Review of The Discreet Lesbian: (Episode 1 in the Mandy Series) by Mackenzie Stone

I liked the story and the main character, Mandy. She had a rough childhood and tried to make a better life for herself as she got older. Growing up Southern Baptist in a small town in the 1950’s didn’t make that easy. I like how she rationalizes things and the author does a great job conveying her emotions. I could feel her joy when she adopted her son and her disappointment when there was trouble in her marriage.

The relationship between her and Kathleen developed naturally and I love that they didn’t just jump into bed together. It ended kind of abruptly though and then you have to buy the next “episode.” I might continue the series.

Advertisements

Review of The Rise & Fall of ECW by Thom Loverro

This book is another one of my thrift shop finds. I was really excited to find this there. The book gives the history of ECW from it’s first days in 1993 until it’s last in 2001. I loved learning more about the company (How it started and what made them popular), the business side of things (merchandise, setting up shows, pay per views, etc.) and, of course, the wrestlers.

I really like that the author didn’t censor the wrestlers when he interviewed them. If you don’t like swears, especially the “f word”, you might not like that. For me, it made it that much more authentic. There are interviews with a lot of the top stars of the promotion: Paul Heyman, Tazz, Tommy Dreamer, Chris Jericho, Stevie Richards, Spike Dudley and many more.

I watched ECW as a kid, but I didn’t understand or appreciate how much freedom the wrestlers had with their characters. They connected with fans on such an intense, personal level because they were your average joes. Nobody was extra good looking, nobody had really flashy stuff. They just went out there and gave it their all night after night. And they were super violent.

I felt bad for them as I read about their missed opportunities and how some of the things they needed to stay open fell through and, in the end, it got to the point where Heyman couldn’t even pay the wrestlers. As cocky as he may be on TV, he sounded heartbroken about the way things went.

Reading this book was like reliving my childhood and watching these great matches for a second time. I would recommend this to fans of ECW, fans of pro wrestling and anyone who likes books about sports.

Review of A Sprinkling of Lesbian Short Stories by Q. Kelly

A Sprinkling of Lesbian Short Stories has four stories featuring women of all different ages, but focuses mostly on older women. All of them were good, but “Welcome to Paradise” is my favorite. The description says that it’s the basis for one of the author’s other books (“Third”) and I am definitely interested in reading that now.

“The Old Woman” was ok, but the idea of a 25 year old and a 75 year old dating was a little weird to me. The characters seemed happy though.

“Cupid Pulls a Prank” was funny with a happy ending. In this one Cupid gets bored so she decides to check the headlines on Yahoo! to see if there’s anyone she can mess with. She decides that the presidential debate between two women (a Democrat and Republican) will do so she makes them like each other. Once she realized they already have feelings for each other, she takes it back. I like that part of the story is told through the headlines.

“The Night They Drank Wine” is about two women who are sister-in-laws that wake up naked in bed together after drinking the night before Neither of them mentions it again, but they develop feelings for each other and wonder what life would be like without their husbands. It was alright.

“Welcome to Paradise” is about a woman named Helen Franklin who is going home to see her dying father. While she’s there she meets Ben, who she mistakes for a security guard, and is horrified when she realizes that they’re keeping a woman named Anne prisoner. Things get crazier when she finds out that the woman is her inheritance from her father, who was a successful time traveler. As an expert on all thinks Tudor, she is surprised to find out who Anne really is. Ben is a bit of a creeper near the end, but all of the characters are well written and the plot is believable.

Review of Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition by Justin Bog

sand banner

Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition is a collection of “Dark psychological suspense tales.” Out of the 12 stories, I felt that the only dark one was “Sandcastle.”  In that tale, a lady decides that another woman at the beach doesn’t deserve to have her child. What she does is messed up and cold.

The others were just vignettes about people’s lives and were either odd, ok or kind of boring. I think the author would’ve been better off saying they were vignettes. Since I was expecting dark stories, I was disappointed. If that doesn’t bother you, you might like this collection.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Review of Volumetrics Diet: The ultimate weight loss plan or myth by SteadyHealth Community

I was asked to read this book an give my honest opinion. It was also free on Amazon at the time.

The book is pretty short and it’s supposed to give you an idea of what Volumetrics is (eating more veggies and drinking more water to get full instead of drinking soda and eating junk) and how it can help you. This was done through interviews with people that have used it.

To be completely honest, I felt like I was reading the script from an infomercial. I do not believe that every person would explain stuff like “Well, one apple has this many carbs and is much more filling than a cookie.” There were also some grammatical errors and one person repeated themselves a bit.

The book was ok, but it’s not something I’d really recommend unless you want to know about the diet or get a few quick recipes.

Review of Volumetrics Diet: The Ultimate Wight Loss Plan or Myth by The SteadyHealth Community

I was asked to read this book an give my honest opinion. It was also free on Amazon at the time.

The book is pretty short and it’s supposed to give you an idea of what Volumetrics is (eating more veggies and drinking more water instead of drinking soda and eating junk) and how it can help you. This was done through interviews with people that have used it.

To be completely honest, I felt like I was reading the script from an infomercial. I do not believe that every person would explain stuff like “Well, one apple has this many carbs and is much more filling than a cookie.” There were also some grammatical errors and one person repeated themselves a bit.

The book was ok. It’s  good if you want to know about the diet or get a few quick recipes.