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Nights and Days in a Dark Carnival
Nights and Days in a Dark Carnival
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and quick read, March 19, 2014
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The author and his friend embark on a journey to see the Gathering of the Juggalos yearly festival. They have their biases and influences but the book I thought was well done. It was not too long, it was not too short, and the author did his research before he went. Don't know what else to say, if you are interested in the topic, you will most likely enjoy it, if not, you won't, pretty simple


Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler-His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption
Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler-His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption
Price: $12.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick and easily written book, August 16, 2013
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This book attempts to document Luger's life from birth until now in around 220 pages. It is a very quick and easy read, took all of 6 hours for me. I am a wrestling fan, but was never one of Luger's, always kind came off as stale and outdated. The book spends a lot of time talking about pre-wrestling, a small amount on wrestling, and a decent sized portion religious crap. Unlike other books about "the road to redemption" this one really does not preach until the epilogue, which makes it tolerable. I wish there was more about wrestling and many people in his life beyond himself. It does come off rather self centered in many points of the book as it just lacks any real substantive information on others. Maybe because it is 220 pages and he had to cut down, I don't know, but it makes the book come off as hollow in a number of places.

If you want a quick and easy read about Luger's life, go for it, you won't be disappointed per se, just kind of feeling like there just a lack of detail. If you want it for the wrestling only, you will probably get mad. It is rather short, not specific about much, and focusing more on his personal problems.
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Walk Through Exits Only
Walk Through Exits Only
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So much missing, July 16, 2013
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This review is from: Walk Through Exits Only (Audio CD)
The other guy who gave it 2 stars got it completely right. This album is missing so much. There is no groove, nothing stands out, if Phil were not in it most people would never give it a listen. Phil said he wrote most of the riffs which makes sense because they are super simple and sounds like Pantera verses played by an amateur. The vocals are ok but very monotonous. I was really looking forward to this album, but $10 for 8 songs and 2 of them are more demoish than anything else? Weak. I was looking forward to this, unfortunately I am let down


The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War
The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War
Price: $22.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, June 25, 2013
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I bought this book when it came out, which was over a year ago I think, hence I will not be going into detail about what the book is about. Basically the book delves into the issues that Israel dealt with immediately after the 1967 war. The author details what the government, army, and various ministries were debating regarding specifically the West Bank and Gaza Strip. I thought it was a great read if you are interested in the subject. This is not an intro book, it is a very specialized topic, dealing with a small time frame, the first 6 months or so after the beginning of the occupation. The detail and research are superb, as is the writing style. I highly recommend.


Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera
Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, could've been better, June 7, 2013
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Just finished up Rex's biography about Pantera. The book is pretty standard. There are some funny stories, but to me there was a lot of fluff, s*** that could've been taken out. He talks about random disputes but never really details them that great. He has a lot of rightful criticism of Vinnie Paul for all his malarkey, but I felt that due to lack of real detail or stories that to many it probably sounds like he is just blaming or complaining about him constantly. It takes a while before he actually gets into Pantera, a little bit too much childhood stuff that honestly I don't care about, maybe others do.

It is a quick read, if you like Pantera, you will like the book. It could've been better, but it is what it is. Was worth the time and money invested


The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story
The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story
Price: $9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best wrestling book, but above average, May 28, 2013
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Bob Holly decided to jump on the wrestling book bus and write his story. His story is rather plain, which is fine. He came from a lower class background in nowhere town, USA. He worked low level jobs, got into bar fighting, and eventually wrestling and car racing. His chapters on car racing are rather boring to me, never cared for it, so I don't fault him for that. The parts about wrestling either have a lot of passion and color to them, or they are rather bland. It is a good story of a guy who never was used properly but was still loyal and a super hard worker. Is this the best book by a wrestler you will read, no, but it is nowhere near the worst. He gives insight to various trends going on at certain times, but he definitely comes from an outsider perspective about some issues in the sense of, he was never a top guy, so his very detailed knowledge about the top is limited. I don't like how elusive he is about his WWE pay, others like Jericho are rather blunt about it, and I respect that. Overall it is a fine quick read.


Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps
Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps
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Price: $6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel to his first book, May 17, 2013
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This book deals with Jericho's life/career after joining the WWE in 1999. The book talks about his WWE days, his Fozzy days, and his hollywood days. The book is a good sequel to "Lion's Tail," but his first book is definitely better. This one is funnier but the first had more intricate details about his wrestling days. He was very open about issues of pay in the first book, in the second he is rather elusive, which comes off a tad annoying. The stories are more abundant, as are the plugs for random pop culture words, but they felt a little less complete as they did in his first book. I highly recommend the book, it is well worth the time and reads fast, BUT READ THE FIRST ONE FIRST!


Madden: A Biography
Madden: A Biography
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wikipedia page just extended, May 16, 2013
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The story reads like a wikipedia page just with more narrative. In terms of first hand sources they are not used anywhere near enough and it reads like he was alive 2,000 ago and there is not much information, hence on needs to fill in. The book is not bad nor is it impossible to read, I just felt like I was waiting my time. I think the author meant well and everything, but a real Madden bio is definitely needed.


Sapp Attack: My Story
Sapp Attack: My Story
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book, could've been more, May 16, 2013
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Warren Sapp's book is a comedic story of his life/career. It talks about his childhood, his college experience, and life in the pros. I don't know what else to say...the book read rather well, not great. It had some funny stories and you can tell that they were written by Sapp. Gets a little boring after a while because every story is more or less told the same way, but it is easy to get through.


A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex
A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $7.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jericho puts together a great first book, May 16, 2013
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This book is fantastic read. Jericho gets relatively in depth into the territory wrestling scene from 1990-1999. This is the first part of his career before he gets into the WWE. His stories are very funny and passionately written. He comes off very sincere and honest. He does not try to hide his bad days or stories, he tells it like it is. I highly recommend the book, the 400+ pages fly by.


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