Commencez à lire The Armageddon Rag (English Edition) sur votre Kindle dans moins d'une minute. Vous n'avez pas encore de Kindle ? Achetez-le ici Ou commencez à lire dès maintenant avec l'une de nos applications de lecture Kindle gratuites.

Envoyer sur votre Kindle ou un autre appareil

 
 
 

Essai gratuit

Découvrez gratuitement un extrait de ce titre

Envoyer sur votre Kindle ou un autre appareil

Tout le monde peut lire les livres Kindle, même sans un appareil Kindle, grâce à l'appli Kindle GRATUITE pour les smartphones, les tablettes et les ordinateurs.
The Armageddon Rag (English Edition)
 
Agrandissez cette image
 

The Armageddon Rag (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

George R. R. Martin
5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)

Prix éditeur - format imprimé : EUR 10,80
Prix Kindle : EUR 6,99 TTC & envoi gratuit via réseau sans fil par Amazon Whispernet
Économisez : EUR 3,81 (35%)

Formats

Prix Amazon Neuf à partir de Occasion à partir de
Format Kindle EUR 6,99  
Relié EUR 25,07  
Broché EUR 11,61  
Broché EUR 10,80  
Poche --  

Auteurs, publiez directement sur Kindle !

KDP
Via notre service de Publication Directe sur Kindle, publiez vous-même vos livres dans la boutique Kindle d'Amazon. C'est rapide, simple et totalement gratuit.
-40%, -50%, -60%... Découvrez les Soldes Amazon jusqu'au 5 août 2014 inclus. Profitez-en !





Les clients ayant consulté cet article ont également regardé


Descriptions du produit

Extrait

Chapter One


Those were the days, my friend/
We thought they'd never end


It was not one of Sandy Blair's all-time great days. His agent had picked up the lunch tab, to be sure, but that only partially made up for the way he'd gotten on Sandy's case about the novel deadline. The subway was full of yahoos and it seemed to take forever to get him back to Brooklyn. The three-block walk to the brownstone he called home seemed longer and colder than usual. He felt in dire need of a beer by the time he got there. He pulled one from the fridge, opened it, and ascended wearily to his third-floor office to face the stack of blank paper he was supposedly turning into a book. Once again, the elves had failed to knock off any chapters in his absence; page thirty-seven was still in his typewriter. You just couldn't get good elves anymore, Sandy thought morosely. He stared at the words with distaste, took a swig from the bottle in his hand, and looked around for a distraction.

That was when he noticed the red light on his message machine, and found that Jared Patterson had phoned.

Actually it had been Jared's secretary who made the call, which Sandy found amusing; even after seven years, and everything that had happened, Patterson was still a bit nervous about him. "Jared Patterson would like Mister Blair to contact him as soon as possible, in connection with an assignment," said the pleasant professional voice. Sandy listened to her twice before erasing the tape. "Jared Patterson," he said to himself, bemused. The name evoked a hell of a lot of memories.

Sandy knew that he really ought to ignore Patterson's message. The sonofabitch deserved no more. That was hopeless, though; he was already too curious. He picked up the phone and dialed, mildly astonished to discover that he still remembered the number, after seven years. A secretary picked up. "Hedgehog," she said. "Mister Patterson's office."

"This is Sander Blair," Sandy said. "Jared phoned me. Tell the poltroon that I'm returning his call."

"Yes, Mister Blair. Mister Patterson left instructions to put you through at once. Please hold."

A moment later, Patterson's familiar mock-hearty voice was ringing in Sandy's ear. "Sandy! It's great to hear ya, really it is. Long time, old man. How's it hanging?"

"Cut the shit, Jared," Sandy said sharply. "You're no happier to hear from me than I was to hear from you. What the hell you want? And keep it short, I'm a busy man."

Patterson chuckled. "Is that any way to talk to an old friend? Still no social graces, I see. All right, then, however you want it. I wantcha to do a story for Hedgehog, how's that for straight?"

"Go suck a lemon," Sandy said. "Why the hell should I write for you? You fired me, you asshole."

"Bitter, bitter," Jared chided. "That was seven years ago, Sandy. I hardly remember it now."

"That's funny. I remember it real well. I'd lost it, you said. I was out of touch with what was happening, you said. I was too old to edit for the youth audience, you said. I was taking the Hog down the tubes, you said. Like shit. I was the one who made that paper, and you damn well know it."

