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Bone Music Hardcover – Dec 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Longmeadow Pr (December 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0681100869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0681100862
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,779,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Startling originality, a strong and rhythmic narrative voice, compelling characters and delightfully quirky metaphysics make this a noteworthy hardcover debut for Rodgers, author of New Life for the Dead and other paperback horror novels. In this apocalyptic tale rich in the mythos of the African-inspired religion of Santeria, the singing at his death by blues musician Robert Johnson of the legendary, forbidden song Judgment Day cracks the Eye of the World, allowing the forces of evil entree to the earth. Assorted blues singers, including Leadbelly, Ma Rainey, and even Elvis; mythic figures such as John Henry and Saint Peter; more mundane heroes and heroines such as musician Dan Alvarez and Lisa Henderson, a young girl who dies and returns to life?all have pivotal roles to play in saving the world. Well-realized settings range from contemporary New York City to Missouri and Mississippi in 1938; heaven and hell both come down to earth in modern New Orleans. Through colloquial prose that's strong and perfectly pitched, Rodgers combines elements of horror (sometimes graphic), fantasy and magical realism into a unique novel that's not only an occult standout but a captivating memoir of an important slice of American culture.
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...He captures the beauty and the horror of the old bluesmen, the terror and majesty of Heaven and Hell... -- Billie Sue Mosiman, author of Widow

...Rodgers’s Bone Music mixes suspense, horror, and magic to create a nerve-wracking and unique tale of music and terror. -- Matthew J. Costello, author of The Seventh Guest

...blends the hellish and horrific in perfect harmony. ...terror-filled trek across an entirely original yet hauntingly historic American dreamscape... -- Joseph A. Citro, author of Deus-X

Alan Rodgers . . . uses simple and beautiful words to tell this complex and horrific story. Really weird! Don’t die until you’ve read Bone Music. -- Brian Lumley, author of Necroscope

The highest praise one writer can give another is to say ‘I wish I’d written that book...’ -- George Alec Effinger, author of When Gravity Fails --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A wild modern fantasy/horror with a blues soundtrack Oct. 20 2002
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Format: Hardcover
Well, I first read this book about 5 years ago, when I came across it in the bookstore I managed. I was intrigued, and it was on sale, so I figured what the heck. It is, by far, one of my most favourite books, as it blends a modern fantasy borrowing heavily from catholocism, voodoo, santeria, and incorporates the mystic legends behind the Delta Blues. It's the story of Robert Johnson (real life blues legend) who, with his dying breath, endangers all of the world by breaking the Eye of the World. As the story progresses, Robert and several others band together to try to save the world from becoming Hell. Add to it a bunch of musical legends, including Elvis, and you've got a great book.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The VooDoo will grab you and won't let go! Feb. 1 2001
By Kevin Steller - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up this booked based on the cover, as crazy as that sounds. While I do not know much about blues music and the mytique that surrounds New Orleans and Memphis, I was totally immersed in this amazing tale. You will find yourself reading it cover to cover before you realize it. Enjoy!