Grifting and Ghosts

“The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn (2014)

Rating: 7.0/10

Three times I’ve purchased a Gillian Flynn novel, and three times I’ve come away from the experience quite pleased that I did. Having a little bit of time between full-blown books, Flynn decided to pen “The Grownup” as something of an ode to the traditional ghost or haunted house story.¬†Originally published as a short story in an anthology overseen by “A Song of Ice and Fire” mastermind George R. R. Martin, “The Grownup” now stands on its own as one of the thinner physical releases you’re bound to see on a bookshelf; you can easily read this thing in an hour. Continue reading “Grifting and Ghosts”

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Larger Than Life

“The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling” by David Shoemaker (2013)

Rating: 8.0/10

As a host of the captivating and often hilarious Cheap Heat podcast and previously as a Grantland writer, David Shoemaker has wowed me with his unique insight into the messy and tricky world of professional wrestling for a while now. Once I saw he had written a book a little while back, a trip to the Kindle store happened almost instantaneously. Shoemaker doesn’t come across as a guy willing to settle for recounting events or jumping on bandwagons; he’s the antithesis of what most people probably think when they hear the term “wrestling fan,” and he proves himself a natural fit for translating his more abbreviated work into literary form. Continue reading “Larger Than Life”