Book Review: The Eighth Wonder of the World (Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade, 2020)

An exhaustive look at the life of Andre the Giant, with the focus on separating myth from reality. I believe this book will be most appealing to those who grew up in the 1980s and, like myself, became a casual wrestling fan at that time. And though my interest in the "sport" faded at about … Continue reading Book Review: The Eighth Wonder of the World (Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade, 2020)

Book Review: 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey (Kathryn Tucker Windham, 1969)

I remember seeing this book in the library of my elementary school when I was a kid. I don't remember if I had ever read it back then or not, so I decided to give it a shot. It seemed interesting to me then, and it still does today, that most ghost stories seem to … Continue reading Book Review: 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey (Kathryn Tucker Windham, 1969)

Book Review: The Impossible Fortress (Jason Rekulak, 2017)

This is not a time travel book, but it is written so well that I felt like a time traveler while reading it, feeling right at home in 1987. This story is packed with 80s nostalgia with countless references to pop music (Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Howard Jones), movies (Crocodile Dundee, Some Kind of Wonderful, … Continue reading Book Review: The Impossible Fortress (Jason Rekulak, 2017)

Book Review: Joshua Chamberlain – A Hero’s Life & Legacy (John Pullen, 1999)

I first became interested in Joshua Chamberlain due to one of my favorite authors (Andy Andrews) promoting the leadership qualities of Chamberlain in some of his books and speeches and holding him up as having the primary responsibility for winning The Battle of Gettysburg and potentially saving our country in the process. My favorite part … Continue reading Book Review: Joshua Chamberlain – A Hero’s Life & Legacy (John Pullen, 1999)

Book Review: The Chris Farley Show (Tom Farley, Jr., 2007)

Incredibly funny and unbelievably sad. Early in the book, I laughed out loud several times at some of the things Chris Farley did and said, but by the end of the book, it wasn't funny anymore. Based on the experiences shared from Chris's family and friends, this seems typical and an accurate depiction of what … Continue reading Book Review: The Chris Farley Show (Tom Farley, Jr., 2007)

Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis, 1999)

This was my second Christopher Paul Curtis book, and I am officially a fan now. Set in Michigan during the Great Depression, Bud, Not Buddy, is an endearing story of an orphan in search of his father four years after the death of his mother. Although Bud has never heard his mother speak the name … Continue reading Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis, 1999)

Book Review: Cemetery Road (Greg Iles, 2019)

It was an interesting story (albeit way too long), but it was also pure fiction. I like a realistic read, but much of this was just not even plausible. I just don't believe people think and act the way the protagonist (Marshall) and his primary love interest (Jet) consistently behave throughout this story: The reckless … Continue reading Book Review: Cemetery Road (Greg Iles, 2019)