Title: The God of Jazz: Fugue, Concord
Author: Varian Krylov
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Release Date: September 26th 2016
Page Count: 326
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
After years struggling to realize his dream of directing a feature film, on the final night of his fundraising campaign Godard is on the cusp of having everything he ever wanted. The man he loves is upstairs waiting for him, and he’s just a few dollars short of his GoFundYourself goal.
Then everything falls apart.
His personal and professional life in ruins, when his old nemesis from film school offers to fund his dream project if he’s willing to shoot it in Spain, Godard knows it’s a deal with the devil. But he also has nothing left to lose.
Among the labyrinthine streets of Barcelona’s Barrio Góthico, the city’s vibrant music scene, and the sun-gilt beaches of the Costa Brava, Godard begins making shooting his dream project and putting his life back together, largely under the domineering gaze and deft touch of Ángel, the god of jazz.
But Ángel is keeping a secret, and a deal with the devil always comes at a price.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I went back and forth with my rating so many times. For those that are familiar with Varian Krylov’s work, The God of Jazz is not a dark read, like Bad Things. There is angst and pain, but it’s on the lighter side, closer to Dangerously Happy.
It’s not that I hated everything in this story. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things I found interesting, like:
~The strong sense of place and the magnificent description of Barcelona.
~The movie Godart was making. I usually don’t care about these stuff in my books, but this was really interesting. It was like a plot inside another plot, and Godard’s reactions when he saw his characters come to life almost brought tears to my eyes.
~Godard’s journey. I’m a firm believer that when life gets too much, it’s always best to take some alone time and contemplate things. That’s what Godard did, and it paid off. I loved that part of the story.
Sadly, in my case the negatives overpowered the positives. What didn’t work:
~The prose. Oh man…the prose was so flowery and purplish at times. I even dare say convulted. I mean, it is weird when a blowjob is described as…
“…worshiping before the stunning sight of the triad of godly jewels…
~It was too long and wordy.
At 50%, it all took a nosedive for me. I’ll spoiler tag the rest of this review. Read at your own risk.
- For the first half of the book Angel is an enigma. The blurb itself says that he’s keeping this huge secret (which, by he way, is not as hard to guess).
LAST CHANCE, SPOILERS AHEAD…
Well, this BIG secret is that he’s bisexual. Godard’s reaction:
“I guess monogamy doesn’t really work for you.”
What follows, is Angel trying to teach Godard what bisexuality means with a patient smile on his face, and Godard being all shocked by this tragic turn of events. This scene didn’t sit well with me, especially when it ended with…
“Shit. I had no idea if I could do this or not. “How much time?”
“For you to decide?”
“As much as you need.”
What is there to decide? Why is this a potential deal breaker? Ok, I get that Godard is probably ignorant as fuck, and maybe the author wanted to portray this reality. This would have been ok, if there was some kind of resolution regarding it. Instead, it was brushed off, and the second half of the book turned into Apocalypse Now. Godard’s words, not mine.
Rape attempts, car accidents, visa expiration date….they turned the book to a whole different thing.
This really is a dissenting opinion. Most reviewers rated this with 4-5 stars, so I’m definitely the cheese that stands alone.