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My Favorite Band Does Not Exist Hardcover – July 11, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
Clarion Books, 2011
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert T. Jeschonek, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist (Clarion Books, 2011)
Finally, someone wrote the ultimate hipster book!
No, no, I kid. Read more
The premise is a fascinating one, and the first half of the book was intriguing. After that, however, it became apparent that Mr. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Gypsi Phillips Bates
My daughter finally got around to reading this, and she says she "liked it ok." She's generally a good reader, so that was not the most enthusiastic endorsement. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Bookenator
Exellent read not just for teens. I just happened upon this book up at my local library not really thinking much of it but it really sucks you in. I finished it that same day. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by Samantha C.
This is one of those books I wanted to like but kept getting stuck in and quitting. I think I returned to it three times, inching in deeper, until finally forcing my way through. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by ThatUmbrellaGuy
Three stories run in parallel in this novel. In the first, a young man named Idea Deity tries to evade his parents' cult's bodyguards, with the help of a stranger named Eunice. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Arts Lover Karen
I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded really interesting and seemed really interesting when I started. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by jennahw
This "My Favorite Band Does Not Exist" is a playful and intriguing take on the idea of alternate realities and teenaged angst. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by E. Talerico
The author of `My Favorite Band Does Not Exist' set himself a very complex task: weaving three different, but very related, plot lines together. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Laurie A. Brown