Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf

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I requested this from NetGalley because I was drawn in by the cover and the description sounded interesting. My thoughts were basically “This guy reviewed pizza slices? I love pizza!”

The author has a unique approach to reviewing the slices, which I enjoyed. Sometimes he just reviews what the ingredients are like, other times he compares it to a moment in his life or to music (That lead to a random spoiler for Anthony Keidis’ biography incase people, like myself, haven’t read it). Hagendorf mixes in stories about his life in between harvesting trips and we learn more about how he grew up, how he got into punk, etc.

Reading about his alcohol problem was kind of sad, but reading about his recovery was better. I was happy for him and I’m happy that he had someone that stuck by him. The book ended on a happy note and I enjoyed it. If I had known about the Slice Harvester blog when it was around, I would’ve followed it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)

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The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them) has a foreword by Daniel Bryan (who was Smackdown’s General Manager at the time it was put out in 2017) and is broken into five categories: Rules of the Ring, What to Wear, Entrances and Exits, Stipulation Matches and Superstar Conduct.
It’s a fun, quick read about the rules of WWE. It’s put together like a file of various documents, so you have to turn the book long-ways to read certain things, and has notes added in by most of the current superstars.
This book is a good way to learn the actual rules of various matches (Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble, Triple Threat/Fatal Fourway, etc) if you don’t know them while being entertained by random wrestling jokes. I’d recommend this for wrestling fans.

I gave it a 4/5 stars. I took off a star because the cover separated from the spine when I opened it and it’s hard to tie it closed. Other than that, the reading it part was great.

The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #15)

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I won this book through a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads and then realized that I already owned a hardcover copy from one of my thrift shop trips. Oops.
It took me forever (four and a half months) to read this because I just couldn’t get into it. This review probably has spoilers.  Anita has six boyfriends of various supernatural types (vampire, werewolf, wereleopard) and they’re being threatened by mysterious, powerful vampires known as “The Harlequin.”
Since Anita needs to feed the ardeur every however many hours, there’s lots of sex. Jean-Claude and Richard get put in comas and they need more power, so she sleeps with the head were-rat and they take the whole rat clans power using the ardeur, followed by doing the same thing with the head were swan. I found myself wondering how she even gets people to sleep with her, but then I remembered that any guy who sees her wants her/falls in love with her. Silly me.
Finally some action scenes that aren’t in a bedroom happen and, though she’s injured, Anita’s able to miraculously heal. Unfortunately, someone dies and her friend’s son in injured. He’s in love with her too.  Her work friend, Dolph, confronts her about sleeping with monsters and being the human servant of the master of the city, but she doesn’t want to hear it, so she makes him leave.
They get an execution warrant for the vamps, but the vamps call and threaten them first, so they head off for the big showdown. At this point, it just wasn’t exciting enough. She was more concerned about her shirt showing her cleavage at times than fighting vampires. I really don’t think she had her priorities straight. Someone else died during the climactic showdown, but Anita and co won.

Honestly, at that point, I kind of didn’t care. I hate feeling like that with books, but I didn’t. I felt like a deserved a cookie for finally finishing it. I’m done with this series. This book’s going in my donation pile. Both copies.

Drip: A Gothic Bromance by Andrew Montlack

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I won this book in a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads and also got approved for it on NetGalley (I forgot I had requested it. Oops.)

The book focuses on two best friends, J.D. and George. J.D. is the stereotypical smart-mouthed playboy who gets what he wants and George is a nerdy loser who gets nowhere.  The book reveals most of the plot by chapter 7 and then adds a bit more to much later on (somewhere near chapter 25). A lot of telling happens and the technical parts bored me. The climax/big action scene was ok and well described with some entertaining bit, but it still wasn’t very exciting to me.

I had completely different expectations of the book based on the description. Maybe it’s just me. I gave it 2.5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend it anyone.

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

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Haunting the Deep is set six months after the end of How to Hang a Witch and Samantha hasn’t been talking to anyone, especially the Descendants. That changes when she starts seeing ghosts and dreaming about the Titanic, which they’re studying in school. That sets off a chain of events that effects everyone around her. Samantha and the Descendants, with help from some new and old allies, race to find the answers before it’s too late.
The book is a quick read since in takes place over a two week period and I figured out who the bad guy was right away (unlike the first book), but it was still a fun read. I like the friendship between Samantha and her neighbor Mrs. Meriwether and her friendship with the rest of the Descendants. She even gets a ghost cat. If there’s a third book in the series, I’ll definitely read it.
The author works in some social commentary about the way the class system was on The Titanic and how things are similar today.  At the end, she gives a brief history of her family members who were on the Titanic. I’d recommend this to fans of the first one, historical fiction, books about magic or books about the Titanic.
I got this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

I gave it 4/5 stars.

WWE Vol. 2: Lunatic Fringe by Dennis Hopeless

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Vol. 2 focuses on Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks’ journey to the Money in the Bank pay per view. The two pair up after saving each other from their respective nemeses and become travel partners. There are some fun scenes of them trying to get each other to loosen up before they run into the Wyatts (They’re persistent). A surprise superstar helps them out and they make it to the ppv on time. I like that it has a happy ending.
It was a little odd that they gave Dean a different backstory and, honestly, I wanted more Shield interaction. I know the Wyatts aren’t done with them. I was also bummed that they made Dean’s eyes green when they’re blue. That might be picky, but I’m ok with that. I’ll still be getting Vol. 3 at some point.

I’d recommend it to WWE fans and I gave it 4/5 stars.

WWE Vol. 1: Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim. by Dennis Hopeless

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This graphic novel collects BOOM! Studios WWE issues 1 to 4. They tell the story of Seth Rollins betraying The Shield, joining The Authority, becoming WWE champion, suffering a career threatening injury and making his return.
I loved the dialogue and characterization. The interactions between Seth, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns where they’re using nicknames for each other or hurling insults at each other sound very genuine and that made me happy. I smiled quite a few times while reading this.
There was a Wyatt appearance (because they like to annoy The Shield) and cameos by some other superstars. Everyone is well illustrated.
I’d recommend this to fans of comics and wrestling, especially if you like The Shield and/or Seth Rollins. 5 star from me!