Category: Book Reviews

Horror Store by Grady Hendrix
Horror Store by Grady Hendrix

I read a lot of books. Most of them don’t stick with me too long after I write the review. Today, perhaps will be different. I write this as my knee is killing me, Aleve is not working, and my hips are starting to hurt. So perhaps all of that pain will help me remember the book that Grady Hendrix put out in 2014. The book is a fine mix of horror, ghost story, and well, Ikea. Or not Ikea, as I’m sure they would sue the crap out of Hendrix if they could. This is a horror story that is on par with Stephen King at times, but with a pg-13 element that I can’t really forget. It didn’t take me long to polish this one off, and you know what, it was a fun read. Let’s get into “Horrorstor” by Grady Hendrix.

This Is Ikea, Oh Wait, It Is Not Ikea

The author immediately tells you that it’s not Ikea. But it is Ikea. You will argue as you hear the way that the store in this novel is described. The setting is known as Orsk Furniture Superstore, and it is located in Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been to the Ikea near Cincinnati, and can attest to the descriptions found in this book being Ikea, I mean not Ikea. This joke is played off again and again throughout the book, as you are introduced to the cast of characters that are going to make you laugh, cry, and raise an eyebrow as you read through the story.

The story moves along with a group of employees that are going to try and figure out if the store is haunted, because they keep seeing strange things show up when they open the store in the morning. Is there someone there, is it a ghost? What is going on? While some want to be the next big ghost hunters on television, some are skeptical, and as the story unravels, you really get the feel that something is way wrong with Orsk.

It’s A Homeless Guy!

I just spoiled it for you. Ok, I didn’t, but hey, it happens. This story starts off like any other retail worker’s hell. Retail workers will love how the book begins, and how the characters go through their lives working at a big box retailer. Amy and Basil are the two main characters you want to focus on, but as you get introduced to the others, you’ll realize that not everyone is going to survive this one. All of the tropes of a haunting comes through. You have the strong final girl, the skeptic, the tough guy, and the naïve one. The story moves through the red herring, and then really takes off into a world of hell, as the store starts to consume our heroes.

A Fine Finish

At the end of the day “Horrorstor” by Grady Hendrix is a ghost story. It’s not going to break ground, because it follows a good overall formula. It’s a nice popcorn flick of a novel that is going to grip you at times, and make you question what you are doing with your life in others. It’s a fine moving book, one that isn’t going to take up a lot of your brain power, but will have you entertained a lot. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again! Ok, I didn’t cry, but this is a seriously good horror book, and will definitely have you thinking twice about hanging out at Ikea, or NOT Ikea.

“Horrorstor” by Grady Hendrix is a fine novel that features comedy and horror. I recommend it, and give it 5 stars. You can buy it by clicking here, or get it from your local library like I did.

Did you read “Horrorstor” by Grady Hendrix? Let me know in the comments below.

Articles Book Reviews

I reviewed the new AJ Lee book, and while I thought it was a poor outing for a professional wrestler’s book, I thought that I should follow up with a list of the top books about and from the wrestling perspective. These are my picks for the best 7 professional wrestling books of all time, and of course, they may differ from your list, and other people’s list. I have read a lot of books, some of which are terrible, some of which are ok, these are the best of the best, and it was hard enough to get a rundown of the best overall.

Ric Flair To Be The Man Book
Ric Flair To Be The Man Book

“To Be The Man” by Ric Flair (buy here)

Let’s start out with the first book that had me glued to wrestling biographies, and it was Ric Flair’s book. While it’s not as sordid as you may think, Flair goes at length to describe the schedule he had to endure to be a pro wrestler. This guy had a work ethic the size of an immigrant laborer. No joke, he would do a lot to wrestle, including getting into car accidents, and a plane crash. The explanations and stories from the territory days is fascinating, and a lot of stories told here seem legit, although there are a few embellishments as only the Nature Boy can provide. A great read for those that want to go a little old school.

The Stone Cold Truth by Steve Austin
The Stone Cold Truth by Steve Austin

“The Stone Cold Truth” by Steve Austin (buy here)

Stone Cold leaves nothing behind, he just spits out whatever he thinks about wrestling and the realities of his heart, knees, back, steroids, abuse, and more. There’s a lot here, and it’s a short book, but no words are wasted. Steve doesn’t hold back, and why would he? He just spews out the facts, and doesn’t cover up his disdain for certain things, as well as peels back the information you’re seeking behind the scenes. He is one tough SOB, that’s for sure.

