Book Review: The Century Trilogy

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to come across The Century Trilogy while perusing the Barnes & Noble website.

The trilogy is written by Ken Follett and currently has 2 of the 3 books published. The second book, “Winter of the World” was released just last year and is available in hardcover.

Cover of “Fall of Giants”. Book 1 of 3

The first book of the trilogy, “Fall of Giants” is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and revolves around the happenings of five families in the early twentieth century.  The families represent different countries and socio-economic backgrounds; a Welsh mining family, Russian factory workers, upper class American family, and aristocratic English and German families. As the book progresses, you discover that all of these families become interrelated through the politics and events of the Great War.

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How Should WWE Developmental Really Be Changed?

Anyone who reads the “dirt sheets” knows that WWE has been and will be making changes to its developmental system. For starters, they are creating a “finishing school” in Connecticut nearby their headquarters.

There will also be changes regarding NXT. “WWE will begin filming NXT episodes at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, reports PWInsider.com, and the talent roster will be made up of Developmental wrestlers. Tapings are scheduled to be bi-weekly at the Full Sail Live Venue” (PWTorch). It seems this new strategy is based somewhat off of the TNA Impact Wrestling tapings in Orlando. There are benefits for doing this; wrestlers performing in front of basically the same crowd of people week after week are forced to learn new “tricks” and up their game. The college crowd should also give reasonably good reactions (pops, heat, etc) to the wrestlers. Using the apparently “state of the art” facilities that Full Sail University has can help train new production crew members. A question I have, though, is whether or not this will be replacing FCW tapings. It appears NXT will use FCW roster members, so is it instead of or in addition to?

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The Rock Over Cena, What Next?

WrestleMania 28 has come and gone. The dust has settled, and the results are in.

The winner of possibly the biggest main event in ‘Mania history, The Rock vs John Cena is…

THE ROCK! (If you Smell!!!! cue the music)

I’m kinda, sorta happy with the result. Yes, I wore a Rock shirt whilst I was watching The Show of Shows at a Buffalo Wild Wings. Yes, I chanted “Cena Sucks” during the back and forth chants. Yet, all I truly wanted was a good showing. Part of me actually wanted Cena to win.

Most people who tried to figure out the outcome from an unbiased perspective, saw Cena coming out on top.

I was one of those people!

Would it not make sense to have the man that, for better or for worse, is the face of the company to come out on top despite all the “haters” and “rise above”? Why have The Rock, although one of the greatest, win if he isn’t a full time superstar?

What does it say when the guy who hasn’t wrestled one on one in about 7 years pins your company’s main guy to the mat and picks up a clean victory?

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In Lieu of the Preemption of the Radio show…

Apparently my show has been preempted today… It sucks because I had a lot of articles ready to discuss that I took some time finding.

So, in an effort to ensure it isn’t a complete and total waste, I’ll post the articles below.

This way, you may read the ones you find most interesting and read them at your own leisure.

Please make sure to comment below so that we may have some sort of discussion on the topics.

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SMACKTalk S2 Episode 4!

Eric from The Fanboy Next Door has returned after short, two week hiatus.

This episode we discuss:

RAW

Smackdown

Road to Wrestlemania

Behind the Curtain

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News Update

Some  more quick peeks at what is going on around the world!

  • Federal Reserve officials are considering a new type of bond buying program designed to subdue worries about future inflation if they decide to take new steps to boost the economy in the months ahead.
  • Consumer borrowing rose at an 8.6% annual rate in January, sustaining a trend that began late last year… So people are obviously borrowing, but are they paying back?
  • Apple unveiled the latest iPad, which features a sharper image display and faster communications
  • The Justice Department has warned Apple and five big US publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise e-book prices

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***Note on “The Reality Behind Girls and ‘Nice Guys’”***

I did not realize how controversial and debated my last article, “The Reality Behind Girls and ‘Nice Guys’“, would be.

As such, I feel it is appropriate to write this post to try to explain what I meant as I was writing the last article.

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Episode 3 of SMACKTalk!

Episode 3 of SMACKTalk is now up on YouTube!

This quick episode includes a RAW Recap and discussion on Road to WrestleMania!

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The Reality Behind Girls and ‘Nice Guys’

The following post concerns a topic that has been highly contested among girls and boys, men and women for quite some time. I will be discussing what I feel to be the truth about the relationship (or lack there-of) between girls and the ‘nice guys’ that never quite seem to get the upper hand.

For starters, let’s just go over what the issue is. The basic sentiment is that girls never pick the nice guys, but instead go for the assholes (if you’d excuse my language). Then the girls go on to complain about how they can’t find a good guy to take care of them. Guys, upon hearing this, become upset because they know they’re good guys but usually end up ‘friend-zoned’ with no way of escape. Because of this, girls are stupid for creating assholes out of the good guys who are just looking for a way to compete and get the girl of their dreams. I believe that about sums it up.

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News Update

Here’s another quick look at some of the big stories going on around the world…

  • The European Central Bank gave $700 billion in cheap, three year loans to 800 lenders, the central bank’s latest effort to arrest the financial crisis.
  • The GM/Peugeot Citroen European alliance is a change for the French auto maker’s founding family which will see holdings diluted.
  • Copper prices are rising even as warehouses in China, a big consumer of the metal, are filling with it.

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