Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, Oct 8, 2010 - 272 pages
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Elfish and four others squat in a crumbling three-story house in the run-down Brixton section of London. Years of such housing complement her hand-to-mouth lifestyle of hangovers, metal music, and failed ambitions; but when ex-boyfriend and ex-bandmate Mo forms a new band with the old group's name, Queen Mab, Elfish feels compelled to reclaim the name for her own, as yet nonexistent, band to play her own music. Struggling for visibility and success in the local club scene, she turns to stage diving-that is, forcing herself through onlookers, achieving the stage while the musicians are still performing, and drunkenly leaping into the audience, thereby entering the "transcendental state of the dedicated stage diver." A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, and the life that results, in which chronic depression and bad outcomes are assumed, may leave few unmoved. Fair warning, though: filth, bodily fluids, and vomit mix freely with sex and substance abuse in Millar's 1994 opus, here receiving U.S. publication these many years later.

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Review: Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving

User Review  - Joshua O'connor - Goodreads

Really fast read; has the hallmarks of Millar; wish I could wipe my brain and reread. Read full review

Review: Dreams of Sex and Stage Diving

User Review  - Alicia Gregoire - Goodreads

This was a hard book to get into. Elfish, the protagonist, is deplorable and I wanted nothing more than to see her fail. Even with that, Elfish is a vehicle of change throughout the boom. The entire ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Martin Millar is the author of the Thraxas series; The Good Fairies of New York; Lonely Werewolf Girl; Suzy Led Zeppelin, and Me; and Milk, Sulphate, and Alby Starvation. He lives in London.

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