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- The Dark Side of Disney
on Feb. 12, 2012
Come to the darkside. THE DARKSIDE OF DISNEY is not your ordinary Walt Disney World travel guide. DSoD is a guide to the unexpected cheap, unscrupulous and even down right illegal ways to enjoy a vacation at the happiest place on earth. You don't even need to be planing a trip to WDW to enjoy this fun guide.
THE DARKSIDE OF DISNEY is a complete beginning to end guide to alternative vacationing at WDW. From free drinks at airlines to free park tickets from less then reputable time share presentations. Then enter the parks and find great places to have in-park sex and maybe find some illicit narcotics. You may be shocked to find out how easy it is to sneak in to employee only areas of the parks too.
This is a great fun read. You don't even need to be planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom anytime soon. If your a Disneyphile and love reading about the not so ordinary things Disney this is right up your alley. The author has personally engaged in many of the recommendations and park adventures. Where he hasn't explored himself he relates amazing tales from realiable sources who have done some unthinkable things.
So if your planning a trip to WDW pick this up as a great compendium to your FODORS guide. If you have gone to the park a million times then you also need to pick this up and read some fun and hilarious tales of enjoying the magic in ways you never dreamed possible. At $2.99 this is a deal and a steal!
- The Pillow Killer
on Feb. 25, 2012
A great concept but played out way too quickly. This has excellent potential to expand out to novella length. There are spelling and grammatical errors that should be taken care of before publishing as well. Very O. Henry twist to the story that gives it future potential, keep working it!
- Charactered Pieces: stories
on March 15, 2012
Caleb J Ross just gave me an 'eyegasam' reading his short story collection, CHARACTERED PIECES. His sensual words dances across my vision and stroked my being to full arousal. I can now count myself as part of the minions who heterosexually swoon at the words of Caleb J Ross. Thanks Bookedpodcast.com!
Charactered Pieces is a small collection of short stories that can best be summed up as examinations of the human condition. Familial relationships are dominant themes in this book and I've heard the term 'Domestic Fiction' or something akin to that used to describe the author's tendencies toward genre. Call it what you will, Ross has a unique way of describing human relationships. That more then anything is what is on display in this collection.
Typically I don't comment directly specific content in my reviews but I wish to break the rule here. The story, "An Optimist is the Human Personification of Spring" was moving. I have not had that deep an emotional reaction to a story in quite some time and I certainly can not recall ever being that emotionally vested in a story that short. Brilliant work there among a collection of already top notch writing.
I'm very glad I was introduced to Caleb J Ross from a great podcast (BookedPodcast.com). This is not the type of work I would have picked up off a shelf or internet browsing. I'm so very glad I was coaxed to read him though. I absolutely intend to further devour Caleb Ross' writing.
- Murmurs: Gathered Stories Vol. One
on March 28, 2012
MURMURS is the perfect title of Caleb J. Ross' story collection. These are fairly short bursts of that unique domestic fiction that Ross not only has a penchant for writing but also executes to a level that could earn him the moniker of 'Father of Domestic Fiction'. If another writer tells stories quite like this, I do know know of him or her. Please pardon my ignorance if I am wrong.
The stories do indeed echo the sentiment of the book's title. Quick little tales, murmurs, troubling little yarns each with a disturbing little look at relationships. Relationships observed from different perspectives and emotions toyed with in the mind of Ross like a kitten batting at a feather on a stick. While these are not dismal views, the glimmers of hope can only be found by digging deep through the muck. Happiness will not be served on a silver platter.
Once again I walk away from another of Caleb Ross' work with an uneasy feeling. When everything looks like it's going to be alright that's when you need to look again. The author is brilliant at looking at a tender moment and peeling away the layers to reveal the disturbing grotesque. We connect with it because under all our facades lies a bit of that same ugliness to some degree or another.
The completion of this book represents all the short story collections Caleb Ross currently has published. I must now venture forth into his longer works, STRANGER WILL and I DIDN'T MEAN TO BE KEVIN. Both continue to play in the world of familial relationships. I can not wait to have my emotions unsettled a little bit more.
- Our Kingdom of Dust
on June 11, 2012
Leonard Kinsey, the scourge of Walt Disney World follows up his wildly successful Dark Side of Disney with his first foray into fiction, OUR KINGDOM OF DUST. He does not disappoint all those who've come to embrace his alt-Disney passion. Take the realities of his DSoD travel guide and sprinkle some Disney magic and illusion all over and and you get OUR KINGDOM OF DUST.
To be fair, Kinsey is not a professionally trained writer and it shows. Yet, he is still able to craft an engaging story built around the ideals he has already set forth in his brand of writing. This is not Vonnegut and really who is expecting it to be. What you get is the same humor and rebelliousness you loved in DSoD.
If you enjoyed Dark Side of Disney your going to enjoy this story as well. Complete with the return of Draven Star on the cover (and dare I say perhaps even the model for one of the main characters). The adult Disnerd in you will love this and all of Kinsey's adventures in the happiest place on earth.
This book was also reviewed for my podcast Books, Beer and Bullshit. The episode can be heard at:
- Dying Days
on June 23, 2012
Armand Rosamilia has restored my faith in the future of zombie fiction. Prior to reading DYING DAYS I was in a space where I was just tired of the same old plot being driven in to the dirt in the genre. The key to great zombie fiction nowadays is a new refreshing take on the subject. Armand Rosamila nails it!
DYING DAYS is not a man vs. zombie story. It is at it's heart a man vs. man story. The heroine, Darlene Bobitch, is a strong believeable character. A rarity for male writers, Rosamilia seemlessly presents a convincing female character. Mix with that a strong plot that focuses on survivor culture and not impending death and the result is captivating.
This is only book one. Dying Days is developing into a series. There is a second book in the series. As well, there is a prequil book and vinnette compendium. Armand expects many more books for the series as well.
Do not give up hope on zombies. There are still great reads left in the gas tank. You need only fill up at the right station. Armand Rosamilia is providing top notch zombie fuel at outrageous prices. Check him out now. He's available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Easily assesible to boot!
This book was reviewed in an episode of Books, Beer and Bullshit Podcast. Armand Rosamilia was interviewed for this show. It can be found here: http://booksbeerbullshit.podbean.com/...
Have a listen won't you.