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A Sharply Struck E7 [Kindle Edition]

Selkirk Doon
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Book Description

Committing to Rock and Roll means committing to rage, rebellion and excess. For Rock guitarist Moss, these concepts have become his marrow. To some, he is unmatched in electrifying an audience. To others, Moss would be better off if he electrocuted himself plugging in his guitar. Moss himself would agree with both sentiments. His nights are punk-blues ranting, jamming and partying with his band. His days are spent traversing a dark, dirty, big Midwestern city. His guitar on his back, he comments with gusto on the absurdity of how life on the edge somehow coexists with normalcy. On his walks, he learns from and interacts with misfits and conformists who either love him or hate him. Spirits embrace, spirits clash. Through it all Moss must decide if he can continue to rely on fate opening doors for him, or if fate has already abandoned him to rely on himself only - a sketchy proposition, at best.
Wild, sardonic and intensely vivid, E7 electrifies the reader. This is a book for a reader who demands that life is to be lived on his or her own terms. A book that proclaims we are all brilliant, that we are all ridiculous, that we are all required to believe in something that feeds our soul. Even if that something might eventually forge our doom.

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  • File Size: 253 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DFTA72
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Beat May 7, 2013
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In the beat style of truth-seeking ramble for the sake of rambling while seeking the truth, this is an honest line. Moss, the protagonist, narrates the days of his life like scenes going by his window, and he frequently turns the mirror on himself. He is self-absorbed and cynical, and not a very likable character. But as he eviscerates all the people he encounters down to the bare skeleton and then fleshes them back together again, we begin to wonder if it is really him that is the problem. Is it possible that he absorbs the suffering of others, only to transform it to hate and fling it back in our faces? Maybe being an insensitive young man is his coping mechanism, and he would commit suicide if he had to internalize the pain and keep it.

Whatever the case, this is nothing if not character-driven, and the clarity of conscience is astonishing. There is no plot or Master Plan, but those things are antithetical to this hero's journey anyway. It is virtually timeless except for the occasional political reference. It's in some city in the American Heartland, but not any one of them in particular.

This book analyzes desperation and the human experience, ultimately affirming that Man is a bad animal. It reminds us that we look away from the homeless and go on killing time, but somewhere deep down, there's a sick little cringing feeling inside. We really don't care about that wasted, suicidal soul on the street-- but we should, but we don't. There is a lie that gets covered up. That's what's eating Moss. He may know that too, and when he thinks too much about it, he plays guitar. And it must be a sharply struck E7 that takes the pain away, and makes other people feel better too, just for a little while, just as long as the E7 rings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On a Trip to ? May 2, 2013
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This novel consists of a series of vignettes narrated in first person, present tense, by Moss, an alienated 26-year old rock musician. It lacks a linear plot, arc, turning point, conclusion, and most other elements of a traditional story. Moss spends much of it roaming streets, finding his way in a world he never made, encountering various oddball characters and losers. He has few friends, and holds most others he encounters in contempt. Why not? A few he meets: his disdainful stepfather, a female wrestler, music store punks, a bong store clerk, drunks, prostitutes, and so forth. Moss may be mentally disturbed, or not. He is self-absorbed, contemptuous of societal norms, and seems emotionally dulled. At one point, he shows true feeling when a Latino boy asks him to stand in for his dead father. Later, he spurns the boy, declaring, "I'm nothing if not a dead end to others' hopes and dreams." An articulate statement of his nihilism. There is not much to like in Moss, although his tale provides insight into the mind of an alienated young man. Selkirk Doon, the author, writes with considerable energy. The story moves along. Although most of it is narrated by Moss in a rambling style reminiscent of Henry Miller, at times Moss reverts to conventional storytelling techniques using straightforward description and dialogue. As a reader, I prefer the latter and feel it was more effective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing & Memorable May 1, 2013
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This book was fascinating due to the complex descriptions used to purvey the intricate thoughts that struck the chords within the mind of a seemingly dejected musician. I enjoyed `A Sharply Struck E7' because it was unapologetic in what it tried to convey, yet it was still freely flowing and sometimes subtle in the words that were written on the page.

Reoccurring themes such as music, youth, despair, and complicated relationships liter the pages in the same way that the various decrepit and unusual characters that Moss comes into contact with on his various walks throughout the city streets appear so frequently. This book succeeds in it's imagery and in the philosophical thoughts that are offered up to the reader to ponder, but at times I felt somewhat lost, trying to search for what the core purpose of the narrative was.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy the story, because I most certainly did, and it should be noted that Selkirk Doon is an extremely talented writer who is capable of creating an elaborate sentence without it coming across as being forced. My only main criticism is that perhaps this work could have tried to focus on a more traditional layout, with a clear beginning, middle and end. While certain things stood out to me, like the failing relationship Moss had with his girlfriend Dexter, and his strong dislike of his stepfather, other things fell to the wayside as I tried to find the true meaning of what E7 was searching for. In the end, perhaps the real goal of what this book was trying to achieve was for the reader to become lost within it's pages, and if so, then that objective was accomplished with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sharply Struck E7 April 30, 2013
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I have met the author, however I do not know him very well. A wonderful guy from the interactions that I did have with him and I feel he wrote a wonderful book. I wish I was still working with him so I could pick his brain as to how this book came to life. I am very pleased that he decided to follow a passion that I'm assuming he's always had. Great job brother and please keep the books coming, I will always continue to read them.
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Selkirk Doon lives in the northern USA, is a drummer in a rock and roll band and believes it is a writer's duty to write what's in his or her soul, and not just what is selling these days. Among his literary influences, Doon lists Henry Miller, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane and Kurt Vonnegut. Doon also draws huge amounts of inspiration from independent/alternative music, and film makers Fellini, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Tarantino and the Coen brothers. Doon is currently hard at work on his next project.


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