Moon Music: A Novel
I chose this book from the library as I am currently writing a middle grade novel and wanted to see what children's books are like these days and this one of a hypnotizing, mind-reading, space-travelling, music-playing young heroine sounded like fun. Besides, the cover art of a cute pug dog looked appealing and Georgia Byng is a New York Times bestselling author.
Despite, looking forward to it, I was disappointed right from the beginning. Maybe it would have helped if I had read the first of her I chose this book from the library as I am currently writing a middle grade novel and wanted to see what children's books are like these days and this one of a hypnotizing, mind-reading, space-travelling, music-playing young heroine sounded like fun.
Maybe it would have helped if I had read the first of her books, but I found many problems with it. The long list of characters listed at the beginning of the story in a diary felt overwhelming and contrived. It would have helped, myself at least, if they were introduced as they appeared. Then the point of views kept changing, which only added to the confusion. The plot involved Molly being "taken over" by a mysterious coin which resembled a precious ring from a more intriguing children's book.
I felt bored but persevered to the end wondering if the story would take off at some point. One thing I gained from this novel was a certain level of confidence that if she can do it May 02, mandyfujita rated it it was ok. It has been a while since I read a Molly Moon book. I was happy that Petula was on the cover and was excited to read about the adventure that Molly Moon got herself into. This story involved Molly and her friend Gerry knowing a Japanese boy band named, Zagger.
Their manager Mr Proila is a very nasty person that hates music, but loves the money the band generates. Molly has a nasty personality that is attributed to this gold coin that she possesses. Petula smells this thin, sour lemon odor every It has been a while since I read a Molly Moon book. Petula smells this thin, sour lemon odor every time Molly responds mean and selfish. She holds the coin and she plays a harmonica and electric guitar like no ones business.
She wants fame and fortune and gets paranoid that someone will steal her gold coin away from her. I didn't care for the meanness and the whale hunting and cock fighting that was part of the story. Apr 23, George rated it really liked it Shelves: Easily my favorite GOOD characters of the series were in this book. BEST in my real world, the kid who made me read these books gave me a long appreciative hug when we finished. Great reward for all the exhausting and dangerous adventures we've been on together for this series of six books.
The nonstop begging for just another chapter He probably hypnotized me to do it all in th Easily my favorite GOOD characters of the series were in this book. He probably hypnotized me to do it all in the first place. May 08, Kara Bianca rated it really liked it. This was pretty good, especially for a middle grade. It gave me all the nostalgia of reading the earlier books in this series when I was a kid. I have a feeling this last one was a bit more on the preachy side though, which kind of irritated me. The message was very pushed, which I can't remember happening in the other ones, but maybe it was These are such fun fast paced books, that I don't even care to be honest!
I definitely recommend this series, to kids especially! Jul 07, Jade Liu rated it it was ok. I loved meeting Molly's ancestors in this book, but the ending feels forced. There's very little justification behind Molly's loss that's woven into the plot and character development. This major event just seems like a random way to put an end to her adventures. We also do not hear about many of the principal supporting characters such as Micky and Primo and Lucy. For the final book to a series, the author does not appear to cap it off in a satisfying way.
Sep 16, Angelfred rated it liked it. I was thrilled to find this sixth and apparently final Molly Moon installment, however it fell short of the other five. Charmingly written I missed the depth of plot and myriad twists and turns so vital in the other novels. Jan 03, Horia P added it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was about how Molly was taken over by an evil coin and how it controlled her.
It was a real struggle for her to get it away from her as her mind was taken away. Luckily someone else stole it from her so now she has to get it away from them. It was amazing how she overpowered the coin. Aug 26, Ajay Byadgi rated it it was amazing. I want to read the book, but this isn't reading the book from what I can tell.
These eyes can't take it anymore, after 11 years of using them. Yes over a decade, I can't believe it myself, well they say everybody has to die at one point.. Oct 12, Floere Braet added it. Aug 30, Olivia rated it it was amazing. I loved all the Molly Moon books. They were great books. Apr 10, Audrey rated it it was ok.
I hated the ending. Where did all the fun go? Don't waste your time reading this and remember how Molly was. Aug 25, Claudia Blake rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Lady Georgia Mary Caroline Byng, b. Her first writing was for a comic strip, and her first published book was The Sock Monsters. Byng's best known work is Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism and its sequels, about a girl who finds a book about hypnotism and learns how to hypnotize people.
Georgia's first published item was a comic strip for kids from the age of five to seven. Other books in the series. Molly Moon 6 books. Books by Georgia Byng. This is an author who does his homework and is unbelievably thorough. It's obvious that he loves Keith Moon, and that he interviewed every single person he was ever close to during his days of fame and madness. Though I did feel that Keith's parents were curiously absent from the interviews and that the difficulties of his early childhood were quickly skimmed over instead of being explored in full.
