Tuesday, May 29

Book Review: Hollywood Stories

Author:  Stephan Schochet
Title: Hollywood Stories
Genre: Nonfiction, biography
Pages: e-book
First Published: November 29th, 2010
Where I Got It: 
Read this and reviewed this for Promotional Book Tours at Ever After pr to give my honest opinion.

"Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book -- a special blend of biography, history and lore.

Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world's most fascinating, unpredictable industry!

What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, "packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales." 

Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary characters and icons and will keep you totally entertained!"

I read this for Ever After pr. When this book was offered I jumped up on it and was one of the first to sign up! Being a girl in love with the old films and the old time actors/actresses this seemed like the book for me. 

I'll be honest though...I'm a little upset about this book. This book let me down. Yes, I highly enjoyed the little stories about actors and directors and etc. I remember my mom telling me some of these, so it was fun to see the story told by an "expert". Many of the stories made me giggle, laugh, or "awwwww". 

The part of the book that was a disappointment was the tone and set up of the book. I'm pretty sure Stephen Schochet wasn't a writer and this was his first book. However, I would LOVE to sit in on his tour. He seems like he would be an amazing tour guide! It just didn't seem to work transferring the stories he tells unto paper just....didn't....seem to work well. 

Overall, I enjoyed the stories themselves but not the way the stories were presented and written. I did like Stephen Schochet's tone and I would love to go on one of tours, but his writing style didn't really do it for me. It's hard to explain, but it is the way it is. Don't let my slightly negative view keep you away from checking out this book...you'll enjoy reading the stories of Hollywood's granddaddys and grandmamas. Out of five stars, I have no choice but to give this 2 stars. :( 

Oh, I don't really have any favorite characters or not-so favorite characters, so I'll skip this. ^.^


Blodeuedd said...

Too bad it did not work for you :/ I know you like the old good movies. But alas

Carole Rae said...

Can't win them all I guess.