Guest Column: Four Books You Need To Read By Shredhead

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In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry written by the members of Shredhead.

Battle Royal
It came out as a novel, manga (Japanese graphic novel) and a full-length film and although I have yet to read the novel itself, I have read the manga and think that it is one of the most aggressive and ruthless pieces of writing out there.

Battle Royal tells the story of high school kids who are kidnapped and taken to an island, given weapons and forced to murder one another. Only one can survive and all of that for a TV show sponsored by the pseudo-communist government for the mass’s entertainment.

It sounds familiar and unoriginal but that is where it all becomes oh so interesting!

The author first of all doesn’t let any death just be any death; every single character has a story and their own hopes and dreams and reasons for acting the way they do. He took a class full of friends who love each other and put them in a situation where they must kill one another. And while some partake in this game others reject the idea of murdering their friends. Ultimately, it’s a tale of reason verses madness, love verses the will to live, and of course there is a lot of just plain carnage!

Being a graphic novel, it is super fast-paced and really fun to read with amazing illustrations and an epic story which gets stuck with you the moment you pass the very first page. — Aharon

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
I’m not much of a reader, but Darkly Dreaming Dexter was a great influence.

After the TV show “Dexter” aired, I went on to read the twisted and magnificent writings that inspired the awesome series.

Any book that could get me to empathize with a serial killer has to be a great book in my opinion. — Roee

The Stars My Destination
The only book that could humiliate “Star Wars” if it was a movie. The story follows Gulliver Foyle, the last remaining survivor of a merchant spaceship.

Consumed by hate, he decides to get revenge on the people who ignored his signal and left him stuck in space. This book is absolutely mesmerizing, and it takes the reader to the point of understanding what true hate is all about.

Foyle could have formed THE best metal band ever. He travels through space, killing anyone in his way, destroying himself and the people around him. He is the most angry person on earth and you can actually feel his wrath through the book.

It may sound funny, but our new album concepts and anger are very similar to the way of self destruction that Foyle takes in this book, and it ends in the same way (now you have to read the book and listen to our new album to understand it).

This book was originally released in 1956, but it anticipates most of the cyberpunk ideas and gives a dark vision of the future. When I first read it, it was like experiencing all the best science fiction ideas, movies and games in one book.

The best concept in this story is the ability of mankind to teleport as a mean of transportation, and it is called “jaunting.” There are clear rules for jaunting, for example the obligation to know the exact destination and to have physically seen it, or that you can’t jaunt through outer space.

It’s not an easy book to read, but if you manage to do it, it takes you to places that imagination alone could not. As I said, if you like science fiction and writers that could see the future, it’s a must, and basically has the best characters that I have ever read.

Do yourself a big favor and read about Gulliver Foyle, cause Darth Vader is no match for this dude. — Lee

The Harry Hole Series
About a year ago, I bought my first book followed many others from the Harry Hole series by the amazing author Jo Nesbø: “The Redbreast.”

The book tells the story of Harry Hole, a drunk detective from Oslo that doesn’t take shit from anyone and does what he wants. Surprisingly, he manages to solve any case with a lot of brutality, twisted methods of interrogation, weird charms and a lot of alcohol, cigarettes and pain.

The lead detective in this series is the best character I’ve ever read: none other then Harry Hole!

Harry manages to get into the darkest and sickest corners of his life that he never thought he would have to deal with again, and along with his sidekick Ellen, he starts to make some progress. But just when you’re not expecting it, everything turns against him.

This series is a beautiful, thrilling must-read series! It contains 10 books and mark my words, you won’t be able to put it away after you start reading it! — Yotam

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