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DVD's & Blu-rays / WALL-E (2008)
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:15:35 pm »

Well, after a long wait, I finally got around to watching WALL-E tonight and boy, was I ever stunned at what came on the screen. Everything that I heard about this movie is absolutely spot on. Simply put, this is one amazing piece of film making. Floored. There is a lot to be said about the quality of the film when the 2 main characters: WALL-E and EVE can act circles around pretty much every Human actor/actress in Hollywood. I never in a million years ever thought that I would get choked up over 2 inanimate objects at the end, hoping that the both of them would get together. Bravo Pixar!!! You guys have NO equal!!!!!

This is definitely a Buy for me.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:05:04 pm »

Video Games / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:39:48 pm »
Finally manage to conquer the Shock and Awe Challenge. Barely. My hands are hurting. Bah!!!!  >:(

Books / The Late Shift - Bill Carter
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:22:22 pm »
The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night (1995)

Shocking, but this is the first time I've ever read this. This was another one of those books where the majority of the stuff within it's pages I had already heard about from different sources over the years: Online forums, Magazines, Entertainment News Shows, etc... So, for me there really was no desire to give this one a read. But then I heard that Bill Carter had a new book out called The War For Late Night, detailing the train wreck that was Jay Leno Vs. Conan O'Brien. Once I had a copy of that book in my hand I decided that I might as well start with The Late Shift and make it a marathon read for myself. And I'm glad I did just that.

Simply put, The Late Shift is hands down the nuttiest, wackiest soap opera ever printed on paper. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. The stuff that went down was so outlandish that it had to be made up. And yet, it's all real. The book itself reads like a roller coaster. There are so many peaks and valleys that you get dizzy after awhile. But you can't really ever put the book down at all, no matter how hard you try.

The peaks in the book get to insane heights, and the highest of them all is of course Helen Kushnick. For those that don't know about her, she was Jay Leno's manager and Producer of the show who ruled with an iron fist. Even though this book is about Jay Leno and David Letterman fighting over who gets the keys to Johnny Carson desk on The Tonight Show, I believe the real star of the book is Helen, without a doubt. And once she is ousted from the show (as well as the book), it does take a big hit that you end up missing her crazy antics. I did anyways.

The rest of the book continues with the roller coaster ride, but doesn't ever quite reach the same heights  that you get with Helen at the forefront. This is why it gets a lesser rating from me. But that's not to say that the rest of the book sucks. There are still a handful of scenarios that will engage you all the way to the end: Jay hiding in a closet, David seeking council from Johnny and of course all the info pertaining to the pretenders to the throne: Arsenio Hall, Pat Sajak, Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, etc...Yes, even Conan O'brien is here. Duh.

This is indeed a very fun, entertaining read that will have you flipping pages as fast as people were getting fired. I can easily recommend this to anyone that is a fan of Talk Shows or Soap Operas. I really hope that The War For Late Night doesn't disappoint here. But after The Late Shift, it's got a big task of at least equaling it. I still need to watch the movie version of The Late Shift. I have seen parts of it over the years, but never the entire movie all at once.

Books / The War For Late Night - Bill Carter
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:21:03 pm »
The War For Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy (2010)

After reading The Late Shift, I was hopeful that The War for Late Night by Bill Carter would be just as crazy and nutty, especially with all the other late night hosts involved with the chaos surrounding the impact of what happened when NBC moved Jay to the 10pm slot. Surprisingly, The War for Late Night never reaches those ungodly heights as seen in The Late Shift. It's not until the last 1/4 of the book does it come close to getting there as we follow Jay Leno and NBC manuervering to take The Tonight Show away from Conan O'Brien.

But what about the first 3/4 of the book? It was a very good read, but there really were no earth shattering reveals here. What we get instead is literally a mini-bio of every single host that was directly affected by the 10pm shift. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson all get their own spotlight here. We hear where they came from, how they worked their way up the talk show circuit, where they ended up and the results of how the shift affected them. And in each case it's pretty good. But as good and interesting as this was, it was nowhere near that of the all revealing The Late Shift, because most of the stuff during this second go-around was played out in the press and on TV for our benefit.

The best part for me while reading both books has been the ability to run to YouTube and pull up which ever clip is being dissected. And there are plenty here to keep you entertained. Everything from Jimmy Kimmel's infamous 10 at 10 segment to Conan's People Of the Earth speech and of course the Superbowl commercial get there 15 minutes. The biggest shock for me was in hearing that David Letterman had actually reached out and invited Conan to be a part of it. His response: "No **** way I'm doing that. This is not a joke to me - It's real".

