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OK Howard Male the author contacted me on and asked me to read this book I understand he s messaged others These aren t generic messages he s been through my reading lists and refers to them as preparing me for this book of his.This wonderful, hilarious, surreal romp Not quite finished but the highest compliment I can give it is it s precisely the sort of book some maladjusted inner readerly miser wants to keep for itself It s satirical and contemporary, its targets are brilliantly intertwined m [...]
I found Etc Etc Amen utterly captivating It s a philosophical rockumentary with twists aplenty, busting at the covers with tantalisingly bittersweet ideas and observations on our rather frail, flawed, yet ever hopeful species, and the nature of our need for belief The book manages to be richly visual without resorting to florid descriptions, thought provoking without a hint of didacticism, and peopled with out of the ordinary characters who nevertheless come vividly to life without seeming caric [...]
I d never heard of Howard Male until I encountered him commenting on a mutual friend s Facebook status, but as soon as he friended me, I gobbled up as much of his terrific writing on music particularly that of Africa and the African diaspora as I could find I ve learned loads from him, and gotten dozens of recommendations that have ended up in heavy rotation on my Spotify playlists But one of the best recommendations I got from him was for his first novel, the thought provoking, funny, and all a [...]
You may think a mere coincidence, even a random click, has led to you reading this You may expect a cosy Hornby esque tale of rock journalists and celebrity culture You will be wrong on both counts A richer, deeper and stranger experience awaits David Icke as Ziggy Stardust, Julie Burchill worshipped as the new Duchess of Cambridge No, but after reading this book you might be persuaded to entertain the possibility one of the intriguing and tantalising aspects of the comprehensively imagined reli [...]
Imagine if a charismatic star such as John Lennon had left behind a blueprint for an alternative religion which pointed out the anachronisms and dangers of the existing faiths How long would this religion take to spread across the globe and even be perceived as a threat to Christianity, Judaism and Islam In the age of the Internet, certainly less than 2000 years Set in 1970s London and present day Marrakech, Etc Etc Amen is a conspiracy thriller and a murder Mystery in which people make gods out [...]
I have rather mixed feelings about this book Firstly I really enjoyed the main narrative and the mystery that surrounded the main character, August, for much of the book until her true identity is revealed I loved the fact that the strongest characters in the book were all female and that it was the men that kept getting it wrong and getting the wool pulled over their eyes made a rather refreshing change I must say I also really enjoyed the sections of Paul Coleridge s book that took the reader [...]
Interesting book I liked parts of the book but the philosophy portion I didn t care for at all This book has three parts to it 1 modern day 2007 Marrakesh, Morocco where the headquarters of KUU is located, 2 London during the 1970 s of the time during glam rocker Zachary B, and 3 the philosophy of KUU, or Knowing Unknowable Universe, which is a non religion created by Zachary B.In modern day Morocco August and Damian, English journalist and photographer, respectively, investigate the KUU at thei [...]
I ve read this book by chance Call it a cosmic nudge, if you like But it truly was a perfect summer read It made it to my must read pile for this summer, and it tickled me, so it got bumped up And I was not disappointed.The novel is very cleverly constructed It s part social criticism, part detective novel, part whodunnit or rather what happened.The story is centered around the stoned scribbles of a burned out glam rockstar Zachary Bekele He devised some sort of an anti religion A philosophical [...]
Howard Male s book is a brilliant blend of 70 s rock, murder mystery, and witty KUUist exegesis of irreligious themes such as dogmatic non dogmatism, dogmatic doubt, dogmatic think for yourselves, etc etc The book takes place in both modern day Merrakech in Africa and 1970 s London, and also details the life events of Zachary B, a 70 s rockstar placed amongst the pantheon of Glam Gods with the likes of Marc Bolan and David Bowie His premature and shrouded death in the early 80 s begins the immer [...]
Pursuit of HappinessIt is only appropriate before I delve into this review that I divulge the circumstances surrounding the reason why I even chose to read this book Now, as it is, Male s subject matter, main actors story focus happen to be those types of fictional elements that most attract my attention But the simple fact of the matter is that I had never heard of this book or its author Without the coincidental happenstance that popped into my space an email in my inbox I never would have rea [...]
A very different, unusual, thought provoking read The story centres around a dead glam rock star whose philosophies for a new non religion spurred on the creation of a new cult called KUUism It gives a very interesting insight into just how quickly an idea can spread to millions of people and turn into something quite massive through the power of the internet.The story itself is told in alternating chapters that switch from the 1970s to 2007 The segments set in the 1970s tell the story of Zachar [...]
a thought provoking, eye opening, quirky, outside of the box, humorous, tragic, brilliant novel I don t feel I have the intelligence to write a review that truly represents the genius of this novel HOWEVER The three pronged narrative of this novel rather like the legs of a Tripod , interweave to create a bizarre but brilliant story they interweave in terms of characters and their stories but only culminate at the end in a climax I just was not expecting at all The plot is exceptionally unique, b [...]
