Written by the co-author of "Elemental, the Power of Illuminated Love," and "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance," the novel Christmas when Music almost Killed the World is a lot like an extended song on the beguiling nature of life, love, death, and music. Enter the world of Danny Blue and you enter one where few things are exactly as they seem and yet everything is filled with powerful meaning and significance. "Coping with the death of his girlfriend would probably be a lot easier for Danny Blue if superstar musicians, strange cults, and a certain ghost could just leave him to his pain. The only problem is that none of them will. The fact that he seems to be changing from an ordinary human into something very different doesn't help very much either."
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I learned about 'Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World' after a friend suggested I read the author's 'Uncut Goodies' series on the Internet. The series was supposed to be 'out takes' from the novel. Like many of the people who wrote reviews on those out takes, I found myself enjoying the author's ability to mix serious drama with scandalous satire and folklore as we followed the evacuation of a town where a major hurricane is expected to strike. So then I had to wonder, if the out takes were this fantastic, what was up with the whole novel? To say I've never read anything like it is a huge understatement. The comparisons to works by Philip K. Dick, King, Khalil Gibran and others is justified but this is one writer who is highly original and yet somehow familiar. The idea of a young man struggling to survive to loss of his lover to what may or may not have been a suicide is powerful enough to make a book by itself. But for Aberjhani that's just a jumping off point as the hero of this intense story gets drawn into weird dealing with two pop music icons. One is apparently hell-bent on turning the world's human population into a bunch of suicide-craving slaves. The other seems like some kind of cross between an angel and Bob Marley. As the title indicates, music plays a big roll in the books and it is song lyrics that flow the story from one chapter and planet to the next. An appendix of the lyrics at the back of the book was quite an unexpected bonus. Rumor has it that a graphic novel with a cd based on lyrics from the book is coming out. I would love to see that and some brilliant director's movie version of this. It would have to be one of the most visually and musically powerful films ever made. Melodine