WrestleCrap The Worst of Pro Wrestling
WrestleCrap The Worst of Pro Wrestling

“Wrestlecrap” by R D Reynolds (buy here)

The worst of professional wrestling is highlighted in this humorous look back at professional wrestling. I know it’s bad, but I grew up with terrible pro wrestling and some of it is just a nostalgia trip. I guess it was a different time, right? Well, this book is great for a laugh, and something that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Fox Catcher by Mark Schultz
Fox Catcher by Mark Schultz

“Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John Du Pont’s Madness and the Quest for Olympic Gold” by Mark Schultz (buy here)

Not a pro wrestling book. I know, but once you actually read this, you’ll realize that there’s a lot of “scripting” done by John Du Pont. The guy was truly a unique character that had a lot of money and a lot of love for wrestling. This is one hell of a book, and it truly gives you an insider’s perspective about the quest for Olympic gold. This book and story had me completely wound up, and I still think about it at times. The story is just surreal, and while it’s not pro wrestling related, it certain has the makings for it, just read it.

Hitman by Bret Hart
Hitman by Bret Hart

“Bret Hart: My Real Life in The Cartoon World of Wrestling” by Bret Hart (buy here)

The final 3 were hard to write about. Which should rank higher than others? Well, Bret Hart gets the third spot, only because of length. This is a mammoth of a book, and Hart doesn’t hold back at all. He just buries people where he wants, and he has a sense of confidence as a writer that you don’t usually get from these books. Bret Hart is fascinating, and the stories he tells goes deep into the wounds that he has for his losses and of course triumphs. Nothing is left out, and by the time you finish this book, Hart may be your favorite wrestler of all time. He certainly is the best.

The Death of WCW Expanded
The Death of WCW Expanded

“The Death of WCW” by R D Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez (buy here)

I recently read the expanded version of this book, and it’s heavy. It highlights just what went wrong with WCW and how it all fell apart. It went from glory to a dumpster fire that was nothing short of epic. Once you read this, you’ll realize that the WWE revisionist history of what really happened is all a lie. This is the blunt truth, and it’s a wonderful read, and a cautionary tale that is too good to make up.

Have A Nice Day by Mick Foley
Have A Nice Day by Mick Foley

“Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweat Socks” by Mick Foley (buy here)

The number one book in my list is a 770 page epic. Mick Foley tells you his story in detail, and it’s nothing short of epic. He is honest, without going raunchy, and he speaks from the heart. The book is written fully by Foley and you are in his living room hearing him tell you of all of his stories. He has epic failures, and some great triumphs. Over time, you realize that Foley was given a gift, the gift of going through extreme pain for entertainment purposes. There is no one with the pain threshold that Foley has, there just isn’t. It’s alarming.

There you have it, the top 7 professional wrestling books of all time. Ok, 6, but still, go out and get them, read them, buy them, burn them, I don’t care. Did you read any of the books on this list? What are your top 10 or 5 or 1? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Articles Book Reviews

Aj Lee Superpower SUcks
For Fans, That’s About It

There have been few books produced by professional wrestlers that have captured my attention. Most of them are not well written, or embellish so badly it’s funny. Now, I’m not a professional wrestler. I’m a ghost writer. I’m a writer that has been asked to write for many companies and individuals, so I can spot work that is obviously not the author. That being said, most of the professional wrestling books you read have influence and editing from someone else, including this one. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks keeps getting a lot of attention, and the reviews across many platforms seem legit, but I don’t see the big deal. In fact, I only see a lot of flaws, and the dichotomy of a writer trying to tell their story and a vanishing point where a ghost writer has injected interjections that make no sense, or are sad attempts at humor.

Written Like A Crazy Person

The premise of the book is that A.J. has made it to superstardom even though she’s crazy. She openly admits she has bipolar disorder. It seems that if you can make it anywhere, and you have a diagnosis like that, you’re super. She writes as though she’s forcing that dichotomy a great deal of the time. You’ll get a story but in the midst of it, she’ll turn from first person narration to third person and inject similes and metaphors that make no sense in an autobiography. When you’re writing, you don’t push the narration to become a novel, it’s not a novel. The writing style goes from prose, journal entries, to an all knowing narrative that is out of place. This is grammatically bad. It reads terribly, and yet no reviewer has commented on it. Whomever greenlit this style of writing is insane. But maybe that’s the point? The idea is to convey an accessible element of writing, to people that may not normally read books, right?