I wish there was a 6th star to give this book s that good So many novels that use rock stars or musical settings in fictionwell,they get it kinda wrongMale is a music writer,as well as musiciand gets it rightThe riffs on glam rock,cults of personality,religious buffoonery,and growing into and out of obsessions are all spot onThe best thing about this book,and the highest praise I myself can give it,is that the people and events really seemed to have happened and existed The rock icon Zachary B,h [...]
Couldn t finish this one I made it about 25% of the way through but I just couldn t get into it I liked the concept of a cultish non religion it was a little reminiscent of Vonnegut but I was distracted by a few things The specific pop culture references, like Rhianna s Umbrella , instantly dated the story and, to me, screamed trying too hard to be hip I don t think they will hold up well with time I liked the alternating sections of the main story and the two in universe books, but the narrativ [...]
The author himself sold this book to me, and he did a good job It certainly piqued my curiosity, and in this case it didn t kill the cat, or the book.I m not a big fan of stories where the timeline flips back and forth, but this story requires it.The book is funny, quirky and unravels at a satisfying pace I don t do spoilers, so will say that the ideas are thought provoking and engaging in equal measures.The characters are warm and well drawn, and I would recommend this as a fascinating mixture [...]
The book description lead me to buy it imagine if a charismatic rock star started a religion or non religion The idea was intriguing and not entirely far fetched I enjoyed the way the book switched from the convincing 1970s British glam rock era to the less convincing present day intertwining the past and present in story that builds to an unexpected climax i didn t guess what happened and that s a rare quality in a lot of novels I agree with many reviewers that the KUU sections were a distracti [...]
I m not very good at writing book reviews but I would just like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book To add a little weight to that otherwise bland statement I would like to say that I only ever read before I go to bed as a way to relax and have done since I was a little kid but the description had me start reading it earlier today and I ve just finished it I NEVER read in daylight hours and NEVER finish a book in one go.I wasn t even remotely aware of how much time had passed or t [...]
Over the first 30 or so pages of this book I thought I was going to hate it its unusual structure part straightforward narrative, part memoir, part unholy book comes across as a little pretentious and, to be honest, doesn t always work but Male s straightforward, engaging and funny style creates a believable rock star and a believable anti religion What really sets this book apart though The author s ability to hold back JUST ENOUGH to keep you intrigued, and keep you reading
This book was problematic The main narrative built slow, but was really interesting, especially as it built up to the ending However, this book was really hampered by the inclusion of the deeply tedious KUU doctrine It didn t really add anything to the story, and would have served much better as an appendix It got very wearing having to scroll through pages of pages of pseudo philosophy and it kind of ruined the book for me.
A thoroughly entertaining mix of the world s of Rock n Roll and religion The narrative structure works splendidly only minimal adjustments required for a film or TV adaptation PLEASE Amusingly written, good character development plus some nicely timed and subtle plot reveals Quality debut from Howard Male.
Out of the crazy, hedonistic music scene of 1970 s London emerges a thought that could stabilise a directionless secular world at the same time as questioning the very essence of religious belief Very rarely has a book left me questioning and pondering the very core of my being for weeks afterwards A damn good read less
This is an absorbing thriller set in both the present day and the 70s glam rock era, with a healthy dose of philosophical theological food for thought though never heavy handed The unique combination of elements is so engaging, the story so involving, I frankly fail to see how you could NOT enjoy it Put it on your summer reading list Etc, etc Amen.
Etc etc Amen reminds me of concept novels like The Fermata Chord and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, where the philosophical concepts may well live longer than the story in your mind.Male s highly imagined fake religion is both hilarious and thought provoking, and is packaged in a story that s pacy and gripping A great book to get lost in
An enjoyable look at celebrity, celebrity worship, cult religions and glam rock Well thought through and internally consistent, the author uses structure cleverly to delineate a plausible philosophy and tell a tale engagingly in a non linear way which enhances the telling.
Enjoyable romp of a book about an ex rock star turned deceased prophet of sorts, and various semi mysterious goings on.
Found this book a tedious disappointment gave up on it.
I ve PM d the author, seems kinder really Something very different, a theological thriller set in the glam rock era But I kept reading Give it a go.
Loved this book So much going on in it, celebrity, cults, cult of the celebrity, cult created by a celebrity and much but beautifully paced, structured and written.
Excellent novel.I d highly recommend it.As an atheist music lover I found the tale of a non religion based on the stoned ramblings of a dead glam star highly absorbing.