Tony Fletcher tells you everything. The only problem is, you find out too much. I knew Keith Moon loved to run around and do crazy things, but I didn't know he got drunk enough to break his wife's nose, twice, "by mistake. I had no idea how much rage was underneath all the constant clowning and carrying on and having fun. I didn't know that, and I really didn't want to know it.
Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend
Reading this book was fun at first, but as things got darker and darker I really wished I could go back to being a teenager and not knowing all the things I didn't want to know. So it turns out that in his own way, Keith Moon was just as self-destructive and angry as Jim Morrison of the Doors.
But being a working class Britisher instead of an affluent American, he felt the need to camouflage this with a lot of clowning around. It's no fun for me to say this, but I think I'm a little too old to be messing around with heroes like this. But I still love the music of the Who and I think this is the best book ever written about them. And about Keith Moon!
Sep 26, East Bay J rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is an interesting, often arresting and intensively informative look into the life of the wild, well known and much beloved drummer of The Who. It pulls you in and really holds your attention. Not that a Keith Moon bio could ever really be boring.
He reports facts that, for better or for worse, assassinate the concept of Moon as nothing more than a loveable clown who met an untimely end. He is the kind of biographer who, in my humble opinion, earns the right to write biographies. Moon is awesome, just like the man himself. Essential for Who fans, drummers and loons alike. Feb 03, Sr.
Not to be taken away. Jul 18, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: I really don't know how to officially or formally 'review' this book. Technically speaking, it is what every biography should be--VERY well-written and researched deserving five stars , but the life of Keith Moon is a rather depressing and sometimes repulsive subject to read about. There are some pretty amusing and very interesting parts throughout but it is by no means uplifting. Otherwise just stick I really don't know how to officially or formally 'review' this book.
Otherwise just stick to the music and go read about someone who's worth admiring. Mar 05, Andy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Young, wide-eyed rock boy makes millions and turns into a decadent lout, pillaging everything in his path. Sounds like the Steve Marriott bio, doesn't it? It's a great book about an unforgettable figure in the history of music. This may be the saddest book I've ever read. I mean, the truth is, you want to hear it?
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Sep 16, Matt Hartzell rated it really liked it Shelves: I went into Moon by Tony Fletcher with basically no knowledge of Keith Moon or The Who, aside from the common understanding that they were a big classic rock band. As a drummer, I had not paid much attention to Keith Moon in my learning, but had also gleaned enough to know that he was influential in the growth of rock as a music genre.
So reading through Moon was a joy, as was getting to know the incredibly complex character of Keith Moon and the band that was so important to modern music. Keith I went into Moon by Tony Fletcher with basically no knowledge of Keith Moon or The Who, aside from the common understanding that they were a big classic rock band. Keith Moon certainly lived up to his nickname. The man does not really need the exaggeration: While I cannot at all fathom an understanding of Keith Moon's inner psyche, I did greatly enjoy the many recountings of Keith's hotel room destruction, his class-clown antics on tour, his epic partying, his theatrics and shock-value, and his fondness for cherry bombs and other explosive devices, all wrapped in the shell of the consummate, warm and inviting extrovert.
Keith Moon was one of a kind. And yet, Fletcher also dives honestly and directly into the dark underbelly of Keith's existence. His apparent multiple personalities and perhaps demonic oppression. His boiling rage paired with searing depression, loneliness, anxiety and inadequacy. His abusive tendencies towards those closest to him, both verbal and physical. His astonishingly destructive, persistent, and all-consuming use of every drink, pill, drug, and woman he could get his hands on.
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I think one of the strongest traits of Fletcher's work is how he is brutally honest about who Keith Moon was. He never veers too far into either ditch, by trying to paint too likable or too detestable. He presents the man as he was, as an incredibly complicated and conflicted person, prone to acts of incredible charity and kindness as well as those of great harm, abuse and destruction. The fact that Keith Moon lived as long as he did is miraculous to me, even though many would say he was gone too soon.
Fletcher makes a compelling case for Keith Moon being perhaps the most hedonistic and destructive rock star of all time. His life, in all honesty, speaks to me as a testimony to the tenacity of the human body. Keith Moon should have been dead long before he actually was. He abused his body in incalculable ways.
Molly Moon & the Monster Music
Women by the truckload. Not too mention the multitude of acts in which Keith was faced with direct bodily harm, from explosions or car wrecks. I'm not sure if Keith Moon was genetically gifted in some way to endure such abuse, but it certainly seems possible. And yet Keith Moon did eventually succumb to his devices, as many rock stars have. His story does end in tragedy. Not tragedy that was unforeseen or surprising, yet tragedy it was. It's tragic that Keith Moon, for all that the world loved him and saw his talent and worth, could not see it in himself.
