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Kicking & Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul, And Rock And Roll
Kicking & Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul, And Rock And Roll
by Ann Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read about the lives of two extraordinary women, Sept. 21 2012
In Kicking and Dreaming, Ann and Nancy Wilson give an honest and open account of the moments of their lives that have made them who they are. From a childhood in a military family right up to the recording of their soon to be released album, the sisters take turns narrating defining moments and candid stories of professional and personal successes and failures. They recount the struggle for success in the male-dominated rock world, substance abuse problems, image issues, failed relationships and inter-band conflict. There are tales of partying with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam and the Van Halen brothers. You get the stories behind the songs and albums and videos, and how the Wilson sister's special bond allowed them to get through it all.

Obviously, it's a must-read for Heart fans such as myself, or anyone who is interested in music (especially 70s and 80s rock). It is a fascinating insight into what really goes on in a rock band, and how adapting to the constantly-changing music scene can sometimes mean making concessions you swore you never would. It's a story about two women who paved the way for other women to follow, who dared to follow their dreams and make them a reality, who are honest about what they've done and faced to get there. It's a story about love and music, and it's a good one.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
by E L James
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.85
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete garbage!, July 14 2012
Tried reading it just because everyone else is, and I wanted to see what the hype was about. I didn't expect much, just a fluffy bit of smut, really, but it was a complete disappointment. As said in countless other reviews, the author could really benefit from a thesaurus, as the repetitiveness in the writing style is mind-numbing. If you made a drinking game out of everytime someone cocks their head, bites their lip, or their breath hitches, you'd be passed out in two chapters. The insipid e-mail conversations between the main characters were stupid and tedious. The actual speaking conversations were not much better. I'm wondering if the author knows how actual adults relate to one another, or if this book was written by text message-addicted teenagers that only know about sex from internet pornography.

As for the characters - Christian is a controlling, unappealing, moody jerk (which, of course, stems from some childhood trauma it is impossible to care about), and Anastasia is a self-esteemless doormat whose personifications of her "inner goddess" and subconscious self made me wonder if she is the world's most boring schizophrenic. The only characters that seemed remotely tolerable (and I mildly cared about) were secondary and even more poorly developed. Also, it is painfully obvious that the characters are based off of the Twilight crew. It's totally original, you guys! Christian isn't a vampire, he's a secretive, powerful buisnessman. Ana isn't like Bella at all, she's not such a loner, she has a bestie! And her crappy vehicle is a beetle, not a truck! Jose, (the token minority friend who is in love with Bella... er... Ana), is Mexican, not native. Blah. I heard that this lil' novel started as Twilight fan-fiction, and think it really should have stayed that way.

Okay, okay, so it's not a literary masterpiece, but what about the smutty parts? I mean, that's why people are reading it anyway, right? Well, honestly, it's not worth it. There's a lot of it, so about halfway through the book, it kind of loses it's effect. Even when things get a little kinky, it's still kind of "meh". I found myself going "Yeah, yeah, so they're doing it again, and it's a little different this time, and she's scared but into it and blah." It's not sexy at all. And realistic it ain't, kiddies.

So, if you want a poorly-written book about a semi-abusive relationship between a physically attractive and controlling a-hole who's supposed to be appealing (but isn't) and a girl who's plain and supposed to be relatable (but isn't), read Twilight (I would never advocate Twilight, but if choosing between the two, at least that one lets me picture Taylor Lautner shirtless). If you want the smut, read R-rated internet fan fiction, or watch Red Shoe Diaries or something. At least there's less garbage to wade through while you're waiting for the dirty parts. And a lot of the internet stuff is actually written better, and has fewer grammatical errors.

Save your time, save your money, and read anything else. I'm sure with a little research, one could find a suitable book with the same type of "adult situations", but that is actually written by someone with a lick of talent.

Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway
Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway
by Cherie Currie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!, June 23 2010
This book is one heck of a page-turner. Being a fan of the Runaways, I obviously found this book very interesting, but what surprised me was that several friends I loaned it to who had no interest in Currie or the Runaways told me they could not put it down! It is a gritty story of a fast-paced life running prematurely off the rails. Definately not for the faint-hearted, as Currie sugarcoats nothing. Many of the things Currie went through made me squirm uncomfortably, and some parts make you feel downright dirty. Sometimes it feels like the literary equivalent of a car accident, horrible to look at, but you just can't turn away. One almost has to wonder if it is embelleshed in some parts, because for someone to have gone through so much at such a young age seems unfathomable. But such was the life of 70s teen as part of the first all-girl hard rock band.

Unlike many other celebrity biographies I've read which tend to focus only on one thing, this book has a nice balance of describing Currie's personal life, career, and addictions. For better or for worse, you really get insight into both the "real" Cherie Currie and also her public persona. Also, there are definately going to be comparisons with the movie. Don't be fooled, this book is way better. See the movie first, then read the book to get all the things they couldn't show, and the truth (at least from Currie's point of view) about some of the events with which the movie takes artistic licence.

If you have any interest at all in the 70s music scene, Cherie Currie or the Runaways, or celebrity biographies in general, get this book. You'll be glad you did.

Life with My Sister Madonna
Life with My Sister Madonna
by Christopher Ciccone
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain bad..., Aug. 16 2008
Just let me start by saying I'm a HUGE Madonna fan, so my review has nothing to do with a dislike of her.

This book is just lousy. You would think that a book written by Madonna's closest brother would offer a lot more insight into her character, career, etc., but it doesn't. The only thing you may learn is that she is more of a controlling (rhymes with) witch than you thought. He is intolerably self-important, and paints himself as a victim of his cruel sister's ambitions. Also, he elaborates on the stupidest things (for example, makes no mention of the MTV Britney incident, but describes in detail both Madonna's and his own outfits for some press conference. Who cares?). My guess is, he is broke and needed to make a quick buck from suckers like me.

If you must read this - borrow it from the library or a friend with poor taste.

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