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Review: WWE 50 (Book)

WWE 50 Book

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 WWE Encyclopedia's, WWE 50 is an absolutely gorgeous and high quality book filled with photos, quotes, facts, and a wonderful layout. As such, it is a must own book for any WWE fan. The book is written by Kevin Sullivan (his 10th book) … [Read more...]

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

John Cena

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 Level One: Beginning to Read Level Two: Beginning to Read Alone Level Three: Reading Alone Level Four: Proficient Reader There are WWE books for all of these levels. This one we're reviewing is the second edition of … [Read more...]

Gift Idea Review: Breaking Bad – I Am The Danger [Book]

Hard to believe, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that means Christmas is a month away. If you're like me, you're almost done with your Christmas shopping already. Most folks haven't even gotten started yet though. If you're one of those people, then keep checking back here as we're going to be reviewing some possible gift ideas over the next few weeks. These aren't long reviews of course, basically just a few quick impressions of a product that isn't expensive. AMC's Breaking Bad is an immensely popular television show and no doubt many people will have the final season DVD/Blu-ray on their wishlists this Christmas. If you're looking to buy a gift for a Breaking Bad fan and don't want to buy them the final season or maybe want something to go with it, then Running Press' official … [Read more...]

Book Review: Life Itself

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, and also deepened his following among those, such as myself who had formerly only known him as the fat guy who argued with the tall skinny guy about movies on TV. Whether or not you agreed with his … [Read more...]

Review: The Power of Right Believing

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 over their thoughts. And they don't have control over their thoughts because they are not controlling what they believe. Put simply, if you believe wrong, you will struggle with wrong thoughts, toxic … [Read more...]

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

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 nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common … [Read more...]

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

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 a book and that it was coming out on May 14th; that is until it showed up at my front door late last week. Seeing as how I hadn’t heard of the book before, I neither considered buying it nor … [Read more...]

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

Author: Peter Guralnick Publisher: Back Bay Books Genre: Biography Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Guralnick-Train-Memphis-Careless/dp/0316345237 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 of time and culture. Guralnick sets aside (although does not ignore) the countless debates about Elvis as cultural icon, public train wreck, and all the other well known issues surrounding him, to pursue … [Read more...]

Review: 11/22/63

11/22/63 Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner Paperback: 849 pages http://112263book.com 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 cruelly called him since time immemorial as it seems, due to his very pronounced limp. One of Mr. Epping’s assignments to his evening GED class is an essay to be written about ‘the day that changed your life … [Read more...]

Review: Devil in the White City

Devil in the White City Author: Erik Larson Publisher: Vintage Paperback: 447 pages I read this book a few years prior to this writing. Coming into it I was expecting, like other reviewers, to be more interested in the sordid tales of H.H Holmes and his infamous 'Murder Castle' rather than the great engineering feat that was the 1893 World's Fair. But during the reading of this book I found myself almost wanting at times to skip past the sections focusing on Holmes story to get back to the fascinating and inspirational story of Daniel H. Burnham and Fredrick Law Olmstead, and their miraculous and gargantuan feat of pulling off the grandest exposition that had ever been seen up until that time. I agree with the other reviewers that have mentioned that Larson shot himself in the … [Read more...]

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