by Lewis Shiner


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Ray Shackleford is trying to deal with the death of his father and the collapse of his marriage when the impossible happens. Music that no one has ever heard before begins to play from his stereo speakers.

It is only the first step on a journey that will take him to Los Angeles, London, Cozumel, and points far beyond, and bring him face to face with Jim Morrison, Brian Wilson, Jimi Hendrix-and his own mortality.

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ISBN-13: 9781596063518
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 08/06/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 893,398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lewis Shiner is the award-winning author of five novels, most recently Say Goodbye, The Laurie Moss Story. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Glimpses 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JimCherry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first three years after discovering Glimpses by Lewis Shiner I read it once a year, which doesn¿t happen to me very often in reading a book.Ray Shackleford is a stereo repairman with problems. A father with whom he had a contentious relationship has died under mysterious circumstances, his marriage is unraveling like a ball string in his fingers and he can¿t quite grasp the threads to pull it back together, a burgeoning drinking problem, and a career as a rock star that never got started much less going anywhere. But he has discovered a means of escape, by retreating into the past, and not just any past, he retreats to the 60¿s to help the idols of his Rock `n¿ Roll dreams reclaim what they¿ve lost, their lost albums. Brian Wilson¿s Smile, Jim Morrison and The Celebration of the Lizard, and Jimi Hendrix¿s The First Rays of the New Rising Sun.I first read this book because I was looking for a nice escapist book to lose myself in for a few hours. I found that. The more I read the more I found myself drawn in, especially to Ray¿s trips to the past, his getting drawn into Brian Wilson¿s family, living the Rock `n¿ Roll lifestyle with Jim Morrison as his guide, and Ray¿s truly heartbreaking attempts to keep Jimi Hendrix from dying. The question is will these trips to the past help Ray heal the same issues he has in his life?There is the element of time travel in this book. Is Ray really going back into the past and meeting his idols? Or is he suffering a series of strokes? Glimpses offers evidence of both, giving the reader the choice of which is truly occurring.On each reading of Glimpses, I found something new in it, some nuance previously undiscovered. I guess one could say that is due to the changing circumstances of my life. But isn¿t that the mark of any good book? That we can find something new in it from whatever perspective in life we are coming at it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can¿t turn it off, turn it down, wash it off, or get it out of my head. This book has really gotten to me. Read 'Glimpses' if you love the Beatles or the Yardbirds or Hendrix or the Beach Boys (especially the Beach Boys) or the Doors or Dylan or Janis or Van Morrison or any of the great musical pioneers of that era, or any of the great musical pioneers of any era, anywhere. Read it if you are drawn to the unstable edges of human experience where reality and desire intersect. ¿Glimpses¿ is like nothing I¿ve ever read before--simple, beautiful, powerful, moving, important, unpretentious, full of hope and life, yet unafraid of the terrible costs of growth and love and change. Why aren't there more reviews here? Why don't more people know about this amazing, World Fantasy Award-winning book? Grab a copy and make the world a better place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love music legends, rock, artistry, fantasy, or simply well-spun fiction, then don't deprive yourself of this book. GLIMPSES will give you a true glimpse into the mind of a writer well worth remembering, and one you'll be eager to tell your friends about. This book is a mind-trip and heart-trip all in one.