Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well...

On the 30th anniversary of his death, every TV channel on Earth starts showing Buddy Holly - standing on Ganymede with no idea how he got there. He reads out a sign with the address of Oliver Vale who is watching and who has no idea why and how he is supposed to help. But everyone else thinks he knows or, worse, that he's responsible and Oliver quickly finds himself a hunted man.

Rock and roll plays an important part in this story and so do the deaths of the big stars, from Holly to Elvis to Hendrix. Oliver's mother idolised Buddy Holly and the Day the Music Died is a major shock for her. She tries and succeeds to find meaning in music, but one by one, the big stars all die and it gets harder and harder for her. I'm fascinated by the early days of rock n roll and by the whole phenomenon and the story plays with that exact theme.

I love the quirky, absurd premise of the novel and the even more absurd turns the story takes. It's told from the view of several different characters - one of them a Rottweiler-cyborg (who actually was my favourite character). I was reminded of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5, another novel that takes a very unexpected turn somewhere and really messes with the reader's expectations.

You can downloadBuddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede by Bradley Denton for free here

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