I watched old clips and new clips and a whole hell of a lot in between. I've had my fill of monologues and skits to keep me busy for a long time. And one thing I can say with certainty is this: Jay Leno still sucks in my eyes. I know there are Pro-Jay supporters here and will go to the ends of the Earth rattling off why they think he is the best. That's fine. You have your opinions and they are valid. But to me, I don't like his style of comedy. I never have and I never will.

We all have our favorites that we would have liked to see carry on the name of The Tonight Show, but Jerry Seinfeld said it best, "There is no institution. The moment Johnny Carson called it a career, the institution went with him." QFT.

Regardless of who should or shouldn't have gotten the keys to The Tonight Show, one thing is for certain, the viewers were treated to some of the best late night moments in years. It was like watching WWF taking on the WCW on Monday nights with the constant volleying back and forth. Great stuff indeed.

I can definitely recommend The War For Late Night. This is a good, even keel read all the way through. It's just not "dish worthy" as it's predecessor. Personally I can see myself reading this one along with The Late Shift again.

The  H e r o i n  Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star (2007)

Before I get into the review for The H*eroin Diaries, I have to address this books construction. I originally intended to read this along with Tommyland, but due to the horrible binding of this book, it literally fell apart in my hands when I opened it. I had to take it back to the library and ask if I could get another copy. She said that it wouldn't be a problem as they had multiple copies floating around at other branches. When she did further research on the book, she saw that all the copies had suffered the same fate and all had to be repaired as well. The current copy I just read had a few pages that started to come apart, but I manage to actually get through and finish the book without any further damage.

This is hands down the worst and most ill conceived book put together of all time. Just looking at the binding "new", you can tell it would and will eventually fall apart. Just horrible. Since I'm talking about the construction of the book I should at least mention the actual design itself. It's different from your typical paper stock as this is all glossy paper. And on top of that the pages are designed to represent the chaos of what Nikki Sixx was going through with his doping. I think it's actually a pretty cool look and feel to it, although there are some pages that were extremely hard to read when it was red text on black pages.

So for the construction of the book, this gets....

For the design elements within the pages, this gets...

Now onto the book review. H*eroin Diaries is kind of what Hit Hard by Joey Kramer wanted to be and it makes perfect sense that Nikki Sixx did the forward for Joey's book. It's another "self help" book as it deals primarily with Nikki's year long battle with H*eroin, coke, and every other drug you can think of during 1987, or the Girls, Girls, Girls Tour. How is this like Hit Hard? Well, H*eroin Diaries is dealing mainly with the root problem of his childhood and his relationship with his Mother. To say that Nikki had a pretty messed up childhood is an understatement. His broken family led to his depression which eventually led to his constant need to self medicate to mask this problem.

Now why does this get a better review then Hit Hard then if it's basically the same topic? A lot has to do with how it's written and constructed. This book literally plays like an episode of VH1 Behind The Music. Just think of the diary entries as the reenactments and the Guest Author's describing each entry as the "on-camera" testimonials to bring it into context of what was going on at the time.

This is a pretty engaging read and I couldn't put the book down at all. It's these testimonials that actually save the book and it's cool to get input from a lot of different people that were involved at one time or another through his year long downward spiral. Those that lend a hand with their insight are: Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Doc McGhee, Vanity (this one is the trippiest by far), Rick Nielsen and Slash just to name a few.

One thing I have to mention here is that when I was reading this book, Nikki mentions a lot of the time that he could never be in a room full of people he didn't know if he was sober. He couldn't relate to other people and would literally run out of the room because it was almost claustrophobic in a way when trying to be social. So obviously when this kept coming up in the book, I was left remembering the time I met and talked to Nikki once before and at no time did he hint at being uncomfortable. So either I am such an awesome and cool cat to talk with, or he was strung out and did an amazing job of hiding it, which I never would have guessed because he was very articulate, engaging and cool when talking with me. I'm just gonna say that this was one of those rare sober moments that he could talk in a social environment.

Now, Tommy Lee on the other hand had to have been high, because no matter how awesome and cool I am, even he couldn't be THAT happy to see and talk with me. Haha. :lol: Both were really cool and down to earth, so I have no idea if they were high or not.