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Tragic that he likely was mentally ill but never diagnosed or treated appropriately. Tragic that he was capable of achieving such fame and success and yet never had a chance to learn how to mange them well. Tragic that his life ended just as the briefest sparks of a hopeful turnaround were beginning to appear. Tragic that so much of his life wasted away in addiction and materialism. Tragic that he often resisted those who loved him most deeply. And so, because of Keith's demise, we are left with his stories, his legacy, and his works of art. Fletcher does a great job of also capturing much of the history of The Who in his book, reflecting often on the other members of the band, and providing helpful insight into the music they gave to the world.
I greatly enjoyed this aspect of the book as well. There is much here about The Who as a rock band, and about Keith Moon as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. It has spawned in me a much deeper appreciation of The Who. Indeed, as I read through this book, I also began to the explore the breadth of The Who's musical catalog. If you are not familiar with The Who, and decide to read this tome, then I would greatly encourage you to take time to listen to the Who albums along with Fletcher's examination of them.
Fletcher also does capture some fun notes about many other figures in rock history, as Keith and The Who interacted with just about all of them. As a final note, be warned: It is exceptionally long, even for a biography. And that is why I removed a star in my rating. While the book is excellent, and I am incredibly thankful that I read it, it did feel a bit long in the teeth at some points. I think some of the stories Fletcher included could have been skipped over without diminishing the power of the work.
At some point, Keith Moon's antics do become somewhat repetitive. While I'm very glad I stuck around for the long haul, I think the work could have been shortened a bit. If you're a fan of rock music, a Who fan, a musician, or even just someone who grew up during the British invasion, I highly recommend you give this book a read. Dec 30, Paul rated it really liked it. The author is an obvious fan; the length pages or so and detail reflect that, but that does not cloud his storytelling.
The epilogue makes the point nicely. This is a complete biography, from birth to death and all the weirdness in between. If you are looking for a history of the Who, you may be disappointed, this is Keith's story. Pete, Roger and John are not the focal point. Personally, I have never been a big fan of the Who, but this was an interesting read. It helps paint a picture of The author is an obvious fan; the length pages or so and detail reflect that, but that does not cloud his storytelling.
It helps paint a picture of time and place in rock music; Keith Richards bio fits nicely here too. Feb 23, Bob Primosch rated it liked it. I admit, I did not really give it a chance because this is a very thick book, and much of the beginning goes into painstaking detail about Moon's childhood and what life was like in England during the time that he was growing up. While the author did much research to glean this information, and this is part of a good biography, I was more interested in the years after he joined the Who.
I may pick this up again and skip past the beginning chapter, after reading some of the other reviews it sound I admit, I did not really give it a chance because this is a very thick book, and much of the beginning goes into painstaking detail about Moon's childhood and what life was like in England during the time that he was growing up. I may pick this up again and skip past the beginning chapter, after reading some of the other reviews it sounds like the meat of the book starts later than where I left off.
What I wanted mostly to read about was Keith Moon's life after he joined the Who. I know some background information is necessary to give us the insight into his personality; I just felt that there was too much of it. What I did read backs up the theory that Moon was constantly seeking the spotlight and attention, even if it was negative attention. I'm guessing if Moon were born many years later, in our age of psychology and psychoanalysis and quick fix meds, he would have been diagnosed with some kind of disorder,such as manic depression or ADHD.
He put on the face of a clown, but he was covering up some real pain with his antics and with drugs and alcohol; he definitely had some demons, especially stemming from an accident in which he felt responsible for the death of his friend and driver, Neil Boland. Some who knew him say he never recovered from the guilt and felt that he had no right to keep on living. Ironically, Moon died during a period when he was trying to become sober. Moon then took 32 tablets of Clomethiazole Heminevrin.
However, Clomethiazole is specifically contraindicated for unsupervised home detox because of its addictiveness, tendency to rapidly induce drug tolerance and dangerously high risk of death when mixed with alcohol.
Geoffrey Dymond, who was unaware of Moon's recklessly impulsive nature and long history of prescription sedative abuse. He had given Moon a full bottle of pills, and instructed him to take one whenever he felt a craving for alcohol but not more than 3 per day. The police determined there were 32 pills in his system, with the digestion of 6 being sufficient to cause his death, and the other 26 of which were still undissolved when he died. Oct 07, Jordan rated it it was amazing.
This is definitely the quintessential chronicle of rock stardom, all rock fans and wonderful people should read it! In a essay she says she can't pinpoint the metamorphosis from oral hygienist to writer of detective fiction, but several factors that steered her toward mystery writing were: Kellerman is a practicing Orthodox Jew , as are her husband and son, the novelists Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman , respectively.
Her writing frequently deals with Jewish themes and characters, incorporating them into the framework of the traditional mystery. The Peter Decker books, for example, center on a police detective raised as a Southern Baptist who returns to his Jewish roots after falling in love with Rina Lazarus , an Orthodox Jew, while investigating a rape that took place near a yeshiva. The Kellermans are the only married couple ever to appear on the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously for two different books. Their oldest child, Jesse Kellerman , is a bestselling novelist and award-winning playwright.
Their youngest, Aliza Kellerman, co-wrote Prism , a young adult novel, with her mother.