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Flesh Guitar [Paperback]

Geoff Nicholson
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4 Mar 1999
Into the Havoc Bar and Grill walks Jenny Slade, guitar heroine. Her misogynistic, drunk audience will take a lot of impressing. But the object she brings from her case is like no guitar they have ever seen - it is part deadly weapon, part creature from some alien lagoon.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (4 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575402024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575402027
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,968,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Flesh Guitar by Geoff Nicholson 10 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
Very poor book and I only read about half of it. It might attract some sort of cult audience I guess but it is not literature in any sense of the word.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Road To Nowhere 1 Sep 2002
By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Definitely the weakest of the three Nicholson books I've read (the other two being Bleeding London and Still Life With Volkswagen), this novel haphazardly follows the career of Jenny Slade, an avant-garde female guitar player. Other readers have criticized it's lack of narrative framework or traditional plot, but I think it adheres fairly closely to the traditional "quest for knowledge" structure. The problem is that the various incidents and episodes fail to add up to the larger knowledge or truth that is implicit in such a structure.
Over the course of the book, Jenny appears as a vision and converses with various guitar gods right before they die, including Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain, and also dispenses advice to a young Frank Zappa. Intermingled are her encounters with fictional musicians, the most captivating of which is the one-armed Freddie Terrano and his band of worshipers. Intermingled are excerpts from the "Journal of Sladean Studies", an uber-fanzine written by her favorite fan. Ultimately, it's a surreal hodgepodge that is intermittently entertaining, but kind of meanders to nowhere. In that sense, I think Nicholson is rather like Jonathan Lethem, who is also capable of great writing and wild ideas, some of which are genius, and some of which flop. For Nicholson, this is a flop.
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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...wildly inventive, my ass... 29 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you want to read a poorly written book with no plot and very little to no understanding of music or guitars or the creative process, Flesh Guitar is for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Directionless and a bit pointless 25 July 2000
By Miriam M. Lain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is indeed Nicholson's weakest book. A series of vignettes and anecdotes that taken individually would be fun, are presented in the place of a traditional narrative or even an overt message. These tales of the flesh guitar simply don't add up to much.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big letdown 25 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a fan of Nicholson, hands down, this is the weakest of his work. It's a surreal story set in a post-modern guitar rock fantasy world that goes nowhere. (Was he experimenting with a new style?) After all the brilliant plots, characters, and dialogue; this was a huge letdown.
1.0 out of 5 stars Flesh Guitar - Worst Novel 25 Mar 2005
By Kevin Kasm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the most poorly written books I've ever had the discomfort of reading. It lacks style, imagination and depth. I suppose it could possibly entertain 13 to 16 year old wanna-be musician's, but if your over that age, then don't waste your time. This book is not even comedic. Don't waste your money. Instead buy Angels & Demons or Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy --Something with content...-Anything but this...No offense to Geoff Nicholson the author
3.0 out of 5 stars A Road To Nowhere 1 Sep 2002
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Definitely the weakest of the three Nicholson books I've read (the other two being Bleeding London and Still Life With Volkswagen), this novel haphazardly follows the career of Jenny Slade, an avant-garde female guitar player. Other readers have criticized it's lack of narrative framework or traditional plot, but I think it adheres fairly closely to the traditional "quest for knowledge" structure. The problem is that the various incidents and episodes fail to add up to the larger knowledge or truth that is implicit in such a structure.
Over the course of the book, Jenny appears as a vision and converses with various guitar gods right before they die, including Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain, and also dispenses advice to a young Frank Zappa. Intermingled are her encounters with fictional musicians, the most captivating of which is the one-armed Freddie Terrano and his band of worshipers. Intermingled are excerpts from the "Journal of Sladean Studies", an uber-fanzine written by her favorite fan. Ultimately, it's a surreal hodgepodge that is intermittently entertaining, but kind of meanders to nowhere. In that sense, I think Nicholson is rather like Jonathan Lethem, who is also capable of great writing and wild ideas, some of which are genius, and some of which flop. For Nicholson, this is a flop.
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