I can definitely recommend this book if you can look past the redundancy of his drug use. It does get repetitive in hearing about him scoring, hallucinating and then vowing to quit. But because of the other's input in telling the story, it keeps you engaged throughout.

I need to take a break from reading Rock Biographies for awhile. The whole drug thing is making me ill just reading about it. Blah. Gonna hit some Baseball Biographies and Comedy books for the foreseeable future.

Nikki Sixx Talks About The H*eroin Diaries (The Morning Show)

Books / I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:15:42 pm »
I Am Ozzy (2010)

How fitting it is to come from reading one of the worst books ever in that of Tommyland to this one, I Am Ozzy, which is the epitome of how to write a book. I Am Ozzy is hands down the best Rock Biography I have ever read. From page one to the very end of the book, there is not one wasted moment. Everything I read in I Am Ozzy is perfect. It's engaging, entertaining and more often than not, extremely funny.

I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud at some of the stories Ozzy would recount throughout the book. And there are moments of just his dialog alone with whoever he was having a conversation with would leave me in stitches. One in particular that comes to mind is the "Brick is a dick" conversation. I chuckle now just thinking about it. "He's a dick, that brick" Haha.  :lol:

I have to take my hat off to the co-writer of the book, Chris Ayres for editing and trimming away any and all unnecessary fat from the book to make this the most concise read ever. I can't tell you how fast I was reading this one as every page was page turner.

I thought I knew all there was to know about Ozzy, but I came away after reading the book knowing him a little better. There were a handful of stories that even I hadn't heard about till now.

If there is one negative about I Am Ozzy, it was the lack of stories about Randy Rhoads. He was the sole reason why I wanted to read this book in the first place, so I was expecting to get a lot of inside information about Randy here. That was not the case. Ozzy really only talks about him a couple of times regarding his arrival into the band and then of course the tragic plane crash that took his life away too soon. I know that Ozzy still doesn't talk much about him to this day because it's too painful for him and I can respect that he still can't bring himself to really lay it all out there now, even in a book. He did lose his best friend and that's got to really weigh heavily on him, even 30 years after the fact. So I won't hold it against him here.

I guess I can still get my Randy Rhoads fix in Off The Rails by Rudy Sarzo, but it may take awhile since my local Library doesn't have it yet. 

As for I Am Ozzy, I highly recommend this book to everyone. You don't have to even be a fan of the man himself to enjoy his stories and the chaos that follows him around. This book is so good that I look forward to reading it again...and again.....

The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band (2001)

There are books and then there are BOOKS and then there is The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. This is the Granddaddy of all Rock and Roll Biographies. It's the benchmark for which all future Rock Bio's will be judged. Everything that you have heard about The Dirt is all that and more. This was Book #20 that I had checked out from the Library. That's how long I had to wait in line with the waiting list for this one to become available. I've been on a major book reading binge and the first book that I put a hold on was for this one.

So, was the wait worth it? Hell **** yeah it was. I really don't know why I never got around to reading this one before. It's been out since 2001. That's 10 **** years. I always had an excuse or I was too busy and kept putting it off for whatever reason. So, I sit here now able to finally cross this off my to-read list.

As for The Dirt, it's all here. All the decadence, debauchery, chaos and fights you've heard about over the years are front and center here. When I originally heard about the book being written by Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars I had no idea how it would work. In my mind I originally thought that the 4 of them got together and hashed it out like a regular novel. Not even close. Each member writes their own chapter starting from the beginning and at the end of the chapter it usually ends in a "cliffhanger". Then the next member picks up that thread and takes it from there. Shampoo, lather, rinse, repeat. You get the idea.

I'm glad this is how they chose to put the book together because everyone gets their say and we get to hear their point of view. It all works seamlessly, which makes it even harder to put the book down. Even if you already know the stories (which I did), you still can't put it down.

I knew this book was good when I caught myself carrying the book from room to room, even if I wasn't in the process of reading. The lions share of the book is handled by Nikki. He is the anchor to which all the others expand on. Nikki's stories I think are the best as he does a great job of painting the picture for the reader. Tommy and Vince follow suit and Mick pops up now and then. Even though Mick has the least amount to say in the book, he really comes off pretty good here. He may be the quietest member of the band, but he has a lot to say when does open up. Some of the things he says  will have you agreeing with him and leaving you with a little smirk on your face.

