Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rock Bottom Review and Giveaway! CLOSED

This giveaway is now CLOSED! Congratulations to Susan Helene Gottfried of West of Mars for winning this book!


Here is some information on this book from the Hachette Book Group website...


Once, the Blood Orphans had it all: a million-dollar recording contract from Warner Brothers, killer hooks, and cheekbones that could cut glass. Four pretty boys from Los Angeles, they were supposed to be the next big thing, future kings of rock and roll.

But something happened on the way to glory, and now, two years later, along with their coke-fueled, mohawked female manager, they have washed up in Amsterdam for the final show of their doomed and dismal European tour. The singer has become a born-again Buddhist who preaches from the stage, the bass player's raging eczema has turned his hands into a pulpy mess, the drummer is a sex-fiend tormented by the misdeeds of his porn-king father, and the guitar player--the only talented one--is thoroughly cowed by the constant abuse of his bandmates.

As they stumble through their final day together, the Blood Orphans find themselves on a comic tour of frustration, danger, excitement, and just possibly, redemption.


Michael Shilling is a Lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices. A recovering rock musician, he played the drums in The Long Winters, as well as numerous other bands in Seattle. Currently, he is working on a novel set in Victorian England.


MY REVIEW

This book was tough for me to take. It is packed full of profanity and vulgarity. I have never read a novel that used the F-word so often. I don't question the authenticity of the descriptions- I'm sure they mirror real life for many people. Unfortunately I found very little humour in such a tragic way of life. When I try to get past the darkness of the storyline I do think Shilling wrote very well. In fact I think I would enjoy a less raunchy novel by this author. I found Rock Bottom depressing with very few redeeming qualities.

If you would like to give this novel a try I am willing to give my Advanced Reading Copy up. But please be warned- Rock Bottom has very strong language and disturbing imaging.

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149 comments:

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, Tara. I posted this over at Win a Book, and you know I don't usually enter contests, except this is right up my alley, with its rock and roll theme... so go on and enter me, please!

Merry Christmas!

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Nicole said...

Looks like an interesting book.

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I love to read and this looks like a good one.

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K said...

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Cheryl F said...

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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Interesting that a university professor would write a book containing so much profanity - but yes, I'd like to read it and see if it fits the rock experience!

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This honestly sounds like a good book. I work in a factory and I'm kind of numb to swear words.

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sito50 said...

Judging from the blurb and your review, this sounds realistic and - yes - depressing. I'd like to give it a read for myself. Thanks for offering it in this giveaway.

Heather said...

This looks a bit different that what I usually read, but I would love to give it a try, it does look interesting.

Jean F said...

Sounds like a fictional version of Bauhaus, only the lead singer became a Sufi!

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This book does sound interesting, even though the author drops the f-bomb a little too much. I'd like to read it, so thanks for the chance to win!

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I love to read almost anything..and would love to read this.

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As an aspiring writer I love to read everything and anything! Please enter me into this contest!

blown96cobra said...

I was once the girl "with the band"...sounds like an interesting book. Would be better to read about from the outside looking in. Thanks for the opportunity.

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angie said...

Depressing or not, it sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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