"Never denied it," Jared Patterson said breezily. "But times changed, and you didn't. If I'd kept you on, we'd have gone down with the Freep and the Barb and all the rest. All that counterculture stuff had to go. I mean, who needed it? All that politics, reviewers who hated the hot new trends in music, the drug stories . . . it just didn't cut it, y'know?" He sighed. "Look, I didn't call to hash over ancient history. I was hoping you'd have more perspective by now. Hell, Sandy, firing you hurt me more than it did you."

"Oh, sure," Sandy said. "You sold out to a chain and got a nice cushy salaried job as publisher while you were firing three-quarters of your staff. You must be in such pain." He snorted. "Jared, you're still an asshole. We built that paper together, as a communal sort of thing. It wasn't yours to sell."

"Hey, communes were all well and good back when we were young, but you seem to forget that it was my money kept the whole show afloat."

"Your money and our talent."

"God, you haven't changed a bit, have you?" Jared said. "Well, think what you like, but our circulation is three times what it was when you were editor, and our ad revenues are out of sight. Hedgehog has class now. We get nominated for real journalism awards. Have you seen us lately?"

"Sure," said Sandy. "Great stuff. Restaurant reviews. Profiles of movie stars. Suzanne Somers on the cover, for God's sake. Consumer reports on video games. A dating service for lonely singles. What is it you call yourself now? The Newspaper of Alternative Lifestyles?"

"We changed that, dropped the 'alternative' part. It's just Lifestyles now. Between the two H's in the logo."

"Jesus," Sandy said. "Your music editor has green hair!"

"He's got a real deep understanding of pop music," Jared said defensively. "And stop shouting at me. You're always shouting at me. I'm starting to regret calling you, y'know. Do you want to talk about this assignment or not?"

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. Why do you think I need your assignment?"

"No one said you did. I'm not out of it, I know you've been doing well. How many novels have you published? Four?"

"Three," Sandy corrected.

"Hedgehog's run reviews on every one of them too. You oughtta be grateful. Firing you was the best thing I could have done for you. You were always a better writer than you were an editor."

"Oh, thank you, massa, thank you. I's ever so thankful. I owes it all to you."

"You could at least be civil," Jared said. "Look, you don't need us and we don't need you, but I thought it would be nice to work together again, just for old time's sake. Admit it, it'd be a kick to have your byline in the old Hog again, wouldn't it? And we pay better than we used to."

"I'm not hurting for money."

"Who said you were? I know all about you. Three novels and a brownstone and a sports car. What is it, a Porsche or something?"

"A Mazda RX-7," Sandy said curtly.

"Yeah, and you live with a realtor, so don't lecture me about selling out, Sandy old boy."

"What do you want, Jared?" Sandy said, stung. "I'm getting tired of sparring."

"We've got a story that would be perfect for you. We want to play it up big, too, and I thought maybe you'd be interested. It's a murder."

"What are you doing now, trying to turn the Hog into True Detective? Forget it, Jared, I don't do crime shit."

"Jamie Lynch was the guy that got himself murdered."

The name of the victim brought Sandy up short, and a wisecrack died in his mouth. "The promoter?"

"None other."

Sandy sat back, took a swig of beer, and mulled on that. Lynch had been out of the news for years, a has-been even before Sandy was fired from the Hog, but in his day he had been an important man in the rock subculture. It could be an interesting story. Lynch had always been surrounded by controversy. He'd worn two hats: promoter and manager. As a promoter, he'd organized some of the biggest tours and concerts of his day. He'd ensured their success by booking in the bands he controlled as manager, and by denying those bands to rival concerts. With hot talent like American Taco, the Fevre River Packet Company, and the Nazgûl under his thumb, he'd been a man to reckon with. At least up until 1971, when the disaster at West Mesa, the breakup of the Nazgûl, and a couple of drug busts started him on the long slide down. "What happened to him?" Sandy asked.

"It's pretty kinky," Jared said. "Somebody busted into his place up in Maine, dragged him into his office, and offed him there. They tied him to his desk, and, like, sacrificed him. Cut his heart out. He had one after all. Remember the old jokes? Ah, never mind. Anyhow, the whole scene was kind of grotesque. Mansonesque, y'know? Well, that made me think of the series you did back around the time that Sharon Tate got offed, you know, that investigation of . . . what did you call it?"

