Dee Snider, despite all he's been through, is still a bit of a dick. Although he does take credit(?) for Twisteds demise, he can't do it without taki
Dee Snider, despite all he's been through, is still a bit of a dick. Although he does take credit(?) for Twisteds demise, he can't do it without taking numerous shots at his band mates. He buries AJ Pero calling him a spineless follower. He essentially says J.J. French has no talent. Eddie Ojeda is a pussy and Mark Mendoza is a bully. Dee glosses over the most interesting parts of the story (to me at least). - Twisteds demise and his struggles after. He claimed there is a follow up coming. Which would be great. Perhaps it won't have ten pages ripping Tom Werman - the man responsible for their biggest hit. One can only hope....more
Former Guns and Roses drummer Steven Adlers' memoir begins like a carbon copy of all other rock star biographies. Born in the mid-west - Check. TroublFormer Guns and Roses drummer Steven Adlers' memoir begins like a carbon copy of all other rock star biographies. Born in the mid-west - Check. Troubled child hood - check. Moving out to LA based on happenstance - check. Famous folks drifting in and out of their lives - check. Wild groupies - Check and finally success. It's when success hits that Adlers tale take a decidedly more sinister turn.
Unlike Adlers' 80s metal contemporary Nikki Sixx in Adler never has a break. His near death experiences never snap him back to reality. He has people who try to help him, but unlike Sixx, those that attempt are often misguided or are even addicts themselves. No one puts their foot down, there are no ultimatums. Adlers journey is angry and painful. His pain, both physical and mental, can be quite graphic at certain times. However, his memory does become extremely sketchy in spots, especially at the height of his addiction, which is to be expected.
Adler does have some great stories, especially surrounding those murky, shadowy days during Guns and Roses' formation. But for all the fun of the first two thirds of the book, the last third is extremely hard to read. His decent into addiction is tragic and the rebirth comes far too late to give any sense of satisfaction and only a modicum of hope. That being said, Adler is a really likable guy, so you want to root for him. Here's to hoping the next book is all about celebrating his success and sobriety. ...more
Oh Sammy. Rocks resident Jimmy Buffett. I was interested in Sammys story despite being a fan of the bands he's been in (Montrose, Van Halen and even COh Sammy. Rocks resident Jimmy Buffett. I was interested in Sammys story despite being a fan of the bands he's been in (Montrose, Van Halen and even Chickenfoot) more than his solo work. Sam's an interesting guy, but he's (just a tad) full of himself.
Sam, like everybody who writes a book it seems, had a tough up bringing. He drifted in and out of bands and women. He hooked up with Montrose. He and Ronnie got along great, then they didn't. No real explanation as to why, just Sammy decided Ronnie didn't like him. He started his solo career in which (accordig to Sammy) every album was great and every tour was a huge success. He joined Van Halen, not b/c he had to, but as a favor to someone. He opened Cabo Wabo - got ripped off. Lost a ton of cash. Invented some sort of sprinkler system (seriously). Grew to hate Alex and Eddie, but liked money. Liked Michael Anthony. Left VH again, took Mike with him eventually.
That's pretty much the whole book. Every rock n roll cliche is there, except perhaps a heroin over dose. Sam seems like a cool guy, but he thinks his shit doesn't stink. He also plays it safe whenever some sort of conflict is broached. He buries DLR, but still toured with him and kept all the $$$. He hates Eddie, but loves him. He gets annoyed with Alex, but understands...that's how it goes with Sam. Nothing too controversial, just middling through.
It's a quick read, a couple of hundred pages. I recommend it if you are a genre fan or a Sammy aficionado, but if you are looking for the next "Dirt" look somewhere else....more
I borrowed this book from the Kindle store b/c the trailer for the movie looked quite interesting. I had no idea it was a "young adult" book until I wI borrowed this book from the Kindle store b/c the trailer for the movie looked quite interesting. I had no idea it was a "young adult" book until I went strolling through Target one afternoon and saw it in the YA section. "Young Adult" or not The Hunger Games is a very satisfying read.
Borrowing elements of Shirley Jacksons "The Lottery", Stephen Kings "The Long Walk" and even "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, The Hunger Games tells a story of the not too distant future where in post-apocalyptic America, the youth are selected to participate in a savage battle to to death for amusement of the nation.
The Hunger games follows the exploits of Katniss Everdeen and her quest to survive the games and return home to see her family friends and become enveloped in the life of luxury that all Games winners are promised. Throughout her journey, Katniss grows up, finds love, (real and faked, it is a TV show after all)and kills a lot of people. I'll stay spoiler free, but aside from the tepid "Twilight-seque" love story, the book is very swift moving and graphic. Collins does a great job of spending time to develop her characters before placing them in mortal danger. The other great thing that she does, is even though the actual Hunger Games don't start until almost halfway through the book, the Games themselves never feel rushed.
It's hard to read a book where the journey is more important than the destination. You know the Games outcome before even cracking the spine of the book, but getting there is very satisfying. Definitely something I'd recommend picking up.
