So there are the old Gods, the ones we’ve heard myths and stories about for years, going back to greek mythology, ancient religions and whatever else you can think of. But now a days most people don’t care about them anymore, we have new Gods. The new Gods of today we all know but might not think of that way, TV, Radio, the Internet. So the question that we have here is what happens when the old Gods are tried of getting ignored and want to take back the glory they once had. Neil Gaiman tries to answer that here in American Gods. The story mostly centers around Shadow, who from the start is having a pretty shitty time. He’s in jail, but he’s getting out, but then his wife dies. From there it doesn’t get much better for him. Overall after I finished I basically enjoyed the book, the main problem is for most of the book nothing really happens. It’s a whole lot of small information coming to you that doesn’t have a payoff until about the last hundred pages of the book. At the end of the book it’s a pretty great payoff but it’s an uphill battle getting there. If you feel like investing some time here it will turn out pretty well but if you don’t long periods with nothing going on you might wanna look at something else.
Andromeda Klein isn’t the most popular kid in school, in fact her best and only friend (besides her cat) just recently died, on top of that she has bad hearing, fragile bones and low self-esteem to boot. Her life is basically working at the local library, avoiding her mom and magic. Now when I say magic I don’t mean she’s working on card tricks, she’s more into the works of Aleister Crowley. This comes in handy sometimes because she’s been having these strange dreams that are trying to tell her something, luckily she can intrepid some of them and will hopefully get to the bottom of it. This she has to balance out with school, saving books at her library and dealing with “friends” a guy who’s trying to be her boyfriend and the one she wants to be her boyfriend ignoring her. This isn’t your typical teen novel, nor what I would expect from this author but in the end I liked it. The biggest thing was expecting the whole occult/magic theme to drop and it never did, once I realized it was here to stay the book was somehow more enjoyable. Written by Frank Portman aka Dr. Frank, the same Dr. Frank from the pop punk band The Mr. T Experience. This is his second book, the first, “King Dork” was one of the best books I’ve ever read and seemed to be a pop punk novel. This one had the same outcast teen ideas of the first, and most of his songs, but took a different road. While “Andromeda Klein wasn’t as good as “King Dork” it was a good read. And if anyone has read Dr. Frank’s first book, keep a sharp eye out and you’ll catch a pretty cool cameo appearance if you’ve got a decent memory. Clocking in at 432 pages, I can’t wait for Frank’s next book (or album).
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While at 169 pages this isn’t the longest baseball book ever written it may be my favorite. Jim Palmer is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Earl Weaver is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) managers of all time. Together they were a great time, a friendship filled with what some people might as a love hate relationship. Written by Jim Palmer and Jim Dale this takes us from 1965 to 1983, a pretty complete list if I do say so myself. This is filled with great Palmer and Weaver stories, a great read for any baseball fan and a must read for any Baltimore Orioles fan.
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Blag Dahlia from punk rock band the Dwarves teams up with illustrator Marc Rude to bring us ‘Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick’. While not the longest book in the world, only 130 pages, it does not sell you short on fun or weirdness. Basically think of this as an old school detective story, set on Mars. Filled with enough drugs, sex and violence to make you think about signing up for rehab after you’re done reading. The only thing that may be more sick and twisted than the words that Blag has stained the pages with is the illustrations by Marc Rude, the pictures are great and disturbing at the same time. They kind of remind me of the Naked Lunch when I’m looking at them. If you’re a fan of detective stories, weirdness or just flat-out twisted stuff you should check this one out, I enjoyed the hell out of it.
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