"The dark side of the counterculture," Sandy said dryly. "We won awards for that series, Jared."

"Yeah, right. I remembered it was good. So I thought of you. This is right up your alley. Real Sixties, y'know? What we're thinking of is a long meaty piece, like those in-depth things you used to go for. We'll use the murder as a news peg, see, and you could investigate it a bit, see maybe if you could kick up something the police miss, y'know, but mostly use it as a springboard for a sort of retrospective on Jamie Lynch and his promotions, all his groups and his concerts and his times and like that. Maybe you could look up some of the guys from his old groups, the Fevre River gang and the Nazgûl and all, interview 'em and work in some where-are-they-now kind of stuff. It would be sort of a nostalgia piece, I figure."

"Your readership thinks the Beatles were the band Paul McCartney was with before he got Wings," Sandy said. "They won't even know who Jamie Lynch was, for Chrissakes."

"That's where you're wrong. We still have lots of our old readers. The kind of feature I see on this Lynch business will be real popular. Now, can you write it or not?"

"Of course I can wri...

Présentation de l'éditeur

Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the '60s-until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back. As Sandy sets out to investigate the crime, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent-up passions of his generation. For a new messiah has resurrected the once legendary rock band Nazgul-but with an apocalyptic new beat that is a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death only Sandy may be able to change in time. . . .

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 730 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 381 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0575129530
  • Editeur : Gollancz (12 avril 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007RG7RCO
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
  • X-Ray :
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°95.495 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)
  •  Souhaitez-vous faire modifier les images ?


En savoir plus sur l'auteur

Découvrez des livres, informez-vous sur les écrivains, lisez des blogs d'auteurs et bien plus encore.

Commentaires en ligne 

4 étoiles
0
3 étoiles
0
2 étoiles
0
1 étoiles
0
5.0 étoiles sur 5
5.0 étoiles sur 5
Commentaires client les plus utiles
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Oh, jeunesse ennemie ! 5 avril 2012
Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
Format:Broché
Un roman initialement sorti en 1983 par un auteur de SF/Horreur atypique et qui produit là un roman de littérature générale tout juste mâtinée d'un poil de Fantastique mais si discret qu'à la fin ne vous restera que des doutes.

D'après l'auteur, ce fut un four commercial qui faillit engloutir sa carrière, alors qu'il s'agissait de son livre le plus ambitieux, on ne sort pas comme ça de son ghetto Monsieur Martin !

J'étais alors un gros fan de l'auteur, ayant adoré L'agonie de la lumière mais aussi ses nouvelles fabuleuses (Chanson pour lya : [nouvelles] et Des astres et des ombres) et son roman pince-sans-rire Le voyage de Haviland Tuf

Je n'étais pas bien vieux à l'époque, je ne lisais que de la SF, allergique à la littérature qui se contente de décrire des personnages, des situations voire même composée que de style. Et j'ai adoré.
Il faut dire que les thèmes sont puissants :

- La musique, non que dis-je, le Rock'n'Roll, cette musique qui a accompagné le mouvement hippie/libertaire des années 60 avant de se couler dans le moule commercial.