The first rule of sequels- everything has to be bigger, better, faster...unless you are Suzanne Collins. Make no mistake about it this book is a sequeThe first rule of sequels- everything has to be bigger, better, faster...unless you are Suzanne Collins. Make no mistake about it this book is a sequel in every sense of the work. There is little difference between more kids heading out to Camp Crystal lake to get slaughtered again and Katniss being drafted in to the Hunger Games fr a second straight year.
So where do you go when your second novel has essentially the same premise as your first? You defy the above conventions and slow everything down. To a mind numbing crawl at times. Collins, instead of running with the premise, and dumping Katniss back in the games as quickly as possible belabors the tedious subplots before rushing through the games themselves. That would work except the subplots are boring as hell. She continues mining "Twilight" territory with the over wrought teen angst/torn between two lovers garbage. The impending revolution spurned on by Kat and Peetas direct defiance of the game rules is thin - at best. It reads as if after the first book became a hit, she re-read it looking for some thread she could build another book on. The berries are what she latched on to. Still, the revolution sub-plot had potential to be interesting if it didn't directly clash with some of the imagery from the first book. Again it seems hastily thrown together for the sake of the sequel (at least that's one sequel rule she followed).
Halfway through the novel, after much brooding. We get to the games. Again, like the first book Collins creates a world within the games that is fascinating. Although this time it felt more like a video game than a fight for human survival. A lot of characters die fast due to the rushed nature of the book, and none of the relationships, even Kat and Peeta feels as natural as the first.
Overall, it's not a bad read. It's definitely not as good as the first. After reading the first book, I could not wait to read this. After reading this, I'll read the third, but I'm not going to rush it, there are other books that have jumped ahead of it on the reading list. ...more
Full Dark, No Stars is a short story or novella collection from the master of modern horror Stephen King. King attempts to "get nasty" in these storieFull Dark, No Stars is a short story or novella collection from the master of modern horror Stephen King. King attempts to "get nasty" in these stories, something he's been noticeably shying away from in his more mainstream books, with some exceptions (Cell), since his tragic accident in 1999.
1922- Told from the point of view of a farmer who kills his wife to save his land, then proceeds to watch his life around him deteriorate. He sees his his neighbors desert him, his son and girlfriend live their short lives on the lamb, and winds up becoming the very thing he detests before making a half-hearted attempt at redemption...A good story that drags in places, especially late. King attempts to paint the picture of a man desperate to hold on to what he knows, someone afraid of change and this is what ruins him. I suppose it can be seen as a parable for living in the modern age. Or he's saying "Just listen to your wife." Either way, it's a decent opener for the book, if a little long and wordy at in places.
Big Driver - A B-Level author is lured to a speaking engagement in a small town for the simple purpose of being tortured, raped, and eventually killed. Only the killing doesn't exactly workout as planned. She begins to seek her revenge, only to see her vengeance go awry...This would be Kings version of "I spit on Your Grave" with the moral twist of "think before you shoot." Overall this is the weakest of the stories included here. The main character is painted very thin and even unlikable at points. Perhaps a woman might have a different read to it than I did, but this one just didn't hit the mark for me.
Fair Extension - This story however, the shortest of the novellas, did hit the mark. The tale of a banker obsessed with the good life of his successful best friend. Riddled with cancer and an unsatisfying career he's approached by a smooth talking salesman who offers him the ultimate deal. The life he's always wanted, but in exchange he needs to sacrifice the life of someone else...This is the best "read" of the four stories presented here. It moves swiftly and builds a great character portrait of the self obsessed person who measures life in things rather than friends. King is brilliant at making us want and expect the retribution, like in the first story, but it never comes. All we are left with are questions, mainly could that man be me?
A Good Marriage - A wife finds out the deepest and darkest secrets of her "boring" husband...King states in the afterword that he modeled this tale around the real life story of the BTK killer, who took a multi-year break between killings. King wanted to look at the other people affected by the life of a sociopath. It's a very good story with a deeply satisfying very "Stephen King" ending.
Overall, its a hit or miss collection, like many of Kings short story collections are. Great ideas that could never manifest themselves into complete novels or never really come together at all. A definite must read for die hard King fans and worth checking out for "Fair Extension" alone for non-King fans.
Butch Walker is a great song writer, a very good singer and at one time a pretty damn good guitar player. Butch Walker is also a little bitter. HavingButch Walker is a great song writer, a very good singer and at one time a pretty damn good guitar player. Butch Walker is also a little bitter. Having been chewed up and spit out by the music business as both a performer and a writer numerous times it's almost forgivable. Butch wears his heart on his sleeve while detailing the ins, outs, ups and downs of a "mid level" artist.
As a book it's a fun fast read (like most musicians memoirs) not only for Walker fans, but those wondering what really happens in the backrooms of a record company. Everything from being an almost one hit wonder, to fist fights over an Avril Lavigne single, it's all here. Not too bad for a guy from Cartersville, ("shh, don't say that too loud") Georgia. If you can look past the bitter snark, you might enjoy it....more