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Audible Review: The Death of WCW

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the 1990s, during the famous Monday Night War between Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It was an exciting time to be a fan, as I’d switch back and forth on Monday nights between WWF Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro to see what both promotions were serving up that week. Both WWF and WCW eventually created secondary prime-time shows, over-saturating the market with their content. And WCW suffered so greatly that it was bought up by Vince McMahon for far less than it was worth just a few years prior.

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Tales Of Tamriel, Book I: The Land

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read and watch my reviews of The Skyrim Library: Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III. Titan Books, the same publisher that brought us The Skyrim Library, has two additional books celebrating the lore of The Elder Scrolls. The first one — Tales of Tamriel, Book I: The Land — builds on the excellence of the original trilogy by collecting lore books from The Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a phenomenal way to ensconce yourself in the rich history and culture of this celebrated video game franchise. Watch my video review below for all of the details and to get a glimpse of what’s inside.

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Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons Of The Eighties

As someone born in the 1980s, my childhood was filled with hours spent playing Nintendo and watching cartoons. Some of those cartoons included He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Inspector Gadget. These cartoons, among others, captured my imagination and conjure up great memories. Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties, a beautiful hardback book from Insight Editions, celebrates all of these cartoons, and more, with exceptional behind-the-scenes insights from the people who brought these shows to life. It is all lovingly presented with vivid imagery and delightful inserts that will bring a gleam to your eye and a smile to your face. Watch my video review below for more information and to see what it looks like inside. Cowabunga, dude!

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WWE: Kicking Down Doors

WWE: Kicking Down Doors, a new book from DK, highlights the female superstars who are at the forefront of WWE’s Women’s Evolution. Relive the very first all-women pay-per-view event, discover how legends such as Wendi Richter, Chyna, and Lita proved their dominance in the ring and chart their progression from glamorous sidekicks to fierce and fabulous Divas to the powerful superstars of today. Celebrate the likes of “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Queen” Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Nia Jax, and Ronda Rousey as they set a new gold standard in WWE.

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The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane

This is the third and final book in The Skyrim Library trilogy. Make sure to check out my reviews for Volume I and Volume II. Just like the first two books, this one is excellent! This entry focuses on magica, religion, and more. Watch my video review below for all of the details on The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane.

The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast

I recently reviewed The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories. Volume II in this trilogy of books is entitled Man, Mer & Beast. As you’ll see in my video review below, this entry in the series focuses on races, creatures and beasts, warfare, and factions in Skyrim. If you’re a fan of Skyrim or the Elder Scrolls, this book — The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast — is another excellent compilation of lore books from one of the best selling RPGs of all time. Watch my video review for my full thoughts on this book, and enjoy!

 

Audible Review: The Hardcore Truth by Bob Holly

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the early 1990s, and I still watch it today. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Bob Holly was a fixture in the WWE. His character changed from race-car-driver “Sparky Plugg,” to Hardcore Holly — a no-nonsense wrestler during the “Attitude Era,” when wrestling was more popular than ever. The Hardcore Truth is Bob Holly’s autobiography, and the audiobook version is an Audible Original. The narrator does an excellent job of delivering the content in a direct and impactful way. What I found most interesting about The Hardcore Truth is that Bob spills the beans on anyone and everyone. He dishes dirt on everyone from Triple H to Diamond Dallas Page, with no reservations. I went into this audiobook respecting Bob Holly’s work, and I left it feeling like I knew the man behind the wrestler. He’s been called a bully and tough to work with, and I can see why people might think that. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of the WWE from the 1990s and 2000s, there’s a lot to enjoy in The Hardcore Truth. It’s a tell-all book from someone who was there for Owen Hart’s death, the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide, and other fascinating, and sometimes grim, milestones in wrestling. It’s one of the best pro wrestling audiobooks available, and I highly recommend checking it out.

The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook

The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook is a beautifully bound hardback book that clocks in at nearly 200 pages and more than 70 easy-to-follow recipes so you can take in all of the diverse tastes of Tamriel. Released in 2019 by Insight Editions, this cookbook does a wonderful job of respecting its source material and providing gamers and foodies alike with a wealth of options to try at home. As a longtime fan of the Elder Scrolls franchise, I appreciate having the opportunity to create dishes I’ve only ever seen in the games. It’s a fascinating and brilliant bridge between Tamriel and reality. Yes, other cookbooks have done this in the past. However, the Elder Scrolls games are steeped in rich history and culture that goes beyond other titles – making this book feel like an artifact one might find and read in Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowind.

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The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories

Do you love Skyrim? Then you need to check out The Skyrim Library, a trilogy of books compiling in-game lore books from Skyrim. Watch my video review below of The Skyrim Library, Volume 1: The Histories. And stay tuned for my reviews of volumes two and three in this series, as well as more Elder Scrolls goodness in the weeks and months to come.

Book Review: Wrestling With Pixels

We are one week away from WrestleMania, and everyone is cooped up in their houses; so, now is a great time to revisit some epic professional wrestling video games. Not sure which ones to fire up? Wrestling With Pixels, a new 242-page book all about the history of pro wrestling video games, is your guide.

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