- La mélancolie, un thème très puissant dans les premiers romans de G.G.R. Martin (mon auteur préféré à l'époque).
Lire la suite ›
Avez-vous trouvé ce commentaire utile ?
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rock'n roll 'll never die....... 20 mai 2011
Format:Broché
Si vous aimez le rock, la culture, je veux dire, cette effervescence anti-avant-, si vous etes, disons, nostalgique d'une vision du monde , celle des 60/70, de la fusion Tolkien/déluge electrique/trip urbain/ailleurs et demain, ce livre est un must!! les amplis Mesa Boogie vous crachent dans les tripes leurs watts, la fumée vous enivre, tout est possible......... GO GO !!
Je l'ai lu à sa sortie et il me hante encore, épaisseur des personnages, intrigue, et ce je ne sais quoi qui remue le coeur, qui touche, eh oui, on aurait pu, du?
A lire pour tous les + de 45 ans, ca vous parle, et les autres, eh eh.... vous n'y etiez pas, mais.....
Bonne lecture -)))))))
Avez-vous trouvé ce commentaire utile ?
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 3.8 étoiles sur 5  50 commentaires
54 internautes sur 60 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Classic-Rock / Horror Masterpiece 21 août 2001
Par Dan Dean - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
It seems quite appropriate that praise from Stephen King can be found on the back of this book. Like many of King's better novels, the "Rag", doesn't seem like a horror novel at the start. Instead, we are given an engaging mystery set in a real-life setting. But as you continue to turn the pages, you begin to get the sense that something is definitely not right, and eventually, we encounter the supernatural.
I highly recommend this book, but as I write this review, the question I ask myself is, "Exactly *whom* would I recommend it to?" When I first picked up the Rag, I was dubious. Of course I loved Song of Ice and Fire, and I found myself quite impressed with most of Martin's horror and sci-fi works as well... But I didn't have much confidence in an out-of-print horror book with a hippie/seventies/classic rock setting.
Fortunately, I read it anyway, or I would have missed out on one fabulous book.
But will YOU like it?
-If you occasionally find yourself enjoying episodes of VH1's Behind The Music, or the movie Almost Famous, you will appreciate Martin's meticulous attention to the music industry.
-If you are a fan of Stephen King, The Rag will make you feel right at home.
-And, if you've enjoyed any of Martin's other writings, you're sure to approve of his style here as well.
The bottom-line is, this is one book that truly doesn't deserve to be out-of-print, and thanks to Martin's rocketing popularity- it soon won't be. As soon as you can, give it a try!
16 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The whole time, the Walrus was creeping existential dread 15 novembre 2010
Par Michael Battaglia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I love Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series as much as the next person who loves morally complicated and narratively complex fantasy, but I will admit that the only reason I have this book is because someone at the publisher's booth gave it to me for free at the first New York Comic Convention, which was more than a few years ago. It's been sitting in the queue ever since. My copy is actually signed too, which I had forgotten about. Extra bonus!

So in a cost-for-entertainment analysis the book wins hands down. But what about a time-for-entertainment analysis? How does it make out there?

Not bad, actually. In what wasn't a departure for him at the time, the novel is basically a very subtle horror piece, but the kind that doesn't involve wolves or vampires or mummies. Instead, it brings forth kind of an existential problem: "Did I do all of that for nothing?"

The story is basically the aftermath of a 1960s counterculture that we always knew about but is slightly skewed. Sandy Blair is a fellow who was active in the sixties protesting and trying to mess with the system, only to now be much older and finding that the system kind of won, writing hack novels and wishing that he felt more fulfilled. Leaping on a chance to do a story for a magazine he once started about the murder of a promoter for perhaps the most famous rock band you've never heard of, he embarks on a long journey across the United States, and by doing so, travels deep into the tattered soul of the country.

Sort of. The main portion of the novel consists of Sandy visiting old friends in turn, many of which he hasn't spoken to in years, and thus discovering what they've been up to since those idealistic hippie days. In most cases, they haven't quite been living the dream, which sits better with some than with others. Some have turned to other forms for peace, withdrawing from the world entirely. Some have just said the heck with it and wholeheartedly part of the system. And some are doing what they can to change the world, just on a smaller scale and at a slower pace, but getting tired in the process. Because nothing really lasts forever.

If that was all the novel was about, it would be nothing more than a trifle, because it's nothing we haven't seen dealt with in other, more prominent places, and probably with a bit more sharpness. The idea of the grand views of the people who grew up in the sixties finding their fine goals and visions crashing on the rocky shores of the seventies and gasping for air before expiring isn't exactly new. Martin gets some extra mileage with it by making all these people detailed, even if as Sandy is going about his research they tend to fall into certain categories. "Person keeping the faith." Check. "Tool of the System." Check. "Embracer of New Age Faith." Check. You get the idea.

As I said, a subtle horror does exist here, in the sense of waking up one morning and realizing that all the wonderful goals you had as a young person ultimately mean nothing in the scheme of things, that you never actually meant them and that you've been gradually caving all these years, making your life hollow and meaningless. All you've done is grow fat and old, and become the very thing you hated. Worse, because you started off with good intentions. This is good stuff, but not enough to hang the novel on alone.

Where the novel succeeds is by hanging the emotional map onto the music of the sixties. And not just in the Baby Boomer, let's all sway to the music that we remember fondly sort of way, but by making this music part of their idealogical texture, it was the lifeblood and the soundtrack of their protests and arguments and triumphs, it seethed with their anger and soared with their victories, wept with their sorrow at the implacability of the system. Each and every person has vinyl engraved onto their souls, as for one of the few times in recent history art and entertainment and protest merged into one, and these people were part of it, in the center of it, scratching out chords and blasting their miseries and hopes through speakers. That is what he captures, and does it well. You may laugh today at seeing some aged hippie types, greying long hair and Woodstock shirts hanging out over guts getting all misty eyed over seeing whatever version of the Grateful Dead still exists, but here you can get a sense of why this actually meant something to them, how music made their concerns written large, and that each performer who died was as acute a loss to them as watching a soldier fall on the battlefield.