Mick, you **** rock dude! :rock:There are additional authors that also contribute to the book when in need of some serious explanation from the likes of Doc McGhee, John Corabi etc....

Amid all the chaos and insanity of the book, there is a very heartbreaking story when Vince recounts his time regarding his Daughter Skylar and her battle with cancer. If you are not touched by what you are reading, you are dead inside. I've heard the story countless times before. But to actually read Vince's words takes on a whole 'nother level.

It's not all doom and gloom here though. There are so many stories here that will leave you spellbound at the absurdity of what went down on tours, recording studios, etc....

And there are some pretty funny moments that will definitely leave you laughing. For me I would say cockeyed "Geena Davis" is the best and funniest pertaining to a blind date that Nikki had the misfortune of getting stuck on. I will say nothing more. Go read the **** book to find out more about it. Haha.  :rofl:

I definitely recommend this book to everyone. You don't have to be a fan of Motley Crue. Hell, you can hate all the members and you will still come away completely entertained from the first page to the very last page. Of the 20 books I have read so far the past couple of months, I Am Ozzy and The Dirt are the only ones I plan on buying and adding to my personal library collection.

On related topic, the proposed film for The Dirt is being held up in limbo as they search for another Director. I really hope to see the book done justice and that it makes it's way to a theater soon.

Rating: 10 Stars out of 10 (Yes, I usually give out 5 Stars as the highest possible rating. So, 10 should tell you how **** nuts, crazy and awesome this book is) :)

Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock (2009)

Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock is definitely a labor of love for those that put the book together. There are tons of pics that I had never seen before till this bad boy came out. The book is exactly what the title claims itself to be, but it's so much more than that.

Most coffee table books are all pictures and nothing else, which you end up "reading" inside of 30 minutes and then your done with it. But The Ultimate Illustrated History is both a picture book as well as a retelling of the history of Queen, with input from Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. And there are a handful of testimonials from the likes of Rob Halford and Slash just to name a few that expound on the greatness of Queen and what the band means to them.

Along with the recounting of their history, there are discography reviews of all their studio albums. Yes, even the one with Paul Rodgers is included. The only thing that's really missing from the book are the insights into the music videos they made. It would have been nice to hear some stories about behind the scenes stuff here. Only a couple of videos are mentioned and not much is said about those in great detail. Oh well.

I highly recommend this book to any Queen fan and non-fan. There's a lot to take from the book and it will take you awhile to read through it. FYI, the book is **** heavy. This can be used as a doorstop or a destructive weapon. Your choice. 

Books / Is This The Real Life? The Untold Story Of Queen - Mark Blake
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:11:12 pm »
Is This The Real Life? The Untold Story Of Queen (2011)

Is This The Real Life fails to live up to my expectations. Once again I fell victim to reading a Biography from someone not in the band and paid for it with sheer boredom. The thing about books like this, especially coming on the heels of a wide assortment of other like-minded Bio's about a group like Queen, is that once the well has been tapped, the latest author then has the task of coming up with "new" stuff to justify reading his book about a band that has be written about countless times.

This book falls in line with Bon Scott's Bio that I recently read. If you checked out that review, then you have a pretty good idea of what Real Life is like when it comes to reading a bloated book. Too much time is devoted to stuff that Queen fans or just readers in general really don't need to know or even want to know.

It's unfortunate that authors feel the need to pad pages and make a book bigger than it really is. There is nothing new or revealing here. This was a waste of my time.

I do not recommend this to anyone. Don't believe the hype surrounding this book. All the 4-5 Star reviews you may find out there in internet-land are from people that will give better reviews simply for being a fan of the band. I'm the biggest fan here, but even I know a terrible read when I come across one.

I need to get rid of this bad taste in my mouth and read Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History Of The Crown Kings Of Rock.

Books / The Baseball - Zack Hample
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:10:23 pm »
The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches (2011)

I like to think that I know a lot about Baseball and I do. But I don't know everything, I'll admit to that. The history of the game is well over 100 years old and is next to impossible to know everything out there about the game. This is the reason why I gave The Baseball a chance. It seemed like it was going to open up a Pandora's box of more never-before-heard-of tidbits about the game.

Well, there were quite a few things that I had never heard of till I read this book. But there were also plenty of things that were rehashed given the fact that some of the stories were well-known and most baseball fans would have already known about prior to this book.

