a place for zinesters - writers and readers
This is the review I wrote on Good Reads for Dave Roche's new book If Nothing But the Sky
As a rule I am not a huge lover of travel books or zines. They often have too little personal observations and thought provoking thoughts and often become just a list of we met these people and then we went here and craziness ensued or we ate this and found this out of the way place aren't we amazing?
Dave Roche's modest book about his zine tour trips to Australia and Southeast Asia is not lacking in that, but because of the inherent likableness and honesty of the writer we are taking this trip with - it is therefore totally my kind of book.
If you're at all interested in the zine and punk scene in Australia and Southeast Asia you will want to read this book. If you are someone who finds themselves feeling like an outsider or awkward in scenes you might want to read this. If you want to know how to be a kind and respectful guest while sleeping on people's couches and floors - please do everyone a favor and read this book.
But, most of all read it because Dave Roche is a unique and fluid writer. His humor is ever present and yet he never seems to try to be funny. Sometimes you read books where you can hear them constructing the jokes and funny bits. With Dave, it's just as fluid as a conversation at a picnic table.
The only criticism I have of the book is that I would like to know more about his thoughts and time after his trips. What were the months like after coming back? People always remark on how this or that is "life-changing" (not that Dave said this) but then they never tell you how. Next time someone says that to you ask them how it changed their life, a lot of time they can't tell you. And this is what's wrong with travel books in my opinion. I want to know how it changed their life, especially after the hum drum of every day life is back on. I would have liked to see some afterward insights in this book.
But, that is a small concern when this $6.00 self-published book is an entertaining and educational way to support a great writer. you can find info about it at https://sites.google.com/site/ifnothingelsethesky/in-the-news