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Tainted Paperback – January 3, 2014
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About the Author
JD Phillips is a native of Bartholomew County, Indiana. She attended IUPUC, where she majored in psychology and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University. She is currently employed by a residential treatment facility for troubled youth. She has been writing since childhood and has had several short works published in "Literalines," a magazine published out of IUPUC. Her first two novels were "Dreaming While You Sleep: Book One of Footprints on the Other Side," followed shortly thereafter by its sequel "A Beautiful Rain." "Tainted" was her third novel, which saw its debut in September 2006 and became the first to sell internationally. It was named first runner up in the 2007 Best Books of Indiana awards. Her fourth novel, "The Dead Pool," was released in 2007 and received an honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Festival. "Mad Angel" was released in July 2009.
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Something remarkable happened while I was reading this.Two-thirds of the way in, as I finished a chapter that dealt with recording and promoting an album, I had to remind myself that Nefarious was a fictional band. I had completely lost myself in the story.That's about the highest form of recommendation I can give.
Mai Evans is one of the most unique characters I've ever read... he's charasmatic, charming, and sometimes so melancholic that it's shocking.
Blue is easy to relate to, articulate, and understandable in a way it doesn't seem he could be.
Their story is breathtaking beyond words, and I'm running right now to buy everything this author has ever written.
Between Mai and Blue, strange coincidences became regular occurrences.Mai frequently disappeared in time. He would be there, but nearly catatonic, silent and still, yet, he heard everything. He wasn't physically aggressive, but he could throw daggers with his dark, multi-faceted coloured eyes, while becoming vicious with sarcasm. "It slipped away, did you see it?" "Death. The Dead pool. It was here and passed me by. Why does it do that, Blueski? Why does it pass me by?" Dark words tumbled out, the darker visions created a wishful fantasy waiting to be fulfilled. Self-negation, self doubt underscored Blue's thoughts. "You're only a freak if that's an acronym for beautiful," Mai said.
Mai had a fascination with old, decaying objects. Cemeteries, houses, buildings, inventions. He had an inexplicable love of crosses. Celtic. Christian. He loved and collected them. He had studied religions only to come to the same conclusion each time. "Different words. Different places. Different extremes, but all the same Sh#t." "He set free will out to be a trap, man. We're dammed if we disagree." Mai wanted to make people think, and possibly, reconsider old prejudices.
The trying life of an exceedingly popular band follows its ups and downs. Drugs. Alcohol abuse. Arguments. Fights. Jealousy. The fateful day arrived, but I will leave that for the reader. It is an unexpected twist, a dream within a dream. Enjoyed this.
Still very much a fan of this book, even 10 years later. It's one of the classics I pull from my bookshelf every time I need an engrossing read.
I found out about this book through an interview done through the Greek HIM fan club Dark Secret Club. After checking out the interview, and JD's myspace, I realized that this novel heavily influenced by the band HIM, Oscar Wilde, and Velvet Goldmine. Tainted is an erotic, sensual and ethereal trip through the mind of Blue, a vagabond who sees Mai Evans, the main character of the novel performing at a bar under the group name Nefarious. Mai is one of the most bewitching characters I've come across in literature. He's beautiful, charming, dangerous, and intelligent and some may say cursed. That's all I am willing to let slip. If you like stories of drugs, mental instability, homoeroticism, rock and roll and the pleasures of androgyny and eyeliner, this is the book for you.
I look forward to her future works. This is one author to watch.
Stephanie Kenrose, author of Amaya's Operator