Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! To all of those off at the BEA event....take some pics for me! To all of you still hanging around your humble abode...welcome to my world. If you haven't checked out the Armchair BEA fun over at There's A Book, be sure to take a moment. It's to help celebrate all the bookish fun to be had whether you fly to New York or not! In other news, my YEAR ONE BLOGOVERSARY contest is still open...entries accepted through 05/31/10. Don't forget there is a special link up with Nayuleska from Nayu's Reading Corner offering my international readers a chance to win as well! That's all for the update, now let's focus in on the meat of today's post....
It seems more often than not that the instant someone does something wrong, everyone turns their backs on them. I witnessed this recently with someone in our community. What they may have done (okay, more than likely did as it looks now) is wrong....no questions asked, hands down, I agree. HOWEVER, does that truly negate all the nice things they've ever done? I'm not suggesting that the wrong doing go unpaid for, I'm merely saying that defacing their entire character by erasing the memory of all the good they accomplished is not right either. The focus of today's book understands this lesson from a first person point of view quite clearly as I see it. Today's book of choice is....
Surviving the Steroid Underworld
This is the story of one man's journey from upstanding citizen to a rider of the edge of the law. Gregg Valentino...a name commonly heard in body building circles (no, I don't travel in them, but stay with me here...) for one of two reasons. First, a top notch "professional" in his sport and the go to man to find out how to better your body for showing. Second, a cautionary tale of "if it's wrong to start with it will catch up to you in the end no matter what your intentions really were". From coming on the scene as a natural body builder avoiding all the steroids and drugs that can cast a shadow on the form they've reached to not only partaking of them (the steroids, not other drugs) but dealing them to others to increase their physique, this is a life filled with many lessons learned...the hard way.
This book is in stores now so if you want a chance to see behind the public image, you merely need to seek it out. Special thanks to ECW Press for the ARC copy to review. (THANKS!) For more information on this book and other potential reads, check out their site or follow along on Twitter.
Here's the question that begs to be asked. Out of the books you've read, which one would you say was out of your usual "box" or comfort zone that you still decided to take a chance on? How was the experience? The comments on open....
Until next time....happy reading!