#BookReview: Not Dead and Not for Sale

Not Dead and Not for SaleNot Dead and Not for Sale by Scott Weiland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not Dead and Not For Sale, referred to by the late Weiland as his “Earthling Memoirs”, is Scott Weiland’s take on the events of his life growing up, forming the Stone Temple Pilots, and touring with supergroup Velvet Revolver, as well as the trials of his various relationships and his battle with drugs — something which sadly led to the end of his life in 2015.

It’s a decent memoir as far as memoirs go, and it’s nice to hear Weiland’s take on things, which he disclaimed as not necessarily being the absolute truth, but at least his truth and what he believes.

Scott Weiland has a style of writing that I really enjoyed and never fully appreciated until reading ND&NFS, and it was particularly interesting to have his insights into how the events of his life influenced the creation of classic STP songs.

I am slightly disappointed in the execution of the memoirs, though. He’s glossed over a lot of details to his life, only briefly touching on some things, sometimes omitting months or years of time, perhaps out of trouble admitting to mistakes of his life, of which he admits there are many.

The book itself actually isn’t that long of a read. Whereas you would have to sit down for a long while to read I Am Ozzy or Joe Perry’s Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, two musical autobiographies that are very verbose and specific about the good and bad of the person’s life, you can read through Not Dead in a very short amount of time, as it only comes in around 200-someodd pages in length, with a lot of space on the pages dedicated to graphics, “torn” pages, and various little visual breaks, as well as a decent length end section that consists of his sketchbook, with drawings, newspaper clippings, handwritten comments, and so forth.

All of this stuff makes for nice touches to make this a little more unique than the average memoir, though there’s enough detail missing or hinted at but not truly touched on that at the end of the day I had something left to be desired from the reading of Not Dead and Not For Sale.

Still, it’s a very good read for a fan of STP, Velvet Revolver, or of Weiland’s solo albums.

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#BookReview: Terms of Service

Terms of ServiceTerms of Service by Emma Nichols

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Second book review for Romance Month, since I decided to broaden by reading horizons by doing months set around specific genres.

Hannah is out of a marriage she didn’t like, she’s struggling to get by while taking care of two pre-school age twins, and she decides to put an advert in the personals looking for a sugar daddy. Gavin is a well-off businessman and he takes in Hannah as a hobby for revenge after his wife slept with his lesbian sister and fell in love with her, and he’s intent on making her life miserable.

They make a contract where she’ll be his personal assistant, help out with his work and around the house, and he’ll provide board for her and her twin girls, Aurora (Rory) and Zoe. She brings out the best of him and he becomes a more sympathetic person, going so far as to allow her to redecorate the house, he comes onto good terms with Madge, his housekeeper with her there to make her feel like an equal, and he slowly but surely falls in love with her and they ultimately end up in a relationship and the kids grow to look at Gavin as a father figure.

His lawyer comes by and Hannah overhears the man ask about Gavin’s revenge plot, which he’s long since forgotten, and it shatters the relationship. She gives her 30 days notice for the termination of the contract and readies herself to move out. Gavin wins her heart back, they proclaim their love for each other, and he proposes marriage to her whilst leaving the family business to his sister to run, since he only did it out of loyalty to his late father, but she was the one who was actually interested in the business and happy to run it. Then, Gavin, Hannah, and her twins get ready for a life on the Carribean, presumably, as Gavin’s real passion is sailing and he wants to have a simpler life with his new fiancee and her kids.

Overall, this book was average in every way imaginable. The plot isn’t particularly original and you could see how it was going to end from almost the beginning. I didn’t skim pages or outright skip sections, but it was so boring and hard to read at times that it was very tempting, and the characters were so unoriginal and boring that I had to look up what Hannah’s name was so I could write this review, and she was the main character of the story!

If you like this kind of cliche story, you’ll probably like the book, but if you’re like me and you’re just grabbing free books of specific genres for the sake of reading but don’t have a strong feeling one way or the other about the book, then it’s probably one that you can not read and you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

Average execution of an average plot with nothing particularly interesting or redeeming about the plot or the characters, aside from the odd moment where the twins are adorable acting here and there, but as supporting characters they aren’t worth the read on their own.

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#FM15: To The Top! 4.7 – End

Welcome back to the blog, people. It’s time for what may possibly be the last regular update to the To The Top! series for the foreseeable future.

Truth be told, I’m burned up of it. I was enjoying the challenge of the save at first and I’m still curious how St. Ives Town will fare in the coming years with an announcement of administration looming ever closer as days tick on, but this series in its current format isn’t really working out for me.

I really enjoyed the creative writing for the first couple seasons, and I enjoyed the last month and a half or so of super productive blogging, but it’s too much of a strain to play the game and have such regularly scheduled posts, and I’ll get into this after the cut before moving on to what games I’ve played since the previous update.

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#SouthPark: The Stick of Truth

I’m back again with another game review post. Well, not a review, since I’ve not finished it and couldn’t tell you if it sucked or not, but it’s an overview and my impressions.

I love those old turn-based RPGs, and I have plenty of memories of playing Final Fantasy IV and Golden Sun on the old Gameboy systems. I also love South Park, so a couple of years ago, I was thrilled to find out that The Stick of Truth was being made, though with my owning so many games that I’ve not gotten around to playing them all. I haven’t really gotten around to this one until recently, and I really enjoy this one and want to share my impressions of it. And, I know South Park is a game that’s totally inappropriate for younger audiences and the workplace, but this post is safe for work, as are the screenshots that I took of my gameplay to supplement it.

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#FM15: To the Top! 4.6 – Long-term Injuries

Ladies and gents, we’re now into and out of the transfer window, and we’ve got another half-dozen matches to cover and get out of the way before pressing on towards the end of the season. Unfortunately, despite my best intentions coming into the transfer window we made no business. The players that I liked were there, but the deals weren’t, and as I’ve said in the previous posts, we need to be pinching pennies and running a tight ship.

As much as I’d like an improved squad for the second half of the season, I am not willing to take on more expenses before the end of the season if the demands are unreasonably high.Let’s just cover our matches, shall we?

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#FM15: To The Top! 4.4 -The Higher Tempo Way

Welcome back to the blog and the To The Top! series. As you’ll recall from the previous post we departed AFC Bolnore and decided to take over Saint Ives Town FC in the Regional First divisions above the Counties Leagues.

I said in the last update that the team was in an absolute mess and I wanted to set up some goals for the next while in charge of the team and see if we can un-FUBAR this place a bit.

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