2017 Reads

  • To Funk and Die in LA (Book Review)

    To Funk and Die in LA: A D Hunter Mystery by Nelson George I am not a big fan of the mysteries. In fact, this is the first novel in the genre that I have read in a really long time. I decided to give the book a chance when I was given the opportunity […]

  • Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide

    Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide: Volume One – East Coast and West Coast by Mickey Hess Place is an important aspect when it comes to music. Nashville is known as the home to country music and is celebrated by many singers. New Orleans is held in high esteem when it comes to jazz. […]

  • 5 Storytelling Secrets from the Masters of Radio

    Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel I love the art of radio. The power of this medium is absolutely incredible. I listen to all sorts of broadcasts from hip-hop mixshows to interviews to spoken word shows. That’s why this book jumped out at me when […]

  • Do Audio Books Count as Books?

    The Untold Story of the Talking Book by Matthew Rubery I love audio books. I think they are a great way to experience literature during a long drive. This is time that might otherwise be wasted by listening to songs on the radio. Instead, I can immerse myself in a story, learn something new through a […]

  • Doctor Who Comes to Life on the Page

    Doctor Who – Weapons of Past Destruction I miss the 9th Doctor. This book reminded me of why I used to love seeing Chris Eccleston in the role of the title character. The artwork is amazing and Cavan Scott has penned a tale that feels like a Series One episode. I could hear Chris’s voice coming […]

  • Graphic Audio Adventures

    Batman – Dead White This was a dark story, certainly not meant for children. There are several racial slurs heard throughout the book but that is because the evil forces in this story are a band of white supremacists who are determined to reshape the world. Batman has to track down the leader, known as […]

  • The Punisher – Judge, Jury, and Executioner

    Marvel Unlimited offered a free month subscription to its app to celebrate the release of The Punisher TV series on Netflix. I am still working my way through the series but thought that I would use this opportunity to read as much of the comics as I possibly could in a month. Punisher vs Bullseye […]

  • Cyber Attack + Severe Winter Storm = Cyber Storm

    Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather Imagine that you were cut off from the everyday conveniences of life. Water no longer freely ran from your faucets. There was no electricity. Stores were closed and most of them have been completely looted. And to make matters worse, there was an intense winter storm that made it difficult […]

  • 5 People Write Every Pop Song Heard on the Radio

    The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook Everything changed though back in 1992 when Ace of Base was unleashed on the world with their debut album, The Sign. There wasn’t anything spectacular about this band. They might not have gone anywhere if it wasn’t for a broken car stereo. A music producer […]

  • Find the Spark and Write

    Story Sparks: Finding Your Best Story Ideas & Turning Them into Compelling Fiction by Denise Jaden Denise Jaden explores the concept of inspiration in her latest book, Story Sparks. She gives practical advice on finding story ideas in everyday life, how to nurture the creative power you already have, and suggests small exercises that can […]