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Shapeshifter : The Demo Tapes -- Year 1 (ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes)

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A collection of short fiction previously blog-published. These favorites have been cleaned up, placed in chronological order, and given introductions. A must-not miss for the West of Mars and Trevor Wolff fan!
Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 2008 by Lulu (first published September 20th 2008)
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Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage at a concert? Have you ever wanted to see the inner workings of a well known band? Did you ever wonder what forces shape a band into a powerhouse of music? Well, with The Demo Tapes: Year 1 you can find answers to these questions and more.

The Demo Tapes: Year 1 is a collection aimed at introducing readers into the fictional world of the band ShapeShifter. All of the short fiction pieces in this collection were first published online in the author’s b
Carol Evans
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carol by: Susan Helene Gottfried
This is a collection of short pieces that were originally published at the author’s blog between April 2006 and March 2007. I didn’t start reading the West of Mars – Meet and Greet until early this year, but have come to adore Trevor and his band Shapeshifter. I was delighted to read this book, because I missed all of these the first time around.

As a teenager, and even now to be honest, I was a fan of the big hair, hard rock bands. This was like peeking into their world, seeing all the fun and d
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shapeshifter: The Demo Tapes, Year 1 will be unlike any other books on the market because it is a short volume of material from author Susan Helene Gottfried's blog.

These snippets and scenes take readers behind the scenes of a band in the beginning and on the road, providing 100 pages of sheer entertainment, laugh-out-loud moments, and pure joy. Whether readers are fans of 80s hair bands and heavy metal or not, the plight of these boys on the road will have them shaking their heads or laughing r
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ever wonder what happens behind the stage of a rock band? Well, while you might not find out, you can certainly have a few laughs and find out what a fictional character would do! These are the “out takes” – the things that didn’t make it into a book that the author is writing. The little things that I’m sure just add to the story once the book comes out, to make you want more :)

This was a cute little collection. I liked the intros to each story, telling us how it came about… I’m in my 30s and,
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes: Year 1 is a collection of short stories about band life. The focus in the stories seem to primarily be on Trevor, but my interest resided more with Mitchell. I may just be more of a lead singer type of girl though. This collection is like an appetizer to wet your appetite for the book, Trevor's Song, and it's very successful. It's fun, it's real, it's got some edge and it's totally rock and roll. It really made me want to read Trevor's Song. Year 1 was an easy read, ...more
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-read
Although I read most all of these blog posts that year, I still enjoyed rereading them in a more chronological order. Plus there are some scenes that are favorites that I can keep coming back to read.
The chocolate scene at the end of the book with Kerrie and Mitchell is by far my favorite. Green Hair week and soy sauce where great too. My other favorite happens to be the death by cheese. Can we guess why? ;-)
Thanks Susan. It was nice revisiting with the guys. Trevor was peeking while I was taki
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I used to be in the music business, back in the dark recesses of time.

With this collection of short stories, author Susan Helene Gottfried provides an entertaining and accurate description of life on the road, conflicts among band members, and even burgeoning family life. The members of ShapeShifters, Gottfried's fictional band, and their families are drawn with depth and sensitivity.

Very entertaining and highly recommended. I can't wait to read "Demo Tapes (Year 2)
Mary (BookHounds)
I have been reading Susan's blog for several years now and I love the fact that she put all of these short stories together in one easy to read place. Year One gives you a great background on the start of the fictional Metal band, Shapeshifter, how Trevor and Mitchell became friends and their developing personalities. Year Two furthers these thoughts and will make you want to read TREVOR'S SONG.
Stacy Juba
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this before the full length book Trevor's Song, which features the same characters, and it instantly drew me in. I liked how the author introduced the stories and snippets with explanations about why she wrote them. The stories are quick and enjoyable to read and provide further depth into the characters from Trevor's Song.
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great teaser to the band that is Shapeshifter! This will eventually be a great companion to "Trevor's Song", helping round out the characters, rather than just giving you a small taste of what's to come.

I love Green Hair Week! So... when do we get year 2 Susan? ;)
Ann (Noumena12)
Recommend reading this as a supplement to Trevor's Song!!
I have to be honest about a couple of things here. ShapeShifter is the kind of band that I'd probably know existed, and I might like a couple of their songs if I encountered them, but I'd be unlikely to seek out or own much of their music; I'm just not into the head-banging metal stuff. My musical orientation is toward more melodic sub-genres, and songs that I can sing along with. Having said that, the idea of "hanging with a rock band" has long fascinated me, and it's the hard-rocking groups th ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
This collection of short stories introduces the reader to the world of Trevor Wolff and Mitchell Voss, and their rock band ShapeShifter. They were originally published at the online blog of author Susan Helen Gottfried, The Meet & Greet at West of Mars, so many of the visitors to that site—fondly referred to as groupies—might already be familiar with them. Since I never really liked reading online, I wasn't much of a groupie myself, so I was happy to see this collection come out so I could f ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, one true measure of a book is whether or not you want to continue reading the book through stressful events. Recently, The Demo Tapes, was put to this test by yours truly and passed with gold stars and a bottle of Ping’s soy sauce.

The husband took me into the doctor and the book I grabbed to read just so happened to be The Demo Tapes. Right from the beginning, I was drawn into the lives of the ShapeShifter band as well as the people who loved them. I’m not a rock n’ roll chick by
Susan Gottfried
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Susan by: my groupies demanded it.
Of course I love it! I wrote it.
Susan Gottfried
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Susan by: my groupies demanded it.
Of course I love this. I wrote it!
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of short stories about Shapeshfiter. Gives you back story to Trevor's Song.
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Author and freelance editor to an elite group of writers via West of Mars. A former book reviewer for the World's Toughest Book Critics, I think being an editor has made me even more demanding of what I read for pleasure. You can imagine the heights I seek to raise my clients to.
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