Put It Down Several Times

I don’t give up on books. I read a lot. Any given week I’ll be reading two or three books at a time. Last week I finished two, and this week I’m working on 5. I’m a reader, and I don’t have a lot of friends. I focus on reading because it helps me make sense of a lot of boredom. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks is one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. Brooks attempts to create a lavish display of what she has overcome to get to the WWE, and I admit, it’s commendable. She made it in a lot of ways, but so what? So she made it, great. I can’t relate to the person half of the time, and the writing really throws me away from the actual story. Furthermore, Brooks glosses over the most compelling and interesting components. Instead of telling things like they are, she skews it, hides it, or condemns it. From locker room relationships to groping to dealing with harassment, it’s not opened up on, but rather highlights that they are “bad” or that she overcame and was the only one to get out alive.

A Glossy Book For AJ Lee Fans

This is a book for fans. It’s pandering. It’s not like Mick Foley’s first book, which broke the mold of celebrity autobiographies by being too real at times. This is not Bret Hart’s book where he let it all hang out, including skewering individuals by name. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks is NOT a tell all book, but rather a novel wrapped in the disguise of an autobiography. If you’re a fan of AJ Lee and you don’t want to know the intimate secrets of her life, good, you won’t get it here. If you’re an interested wrestling fan that wants grit, and reality, this also is not for you. This is for star struck fans that LOVE AJ LEE the character, and a little of the person, but NOT the person. She sets up a wall you can’t get past, and that’s her business, way to go. Look, it’s an adequate book for fans, by someone that is interesting to a set of fans that are ok with a glossy story. This is not Malcolm X’s biography, ok? Nor should it be? I don’t know. I maybe too old for this.

Don’t take my word for “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks, click here and buy it, read it for yourself.

Did you read “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks? Drop me a comment and let me know how wrong or right I am. Heck, I may have missed the whole point, or maybe I’m right for a change. Let me know in the comments.

Articles Book Reviews

The Stranger She Loved by Shanna Hogan
The Stranger She Loved

There are a couple of points of contention that I have with the true crime genre. The first, is the constant flow of books that are in the genre, and the second, the cost that usually is associated with the writing. Shanna Hogan’s “The Stranger She Loved” can be found for about a dollar or less. Whatever the case may be, “The Stranger She Loved” is a true crime novel that is easy to breeze through. I read it in a couple of days, and was gripped to my chair because I wanted to know everything about what happened.

The Perfect Illusion

“The Stranger She Loved” by Shanna Hogan is about Martin Macneill and the murder of his wife. This true crime narrative starts in Utah, and has the backdrop of a beauty queen, marrying a handsome doctor, who also happens to be part of the LDS church. From there, a web of lies opens up as he has an affair, threatens his wife, and eventually kills her in a smart way, or he thought. Drugged to death, Michele MacNeill’s daughters would not let the official investigation sit without a conviction. They pushed for it, and eventually got it, a conviction of their father.

Preposterous on Every Level

I was absolutely mad at the story. Martin MacNeill was living the dream. He had a beautiful, loving wife, had several kids, adopted children, was a doctor and a lawyer, lived in a lovely house, and was part of a loving church. He had it all, and that wasn’t enough. He had to chase skirt, and became a lothario. I don’t even care that much about the infidelity, had it been quiet, and under the table in general, but here we have a religious person doing it. A religious person that is not supposed to be looking at pornography, not supposed to be having an affair, and stuff like that. It’s bad. It’s absolutely terrible. This thing gets really bad, as Martin plots a scheme to kill off his wife. I’m saddened by the turn of events. From model citizen, to liar, cheater, and killer, Martin’s revolution is sick and sad.

A True Crime Gem

Overall, “The Stranger She Loved” by Shanna Hogan is a pulp style novel. It’s inexpensive, and has a lot of turns to explore. Hogan does really well with the material. I liked it, and couldn’t put it down. This was such a high profile story that it was featured on 20/20 and Dateline. A classic.

Check out “The Stranger She Loved” by Shanna Hogan by clicking here, it’s under a buck used.

Did you read “The Stranger She Loved” or do you like True Crime? Drop me a line and let me know.

