Whitney Pastorek
November 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Too Weird for Ziggy

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sylvie Simmons
publisher
Black Cat
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

”Even Leo, with his well-honed sense of his own genius and matching grievance at how long it had taken others to catch on, viewed his achievements with some satisfaction,” begins one story in Too Weird for Ziggy, a linked collection about ludicrous rock stars and the freak show that surrounds them. It’s a sharp description…especially for a tale about a male lead singer who starts to grow breasts. In fact, Sylvie Simmons (a contributing editor at Brit music mag MOJO) mostly deals in the sexual and vulgar, taking us backstage in an exaggerated nuthouse version of the music world, where fascination runs hand in hand with disgust. Her lively prose keeps us reading, despite the occasional underwritten ending that makes us wonder if her characters’ pain was too much for even a jaded rock journalist to bear.

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