Category: Book Reviews

Red Mafiya explains a lot

With all the constant headlines about Russia, I made an effort to seek out books that examined criminal enterprises in the former Soviet Union published prior to our current political obsession. My thought was that I could fill in my own knowledge of the culture without reading being tainted by opinion influenced by the right…

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Pregnant With Satan?s Spawn Or Just Hormonal? “Rosemary?s Baby”

A young woman finds herself trapped in a web of deceit, betrayal, and Satanism in Ira Levin?s 1966 classic, ?Rosemary?s Baby.? Written the same year Time magazine printed their infamous ?Is God Dead?? issue, the book reflects Baby Boomers? changing values against those of the Tommy Dorsey era. (Or should I say the Frank Sinatra…

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Slushpile Gets SPOOKY with Ghost Story

Four elderly gentlemen gather once a week to tell ghost stories by the fire in Peter Straub?s aptly-titled ?Ghost Story,? a tale as old-fashioned as its main characters and frightening enough to give its readers a sleepless night or two. [amazon_link asins=’110198919X,B004SS1MJI’ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’wristwatchrev-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’47534940-bdda-11e7-beab-8b9e4fe92b87′] Known as the Chowder Society, these well-to-do inhabitants of…

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KISS book not a total money grab

Part of being an educated KISS fan is being ready to — at times — be ripped off. I’ve written extensively about my lifelong obsession with the masked rockers and I don’t think it’s at all incompatible to say that I have the utmost respect for Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley while also always being…

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Why you should stop giving billionaires free cash

The old “I’m going to move my professional sports team franchise if you don’t give me a stadium” scam has been pretty well covered in the mainstream media. I’ll give credit to the folks over at

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