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Review: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of years ago I received the Best Buy exclusive “Avengers Illuminated 3D Lenticular Gift Set” as a birthday present, and one of the things it included was a really great 200+ hardcover book called “The Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide.” I enjoy the Marvel movies, but I’m not a comic book guy, so this book was quite valuable to me because it informed me of more than 200 of the Marvel heroes and villains. It was also just a really well done book, and in fact when I was first looking through it back then I couldn’t help but think that they should [...]

Review: WWE The Ultimate Poster Collection

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection Publisher: Insight Editions Category: Sports & Recreation / Wrestling Paperback: 40 pages ISBN-13: 978-1608875481 Insight Editions released their latest poster book last month, and this time it was a collection of WWE pay-per-view posters in a book dubbed “The Ultimate WWE Poster Collection.” Back in November, I reviewed my first Insight Editions poster book (Destiny) and came away impressed with it. This WWE one is really no exception. If you’ve seen one of Insight’s poster books before, then you know the kind of quality you can [...]

Book Review: The Art of Destiny

December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Insight Editions and Bungie released The Art of Destiny earlier this month for a suggested retail price of $45, but you can get it on Amazon for under $30. It’s a 216 page hard cover measuring 1 x 11.5 x 10.2 inches, with good quality paper. As you would expect from Insight, it is a beautifully put together product. There’s a foreword written by Bungie’s Lorraine McLees. If you enjoy Destiny, then this a book you’ll like. If you just like collecting art books, then this likewise is a book that you’ll like. I write about Destiny every day here on the site, so I [...]

Book Review: 30 Years of WrestleMania

October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The WWE partnership with DK Publishing has resulted in some really great historical WWE books. There’s the two encyclopedia’s and the WWE 50 book. Now, there’s 30 Years of WrestleMania, which released on September 15th. Like its predecessors, 30 Years of WrestleMania is a beautiful and wonderfully put together hardcover book. If you have the WWE 50 book, it’s about the same size as that (smaller than the two encyclopedias). Nice glossy pages with gold foil trim makes it look really slick. The book is authored by Brian Shields and Dean Miller, both veteran authors and [...]

Review: WWE 50 (Book)

April 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

If you’re a wrestling fan odds are you have both of the beautiful DK released WWE Encyclopedia’s. After all, they’re amazing books and an invaluable research tool for anyone who cares about the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. Chances are you’re also looking forward to the inevitable third update to the WWE Encyclopedia. We’re not there yet, but in the mean time WWE and DK have teamed up again to release what might as well be considered the WWE history book in the form of “WWE 50,” which “celebrates 50 years of sports entertainment.” Like the two [...]

Review: DK Reader Level 2 – WWE John Cena Second Edition

April 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Over the past few years, WWE has gone PG and began targeting children as an audience and it’s a move that has been successful. While kids have always been wrestling fans regardless of the era, now more than ever we’re seeing more and more really young kids at WWE events. If you’re a parent of a young WWE fan, or you have a sibling, niece, nephew, or grandchild who is a fan of WWE then you should know about the WWE books in the DK Reader series. This series of books are designed to help kids learn to read and it thus broken up into five levels: Pre-Level One: Learning to Read [...]

Book Review: Life Itself

November 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

When Roger Ebert passed away last April the web saw an outpouring of tributes and well wishes normally reserved for the most beloved heads of state. Ebert’s final years were plagued with pain and peril, such as the advanced cancer that deformed his face, and took away his voice, thus ending his twenty-five plus year run of being a television show host of a major film criticism program. Although it took away his actual physical voice, that loss lead him to focus even more on refining his inner voice. Through his blog and his twitter account he connected to an entire new generation of fans, [...]

Review: The Power of Right Believing

October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Power of Right Believing: 7 Keys to Freedom from Fear, Guilt, and Addiction Author: Joseph Prince Publisher: FaithWords Genre(s): Faith, Religious Hardcover: 368 pages ISBN: 978-1455553143 Price: $24.00 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. What you believe is powerful. If you can change what you believe, you can change your life! Many today are struggling to control their behaviors and actions because they don’t have control over their emotions and feelings. They don’t have control over their emotions and feelings because they don’t have control [...]

Review: ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business’ by Neil Postman

June 2, 2013 // 4 Comments

Title: Amusing Ourselves to Death Author: Neil Postman Publisher: Penguin Books Pages: 183 I shall open this review with the original foreword to the late, great Neil Postman’s most famous and enduring work ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business’ written and released way back in 1985. “We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian [...]

Review: It’s Time – My 360° View of the UFC

May 12, 2013 // 3 Comments

It’s Time: My 360° View of the UFC Author: Bruce Buffer Publisher: Crown Publishing Hardcover: 277 pages Released: May 14, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-307-95391-9 * A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. I am a fan of UFC and MMA in general, but not as big a fan as I once was (and even back during the time when I was a big fan, I preferred PRIDE to UFC). Anyone who has ever watched a UFC fight knows who Bruce Buffer is; the charismatic ring announcer, half-brother to legendary wrestling and boxing announcer Michael Buffer. What I didn’t know was that Bruce Buffer had written [...]

Review: Last Train To Memphis & Careless Love (Box Set)

May 5, 2013 // 5 Comments

Author: Peter Guralnick Publisher: Back Bay Books Genre: Biography Amazon Link: In Peter Guralnick’s 1994 book ‘Last Train to Memphis’ (The Rise of Elvis Presley) and his 1999 follow up ‘Careless Love’ (The Unmaking of Elvis Presley) a post mortem rescue mission is attempted on the humanity of one Elvis Aaron Presley. Elvis Presley died a full twelve years before this writer was even born, and so I and many others can only look back on his life with an odd sort of disorientation from an unbridgeable distance [...]

Review: 11/22/63

April 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

11/22/63 Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner Paperback: 849 pages The novel 11/22/63 tells the story of Jake Epping, a (soon to be time traveling) high school English teacher (the job and life that Stephen King himself occupied before his whirlwind success started with the publication of Carrie in the late 70s) from Lisbon Falls, Maine, recently divorced, who is also teaching an adult GED preparation class in the evenings, after school. One of his pupils in that class is his own high school’s janitor, Harry Dunning, or ‘Hoptoad Harry’ as the kids have [...]
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