Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving

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Elfish’s friends live hand to mouth in a bleak section of London, squatting, seeing local bands, getting high, and feeling bitter over lost ambitions. Except Elfish, who pursues exactly what she wants with demonic single-mindedness.
Elfish rarely eats, never washes, and is devoted to Queen Mab — both the Shakespearian fairy, “deliverer of dreams,” and her thrash metal band, formed with her attractive but dimwitted lover, Mo. When Mo jilts her and calls his new band Queen Mab, ...

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Overview

Elfish’s friends live hand to mouth in a bleak section of London, squatting, seeing local bands, getting high, and feeling bitter over lost ambitions. Except Elfish, who pursues exactly what she wants with demonic single-mindedness.
Elfish rarely eats, never washes, and is devoted to Queen Mab — both the Shakespearian fairy, “deliverer of dreams,” and her thrash metal band, formed with her attractive but dimwitted lover, Mo. When Mo jilts her and calls his new band Queen Mab, Elfish is determined to keep the name for her own band and sets about getting revenge. To stop Mo, Elfish is obliged to steal, cheat, and lie to everyone around her. Happily, Elfish is a compulsive liar, and quite fond of cheating and stealing.
On the night Mo’s band is to play, he and his friends laugh cruelly around her. The people she has deceived turn on her viciously. It is up to Elfish whether to give up hope or to rally, proving to all the power of her will.
A fearless stage diver and shameless purveyor of bad sex, Elfish stands alone. Surrounded by people who have given up hope, only she will not put down her guitar. Only she refuses to stop dreaming.

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Editorial Reviews

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The grubby demimonde of London's Brixton district serves as the backdrop for this low-rent rock-and-roll tale. Millar's treatment of Elfish, a self-absorbed, indifferently promiscuous, and hygienically challenged young woman engaged in a revenge quest against Mo, her former boyfriend and bandmate, whose penchant for promiscuity is as ripe as his sexual encounters are squalid, reads like a less refined Trainspotting. Elfish's machinations focus on naming her nascent thrash band after Queen Mab, the fairy queen and wish-granter of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Not coincidentally, Mo wants to use the same name for his new band, and he offers a deal: if Elfish can memorize Mercutio's 43-line soliloquy, he'll cede the name. Elfish's quest to get her way is rife with variegated but always shameless machinations, and Millar laces dry, droll humor throughout his depictions of his antiheroine's lies, manipulations, and unabashed self-regard. Elfish's lack of charm provides a wry, even satisfying twist that resolves many subplots and inadvertently gives this antifairy many of the same powers ascribed by the Bard to Queen Mab herself. (May)
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Praise for Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving

"The grubby demimonde of London's Brixton district serves as the backdrop for this low-rent rock-and-roll tale . . . Millar laces dry, droll humor throughout his depictions of his antiheroine's lies, manipulations, and unabashed self-regard." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Martin Millar

“I've been a fan of his work for almost twenty years.” —Neil Gaiman

“[T]he funniest writer in Britain today.” —GQ

“Brixton's answer to Kurt Vonnegut.” —Uncut

“Imagine Kurt Vonnegut reading Marvel Comics with The Clash thrashing in the background. For the deceptively simple poetry of the everyday, nobody does it better. Just check out...the Highlands-bred, New York Dolls-obsessed fairies for yourself.” —The List (UK)

“Martin Millar is the master of urban angst. His books are instantly compelling.” —ID

“[U]ndeniably brilliant.” —The Guardian

Praise for Lux the Poet

“Millar uses all of the elements of his story . . . to build a batshit atmosphere in which humor and the grim specter of class tension can play.” —Time Out Chicago

“A welcome supplement from an underrated artist.” —Kirkus

“An uncommon voice in the wilderness of fantasy novelists.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Milk, Sulphate, and Alby Starvation

Milk is a giddy journey, an amusement park ride, an enchantment like A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The dizzying array of characters and perspectives whips Millar’s madcap story into a potent blitz that runs at full throttle through the satisfying conclusion. Fans of Irvine Welsh will love Millar’s singularly entertaining tale of suspicious minds.” —Publishers Weekly

“Creates a patchwork of a novel that is fresh, clever, and compulsively readable . . . Millar’s novel so thoroughly embraces its narrator’s paranoia that I found myself questioning my own sense of reality. Even so, real or not, I loved this book.” —Bookslut

“A low-life fairy tale, Milk preserves a strong sense of hard-earned realism . . . one comes to feel thoroughly under the influence of Millar’s lively, hurtling prose.” —Bookforum

“Millar’s first novel receives a welcome re-issue. The story of how Alby, the Brixton speed-dealer and all-round low-life, attempts to evade characters who are set on rubbing him out evokes amphetamine-induced paranoia without ever approaching a cliché. These days the drugs have changed, but this entertaining fable, which is alternately surreal and grubbily realistic, still delights.” —The Times (UK)

“Pop cultural references are everywhere in this frantic cultish debut which takes an Irvine Welsh-esque turn.” —The Guardian

“Written in 1987, this welcome re-issue is a masterful work that goes straight to the heart of a spurned generation, alive and not so well, in Thatcher’s revolting (in both meanings of the word) Britain. Much of this novel is pontification brought alive by a particularly visceral strain of urban angst and, as such, pre-dates James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late. Alby Starvation is a wonderful creation, a character solidified from the blood that ran down the streets of Brixton during the riots. A work of rare genius and truly cult, it deserves a place on your book shelf next to Hubert Selby Jr’s Last Exit To Brooklyn.” —The List

“Martin Millar created a minor classic with his exciting, surreal and funny debut novel. It is strange, quirky and entertaining to the end.” —What’s On London

“What’s allergic to milk, collects comics, sells speed, likes The Fall and lives in Brixton? Alby Starvation, the first true British anti-hero of the giro generation. A strange and wonderful story, I’ve yet to meet someone who has not enjoyed it.” —NME

“A classic tale of Brixton low-life. ****” —Uncut

“A crazed comedy of Brixton lowlife, drugs and martial arts.” —The Face

Praise for Suzy, Led Zepplin, and Me

“Even readers who last listened to “Houses of the Holy” during the Reagan administration will find much to enjoy here. For 200 pages, Glasgow circa 1972 shimmers like a vision of Atlantis, a lost world.” —Ed Park, The Los Angeles Times

“His finest.” —Daily Telegraph

“Part romance, nostalgia trip and musical memory . . . the story of Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Martin Millar is a hip and canny gem of a novel wrapped up in cheesecloth and patchouli. There is a strong smell of melancholy, but that goes with the territory of nostalgia . . . [A] heartfelt tale of teen emotional toothache.” —Bookmunch

Praise for Lonely Werewolf Girl

“It’s so compelling you don’t want to it end. The grungy, gory, glorious world that World Fantasy Award–winner Millar has created is unforgettable.” —Booklist

“[A] loving tribute to disaffection and the hopefulness of youth.” —Publishers Weekly

“Every detail in this book is rich and deep and thoughtful; Millar gives his characters the time and attention they deserve and because of that, readers finds themselves with far more story then werewolf fans have come to expect. It is Laurell K. Hamilton at her plot-filled very best, Stephen King in The Stand, even Charles Dickens. Kalix is a teenage killer who can barely contain her rage at the world and Millar makes you love her.. The fact that this is sincerely accomplished through the text is really quite remarkable and a testament to the writing ability of this so very talented, and sharply creative, author.” —Bookslut

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593762339
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,301,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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    Fantastic

    I love Martin Millar's style of writing. Excellent book!

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