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Beige Hardcover – May 8, 2007
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While her mother is off on an archaeological dig, Katy is forced to leave Montreal and go to Los Angeles to visit her long-lost father. Her father, The Rat, is a drummer for the punk band Suck, and his apartment is a messeven the soap is dirty. When he asks what Katy might like to do in L.A., she thinks, There is nothing I want to do in L.A. Not one thing. Except leave. Castellucci gives a fresh spin to the familiar exiled-teen plot by mixing details of the L.A. punk scene with memorable characters and witty dialogue. Nicknamed Beige for her bland personality by Lake (a girl bribed to befriend her), Katy becomes the merch girl, selling T-shirts for Lake's band, even though she hates its music. But by the end of the story, Katy has lost some of her Beige ways, and the lessons she has learned will help her deal with a sudden change in her mother's plans. Chapter titles of punk songs and band names will give readers a starting point for learning more about the music. Consider this pure Nirvana. Dobrez, Cindy
About the Author
Cecil Castellucci is an author, filmmaker, actress, and singer-songwriter. She says, "When I first moved to Los Angeles from Montreal, I wrote in a café owned by Eric Melvin from NOFX, had Thanksgiving dinner with Tim Armstrong from Rancid, and had my taxes done by a guy who was in the Circle Jerks. Everyone was So-Cal Punk crazy and I felt so . . . beige. I wondered what it would be like to grow up around adults that cool, especially if you were plopped into that scene when it wasn’t yours." She lives in Los Angeles.
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Darcy Flammarion is a teenaged albino girl who wanders the Southern countryside slaying monsters on the orders of an angel. This is an (outdated) anthology of her adventures.
I've read many authors who like to write about how they write and why they write, etc. Kiernan is that rarity, an author whose autobiographical musings are interesting. In her preface, she points out that a Darcy would despise her creator if she was aware of her. In her afterword, she describes a late night meeting on a dark road where she met her inspiration for the Bailiff, an anecdote almost as troubling as the story it partially inspired.
I love her crazy, original plots, even if they are the creation of a writer to hates to plot. I love how she uses Southern ladies' societies and trailer parks and roadside filing stations and abandoned Baptist churches and birds and swamps and dinosaurs and stuffed bears. I love how she can get inside the mind of outsiders, whether the outsiders are suicides or mad women or homicidal fanatics or flat-out monsters. I love her style, which I don't the vocabulary to describe. I'll just say that is hers alone.
Buy this book! You'll be glad you did.
For long time fans, it's a fantastic addition. It adds to the growing mythos and explores one of the most fascinating characters that Kiernan has ever created. For those that have never read Kiernan before, this book is a very easy introduction to her work and presents it in easy-to-digest chunks - a series of short-stories with one primary protagonist.
Another really nice feature is two (2) tables of contents, one in the order the stories were first produced and another in the order the stories actually take place. I chose to follow that second index, others may prefer to keep with the way the author originally presented these stories.
In summary, I can highly recommend this book for fans and fans-to-be alike. If you like dark fantasy, Lovecraftian horror through a uniquely American-gothic filter, a gorgeous use of language, intensely deep and deeply fascinating characters, and stories that stick with you long after you read them - then this is the book for you. Buy it. Read it. Love it.