Checker and the Derailleurs
Beautiful and charismatic, nineteen-year-old Checker Secretti is the most gifted and original drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. When he plays, conundrums seem to solve themselves, brilliant thoughts spring to mind, and couples fall in love. The members of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately devoted to their guiding spirit, as are all...more
I hope not. While it seems eminently filmable and the richly colored and textured images Shriver paints could be magic in the hands of a visual director like Terren ...more
The quippy dialogue was definitely cute as each character was defined primarily through their interactions with others. However, so many main characters made it feel like each was fighting for his or her place in the book's limelight. Perhaps this is just might take on it, or, then again, perhaps Ms. Shriver did and excellent job of portraying 'band l ...more
This was an engrossing book with some really unique, memorable characters and good writing. I had only read 'We Need to Talk About Kevin,' but now I want to go check out more of her other works.
(this is also the first book I've read on Kindle, and I love it.)
In a way, I loved it. The story was great, the style is very interesting - there is no omnipresent narration - everything you know about the characters you have learned through their dialogue with each other and through their behaviors, as if you were just watching this unfold and had no insight at all into feelings/thoughts that haven't been ...more
I'm simultaneously awed by and envious of her stupendous talent. It's not so much her plotting - I enjoy the stories Shriver tells but those, I think, follows from the real magic: her characters.
Shriver has this way, this inimitable touch, that allows her to balance the scales of personality just so. Her characters are familiar and rooted and totally bizarre and it feels like you could meet any one of them walking down the street.
You woul ...more
This is one of her earliest pieces, I guess; if not her first book. The characters are--like in her other novels--complex and myriad. Some of them are downright unlikeable people, but you still end up liking them.
The loose plot is the story of a rock band in the late 80s in Astoria, New York. But it's probably more a story about loyalty and growing up and finding out ...more
There's a magical element to it, echoes of Hell in t ...more
Like most of Shriver's novels, this started out kind of slow, but by the time end, I was so glad I stuck it out. I think I've finally admitted to myself that I'm going to end up reading all her novels, which is a huge turn around, considering my absolute disdain for The Post Birthday World.
The beginning feels a little like being the new kid in a group of people who have known each other for years; it takes a little while to get a hang of everyone and to feel like you understand what is going o ...more
This novel, as one of Shriver's earlier works, is a little rough and her prose i ...more