Author Archives: Ida Vega-Landow

About Ida Vega-Landow

I'm a native New Yorker and a long-time Trekkie and horror fan. List of likes includes chocolate, cats, Chinese food, catalog shopping and rock and roll music. Dislikes include being told what to do, my long commute to and from my rotten typing job, and never having enough to read!

Book review: Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

I’d like to publish the following guest review by my favorite collaborator, Pet Leopard, as a warning of things to come after the nomination of Donald Trump on January 20th. God help America. “Joe Steele” by Harry Turtledove Publisher: Penguin … Continue reading

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Book review: “Do You Want to Know a Secret? The Autobiography of Billy J. Kramer

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY J. KRAMER BY: BILLY J. KRAMER with Alyn Shipton PUBLISHED BY: Equinox Publishing 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78179 361 9 Review copy sent by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow … Continue reading

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Book review: My Kid Brother’s Band a/k/a The Beatles!

My Kid Brother’s Band, aka The Beatles! By Louise Harrison Published by Acclaim Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-938905-52-0 Review copy sent by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow I first saw Louise Harrison at this year’s Fest for Beatles Fans in Rye, … Continue reading

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Book review: Here Comes the Sun. The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison

Here Comes the Sun. The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison By Joshua M. Greene Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2006 ISBN-13:9780470127803 Review copy provided by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow Let me say right from the … Continue reading

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Book review: Sadistic Pattern, by Michael J. Molloy

Sadistic Pattern by Michael J. Molloy Published By: Gypsy Shadow Publishing, 2015 ISBN: 13: 978-1619502758 Review copy sent by author Review by Ida Vega-Landow It’s been said by the philosopher George Santayana that “those who do not remember the past … Continue reading

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Book review: Ruth’s Journey

“Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’” By Donald McCaig Published By: Atria Books, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-4516-4353-4 Review copy provided by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow From … Continue reading

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Book review: The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island By Claire Prentice Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, by arrangement with Amazon Publishing ISBN: 978-0-544-26228-7 Review copy purchased by reviewer Review by Ida Vega-Landow One of the advantages to living in Brooklyn, only a … Continue reading

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Book review: The Church of Mercy

The Church of Mercy By Pope Francis Published by Loyola Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-8294-4170-3 Review copy provided by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow This slender philosophical book is a collection of speeches by Pope Francis, dating from April to November … Continue reading

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Book review: The Boleyn King

The Boleyn King By Laura Andersen PUBLISHED BY: BALLANTINE BOOKS, A DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE, INC. ISBN: 978-0-345-53409-5 Review copy provided by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow This book is an historic romance/reconstruction, in the style of Harry Turtledove, an … Continue reading

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Book review: The Diamond Man

The Diamond Man By Michael J. Molloy Published By: Gypsy Shadow Publishing, LLC, May 13, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-61950-099-0 Review copy sent to author Review written by Ida Vega-Landow This is one of the most charming books I’ve ever read. And … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zombie Nation: From Folklore to Modern Frenzy

Zombie Nation: From Folklore to Modern Frenzy By E.R. Vernor Published By: Schiffer Publishing LTD, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7643-4450-3 Review copy sent by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow The popularity of zombies has yet to wane, as seen by the recent … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Ever After

Dead Ever After BY: Charlaine Harris PUBLISHED BY: Ace Books, New York ISBN: 978-1-937007-88-1 Review copy purchased by reviewer Review by Ida Vega-Landow And so we come to the end of the Sookie Stackhouse saga, as Sookie’s relationship with Eric … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Beloved World

My Beloved World By Sonia Sotomayor PUBLISHED BY: Borzoi Books, a division of Knopf/Random House, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-307-59488-4 Review copy provided by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow This has been one of the most refreshing reads I’ve had so far … Continue reading

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Book review: Fairy Rides the Lighting

Fairy Rides the Lighting By Patrick Thomas Published by Padwolf Publishing Inc. 2012 ISBN: 978-890096-50-2 Review copy purchased by reviewer Review by Ida Vega-Landow If you believe in fairies, clap your hands. If you believe in Terrorbelle, give her a … Continue reading

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Book review: God’s Jury: The Inquisition And The Making of The Modern World

God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 978-0-618-09156-0 Review copy supplied by publisher Review by Ida Vega-Landow The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, whose office … Continue reading

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Book review: Once More Upon a Time

Once More Upon a Time By Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz Publisher: Dark Quest, LLC ISBN: 978-0-9826197-5-9 Review copy purchased by reviewer Review by Ida Vega-Landow This is a different kind of Mystic Investigators tale by my New York homeboy, … Continue reading

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Book review: Mystic Investigators: Bullets & Brimstone

Mystic Investigators: Bullets & Brimstone By Patrick Thomas & John L. French Published by Dark Quest Books ISBN: 978-0-9826197-3-5 Review copy purchased by reviewer Review by Ida Vega-Landow Fresh from my review of Stefan Kanfer’s bio of Humphrey Bogart, here’s … Continue reading

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Book review: Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart

Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart By Stefan Kanfer Published by: Borzoi Books, aka Alfred A. Knofp, Random House, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-307-27100-6 Review copy purchased by reviewer Review by Ida Vega-Landow This has got … Continue reading

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