Articles Book Reviews

Chariots of the GOds
Chariots of the Gods Paperback

I have been listening to Coast To Coast AM off and on for decades. I have an affinity for all things esoteric, and have been meaning to read “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken for some time. I wasn’t always able to get to it, but this week I finally finished the book. This is an interesting book that speaks to a lot of mysteries of the universe, mainly our planet. Now, some of it has been debunked or focused on in another area, but overall, there’s a lot of great questions posed in this book.

Aliens and Astronauts

The interesting premise about “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken is that the author discusses the notion of astronauts. He questions whether or not beings from other planets visited the Earth at various stages in history, based on the epic writings that are found across various religions and texts. He uses firsthand writings, the Bible and much more to back up his claims. These claims are interesting, and make sense to me, but may not make sense to others that aren’t familiar with ancient historical texts and the likes. The focus shifts from aliens at one point and discusses the notion of ancient technologies from civilizations like the Mayans and the Incas.

A Weird World

It is 2017, and this book came out in 1968. It’s still one of the most unique books to consider as it discusses the world around us and how weird it truly is. He talks about the pyramids in Egypt, the skin cells and DNA of pharaohs, the civilizations that just vanished, and much more. If you’re a fan of Coast to Coast Radio or even Ancient Aliens, then you’re going to love the discussion that this book comes through with. It’s really interesting, and dives into the notion of aliens, with an archeological and philosophical backdrop.

Is “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken Worth Reading?

I think that the books is great. I love the scientific approach that is printed in “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken. Daniken doesn’t write like an amateur or a conspiracy theorist. He writes like you would expect a professor to write, and even backs up a lot of his claims with research, books, and full citations. It’s a 270 page book that has a lot of upside. I loved it and recommend it to anyone that likes esoteric reads.

You can buy “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken by clicking here.

Have you read “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken? Drop me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on this book.

Articles Book Reviews

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Book Cover
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

My wife’s grandfather is 93. Every time I visit him from now on, I’m going to think of this book by Walter Mosley. Walter Mosley made me cry with “Fortunate Son”, and this book was recommended to me from the library, so I went for it. Mosley put this book out in 2010, and it is a heavy hitting, slow burning, epic book that reaches into your soul and pulls out every emotion that you can think of. “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley is one hell of a book, and it is one of my favorites that I’ve read in 2017 thus far.

30 Novels Deep

I wish I could write as prolifically as Mosley. He has been putting out some great books, and this one is different from some of his other well-known works. This is a book that focuses on a 91 year old man, named after ancient Egypt, and is on his way to death. The main character is Ptolemy Grey, and he’s living in South Los Angeles, where he’s most likely going to die. He is a hoarder, he is losing his memory, and he patiently waits for his grandnephew, Reggie. The thing is, Reggie gets killed by a drive by, and has to come to the realization that he’s alone. He turns into a hermit, but a young lady saves him in many ways, Robyn. His niece’s tenant shows up to help him, and things get through to some amazing elements of life, love, and regret.

The Experimental Drugs

Ptolemy is a character that is dying, but is given new life in an experimental drug system. He is given a drug that will help him get his memory back, but he will die, no matter what. He takes it on for free, and his memories start coming back to him. He starts to realize all the things that he missed out on, and with the help of Robyn, he starts to get his final affairs in order. Through this, the tightening of the screws start, as Robyn and him start to realize that he has millions, and is going to ensure that Reggie’s family, is taken care of. But first, he must confront what happened to Reggie and who was involved. The final act will leave you speechless, as this one turns into an incredible story of revenge.

Walter Mosley Is A Supreme Writer

With “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley, Mosley makes you laugh, cry, and realize that we are all going to get old. We are all going to die. Our decisions today can help or hurt us in the future, and sometimes, we need to remember that. Mosley crafts a Los Angeles story with deep empathy, and great pathos. I loved it. I recommend it, and I think Mosley is slowly becoming my favorite writer. I can only hope to be a good writer one day, because I’m definitely not anywhere near any of Mosley’s work. This is a great book. Don’t miss out on the beautiful prose, and amazing emotional story-telling.

You can purchase “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley by clicking here.

Did you read “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Articles Book Reviews

In Cold BLood Cover
In Cold Blood Paperback

I’ve read a lot of books in my day, and for whatever reason, I didn’t get to this book until now. I was first told about it in high school, but for one reason or another, didn’t get to read it until now. The book is famous, as it kickstarted a genre of nonfiction that has spawned a lot of fans, and even a network of television programs that play this kind of stuff nonstop. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote is a nonfiction book about a family that was killed, in cold blood. Pun Intended!

