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read: 27 November 2011
I’ve never owned a cat. This book insured that I will never own a cat. Creepy doesn’t even begin to describe it.
The Lodestone, Jay Horne’s first novel, is a classic YA epic fantasy quest, populated with dragons, evil wizards, good wizards, grumpy dwarves, and of course, a reluctant hero. What sets The Lodestone apart though, is the pacing. Its written more like a thriller than a epic fantasy novel. The plot bolts off of page one like a racehorse out of the gate at Churchill Downs, and never really slows down. It’s a fun, quick read appropriate for fantasy fans of all ages.
read: 13 November 2011
Regular readers know that I am a big Butch Walker fan. So it did not take me long to ante up for his first book, Drinking With Strangers. Itís insightful, occasionally touching, but mostly itís just damn funny. We learn how a hair metal band can sign a 0,000 contract yet still be essentially living off of Raman noodles. We get the inside scoop on said hair metal bandís disastrous tour of China. Then he hits again with The Marvelous 3. Butch doesnít hold back, youíll know exactly what he thinks of a lot of what and who goes on in the recording business. But most importantly, I finally understand why the Avril Lavagne song Girlfriend is such an ear worm for me. Itís the only Avril song I have ever liked. Butch wrote it, although the story of how he gets screwed out of credit for it is instructive and I take it somewhat common in the music business. Butch never comes right out and names the song in the book. but I am sure that is it. If you are a rock and roll fan, I canít imagine that you wonít enjoy this book.
read: 12 November 2011
Short and too the point, it’s an inspiring account of the decisions made (both good and bad) as the author built CDBady.com from a hobby site to a thriving business. My favorite quote from the book. If you’re not saying ďHELL YEAH!Ē about something, say ďno.Ē
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