My Favorite Band Does Not Exist

My Favorite Band Does Not Exist

by Robert T. Jeschonek

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ISBN-13: 9780547721903
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robert T. Jeschonek's short stories have appeared in anthologies published by DAW (a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin), several Star Trek anthologies published by Pocket Books, and in numerous print and online magazines. He has also written stories for DC Comics and a Twitter serial called "Shave." For more information, please visit him on the web at www.thefictioneer.com. He lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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My Favorite Band Does Not Exist 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
The author of `My Favorite Band Does Not Exist¿ set himself a very complex task: weaving three different, but very related, plot lines together. One reality has Idea Deity (the names are all Very Symbolic, symbolic to the point of beating you over the head with them) running from his parent¿s hired tutors/goons and writing about a nonexistent band, Youforia, on his web site. This band that no one has ever heard has already attracted hordes of fans. Idea suffers from a syndrome where he thinks he is a character in a book and the author is pulling his strings. The next reality has Reacher Mirage and his band, Youforia, irate because the band¿s location and other secrets are being leaked on the internet. Oh, this reality has a green sky. That¿s the giveaway to let us know it¿s not regular earth. The third reality is actually a (crappy) fantasy novel called `Fireskull¿s Revenant¿, that both Idea and Reacher are reading. The sky there is orange. And it¿s not just a novel, it turns out. Tying these three together are women who are, literally, two faced, having faces on the backs of their heads and wearing clothing that is different outfits from the front on the back. Confused yet? Yeah. Me, too. These realities are leaking into each other. Idea thinks that there are poseurs calling themselves by his creations name; Reacher thinks there is a spy in his group. Idea decides to get to the bottom of the mystery, and go to where Youforia is set to play their first public venue. The closer they get together, the more `leakage¿ occurs. Only the two faced women know what is going on- and they aren¿t telling any earlier than they have to. But it turns out that a lot rides on Idea and Reacher learning and growing. While this sounds like an adventure/fantasy story, I think it¿s more of a fable or allegory. Jeschonek has tried to make coming of age into a fantastical adventure, and, sadly, over complicated it. I think the story of Idea/Reacher would have been better without the addition of `Fireskull¿s Revenant¿- to me, most of those parts were just filler.
ComaCalm on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Sixteen-year-old genius Idea Deity believes that he exists only in the pages of a novel written by a malevolent, omnipotent author . . . and that he will die in chapter 64. Meanwhile, an older teen named Reacher Mirage sings lead vocals for the undercover rock band Youforia . . . a band that exists in Idea¿s world only as an Internet hoax that Idea himself perpetuated. Then there¿s beautiful and mysterious Eunice Truant, who links their destinies. When Idea and Reacher plunge into the reality of Fireskull¿s Revenant, the twisted epic fantasy novel they¿ve both been reading, chapter 64 bears down on them like a speeding freight train on an unstoppable collision course. Being trapped in a bad book can be a nightmare. Just ask Idea Deity.This is the strangest book I have ever read. The main female character has a tattoo of another person on the back of her head. Which looks just like the other main female character that has a tattoo on the back of her head that looks like the other character I just mentioned. Confused yet? You will be. There's three linked stories in this, that alternate between chapters. The first story is about Idea Deity, the second is about Reacher who is the lead singer of a band that doesn't exist, Idea made it up in his head. The story is the book that both Idea and Reacher are reading, which plays a vital part in the story. Confused yet? You will be. The story is simpler than it sounds and I really enjoyed it. I certainly can't say I've ever read anything like this. But it was awesome. Definitely an Author to keep an eye on.
katelisim on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Idea Deity made up a band called Youforia and made a fake website for them. But, as is wont with the internet, it explodes with popularity with a cult following. He is also a runaway from overbearing type A parents--and the malevolent author that he believes pulls the strings of his life. A chance meeting with Eunice Truant, a girl with a tattooed face on the back of her head, starts his escape.Reacher Mirage is the lead singer and creator of a secret band called Youforia. He is waiting for the magic feeling when he plays to know they are ready to go public. But someone created a website detailing their unreleased bios, song lyrics, tour updates, and even location to the online masses. They get so popular that and music magazine put a bounty on their heads for their first interview. He and his girlfriend, Eurydice--another girl with a tattooed face on the back of her head, must stay ahead of their pursuers.Deity is out to find the band impersonating his creation and those cashing in on his work. Reacher is out to find the person leaking his band's secrets. Both find a journey that changes their lives and everything they ever believed.Jeschonek weaves these two main story lines in with a third--a book that both characters are reading: Fireskull's Revenant. It features Fireskull, a tyrannical king with a head engulfed in flames and leathery wings, trying to overthrow his greatest enemy and rival king, Johnny Without--whose body cannot keep a single form for more than a few seconds. Throw in some epic battle scenes and prophecies, and it's a crazy medieval fantasy smack dab in the middle of this modern urban fantasy story. At some points the switch is a little jarring, but all story lines kept my attention very well. And the payoff is in how all three come together in the end.Overall, I kind of loved it. Srsly. This book has some of the weird stuff my brain defaults into thinking about when doing mindless stuff at work: bands, teh silly internets, excessive fandom, duality, multiple universes, what happens when universes meet, being in books, original ideas not being original, AND (most importantly) PERCEPTION. Green is not green to everybody--ramifications from that are soul churning. The further I got in the book, the more my eyes and brain wanted to devour it. The ridiculous names (along with those already mentioned, include Loving and Vengeful Deity, Wicked Livenbladder, and Spill Ringamajig) gave this book a bit of a comical charm that in some other books has felt overly pushed and off-putting. Many of the difficult ideas have been simplified enough and put in such a way to reach the young adult readers, but not lose their integrity--even when a couple of parallelisms were stated, instead of trusting all the readers to get it themselves.And, I just found out he has written some of the sanctioned Doctor Who books.Must.Resist.Until.Xmas.
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An amazing book. Really well written
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