The Original Non-Fiction Novel

From the first chapters forward, Truman Capote doesn’t just write about the murders that occurred. Instead, he writes a narrative style that is unlike most of the true crime books that you will read. This is a fully narrated novel with a lot of elements that are unlike what you may read in many books that base their information on court cases. Instead, Truman finds a way to create voices thanks to the many interviews that he and Harper Lee were able to conduct. It is noted that the two were able to compile over 1,000 pages of notes before writing this novel, to give you an idea of how epic the research was.

Not Exactly Accurate

If you’re looking for a documentary, without any sort of spin, then this is not for you. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote does very well to create a stellar non-fiction, true crime novel, but it’s one that is not without criticisms. The veracity of the book comes into question, and many have stated that it’s not 100% truthful. But even with a few embellishments, there’s a serious story about murder, and what happens afterwards.

The Story Is Fascinating

The story is fascinating, to say the least. A couple ex-cons rob and murder a family, and then head to Mexico to start a new life. The two don’t get away with the murder, and things really go bad for them as they try to work out the details of what to do next. The guys did the deed, then were caught in Las Vegas, and were given the death sentence. The book creates a balancing act between cold blooded killers and sympathetic criminals, and it’s a long one to work through sometimes.

Star Rating For “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote

This is a classic. But the classics aren’t always fun to read. Capote’s work is great, and it was new at the time. But after reading so many different true crime books, I can say that this is not the best in the bunch. However, it gets points for being first, and a well-known writer’s push forward into a new genre. I liked it. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just not on par with some of the other books that I’ve been reading lately. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Read it for yourself, and let me know if you like it, it’s not a favorite of mine.

You can purchase “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote by clicking here and ordering it from amazon.com

Did you read “In Cold Blood”? If so, let me know in the comments.

Articles Book Reviews

Amityville Horror Cover
Jay Anson’s Amityville Horror

You most likely already saw the many movies that were based on this book. Jay Anson takes on a subject that has led to a lot of speculation, lawsuits, and money over the course of many years. “The Amityville Horror” by Jay Anson is a fascinating book with a lot to offer true crime and horror fans. However, it is not exactly like the movie, as you may have guessed, and in fact, you may be surprised by how it deviates at times. Anson is a gifted writer, taking on a great subject matter and focusing on framing it in an easy to read manner.

Dead Man’s House

The story of “The Amityville Horror” starts with a 1974 multiple homicide. In a Dutch colonial house in Amityville, New York, Ronald DeFeo Jr. wakes up and kills 6 of his family members. Years later the house is unable to be sold until George and Kathy Lutz show up and buy it at an unusually low price. When they move in, things start going awry. The paranormal activity starts to work its way into the lives of the Lutz family and even the local community church is getting harmed. The story unravels to the point where the family runs for their lives and never looks back.

The Tension Is Tremendous

Jay Anson builds the tension quite well. While the first half of this book punches you in the face, Anson finds a way to slow it down and then rev back up until the powder keg explodes in the final chapters. What is most alarming is the mysterious illnesses and smells that plague the priests that were trying to bless the home. The noises, the movements, the cold, and a lot of the other elements of paranormal activity aren’t that crazy, but the priest’s accounts are absolutely terrifying.

Lies Or Reality?

The book ends with a nice horrific touch. Anson took on this book with 45 hours of interviews that the family spoke about. After the release of the book, in the afterword, the author discusses that authenticity of some of the claims, the lawsuits, and much more. Some say that the family made all of this up, since the house hasn’t had any sort of issues at all.

Others are quick to note that George Lutz was involved in witchcraft and Satanism. Some will cite all sorts of different stories, but at the end of the day, reading this book was fascinating. It’s an interesting book, and that alone is well worth your time. I recommend reading it, and just enjoying the narrative that Anson writes. Forget the rest of what you know about Amityville and the movies, and just read this one. It’s a fun read, although there are some horrific moments as well.

You can purchase “The Amityville Horror” by Jay Anson by clicking here, it’s not expensive.

