- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 984 KB
- Print Length: 418 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578068850
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Infinitum Publishing (19 Aug. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IB0100
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The premise of the book is great and I'm sure that Jason and all of the people he met on his adventure had an amazing time. However, it's very repetitive and often comes across as one long, drunken frat party. OK, so there a few turns of event to puncture the deja vu, but it all just stumbles along. There's no humour to bring it to life or any real sense of narrative to make it interesting for readers who weren't actually part of the group of people who took part.
All of this may have been forgivable, but for one crucial issue. This book is SO badly written. It has all the hallmarks of a swiftly scribbled diary that has been reproduced without a single minute of time spent re-reading or editing it. The style of writing is all over the place, with some shocking use of grammar that I found very distracting from the off. He constantly mixes tenses, sometimes in the same sentence, and has a terrible habit of using redundancies like "return back" time after time. At one point he even refers to Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament as their "base player" (sic)! And when the love interest comes along... oh dear, it gets toe-curlingly bad!
To be honest, Jason Leung isn't entirely to blame. He's a guy who took an exciting trip, wanted to tell that story and simply wrote what he experienced. However, the publishers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to be released as it is. It's seems like an editor's pen hasn't been anywhere near it.
This book could have been so much tighter and more exciting, but as it stands, it's little more than a blog with a cover on it. All I can say is, I'm glad I only paid the Kindle price!
For dedication to the fantastic music of Pearl Jam, five stars! For this book... sadly just two.
I didn't know much more than that basic premise, but as I got into the book, realised it was more than just fans in a van and a band they loved. It's an international adventure and human story, with these young guys discovering just how friendly the world is when you approach it the right way.
Starting across Canada, the book does represent a real road trip, which as everyone knows, is kinda awkward and a bit stilted. But after a few stops and seat swaps, you settle right in. After a slow start, the book does too, finding a real rhythmn as the guys discover the real family that is the Pearl Jam support around the world, and start having some real fun.
Things really kick in across the US, which is definitely the best section of the book. While Europe and Oz are fun and different, it's the life in the van that really makes this story.
Get some PJ tunes on while you watch it, and don't miss the Touring Van website for videos and stories of the endless characters you encounter throughout Jason Leung's adventures, because it's such a great tale you will be wanting to know what happened next.
An absolutely unmissable treat for anyone who loves Pearl Jam, or even if you have ever loved any band so much you wanted to follow them around the world. The author did just that, and does an incredible job taking us with him. Brilliant stuff.
I want to read it again as I found myself 'there in the moment' on many occasions.
I expected this to help me in my Pearl jam music discovery but it was so much more.
Do not hesitate, if you've got this far, take the plunge, it will be so rewarding.
The first 5 star review of a book I have given in a long time.
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Yeah,maybe Jason's grammar is poor at times,repetitive? Yes!
But who cares? This is Rock and Roll..not Shakespeare! Read more
This is a great read; Jason Leung went off on an adventure without too much thought but has managed to capture all the twists and turns that occured along the way with a lot of... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2011 by mcvicar