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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide To The NES Library

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995 is an expansive and thorough look at one of the greatest video game libraries of all time – the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 450 page book covers all licensed and unlicensed games released during the system’s lifespan, and features information and reviews on hundreds of classic (and not so classic) 8-bit games.

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Book Review: Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

On my honeymoon I finished reading the latest thriller by Lisa Scottoline, Exposed, and it was highly entertaining. As with many of Lisa’s books, this one centers on an ethical dilemma. It also spends a lot of time on interpersonal relationships, which many thriller writers fail to do. It’s one of the reasons why Lisa is so good at her craft – she takes the time to develop characters so readers are more invested in the outcome. By the end of the book, I was definitely fully engaged in what was going on, and the last twist was so surprising I read it twice. While Corrupted still remains my favorite book by this talented author, Exposed is absolutely worth reading – even if you’re not on your honeymoon.

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Author Interview: Jason Pinter

Jason Pinter is one of my favorite authors. He’s an excellent writer who has written numerous internationally best-selling books. And, he’s also the founder and publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he launched in 2013 following positions in editorial and marketing at Warner Books, Random House, St. Martin’s Press and Grove/Atlantic and the Mysterious Press.

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WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

DK Publishing is back with another new hardcover WWE book. This one is called WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. Watch my video review below to determine whether or not this book is worth picking up.

Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics

Yesterday the Super Nintendo Classic was released, as was its companion book: Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics. This book, published by Prima Games, is available in both hardcover and paperback editions. Watch my video review below for my thoughts on this retro read.

Book Review: The Art Of Splatoon

Eleven days prior to the release of Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch, Dark Horse published The Art of Splatoon –  a 320-page book about the popular video game franchise, including character illustrations, concept art and more. This book is currently available in print and digital formats, and it’s a terrific addition to any video game fan’s reading library.

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Book Review: The Boss Always Sits In The Back

Like many people, I’ve seen The GodfatherThe Sopranos, Goodfellas, and other movie and TV adaptations of the mafia. But I’ve never read a book about this subject matter, until now. The other day I finished reading The Boss Always Sits In The Back by Jon D’Amore and it was excellent! It tells the story of his limited involvement with the NJ mafia in the 1970s – specifically how they were scamming casinos in Vegas. I found it fascinating to read about and the pages flew by. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to John Gotti make appearances in this compelling book. What makes The Boss Always Sits In The Back such an engaging read is that it’s funny, riveting and touching, all at once. While Jon D’Amore may not be a name you know going into this book, it’s one you won’t forget after reading it. I highly recommend The Boss Always Sits In The Back. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

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Book Review: The Powerful Little Real Estate Book by Dave Watts

I recently read The Powerful Little Real Estate Book: Tips & Strategies for Accumulating Wealth by Dave Watts. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for this slim book about real estate investing. My biggest problem with it is the poor formatting. I spotted 10 or more formatting errors, where words are placed next to each other with no space in between them. This makes for a very distracting reading experience and it causes the reader to wonder if an editor was even hired to review this book before it was published.

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Book Review: The Adventures of the Real Tom Sawyer

Thomas B. Sawyer has led an extraordinary life. With a name like Tom Sawyer, how could he not?! From illustrating comic strips to being the head writer of Murder, She Wrote, Tom’s autobiography, The Adventures of the Real Tom Sawyer, is a delightful memoir that takes the reader through all of the interesting moments in Tom’s life. Punctuated with humor and wit, reading this book felt like I was having a cup of coffee with Tom while he told me fascinating stories about his impressive career. If you’re a lover of writing, film, TV, or simply entertainment, Tom’s autobiography is absolutely worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I believe you will too.

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A Conversation With Curt Gooch

Today,  KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History was released as an eBook in Apple’s iBooks store. I recently spoke with one of the book’s authors, Curt Gooch, and he provided insight on creating the book, why it’s being released digitally and his KISS fandom.

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