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How To Start A Fire

How To Start A Fire - Lisa Lutz 5/5

     How To Start A Fire is an interesting novel that takes conventional storytelling and sends it packing. If you like your stories to start at point A and end at point B then clearly this book isn't for you. It's not the type of novel that you can read and set it down for a bit and pick right up again. It's not told in a sequential manner which I'm sure will piss off quite a few readers. The beauty is that Lutz has given us these characters that aren't perfect, and sometimes not very likable but the way the story unfolds you become invested them and want to see how it all unfolds and ultimately ends. The way the book was written works well and tells the story in key elements. These key elements hinge onto each other giving us a book that is never dull or boring.

     The characters are the driving force of Fire. They are all complex in their own right including Kate who appears to be the most levelheaded of the three. Each…

The Slaphappy Fun Time Interview With Jimmy Pudge

I have been a huge Motherfuckin' Pudge fan for a long time. I stumbled onto Bad Billy and then read everything I could get my hands on including the limited edition chap book When Doves Cry released through Dynatox Ministries, I've been lucky enough to interview Mr Pudge twice and I thank him for taking the time to do this interview. You can also get his latest release Game of Hos on Amazon.

Q: You disappeared for quite a while. What prompted the disconnect?

The bottle and I had a passionate love affair for about two years. That was one reason. Another was that I was getting more and more concerned about what others thought about my writing. I didn’t like the pressure of delivering a story that was better than the last story and wondering if Citizen X would enjoy it. Meanwhile Citizen Y would read my tales and email me, “Wow, that was such an original idea! If only you had done it this way…” I was just getting tired of all that pressure, man. I was sweating. Sweating like a…

Game Of Hos

Game of Hos - Jimmy Pudge - 5/5 stars

     When Jimmy Pudge gave me a copy of his latest book to review it was as if Christmas had come early. For those unfamiliar with his work there’s no correct way to describe his it. It’s a bunch of different genres thrown into a blender and made into a tasty genre smoothie. You have splatterpunk, satire, horror and sometimes even a little romance. Hos is a ghetto version of Game Of Thrones and for those without a sense of humor you should avoid this. Pudge is a writer that knows how to create a story that’s both repulsive and entertaining. The entire novel is about an impending drug war and none of these characters have any real redeeming qualities. It’s the writing style that hooks you. He has a knack for creating characters that we normally wouldn’t care about and makes them interesting.  On top of that you ha…

Diary Of A Madman

I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne & Chris Ayers 2/5

      First I have to be honest and say that I'm not a die hard Ozzy fan. Didn't really like Black Sabbath until Dio joined and then I heard Born Again and I stuck around a little longer. Of Ozzy's solo work I have Blizzard Of Oz, Diary Of A Madman, and The Ultimate Sin on vinyl. The last two records are by far the best work that the Oz has ever created and are the only records of his that I listen to regularly, The book has never been too high on my list of books to be read. Finally I figured what the hell, I may as well check it out.

      If you're a die hard Ozzy fan this book should be right up your alley. It contains a great deal of humor and a lot of stories about his drunken misadventures. I expected a lot more about Randy Rhoades, but there isn't a whole lot here which was disappointing and I'm not sure why he chose to not include more about Randy other than the fact this his death still affects him,…