Top positive review
Great book. Forget the negative reviews!
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
If I had gone by the reviews, I may not have ordered this book. It was more expensive than is newer edition, boy I had a $10.00 coupon so I ordered it. Later, I found the book on a Rush Official fan site for a more reasonable price, but it was too late. Plus, the book from Amazon was previously read and though almost pristine (IDK how someone could read the book with such little impact on its structural integrity. I only notice a few dog-eared creases where the reader must have stopped reading). So far, I’m halfway through it and have been thoroughly entertained... I can’t see getting “jaded” or bored yet. I’m not sure What other reviewers found onerous about this or upset about Peat’s reluctance to interact with fans... he states several times That he is shy - he should have been understood! He’s not really rude... the fans are. He even notes that he was happy to have sold many copies of his previous book and at that time, 30 copies of Ghost Rider. (Of course, many more were sold by 2020). That he was at first uncomfortable about people knowing his thoughts and parts of his life. But he felt it was “on my own terms”. For such a shy and humble man, we are able to take a look at him in a personal way, which makes up for his in-person shyness. It’s wonderfully descriptive and gives a sense of the map and landscape. A few times, I did have to re-read the sentences when he mentioned past experiences with present, but I chalk that up to late night reading. I love the style of writing... more of a detailed and descriptive letter than a stodgy book I had to endure during college and high school. Dare I say, I retained and learned so much more for his writing than any Shakespeare, Pearl S. Buck etc... book I’ve ever read. It does probably take
A Rush fan to appreciate this book and others except Ghost Rider that would work for a person with a tragic death of a loved one. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and unlike some reviewers, I appreciate the candor about the road life, adoring fans and the day to day life of a performer. It is refreshing that this band doesn’t appear to over indulge in drugs and alcohol. (At least it’s not mentioned in any of the books about them or by Neil). It’s such irony that he died of a brain tumor because he was so thoughtful, intelligent and well rounded despite being in a stressful job. Many people dream of becoming a Rock n’ Roll superstar and he really illustrates that though it great, it has down sides too.