Yet More Book Coveting…


I know. If I spent as much time writing as I do coveting other peoples’ books, I’d have like twenty books out there on the shelves. And if I spent as much time reading, I would not complain about the different mountain peaks in here, comprised entirely of books waiting to be read.

But, alas, striving for balance means I’ve got to spread myself as thin as possible, for the biggest payoff I can possibly get.

Charming thought, no?

Join me in coveting these books. Maybe you’ll pick one or two up and then send it my way. You know, so the pile behind me (where I keep the rock books and the series I’m in the middle of) can continue to grow. I’ll tell you, it’s making my cleaning lady crazy. Me, too.

And, of course, if you review any of the books on my Rock Books page, I’d be glad to link to you (first two of you per book only, please!). If there’s more than two reviews and I’ve reviewed the book myself, I’ll add your links there. I like to spread the love.

The first book isn’t entirely a book. Maybe one day it will be. But for now it’s that thing called a comic book (I like to hold out for the compendiums, often called graphic novels), and Anthrax’s Scott Ian is the man behind it. (Any Anthrax lovers out there get the joke?)

This is from the post on Blabbermouth I found: “is writing a new miniseries for DC Comics starring Etrigan, The Demon, with his Lobo collaborator Sam Kieth on art duties.”


Not the comic sort? Not everyone is. I get that. If you’ve ever gone to a show and taken pictures, the people behind Louder Than Hell: The Unflinching Oral History of Metal want you. Or, more specifically, they want your pictures. I’ll let you read about it yourself, but it seems to me this is going to be a cool book with a cool concept. I can’t wait to read it.

You’re surprised, I know. Believe it or not, there ARE books out there in the world I don’t want to read. Not many (which is why I have such a problem with the number of books here in the house), but some.

Then there’s this one, which I don’t think I’ve mentioned before, but I’m totally hot to get my hands on. Jon Glaser has put together … I don’t know what you’d call this. A compendium? It’s a collection of found documents (says the book description. I like compendium better. Sounds cooler) that give us a new insight into Rock and Roll. It’s called My Dead Dad was in ZZ Top: 100% Real, Never Before Seen Documents from the world of Rock and Roll.

I’ve read a couple of anthologies of collected stories set in the rock world by now. I think Shock Rock was the most effective, but now I’ve gotten word of one that should have crossed my radar sooner than now. It was published in 2005, after all!

It’s called The Best in Rock Fiction and was edited by June Skinner Sawyers. It seems to be available only in e-book format at the moment (really. This is what POD was invented for! Keep things in print! I’m not paying over $15 for an e-book!), and it’s not even full of original stories! It’s stories AND excerpts from such noted writers as Sherman Alexie, Madison Smartt Bell, T.C. Boyle, Don DeLillo, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Rick Moody, Tom Perrotta, Salman Rushdie, and Scott Spencer.

Really. Sort of anti-climactic. Very sad.

Next is an intriguing one. I’ve been slowly working my way through George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, but now comes word of a 2007 release (Hey, I’m getting more current!) from him called Armaggedon Rag. It’s a mystery featuring a concert promoter and a journalist who must uncover what’s going on with this promoter. Sounds right up my alley.

So. There ya go. More books I’m coveting. Got any comments about rock books? Any I’ve missed or need to know about? You know how to reach me…


1 Comment

  1. Sheila Deeth

    February 25, 2011 8:30 pm

    Sounds like we have the same problem. Houseful of books, bookshelves–even the new ones–overflowing. Another George RR Martin? Interesting. And oddly enough, I’m slowly working through Song of Fire and Ice too.

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