Haven’t had much fun reading recently. Lots on the history project that’s fascinating and great, but that’s focused reading. I’ve also been dissecting some novels for nefarious purposes (don’t worry, I’m a doctor . . . just not that kind of doctor). So what’s on the fun list?

Jonathan Snowden, Shooters. It’s a history of the legit tough guys in pro wrestling. And it’s fantastic. Snowden is best known as a journalist of the MMA world, and his history of MMA was very good. As something of a conassiour of pro wrestling history, let me tell you, most of it is garbage. Much of it is still under kayfabe, a lot of the “true stories” are full of crap, as are most wrestler’s bios (mythmaking and career protection and ax grinding being the recipe for most). But Snowden’s got great research chops and picked many of the most fascinating characters from wrestling’s dying days as a combat art (including some I didn’t even know! Huzzah!).

Also on deck, Steve Tem and Tom Pic’s latest, and a few zillion other things. Wouldn’t mind finishing that Eisenhower bio I started when I finished my thesis . . . so little time!



About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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