What's amazing is how Martin constructed a whole new mythology of music, adding in one of the biggest bands you've never heard of, the Nazgul, and not only making them feel like the best band your parents never cared about, but giving them a history that resonates as closely as the events that actually happened. We meet each member in turn as rumors circulate of them getting back together (difficult, with one member dead) but when that reunion actually happens and we start to follow that tour, we get deep into the heart of rock and roll, realizing that genius isn't easy, but elusive and that nostalgia isn't so much a sword as a pillow that could smother you in its sweetness.

The stuff with the band feels so realistic, their history so messily precise (even the lyrics aren't terrible) that it makes the horror stuff feel that much more grafted on. Those parts of the book feel half-hearted, as Martin only included them because he felt he had to, and the book never seems completely comfortable with getting involved in the supernatural, preferring to focus on Sandy's journey through a path he never paid much attention to the first time around. And when the novel's lens turns to the music, and its effect on the people at the time, it becomes especially incisive, making the Nazgul out to be a real band without slavishly turning them into another cliched "Behind the Music" special. They were the most famous band in the world, and their breakup wasn't their choice. How do you deal with that?

So what could have been thin and shallow winds up being impressively gripping due to Martin's hand with characters (his depiction of Slum, a man who found himself in the sixties and was subsequently broken by them, is amazingly poignant) and the incredible amount of thought that was put into the Nazgul's backstory. It's an uncomfortable nostalgia trip that doesn't look back on a world that was better, just a time when conflicts were more open, and suggests that if one wants to fight the same battles today, no matter how slow or tired or disillusioned one feels, it's still possible. You may just have to dig your fingernails in and tear away at the surface in order to reach the corruption.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Rag was good, but not great... 26 novembre 2012
Par MVC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After reading Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series and Fevre Dream, his writing and story-telling style has grown on me, and Armageddon Rag seemed like an interesting story line. And it lived up to that much, the plot was different and original, albeit very predictable, and only lightly infused with the suspense I've found throughout the rest of his novels. I did enjoy the book to a degree, but the story line became tedious and a bit boring half-way through the book. The end was a bit of a let-down as I could clearly see what was coming. Martin's talent for weaving plot twists didn't seem to be perfected when he wrote Armageddon Rag, and although I'd rate this book I don't think it'll make my list of re-reads.
23 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic. 27 mars 2000
Par brx - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
By now, this has to be a classic in the fantasy/horror field. I remember picking it up in as price-reduced overstock, simply for the astonishing artwork (the german edition) and that title. I have to say, that I'm still very thankful for that occasion. Not only has Mr. Martin delivered the best Werewolf-Novellla of all time (Skintrade) but the Song of Fire and Ice Series, that had reignited my interest in Fantasy after 15 years.
Thank you Mr. Martin.
I want a hardcover-reprint of this book. Now.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good idea, not the best execution 1 juillet 2012
Par Marc Y. Leonard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I loved loved loved Fevre Dream, which Martin wrote at about the same time. Brilliant, unique idea and very well crafted story. This is also a very interesting and unusual idea but the only reason I stuck with the book was to see it through to its (staggeringly obvious) conclusion. Didn't enjoy reading it as much, the storytelling isn't as strong, the characters not as interesting. Not sure I really understand these characters and maybe because I'm not a product of their time and movement, or maybe Martin doesn't succeed at making them appeal to a larger audience.
Ces commentaires ont-ils été utiles ?   Dites-le-nous
Rechercher des commentaires
Rechercher uniquement parmi les commentaires portant sur ce produit

Discussions entre clients

Le forum concernant ce produit
Discussion Réponses Message le plus récent
Pas de discussions pour l'instant

Posez des questions, partagez votre opinion, gagnez en compréhension
Démarrer une nouvelle discussion
Thème:
Première publication:
Aller s'identifier
 

Rechercher parmi les discussions des clients
Rechercher dans toutes les discussions Amazon
   


Rechercher des articles similaires par rubrique