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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Meet Me in the Strange by Leander Watts - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When Davi sees Anna Z. at a concert he instantly knows she's special. They experience Django Conn's music in the same way. Davi is enchanted by both the energy on stage and the girl. When he returns to the Angelus hotel, his home, he's impassioned by the memories. Davi hopes he'll see the girl again and is surprised when she shows up at the hotel, meeting his sister. He follows her, so he won't lose her again, and they finally start to talk. Anna Z. has a lot to say and Davi is mesmerized when she tells him about music, stories and the next evolution of humans.

Spending time with Anna Z. isn't without danger. She has a possessive, violent brother. Anna Z. wants to run away from him and Davi gives her shelter at the hotel. Davi has never left his safe and secure world, but if he wants to give Anna Z. a chance at freedom he has to take her somewhere else. Django Conn gives them a perfect reason to leave. The paths of the two teenagers and their idol will eventually cross, what will happen when they do?

  Meet Me in the Strange is a creative gripping story. I was immediately intrigued when I read the descriptions of Django Conn's first concert. Every character in this story has fabulous clothes, the visitors of the concert don't only listen to music, they actually feel it and the futuristic vibe is absolutely fantastic. Davi doesn't have any friends, he doesn't go to school and he spends most of his time at his family's hotel listening to music. He is in desperate need of an adventure. When he meets Anna Z. he's being chased, he has to outsmart people and a new alien world of possibilities finally opens for him. I loved all of these elements in the story. Anna Z. is wonderfully mysterious, eclectic, wild and enthralling and that gives Meet Me in the Strange a beautiful atmosphere.

Leander Watts has written a really cool story. Meet Me in the Strange is artistic and original. Because of the vibrant and colorful descriptions I could easily picture the futuristic setting. It felt like looking at a magical painting that constantly keeps changing and I loved the effect the story had on me. Leander Watts takes his readers into a completely different reality where looks, sounds, values and dreams are different and intriguing. While his world is futuristic, he also gives them a few familiar handles of the past that feel like anchors and new opportunities at the same time, which is something else I liked a lot. I was captivated by this story from the beginning and read it in one sitting. Meet me in the Strange is unique and surprising and filled with energy, imaginativeness and inspiration.

Advice

If you love unique creative YA stories you don't want to miss Meet Me in the Strange.

About Leander Watts


An avid musician, Leander Watts has played and sung for decades in a wide variety of bands. His interests range from garage rock to skronky jazz, from baroque organ to Appalachian gospel. The first rock concert he attended was David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974. He teaches writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo (his alma mater). Leander Watts is the author of Stonecutter, Wild Ride to Heaven, Ten Thousand Charms, and Beautiful City of the Dead.

Links

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Creatures From the Creem Lagoon
Guest post by Leander Watts

At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between the various fan mags: Creem and Circus and Crawdaddy. They were all crammed with color pictures of the latest bands and plenty of gossipy articles and ads for things I barely understood. Rolling Stone had a different shape and layout, and it was printed on cheaper paper. I hated to open it up with the big fold down the middle of every page, wrecking the pictures. So at first I bought the other three. Soon enough, though, I figured out that I didn’t really read Circus or Crawdaddy. The articles were nothing, not much different than 16 or Tiger Beat, just with cooler bands. So it was Creem for me, month after month, and I still have every issue I ever bought, all in perfect condition.

I’d come home with a new Creem in a stiff paper bag. I’d hide in my room with the shades pulled down and a towel under the door (not to keep the pot smoke from leaking out like other kids but to keep the light from the hallway from leaking in) and I’d open the new issue of Creem and peer again into this secret world.

Even the name of the mag seemed wrongly right, misspelled on purpose, but for what purpose? Was it a dirty joke I didn’t get, or about the band Cream (which they never had anything good to say about) or cream rising to the top? None of that could explain the pictures of hairy guys with bloodshot eyes, wizardy freaks with strange jewelry, a real albino (Edgar Winter white as vanilla ice cream), and huge stereo systems.

Much of the time I was baffled by the article titles. “Blood Feast of Reddy Kilowatt.” “Do the Godz Speak Esperanto?” “Emmett Grogan Discovers Meat.” What did these mean? “In Less Than 15 Minutes This Girl Will be a Member of Sopor Nation.” That was a cover story. A girl’s wide open mouth. Shiny crimson lipstick and her tongue out with a fat pill right in the middle of it. A couple of months before that, there was a cover showing a big glowing cross like something Klan Kids would parade around at midnight. The accompanying article by Lester Bangs was about Black Sabbath: “Bring Your Mother to the Gas Chamber.”

The issue that had the hardest impact featured a big article called “Meet Rock’s Deca-Sexual Elite!” The cover showed David Bowie in the middle of a circle (Jagger, Iggy, Mark Bolan, Rod Stewart, and Alice Cooper around him.) Inside was a whole catalog of weirdness: all the rock and rollers - going back to Elvis and Little Richard - who’d messed around the gender swamp. Some of them just dabbled their toes at the edges. Others dived right in and are still splashing and wallowing around in the multicolored muck.

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37 comments:

  1. Meet Me in the Strange sounds like an atmospheric, YA sci-fi adventure for music lovers.

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  2. It sounds so different, I think I am really going to enjoy this book.

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  3. I really like this unique cover! Sounds like a great read!

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  4. Sounds like a good read for music lovers.

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  5. My niece kept raving about Beautiful City of the Dead so much that I had to read it for myself & thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  6. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  7. I appreciate your great review and the giveaway as well. Thanks so much!

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  8. The cover is very cool and well-done, and it really suits the futuristic cool of the story!

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  9. now this sounds intriguing
    jan

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  10. This sounds like a great book.

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  11. Teens and their music, sounds like that doesn't change in any setting :)

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  12. Definitely a must read for any music lover I'd say.

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  13. Liking the colours on the cover. I like the story concept

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  14. looks like a good read, i really like the cover x

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  15. You are a new to me author. This book sounds very intriguing, I'll be watching for it.

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  16. Thanks for the info about the book! Love the cover!

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  17. I enjoy reading YA books and lately sci fi is the genre I am into.

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  18. love the sound of this, and the cover is fab! it makes me wanna dig in xx

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  19. This sounds like a great book! I love the cover!

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  20. In reference to your rafflecopter giveaways, I find it hard to remember how I follow from day to day so I am not able to complete the entry for following (different method each day) Could it be possible to update that so I can earn as many entries as possible? Thanks

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  21. Thanks for the introduction to this author.

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  22. Sounds like a good book, thanks for the chance.

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  23. Fantastic. Really gripping. Love the review

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  24. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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  25. Music was my first love, and I definitely can relate to not just listening to music but to feeling it. "Meet Me in the Strange" looks as though it might capture that sensation, while weaving out a unique storyline.
    Thanks,
    --Ann

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  26. Sounds very interesting

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  27. I don't think I've read a book written by a musician before, sounds intriguing.

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  28. Love the cover and the book sounds great!

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  29. OOOH this sounds really good. Not enough "music" novels about these days (oops ignore the Foo Fighters reference lol).

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  30. Thanks for the great prize and competition! Good luck everyone.

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  31. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Meet Me in the Strange. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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