This book did not live up to what I thought it was going to be. It started off one way and then turned into something else all together. The first four chapters to me is where the fun is. All the stories here are extremely engaging even if you have heard of them before. After this, it's all down hill. The rest of the book is devoted to the making of a Baseball and how it's put together. And then it gets to what the book is really about: Ballhawkers.

Ballhawkers are those people that are at games for the sole purpose of getting as many baseballs as humanely possible, be it during batting practice or snagging foul balls and home runs during the actual games. Once I realize that the best part of the book was already long gone, it dawned on me that this book is nothing more than self congratulatory "how to become a successful" ballhawker. I say self congratulatory because it's really about the author Zack Hample bragging about how many baseball's he has snagged over his lifetime. Hell, there is a section devoted entirely to other Top 10 Ballhawkers in a Q & A section. This was just a little redundant and unnecessary and a waste of time. This and a lot of other useless things are in the book for the sole purpose of padding the pages as much as possible to make the book "legit" in size.

A good chunk of the book goes into the ins and outs of where to position yourself for the balls as well as what Baseball parks are the best and worst for ballhawkers. One section of the book, Zack completely dropped the ball in regards to the history of Commemorative Baseballs through the years regarding stamps and stitches from the All-Star games,World Series, Playoffs and other special occasions  He touts how cool and different these balls are from regular season balls, and yet, all the photos are in black and white. Dude, if your going to have a chapter on this, at least have color pictures to back up what it is your going ga-ga over. 

I would only recommend this book to those that are already ballhawkers. Nope, I wouldn't recommend it to them either. Check it out at the Library for just the first four chapters only.

Books / Game Of Shadows - Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:09:26 pm »
Game Of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports (2006)

Game Of Shadows is about BALCO and the impact that it had on the sporting world at large from Baseball (Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Benito Santiago, etc...) to Track and Field (Marion Jones) to Football (Bill Romanowski). But the main crux of this book focused squarely on Barry Bonds, detailing his steroid use starting in 1999.

If Hollywood ever decides to make a movie about BALCO, this is the book they will no doubt use as it's blue print. I for one would love to see it happen because this book was a gripping, fantastic read. I could not put this book down for one second and that's saying a lot since I knew pretty much the entire sordid story before even reading it.

With all the knowledge of what's been happening in real life concerning BALCO, the more I read the book, the more I devoured what was happening in the pages here. Knowing how it all ends, it was fascinating watching, er...reading about this group of people and associates that comprised BALCO as they were building their house of cards. A very shaky house of cards at that. It amazes me that the house didn't collapse sooner than it did with Victor Conte at the helm. He is nothing more than a spoiled little child, crying out for attention. He never amounted to anything in life so the only way he could feel like "someone" was to hang on to celebrities.

I can recommend this if you want an excellent read that will have you flipping page after page, even if it is "incomplete" in that Barry Bonds was never convicted in a court of law or that the book came out before his assault on Hank Aaron's all-time Home Run record which is not documented within'.

On a personal note not related to the book itself, I think Barry Bonds is a dick and an **** and does not deserve to go into the Hall Of Fame. Period. Even though he was never convicted, I (along with everyone else that doesn't live in San Francisco) think he was on the Juice and tarnished the game of Baseball that will take years to recover from. **** you Barry! And that goes for you too McGwire and Sosa

Since I am on a rant...why stop now? Pete suck!

There, all better now. 

Books / Maybe I'll Pitch Forever - Satchel Paige
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:08:06 pm »
Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (1962 First Print/1992 Reprint)

For awhile I had been looking to find a book on Satchel Paige that I could read. But there were a lot of books out there to choose from, but I could settle on one . It wasn't until I read Buck O'Neil's book that I with Maybe I'll Pitch Forever. If this book was good enough for Buck, then it was good enough for me.

As for Maybe I'll Pitch Forever, this pretty much tells it like it is from the man himself: Leroy "Satchel" Paige. It's your typical biography detailing his life from his days as a rambunctious kid to his time in the Negro Leagues to his eventual call up to the Major Leagues. Throughout the book as you listen in on Satch telling his stories about his barnstorming days, players like Josh Gibson and Jackie Robinson, you come away with a better understanding of the man and what he did for the game of Baseball.

There are a handful of players that I wish that I could have gotten the chance see to play: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Walter Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson and of course Satchel Paige. Hey Mac...can you tell us what it was like watching these guys?

