Tag: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Stephen King – Revival | Review

Title: Revival

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 390

Rating: 3/5

 

 

This is one of King’s more recent books and so that’s probably why I hadn’t picked it up until now. It’s been sitting on my shelves for a while, but I always have a big pile of King books ready to go at any one time. I wasn’t particularly impressed by this one, but then I wasn’t expecting too much of it either. In fact, it’s one of the few King books that I just haven’t really heard anything about.

Here, the main themes are rock ‘n’ roll and religious leadership, as epitomised by the two main characters. What’s weird about that is that it ended up reminding me of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, King’s son, because the main character in that had similarities to this one, at least at times.

Honestly, I couldn’t recommend this book over any of King’s others, but it’s not necessarily bad. It’s just not got the magic that some of King’s other work has, and I don’t think it does a great job of representing him. At the same time, other than disagreeing with some of the science and not enjoying the way it basically turned into Frankenstein, it was decent enough. I read it in the space of two or three days and it didn’t drag.

 

Stephen King
Stephen King

 

So all in all, I’m glad I picked this up because I’m still working through King’s back catalogue, but I’m also glad that I didn’t go out of my way to get to it. At least it was better than Black House, which he co-wrote with Peter Straub, and it didn’t waffle on for as long, either. In fact, it’s relatively short for a Stephen King novel, but other than that it does follow some of his tried and tested formulae. It has a lacklustre ending for a start, which is pretty much a King tradition.

I probably wouldn’t recommend reading this unless you’re already a King fan, but if you are a King fan then go ahead when you get round to it. Look on the bright side. At least it isn’t From a Buick 8. And it also has a little excerpt of Bag of Bones in the back of it, if that’s of interest.

 

Stephen King Quote
Stephen King Quote

 

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Terry Pratchett – Soul Music | Review

Title: Soul Music

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 384

Rating: 8/10

 

Terry Pratchett - Soul Music

Terry Pratchett – Soul Music

 

Soul Music is about Death, but not about death – it’s about the anthropomorphic personification, the tall guy with the scythe, and not the thing that happens where people stop moving. And it’s also about rock music, or at least, it’s the Discworld’s equivalent – music with rocks in. And everyone knows that Death would be a killer bassist, right? He’s got long fingers!

I’m not going to dig into the story line, because it’s kind of complex and I think it’s better for you to discover it by actually reading the book. However, I can tell you that if you’re a lover of music then you’re going to love this, because there are all sorts of little references that are lying in wait for you to pick up on them. In fact, I personally found it to be one of the more relatable Pratchett books, even if I wouldn’t say it was my favourite.

The main problem with trying to pick out a Discworld book is that there’s just so much choice, because there are better books than Soul Music – really, though, it’s still very much worth reading, especially if you’re a musician or if Death is your favourite character. Pratchett’s in top form throughout the novel, and it was actually written and released during what I consider to be his strongest period – another good reason to read it!

 

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

 

The characterisation is excellent here as well, and so are the parallels with our own world – two of the musicians start calling themselves ‘Buddy‘ and ‘Cliff‘, for example. If you don’t recognise those references, then you’re probably not going to enjoy the book as much as you would if you love sixties rock ‘n’ roll, like I do.

So overall, I would definitely recommend Soul Music, and whilst you might also want to think about checking out some of the City Watch novels and some of Pratchett’s later work, it can’t hurt to start here, either. By now, you should have enough of an idea to make your mind up – if you do decide to read it, come back and let me know what you thought. Might re-read it myself, as it goes – we’ll have to see!

 

Terry Pratchett on the difference between erotic and kinky...

Terry Pratchett on the difference between erotic and kinky…

 

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