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Robert T. Jeschonek "sees the world like no one else sees it, and makes incredibly witty, incisive stories out of that skewed worldview."—Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Starship series
 
"Recalling outsider films like Donnie Darko or Gregg Araki's Teenage Apocalypse trilogy, this proudly surreal piece of metafiction could develop a cult following."—Publishers Weekly
 
"This first novel has all the look of a cult fave: baffling to many, an anthem for a few, and unlike anything else out there."—Booklist, starred review
 
"It is also, however, a brilliantly developed and impeccably presented story that will engage readers immediately and keep them intrigued through to the last twists."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"Libraries looking for a strong addition to their science-fiction collections will want to invest in this sophisticated novel."—School Library Journal

About the Author

Robert T. Jeschonek's short stories have appeared in anthologies published by DAW (a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin), several Star Trek anthologies published by Pocket Books, and in numerous print and online magazines. He has also written stories for DC Comics and is working on a Twitter serial called "Shave," forthcoming in 2011. For more information, please visit him on the web at www.thefictioneer.com. This is Robert's first novel. He lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054737027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547370279
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookworm1858 VINE VOICE on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
Clarion Books, 2011
325 pages
YA; Fantasy
3/5 stars

Source: Received a free ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely one of the most unique books I've ever read with a premise I'm not sure I can describe. The writing is mostly clear (especially with the confusion of plot) with likable characters and there were some interesting thoughts about failure, control, and authorial dictates. But because of the plot, I didn't feel entirely connected to the book as a whole.

I will try to explain without spoiling anything because this was wonderfully different with a general sense of happiness for me and worth a try if you can get this at the library. Idea Deity is on the run and suffering from Deity Syndrome, the suspicion that he is a character in a novel where the author while kill him (in this case, in chapter 64). His chapters alternate with Reacher Mirage, lead singer of the secret band Youforia. Their lives intersect when Idea realizes that his made-up band Youforia has taken on a life of its own and Reacher realizes that some one is leaking details about his band that would have been impossible to know. Somehow their lives are overlapping and intersecting; mixed up in this is the novel that both guys are reading called Fireskull's Revenant and a mysterious girl with a face on both sides of her head.

I hope that makes sense although it might not because I spent much of the book somewhat confused. Each story within itself made sense but as they started overlapping, my confusion grew. Suffice it to say that there is a very real reason for the similarities in their lives and that most is explained even if I didn't quite catch it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garman Lord on June 30, 2011
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Robert T. Jeschonek is a seasoned magazine writer, blogger, serial and short feature writer in as many media as you can count. This, however, is his first novel, and in my opinion, for whatever it's worth, it's a dandy first outing. I say "for whatever it's worth" because it's a first for me too; my first peek into the world of Young Adult Urban Fantasy, the genre shelf where this novel hangs its hat.

If you're new to this genre yourself, you're in for quite a ride. Its spirit is indeed hi-tech urbanized, gothy, punky, imbued with its appropriate quotient of teen angst and chronic misgiving, full of youthful high spirits and hijinx, but not frivolously so; the serious side of life is maintained and respected. Withal, it kind of takes me back, in a way. However, more important is its foray into the conventions of a genre that is still novel enough to be experimental; a world where much of even familiar reality is not quite, or at least reliably, familiar. In our mundane universe, even hippie kids don't often have names like Idea Deity or Eunice Truant, the lead characters here, or the equally strange monikers/avatars which apply to them in other parallel universes they simultaneously inhabit and must deal with, in the course of the convoluted plotting unfolding in these pages, to get where they're bound.

These other parallel universes, of which there would appear to be at least two, or maybe even three or four, in play, are the first clue that what Eunice and Idea are bound on is a quest, in the classic story-telling sense, however non-standard and non-classic the terms of their quest may be. A quest for love? At least partly. A quest for self-identity and self-worth, the meaning of life and such? Most definitely. Entertainingly, as well as edifyingly, so?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KnC Books on June 6, 2011
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Deity's Syndrome: "Multisystemic symptoms resulting from a psychosomatic manisfestation of the unshakable fear that the patient is a character in a novel".

That mouthful of psychological jargon is the diagnosis for the character of Ideal Deity in Robert T. Jeschonek's "My Favorite Band Does Not Exist". It also sets the stage for a wild allegorical ride through philosophical thought from the Greeks to modern Western philosophy.

The characters we meet are always more than they seem. Symbolism is rife in every name, occupation, and physical description. Janus, two-faced god of beginnings and transitions makes an early appearance, albeit in female form, and is there to guide Ideal along the path from existential solipism, through Cartesian dualism, and finally to nondualist enlightenment. Along the way we meet Descartes' "evil genius" and a host of mythological and religious figures as friends, foes, or fellow travelers. All of this is set in the current world of online music, Twitter, and the Internet - well, except where it moves into a different reality.

Jeschonek does a great job of matching the actual format of the book to the story. You know when you are reading the book within the book because, well it's a book within the book! The language and concepts are accessible; this is not a philosophy text full of 6 syllable words. As the novel moves towards its closing, the story does gather speed, flipping through reality like a deck of cards in "Alice in Wonderland", and it can be a little hard for the reader to keep up.

The question in the back of my mind throughout this fast-moving book was, "Would a teenager like this?
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