This book was pretty fascinating to read and was hard to put down once I started the book. It's quite engaging and funny at times. But you have to know something about the man himself. He was a showman of epic proportions and had a tendency to exaggerate his accomplishments during his playing days for the benefit of the writers that were following him at the time. Don't get me wrong, he was every bit as good as the legend tells it. But you will find yourself wondering from time to time about some of the stories he tells. But this doesn't take away from the thrill of reading about him though.

One last thing I have to point out before I wrap this up, it's still mind boggling to think that Satch at the age of 59, pitched 3 innings in the Big Show. Sheesh! And THAT story is true! :)

Books / I Was Right On Time - Buck O'neil
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:07:09 pm »
I Was Right On Time (1996)

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm a Baseball fanatic. And every year, I always watch Ken Burns' Baseball documentary, usually at the start of Spring Training or at the beginning of the regular Baseball season. That's the case yet again this year. The only thing that's different this time is that instead of watching it once, I decided to watch the entire 9 innings again along with the the sequel The Tenth Inning as well.

The reason why I love this series comes down to not just the sport itself, but the heart and soul of the documentary in the form of Buck O'Neil. This guy was pretty much an unknown to the general public outside of **** Baseball fans when the series premiered on PBS. Since then he has become the face of the documentary as well as an ambassador for the sport. He became a celebrity and rightly so. I can never get enough just listening to him talk about his time in baseball. His stories about Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and countless others are simply amazing to hear and relive.

But rather than watching this again for a 3rd straight time, I thought now would be a good time to read his book, in his own words. The results would be I Was Right On Time. If you know Buck, or have watched the documentary Baseball, you will know that he has been telling his baseball stories to anyone that will listen for the past 60 plus years. I've heard all of them and I never get tired of hearing them and I want more.

The book basically picks up where the documentary left off. By this, I mean that when you shoot filmed testimonies, a lot of the stuff is going to end up on the cutting room floor due to editing purposes. This book fills in and rounds out a lot of the stories that are told in the documentary. There's more to the man then what you see, This is a pretty good read and very insightful of how he was brought up and what he had to endure. The best stories of course still center around his relationship with Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether your a fan of the sport or not. You will come away enlighten and a better person after you read this one. Pick it up and pass it along to a friend.

Books / Vindicated - José Canseco
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:06:25 pm »
Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars and the Battle to Save Baseball (2008)

I really didn't have a desire to read this because based on his ego from his first book Juiced and the title of his follow up Vindicated, I knew what was in store. Sure enough, Jose Canseco's ego is out of control. I don't know who has a bigger ego, Gene Simmons or this meathead. I will let Gene slide since he can actually back up his achievements. Jose, not so much. How can you really take this guy serious when he says that "Cal Ripkin has played for a thousand years, but does he have more home runs than me?"

Dude. Stop embarrassing yourself. Comparing yourself and saying your better than Ripkin is just asinine on your part.

I do believe that Canseco should have called this book "Nah nah nah nah, I was right and you were wrong, so you can go **** yourself for doubting me". This pretty much sums up the entire book in a nutshell. The reason why this book exist is obviously to cash in on the first one by also promising to name even more players here: Roger Clemens and A-Rod.

These two guys are the only reason why this manuscript was eventually turned into a book. The rest of Vindicated is a rehash of Juiced and stroking his ego ad nauseum. The book was a pretty fast read, but not very entertaining though. If you want a drinking game while reading this one, then I have a drinking game just for you (Iggy, you may want to try this one out yourself ;)). Every time Jose mentions his achievements in baseball regarding his 40-40 club, down a shot of hard whiskey. By the end of Chapter 4, you will be **** up. By the end of the book, you will be dead if you continue playing this game and drinking.

About 3/4th of this book is a waste because he literally uses whatever means necessary to pad the book to make it appear bigger than it really is. Reprinting his congressional speech word for word or both his lie detector test and a good chunk of the Mitchel Report is not what I call good writing. It's a cop out if anything.

And the Epilogue at the end is another wasted chapter to add more pages to fill in for the fact that after the Roger Clemens and A-Rod chapters, there is no need for the book. Here's what you get in the Epilogue. You get to hear what Jose does now days. He likes to bowl. He likes to ride his motorcycles. He likes to play poker. And if that isn't enough, he launches into the virtues of playing poker. Oh brother.

I'm being very generous giving this book 2 stars, one for each Chapter on Clemens and A-Rod. I absolutely do not recommend this book.

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