Articles Book Reviews

63 Documents The Government Doesn't Want You To Read
Jesse Ventura Cover

There’s a lot of things that the United States is not telling their citizens. In fact, after reading this books, I am inclined to believe that John F. Kennedy was killed because he wanted to be more transparent with the general public. You may not want to admit it, and you may want to argue with others as to whether or not the United States is a villain, but I ask you to read this book. “63 Documents The Government Doesn’t Want You To Read” By Jesse Ventura is going to be the one book that is going to open your eyes to a lot of lies that you may not want to believe. This is mostly unclassified, free public domain documents. So it’s not Ventura just talking. He makes comments on each one, and tells stories from his military career, but mostly it’s the documents.

The Government Doesn’t Care About You

The biggest takeaway I got from this book was that the government doesn’t care about the individual. There was a point where Kanye West got lambasted for saying something to that effect during a telethon for Katrina victims. Do you remember that? He said that George Bush doesn’t care about black people. It got a lot of negative press.

But guess what? The U.S. Government doesn’t really care that much. In this book, you are going to see the truth. The documents found here are part of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and they are straight from the horse’s mouth.

What Will You See?

Well, you’ll find that the military wanted to hijack airplanes and then say Cuba did it. You’ll read about the CIA’s Manchurian Candidate programs, and you’ll see how healthcare fraud helped spread dengue fever, just to name a few things. There’s so much to this book that you’re going to kick yourself, and perhaps never want to vote again.

You Think Trump Is Bad?

At the end of the day, if you in fact read “63 Documents The Government Doesn’t Want You To Read” By Jesse Ventura, you are not going to be afraid of trump. I’m not. You’re going to be skeptical about your government, because you know what? They don’t have your best interest in mind. You’re going to be flabbergasted by what you are going to read in this book. I was shocked at how many lies are throw out, spun, and spoon fed us. Noam Chomsky and others were right, there’s a lot of nefarious characters working under the guise of Uncle Sam.

I highly recommend you buy “63 Documents The Government Doesn’t Want You To Read” By Jesse Ventura by clicking here. It’s under $5 used, and it’s a compelling non-fiction read.

Articles Book Reviews

Helter Skelter True Crime Book
Helter Skelter 1974 Cover

The 1974 book came out far before I was born, but it’s one hell of a book to read in 2016. Oh, it’s 2017? Well I finished this book in December of last year, and I haven’t been able to write about it until now. What you’re going to find with this book is that we haven’t seen anything in the last decade to compare with the psychopaths that came through the past. Charles Manson isn’t a killer in the way that you may expect. In fact, he’s one of the most confident weirdos in the world. This is touted as the best-selling true crime book in the history of print, and it is one of the more fascinating reads that I’ve read in a long time. “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi is a 500-page mammoth, but it doesn’t read like you would expect.

A Court House Retelling

What caught me off guard about some of the book’s more interesting elements is that it is written like a court document. What you’re going to be reading is a lot like an episode of Matlock or something like that. It’s really played up quite well. I’ve recently been watching film from the O.J. Simpson case, and this book reminds me of that. Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry together work through some of the finer details of what happened with the Manson Murders. This book is told in first person at times, and third person at others. It describes every element that you want to know about Charles Manson, and the murders that the family committed.

Gruesome It Is Not

If you’re trying to read “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi so that you can get some stellar gore, turn away. This book is not a gorey, horror movie. It’s a good book, no doubt, but it’s not gorey. It’s a classic example of literary work that pulls punches. You expect this to get really graphic, really fast, but it’s not. It’s a slow-moving book that uses a lot of big words. Ok, that’s odd, but still, the language used is like a lawyer’s guide at times, because it really focuses on the trials of Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and the members of the Manson Family. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I expected something else. I really didn’t expect the treatment of the whole story as a documentary film written out in a book. But then again, your imagination is going to run wild with some of the descriptions. The facts are there, the story is straight forward, and it’s impressive how Manson was able to yield so much power, even though he wasn’t a big man.

Still Worth Checking Out

I read the 25th anniversary edition and it was good. Are you missing out? Not really. This is a classic story of how a confident, good looking man, can command a lot of power. Manson is truly an interesting character, and this book details just how powerful someone could become if they truly gave no crap. “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi is an incredible read, if you’re a fan of true crime. I went through a stream of true crime books, and this was on my list, although it’s not my favorite. It’s a good one, but great? Na. You’ll like if you’re a fan of true crime and haven’t read about The Manson Family or the crimes they committed.

You can purchase “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi for under a buck used, or you can purchase a new one HERE.

Articles Book Reviews