As a writer and wrestling fan I have written a few poems about wrestlers. I can honestly tell you that "The Dead Wrestler Elegies" is a book I wish IAs a writer and wrestling fan I have written a few poems about wrestlers. I can honestly tell you that "The Dead Wrestler Elegies" is a book I wish I had written. As stated in previous reviews, it isn't just a book of poems about deceased grapplers. It's also about the relationship between father and son, mother and son, and about loss. If you're a lover of poetry, you don't need to be a rasslin' fan to appreciate these poems; although, you may find yourself learning some things or reminiscing over names like Gorgeous George, Killer Kowalski and Andre the Giant.
If you're a wrestling fan, don't let the fact that this is poetry scare you. You will love these poems and no one will call you a nerd for reading them because there's a skull on the cover and drawings inside of the likes of the Super Destroyer and Bad New Brown. How perfect is that?
By the way, yes, there is a poem about "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig in here and it is tremendous.
The illustrations, also done by Kaneko, are wonderful. The quotes introducing the poems are great. The titles are fantasic - "Flowers for Adrian Adonis," "Where There's Blood, There's Freddie Blassie," "Bruiser Brody Finishes This Thing," just to name a few.
Each poem is so beautifully written that, if you're a wrestling fan, your favorites might be determined by who your favorite dead wrestler is. For example, I was thrilled reading "Autograph from Eddie Gilbert"; I loved the opening lines of "Ain't No Cage Can Hold Mad Dog Sawyer"; and I wanted more of the "Selected Legends of Andre the Giant."
"The Dead Wrestler Elegies" is a fantastic ode to those no longer with us, from Ed "Strangler" Lewis and Stanislaus Zbyszko to Eddie Guerrero and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
Speaking of which, the Macho Man's brother himself, "the Poet Laureate" Lanny Poffo, could not have written such an engaging collection. Get yourself a copy. You won't be disappointed. ...more
The world of literature has seen many great villains – Iago from Othello, Grendel from Beowulf, Stefano DiMera from Days of Our Lives – and in CabochoThe world of literature has seen many great villains – Iago from Othello, Grendel from Beowulf, Stefano DiMera from Days of Our Lives – and in Cabochon, Mary Cote introduces us to Aubrey Sterling, a man so vile he keeps women locked and drugged up to use as prostitutes and plans to murder one of his young sons because his autism is an embarrassment.
Even Sterling’s wife Andi was one of the former, and when she decides that her husband must be stopped, he has her beaten, shot and left for dead in Rainbow Lake. At least, he thinks she’s dead. Aubrey Sterling’s villainy is so fantastic that only the corporation of heroes Cote introduces us to next could possibly match him. Andi is rescued by the men of Cabochon, who nurse her to health, bring her children to her and help her in her plan to destroy her husband.
In the juxtaposition between the wonderful place that is Cabochon and the sickness and treachery that occurs on board Aubrey’s yacht The Brotherly Love, Cote creates a kind of Heaven and Hell, making Cabochon an epic good vs. evil story. The reader can hardly wait until the two meet, and, more importantly, when Aubrey will learn that his wife still lives.
Oh, and by the way, will there be romance between the beautiful and recovering Andi and one of these kind and capable men of Cabochon, a couple of which just happen to be navy SEALS?
I’m left asking many, many questions about Cabochon. Namely how soon can I get my dainty hands on Book Two? Also, is someone in Hollywood making Cabochon, Part 1: The Movie? They should, and who will play Andi? Aubrey? The no-doubt handsome Brad and Ryan?
Long story short, I’m now obsessed with Cabochon being made into a movie, and you will be too. Do yourself a favor go over to http://www.writersamuseme.com/ and read Cabochon, then come back here and we’ll discuss casting for the film. I won’t give away my choices except to say that Joseph Mascolo (AKA Stefano DiMera on Day of Our Lives) might be wonderful as Aubrey Sterling. He’s 83 now, so hurry up, Hollywood! Tick tock! ...more
I was thinking about something the other day. Never has my family screamed at me or shunned me because of who I dated. Plus, I've never been harassedI was thinking about something the other day. Never has my family screamed at me or shunned me because of who I dated. Plus, I've never been harassed or taken a punch because of who I kissed or held hands with. Not only that, but when I got married, I did so in the pinko commie state of Massachusetts; however, I could have gotten married in whatever part of the country I wanted. It's truly amazing.
Wait. No, it isn't amazing. That's how it's supposed to be.
I read DeeJay Arens' debut novel The View From a Rusty Train Car from Writers AMuse Me Publishing in three days on breaks during a conference in San Francisco, of all places. I could hardly put it down. While also being touching and well-written, this book reminds us that all of these things I mentioned earlier should not be taken for granted. It's a story of two men in love, and the consequences of that love.
In a time of angry pro and anti Chick-Fil-A arguments, Arens presents a normal love story. Well, it should be a normal love story; it's really anything but. Not because of the same-sex nature of the love, but rather the reaction to it. It's a tale that everyone - whether strongly for gay marriage, decidedly against it, or somewhere in between - should read.
It is a love story. Not a rant, as it could be. And if you think the things that happen in it are far-fetched, do some Googling. For that, other than the writing itself, is the amazing thing about Arens' novel. It all happens. We'll all be ashamed of it one day, but it happens. But to Arens' credit, the numerous antagonists are never presented as hateful bigots, but rather - as they often are in real life - childish thugs, disapproving family members, or the overly-religious.
There's been a lot said and written about gay rights over the years. Do yourself a favor, especially if you're more likely to be in opposition, and read The View From a Rusty Train Car. If it doesn't get you thinking, I don't know what will....more