Saturday, March 9, 2013

Dennis the Wild Bull by Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman once published a short book titled Bad As I Wanna Be, a confessional which was narrated by Greg Alan Williams. More recently he's written something completely different titled DENNIS THE WILD BULL, a children's book. While one might question whether a scary looking basketball star is the ideal author of a book for your kids, it's actually quite charming, about a rodeo bull looking for a way to express his individuality and get home to his kids. Available in ebook format, it's from Crossroad Press, as co-written with Dustin Warburton. The same publisher has four new audiobooks for adults out too, and worth a listen. First, APPALACHIAN GALAPAGOS features authors Weston Ochse (Scary Rednecks, Velvet Dogma) and David Whitman with stories Jeff Foxworthy might tell, were he narrating horror instead of comedy. Get in a canoe and paddle up-river into redneck country for tales of Southern madness not likely to be heard without a demented banjo playing in the background. It's read with appropriate backwoods tone by Arnie Mazer. Next, Kevin Pierce reads ALIENS IN THE BACKYARD: UFOs, Abductions, and Synchronicity by Rob and Trish MacGregor. As the title indicates, these are first person accounts of alien encounters from 1970 to 2011 by such people as pilot Bruce Gernon, Diane Fine, Connie Cannon, and Charles Fontaine. What happened when people report missed time? And is the military covering up what it knows? You decide. Next, Dave Courvoisier reads RETURN: The Five Worlds Trilogy, Book 3 by Al Sarrantonio. Set in the 26th Century, when Earth has been poisoned, rulers and alien despots via among Mars, Venus, and Titan for control and power. And finally, Eric Vincent reads THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN by Joe R. Lansdale, another talented writer with a collection of cross-genre stories that includes western, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. The clip I heard of this (with Vincent reading the always-intriguing Lansdale) sounded perfectly matched to the text, and complex enough in undertones to engage the listener with rapt curiosity.


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