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Not bad, but worth a read.
on 17 May 2006
Being a proper music fan, and taking into account Tony Parson's NME background AND his other great books, I was, dare I say it, slightly disappointed. Parson's does have the ability to use a clever mix of emotional and descriptive language that as a reader just makes his books worthier than other authors . This book however, seemed to lack the potential to invoke empathy with some of the central characters.
I honestly started to have trouble separating Terry from Leon and then from Ray, but I do like the format of a character's story per sub-chapter, as Parson's demonstrated with his last novel.
Another drawback is just having Misty as the only main female, a strong woman, but no chance for me to have any empathy with her. It's Terry I feel for when she sneaks off with another character. I loved the music/band references and Leon's disco awakening was moderately amusing, coupled with the Red Mist Fanzine sub-plot.
I just remember feeling more sympathy with the characters from 'The Family Way' when compared to this novel, but nevertheless there are some highlights.
Any Zep fans who then found themselves seduced by three-chord nonsense and pogo-ing when punk reared its spitting head will find some things to relate to here. Not bad Tony, but see me after school. I'm off to meet Dag.