May 4 2011

This Journalist Could Kill You With His Pen… From 50 Yards Away

Found an interesting article about Vice Adm. William McRaven. Check it out here.

He was a journalism major in college, who became the SEAL in charge on the ground during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Besides his impressive history in the SEALs, here’s something that caught my attention: in 1996 he published Spec Ops, a book on the art of special operations based on eight case studies. He concluded the keys to successful missions are Simplicity, Security, Repetition, Surprise, Speed and Purpose.  I am definitely going to have to read that book!

May 2 2011

The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story

We re-watched The Neverending Story this past weekend.  Wow, it had been a LONG time since last watching it.  What a great story!  Looked it up in Wikipedia to find out that it was originally a

German fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in 1979. The standard English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in 1983. The novel was later adapted into several films.

I am definitely going to have to find an ebook version of the standard English translation and hopefully it is even better than the movie.

More info at Wikipedia.

May 2 2011

Origin of the X-Men

Children of the AtomI just found out the other day that X-Men is most likely based upon a book called Children of the Atom, by Wilmar H. Shiras.  This 1953 science fiction novel has been called “The Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002” by the Science Fiction Book Club.

Read more at Wikipedia.

May 2 2011

Stephen King and Room 303

If you are trying to remember something you’ve heard about Stephen King and Room 303, take a look at these.

Room 303, the inspiration for Stephen King’s short-story-turned-John-Cusack-film, “1408,” is located at the Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts.  More here.

The short story itself can be read here.