Well, I went to the public library in order to fulfill my earlier promise of giving you all the word up on Remember Me, Remember Me 2, and Remember Me 3 - all by Christopher Pike.
I remembered, ahahahaha, having read Remember Me as a young lad - but I didn't remember (oh my!) a whole lot of the plot.
But when I got to the library, they had never heard of the two sequels. For shame, Library!
But I got the first one out anyway.
This is what I remembered before I opened it last night:
It's about a girl called Shari.
She gets killed.
She wants to find out who killed her.
She has a lot of trouble with doors.
This is what I remembered after I read the first couple of pages:
Who kills her.
Who else that person tries to kill, and the manner in which they do that.
I thought to myself, "I've got this one sewn up, guv."
But! As it turned out, Christopher Pike is wilier than I had credited him.
By the end, it was clear to me that I didn't remember:
Why Shari was killed.
How Shari was killed - the more intricate parts of the murder.
The pretty big twist.
What the Shadow actually was.
Boy, did I feel stupid!
When I remembered the end, I really started paying out on Christopher Pike. (In my head.)
Oh, Pikey, I thought, IT'S SO OBVIOUS!
But, really, it isn't. Plus, there's a whole bunch of shit in there that I certainly didn't remember, and I wonder what 10 year old or so me thought of it.
I'm talking a reference to marijuana.
I'm talking heavy petting.
I'm talking premature ejaculation.
I'm talking underage drinking.
I'm talking breaking the speed limit.
Okay, so I'm not talking that last one so much, but still! What the hell would I have made of all that... I mean, I was 10, for chrissakes.
Anyway, while I was reading the book, I also had the radio tuned to the Js and boy was I surprised to hear the name... Richard Pleasance.
For you see, Richard Pleasance, formerly of fantastic Melbourne band Boom Crash Opera, is back in the music game - with his new band Pleasantville.
I have a special place in my heart for Richard Pleasance. Vegie and I found a tape of his while we were stealing stuff from people's hard rubbish, and we were like, "Let's listen to early 90's pop and be ironic!" but then it was really good. It was almost as if he was a good 13 years ahead of his time.
Which, as it turned out, he was. Both of his solo albums were commercial failures.
But we still love you, Richard. And your new single is reasonably awesome too!