked up by several online book sources and will soon be available through traditional book sources like Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble! Although the wait for traditional sources has not dampened the enthusiasm of book critics and collectors alike who have reportedly have been ordering copies of the book well in advance of the release date. It has already had over 500,000 views on the Internet and fills several pages of an Internet browser.

Robby the Rubber Duck not only provides a Great Inspirational Story for people of all ages, along with the theme believe in yourself and fly with your heart. It also brings the story to a happy and unexpected conclusion.


If you would like to obtain a copy of “Robby The Rubber Duck,” please visit

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Robby The Rubber Duck by Gary Dougharty is published in pdf, txt, ePub, Mobipocket and a variety of formats compatible with Kindle, Sony, iPad and other readers.

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