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 from Kamchatka‘s Thomas Juneor Andersson.
Hi rockers — my name is Thomas Juneor Andersson and I play the guitar and sing in the Swedish trio Kamchatka. Today I would like to talk about some cool reading here at GunshyAssassin.com, and don’t forget to check out Kamchatka’s new album The Search Goes On (out today on Despotz Records).
“The Strain Trilogy” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
This is my all-time favorite reading. A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK Airport and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city — a city that includes his wife and son — before it is too late.
These books are so well written and a perfect reading for all you horror diggers out there, and at the same time, the way the story evolves is an exciting reading if you like CSI type of investigation and mysteries.
“The Original Shannara Trilogy” by Terry Brooks
Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.
In the second book, the magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land. Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcrys’ seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.
An ancient Evil is stirring to new life in the third book, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to destroy Mankind. To win through the vile growth that protects this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford—for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. Reluctantly Brin joins the Druid on his dangerous journey. But a prophecy foretells doom, as Evil nurses its plans to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.
These tales by Terry Brooks are very well written and a perfect choice for all you fantasy readers out there, I just couldn’t stop reading!
“Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire” by Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford
Austin-based journalists Patoski and Crawford pen a rousing account of Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died at age 35 in a 1990 helicopter crash.
The Dallas-born Vaughan began playing electric guitar in imitation of older brother Jimmie, who founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Both brothers were fixtures of the 1960s and ’70s Austin scene, which spawned such rock acts as ZZ Top and allowed Stevie Ray to form his own band, Double Trouble. Vaughan’s biggest break was playing on David Bowie’s 1983 Let’s Dance album; when he brazenly rejected Bowie’s offer to tour, he garnered music-industry notice.
Later, as his career skyrocketed, Vaughan abused cocaine and whiskey. He underwent treatment in 1986, a process which sealed his friendship with guitarist and recovered heroin addict Eric Clapton. Afterward, Vaughan became a preachy proponent of AA’s 12-step program; he is reverently portrayed here as an inspiration to troubled fans. Backed up by plenty of blues history, this enthusiastic tribute ably succeeds as a narrative, adopting the down-home colloquialisms of its subject.
This book gives you an inside view of the life and tragic death of Stevie Ray. I believe that this could be an interesting reading even for those who’s not into the blues music scene – a wild journey about the extreme conditions survived from start to stardom.
Hope you find these suggestions interesting. Rock Hard!
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