Shapeshifter : The Demo Tapes -- Year 1

by Susan Helene Gottfried | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780557023448 Global Overview for this book
Registered by candieb of Austin, Texas USA on 1/4/2009
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by candieb from Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, January 04, 2009
This book is written by Bookcrossing's very own, WestOfMars


1 - Once you receive the book, please read it, journal it, and PM the person next in line for their address within 30 days of receiving this book.

2 - This is a book ray, meaning that I hope this book makes it through as many people as it can. Please do everything you can to keep this book moving!

1 - candieb
2 - Three104 - mailed to 2/17
3 - CdnBlueRose
4 - CheriePie


From Susan's website,

A band's demo tape is intended to introduce listeners to their music. Likewise, this collection of short pieces allows readers into the fictional world of Trevor Wolff and his band, ShapeShifter.

Originally published online between April 2006 and March 2007, The Demo Tapes -- Year 1 brings together the moments that parallel -- but never encounter -- Susan Helene Gottfried's debut novel, Trevor's Song. Arranged chronologically and with introductions to each, this is a must-have volume for anyone who's ever wanted to hang with a rock band.

Journal Entry 2 by candieb from Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, February 15, 2009
Ever wonder what happens behind the stage of a rock band? Well, while you might not find out, you can certainly have a few laughs and find out what a fictional character would do! These are the "out takes" - the things that didn't make it into a book that the author is writing. The little things that I'm sure just add to the story once the book comes out, to make you want more :)

This was a cute little collection. I liked the intros to each story, telling us how it came about... I'm in my 30s and, yes, folks, I'm a Trevor groupie. *hangs head in shame*

Seriously, though, this was a fun book... well worth a read or two.

Journal Entry 3 by candieb at BOOKRAY, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, February 15, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (2/17/2009 UTC) at BOOKRAY, Bookray -- Controlled Releases



Mailing to Three104 to start the ray

Journal Entry 4 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Monday, February 23, 2009
This arrived over the weekend. I'll be reading it soon.

Journal Entry 5 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Monday, March 30, 2009
I'll admit to not keeping up on WoM's blog so for many of these outtakes, it was a first viewing for me. It was very satisfying as an appetizer, and now I'm ready for the full story.

Journal Entry 6 by wingCdnBlueRosewing from Steinbach, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, April 02, 2009
Received today and I'm excited to read our good friend WestofMars' book! Will read soon and pass along! :)

Journal Entry 7 by wingCdnBlueRosewing at Arvada, Colorado USA on Saturday, July 03, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (7/7/2010 UTC) at Arvada, Colorado USA


Mailing out to CheriePie. My apologies for not getting this out sooner - was rather horrified to see I've had it over a year.... sorry....

I'm sorry to say I didn't really enjoy the book much.........

Journal Entry 8 by CheriePie at Campbell, California USA on Monday, October 04, 2010
Sorry for not journaling this earlier. I actually thought I'd done so when I received it and thus it was sitting upstairs on my one lonely bookcase (the only one we have in our new place) waiting for me to read. Luckily, Rosie mentioned that it was never journaled so now it is. :)

Thanks to Candie for getting this ray started and I'm looking forward to reading this soon. :)

Journal Entry 9 by CheriePie at Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, July 11, 2012
My Review
This collection of short stories introduces the reader to the world of Trevor Wolff and Mitchell Voss, and their rock band ShapeShifter. They were originally published at the online blog of author Susan Helen Gottfried, The Meet & Greet at West of Mars, so many of the visitors to that site—fondly referred to as groupies—might already be familiar with them. Since I never really liked reading online, I wasn't much of a groupie myself, so I was happy to see this collection come out so I could find out what all the fuss was about. ;)

Trevor's the kind of character you love to hate... he's rude and obnoxious, but underneath it all, has a heart of gold. There's not a whole lot of substance to most of these stories, they're just sort of the day-to-day of these characters, an introduction in preparation for the book she later published, Trevor's Song. That's not to say that Trevor, Mitchell, and the gang don't have fun, or manage to get themselves into some funny or sticky situations. For that they certainly do, but it's hard to critique this book like a book when there wasn't really a plot or anything. So just take it for what it is... and if you like the characters enough to want to follow along and see what happens from here, pick up the next 2 years of Demo Tapes, along with Trevor's Song. Actually they're all being offered FREE (in digital or ebook format) at Smashwords until the end of July. Refer to each individual book page for the code to add to your cart. I grabbed them myself and since this was a fairly quick read, plan to catch up more on Trevor and the gang over the course of the next year. :)

PS - Up until I read this book, I was convinced Trevor was a werewolf. I mean, who wouldn't with the surname of Wolff and band name of ShapeShifter, right? But this book set me straight and I was a wee bit disappointed to discover the characters were just regular joes like you and me.

I see I'm the last person on this bookray so I'll leave this marked as AVL for now. Hopefully I can find time to pop over to BookObsessed and see if there's anyone else who hasn't read it yet. Or Candie, let me know if you want it back or have anyone else you want me to send it along to. Thanks for letting me hang onto it so long.

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