#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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#FootballMogul2012: 1.2 – The Team

Welcome back to the blog, ladies and gentlemen. On Tuesday I shared the introduction to a game series I had discovered called “Football Mogul” where I took over as the general manager of the New England Patriots in their 2001 season.

We ran out of time before we could cover the roster and other team details, so this post will get into that in some more detail and show off the game interface before we get into the actual playing of games.

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#FM15: The Journey V: Untouchable!

It’s time for another update on my journey to rise from zero to hero in the brutal world of football management! Things are actually still going golden! It’s almost amazing how well things are going, if I’m being honest. Right now, we’re sitting in 3rd in the Isthmian First Division South table, which is a complete over-achievement, and we’ve still got 12 games to try to make our way into a top-two position and get promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division, which will put us one level below the National League. It almost makes me afraid of when we’ll fall from our lucky streak and lose that magic step, if that day comes.

Anyway, let’s get down to business with the update on what’s happened since the last time I did an update, shall we?

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#FM15: The Journey IV: Looking Up!

Welcome back to The Journey. I’ve had a good bit of play time going before Thanksgiving, so I decided to write up a new blog post before leaving for the family dinner that I can have scheduled to post today, since as I said, I’d be away and not online or gaming.

How are things looking since my sack from Barnstaple? Well, quite rosy, and it’s nice to say that. Barnstaple’s lack of funding and underperforming players were beyond stressful, but Faversham’s are actually reasonably decent, and I’ve been rocking a 3-4-3 tactic that I’m testing out, and things have been going splendid! In fact, we’re sitting in 4th place right now, which is a massive over-achievement for the team, not that I can claim all the credit. My predecessor Ray Turner did a decent job setting up this team before his puzzling desire to bail for relegation candidates Hythe. Let’s see how things are going!

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#FM15: The Journey II: Dropping Points

Today is September 20th. It’s my 22nd birthday, and what better way to celebrate than at the pub with Harry having a few pints following our 0-1 victory against Wells? It was a good match. Quite nerve-wracking, if I’m being completely honest. Our league performances have been less than stellar, and the FA Vase round saw us lose 3 players to injuries lasting at least 2-3 weeks or more, with the longest a fractured arm that our physio reckons will put “Kiz” Hamer out of the reckoning for at least 5-6 weeks. Considering he’s pushing for our starting striker and captain’s spot following weeks of poor performance, it’s certainly a loss. Our club doesn’t have the depth to deal with so many injuries at one go.

Training is going as well as it can be, considering we only have one day of general training each week. It makes it hard for the team to gel and get used to our tactical arrangements with a competency that will push us to the next level. It’s lead to more than a few losses in situations where we should have won. Our team is more than capable of getting it to the goal, but they are having trouble actually finishing, and it’s more than frustrating when it’s coupled with the defense’s penchant for giving away fouls in the penalty box.

Despite our expectations of first, we wrap up the day of my birth in 9th in the league with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses with many instances of points dropped.

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#FM15: The Journey I – Find me someone… Anyone!

My first time out on the training ground as a head coach. I’m not quite sure what to think of it. It’s certainly more than a little intimidating to me, being an American fan of the sport and only 21 years old. What the hell do I know about being a coach, aside from what I think I know? And, besides that, I’m 11 years junior to Harry York, the man I’ll be working with. A Londoner, just as uncomfortable in this small town as I am. At least he’s as unqualified as I am, though I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing that the two random dudes who walked in asking for the openings got it. He seems a good man, though, quite likeable, the Londoner, and he’s got some ideas kicking around in his head already, so I’m sure we can get a working relationship going.”

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