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By Ben Thompson

From sex-crazed gods to starving monsters, Ben Thompson brings mythical titans to lifestyles in stories of experience, bloodlust, and unrelenting badassitude.

because the starting of human heritage humans have created myths, tall stories, superheroes, and arch-villains—men and girls who launched into insane adventures, played striking feats of exceptional awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The delivery of a Legend, Ben Thompson compiles those fantastical stories from the start of time to at the present time and tells them within the thoroughly over-the-top demeanour within which they have been meant, together with:

Rama
The Indian god-king who led a military of monkeys opposed to the King of All Demons

Thor
The Viking god of thunder and remarkable hair, who beaten the skulls of giants with a ridiculously large hammer

Beowulf
An Anglo-Saxon hero so hardcore he may well arm-wrestle monsters' joints out in their sockets

Moby-Dick
The hate-filled literary behemoth who obliterated send hulls together with his face

Skuld
The Norse necromancer queen who summoned a horde of zombie berserkers

Dirty Harry Callahan
The prototypical modern day antihero and intensely embodiment of badass

From Publishers Weekly
In his first ebook, Badass, Thompson, writer of the website badassoftheweek.com, serious about warlords, samurai, pirates, and gunfighters who truly existed; during this follow-up, he turns to mythological badasses all through background. From Anubis and Zeus to Capt. James T. Kirk and Godzilla, Thompson gives you certain and adrenaline-fueled screeds on forty characters "whose tales of ball-crushing conquest are nonetheless extraordinary sufficient to make even the tamest readers are looking to take hold of up a sword and cross trying to find dragon meat." matters contain El Chupacabra ("this freakadelic ass-reaming spawn of Satan"); Diomedes ("the wanton slaughter of faceless jobbers is simply the start of awesomeness"); and, in a long-overdue tribute, the Daleks from health practitioner Who ("these murderous, automatic salt-shakers are vile constructs of natural evil"). thankfully, the publication comprises badass girls in addition to males, and Thompson's overheated prose rises even extra while describing the Indian goddess Kali: "When she's now not eating the entrails of the gods, getting inebriated on human blood, appearing her Dance of Annihilation... she shoots blood out of her mouth like a hearth hose... she's pretty well the main completely steel being ever." (Mar.)
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About the Author
Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of an internet site badassoftheweek.com considering the fact that 2004, and has written funny history-related columns for retailers comparable to Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the yank Mustache Institute. although he's by no means flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched somebody so not easy that his head exploded, he's thought of through many to be the world's preferable professional on badassitude. His first ebook, Badass, used to be published in 2009.

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They were kindred spirits, both looking for that big break. ” Before Valentino could scoop up his bride for the traditional ride across the threshold, she dashed inside ahead of him and bolted the door. Valentino spent his wedding night alone, and the marriage was never consummated. Friends suspected that Jean had been in love with someone else, and she admitted that she had married the struggling actor out of pity. Rather than set up house with her husband, she moved in with her intimate friend Grace Darmond.

W. The Eye of the Day MATA HARI (Aug. 7, 1876–Oct. 15, 1917) HER FAME: An exotic dancer famous for her sensational nude performances, Mata Hari was the toast of Europe in the early years of the 20th century. In 1917 she was executed by a French firing squad for acting as a German spy during WWI. Though her name now connotes a treacherous and fascinating female spy, it has never been proved that she was in fact a double agent. HER PERSON: Eighteen-year-old Gertrude Margareta Zelle, her convent schooling over, answered an Amsterdam newspaper ad supposedly placed by an army officer seeking a wife.

He arrived in New York City as Rodolfo Guglielmi, age 18, friendless and unable to speak the language. Rodolfo first sought work as a gardener and was employed on a millionaire’s estate until he wrecked his boss’ motorcycle. He went hungry for a time and was locked out of his hotel room for nonpayment of rent. But he learned English quickly and, with his suave European charms, he procured jobs as a dancing partner for unescorted ladies at cabarets and hotels. Women clamored to dance with the flirtatious young man, and soon he was offered professional dance spots.

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