The Brujah’s Tale

I know that a long time back, I used to play Vampire: The Masquerade. One of the clans in this RPG (role playing game) was the Brujah. The reason why this is relevant at all is that the title of Tim Madden’s new book – The Bruja’s Tale – is similar to that of the Brujah clan. Tim Madden’s Homepage provides individuals with an insight into the work, which deals with witchcraft (particularly, the brand of magic worked by individuals of the Maya tribe), a murder, and various tawdry relations. Continue reading “The Brujah’s Tale”

Elizabeth Book Review

Elizabeth / 2007 Hachette Book Group / 678M / 5:00 / /

Elizabeth was written by J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taraborrelli may best be known for all of eir other biographies, which include those about Diana Ross, Carol Burnett, Michael Jackson, Cher, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, and the work about the females linked to the Kennedy clan, ‘Jackie, Ethel, and Joan’. This book is about Elizabeth Taylor, and goes in a chronological order rather than trying to link the later years of eir life with earlier events at the onset. This natural progression makes reading this nearly seven hundred page book much easier. The inclusion of a large photo section during the middle of the book provides illustration for some of the individuals and events that occurred in Taylor’s life. Continue reading “Elizabeth Book Review”

Dear Peppers and Pollywogs

Dear Peppers and Pollywogs : What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties / 2007 Self / 132M / /

As individuals could guess, this book is a guide for parents. This book is set up to allow individuals to quickly come up with an answer to their party quandaries, whether it be the parent wondering what is age-appropriate or how much individuals should spend on birthday presents. The writing style is simplistic and has a number of ideas put forth in a list form, so that individuals can rapidly evaluate how each idea fits in their own unique situation. Continue reading “Dear Peppers and Pollywogs”

The Hammer: The Best of Hank Aaron

The Hammer: The Best of Hank Aaron / 2007 Borders / $14.95 / 144M / 1:50 /

The subtitle of this book is “From the Pages of Sports Illustrated”, and the tile really gives individuals a good idea what focus that the book may have. This was culled together from the material written about Hank Aaron throughout eir career by the individuals at Sports Illustrated. More so, the language used to describe Aaron is kept as it was originally written. Thus, if there are instances of the word “Negro”, it is present. Preserving history and not trying to revise Aaron’s history is the first step forward by this book, which uses good many of Sports Illustrated’s most famous wrights. This list includes Roy Terrell, William Leggett, George Plimpton and Mike Capuzzo.

The small text in this already-small volume may be a little on the hard side to read, but it does means that individuals will spend a decent amount of time reading through these solid pieces. A criticism about this book has to be the pictures. While there are a decent amount of them, they are bundled together in two specific sections. Obviously, the cost to intersperse the pictures would have been higher if Sports Illustrated wanted to have them be in color, but I don’t see how adding a black and white picture to the beginning page of a piece would have hurt matters any. Still, the writing in this book is solid and will give individuals a little more context into the career of one of baseball’s best hitters. I can’t foresee Sports Illustrated doing the same for Barry Bonds, so that makes this volume all the more sweet.

Sure, it would be easy to search down these articles in the online SI archive, but this puts them all together in an easy to read format. For individuals like me that were born after Aaron’s career had ended, “The Hammer” gives individuals a better understanding of why Aaron was such a stand up player and how eir behavior varies from the rest of the stars in baseball today. Interesting, funny, and at times touching, “The Hammer” is the complete picture of a major baseball star; pick the book up if you have any love for America’s pastime, and make sure to read through from cover to cover to get the full story. Maybe we could see one of these for some of the other storied baseball stars of all time, perhaps even someone as awesome as Nolan Ryan (but I’m letting personal bias show).

Rating: 6.8/10

Revolution on Canvas 2

Revolution on Canvas 2 / $12.99 / 2007 Warner / 2:00 / 236M /

This is the second volume of what I believe is the only book that is dedicated to collecting the poetry of some of the most famous rock stars in the emo, hardcore, and metalcore genres. This volume features a different selection of artists than the first volume. This time around, individuals from Motion City Soundtrack, The Receiving End of Sirens, He Is Legend, Meg & Dia, Something Corporate, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Classic Case, and Say Anything all throw in.
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