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Daron's Guitar Chronicles: Volume Eight (Volume 8) Paperback – October 16, 2015
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
About the Author
Cecilia Tan has been writing professionally since she was Daron’s age in the 1980s. She sold her first fiction in the early 90s, and her short stories have appeared in Nerve, Ms. Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Best American Erotica. She is the author of many books, including some romances and some with gay themes, including Slow Surrender, Black Feathers, The Velderet, White Flames, Mind Games, The Siren and the Sword, The Hot Streak, The Tower and the Tears, and Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords. She is also the founder and editorial director of Circlet Press. Find out more at http://blog.ceciliatan.com
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Finally it is a story about coming out. Yes, the hero is a homosexual. That is actually less central to the story and the coming of age tale and the view of the r&r industry. Although less central, it allows the author, Cecelia Tan, to explore a tremendous number of issues that a hero's heterosexuality would make more difficult to access. THIS IS NOT GAY EROTICA. It is modern fiction at its best.
The retrospective of r&r during the period is the best and most accurate I have read. Twenty years earlier I had been part of the industry. It was fascinating to see how little had changed in two decades. Today, of course, the large recording and publishing companies are in their death throes. There is a foreshadowing of that in this book, but I won't spoil it for you. The music is presented just right, the venues are all accurately described, and when something occurs on a specific date at a specific location, Tan has even researched the local weather.
Characters are fully three-dimensional. Tan is able to engage the reader in a character with but a few brushstrokes. When a character has been in two or more chapters, the reader feels asthough she or he has known the character her or his entire life. What other authors take a chapter to describe Tan conveys in less than a paragraph. And, characters are realistic, never cardboard. The really sweet woman can be bitchy, the even-tempered man can lose his equanimity, the villain can do some nice things. Tan spares not a single character from this sort of complexity.
At the moment this is an eight-book collection. I bet you can't read just one.
Honestly, when I first started this book, I was confused. I mean, I was reading the eighth book in the series when I've never read #1-7. You know, that is really sucky. I hate when I do that to myself because it makes me think more than I want to when i just want enjoy a new author.
This book was not overly graphic and for that, I can be grateful for that. Even the slight mention of sex makes my face tomato red and I just don't need that in public.
Would I go back and read the first seven...? Absolutely. Plus it would just drive me insane that I didn't read them now. I think that I want to go back to the 80s and meet these characters. Can I just leave reality now? Thanks.