Sometimes, you don’t immediately click with a book. It took me a while to read the first 100 pages of The Power; I dipped in and out, every couple of days. After the hype surrounding it and my excitement to get started, once I did start reading it it took a conscious effort to pick it up and carry on. Sure, I was interested, but it hadn’t quite grabbed me yet. Then, just like that, I demolished the remaining 240 pages in a matter of days.
Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust is Simon Goddard’s biography of the character that David Bowie played onstage at his concerts (and offstage in his life a lot of the time) from the end of 1971 to July 1973. Goddard presents Stardust as a real cosmic entity who essentially cohabited Bowie’s body for this period of time – as he notes in the preface, “This book is mostly the story of Ziggy Stardust but only sometimes the story of David Bowie.” Now if that’s not a promising fiction and non-fiction cocktail then I don’t know what is.