SPOILER ALERT: This is not a typical book that would be reviewed on my site. The feedback from my readers is that they enjoy the genres of books I review - which does not necessarily constitute a wildly written, semi-autobiographical, mostly profane book on an analysis of the seven deadly sins, written by a heavy metal rock star. When I was talking to my dad about whether or not I should post a review on this book, he told me to write my review. I had to stay true to myself, and to my website. He also said it shows that keeping an open mind to different books, people, and ideas is important. (Go dad!) Because of his encouragement and wisdom I decided to write my review and be true to my journey and honest with my readers.
As one can tell from the cover of the book (see Book List page), Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Goods by Corey Taylor, is not like the others on my book list, although it is a New York Times best seller. If my readers are familiar with the author of this book, Corey Taylor, you may have an idea of what to expect. For those who do not know of the author, he is a heavy metal legend, as he is the lead singer of the bands Slipknot and Stone Sour. As one can imagine (and finds out in his book), he is a rock star with a wild past and personality. He has a unique perspective and is not afraid to say what is on his mind. Just as a precaution, the book at times is hilarious and intense, yet extremely vulgar, which may not be a good choice for my main audience. This book is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are either fans of Corey Taylor, or are just open minded and curious to something out of the ordinary I say, "Go for it".
Honestly, the book wasn’t close to what I expected, as it was more his analysis on the seven deadly sins and why he thinks they are not sins. The book was twenty percent personal stories and eighty percent analytical opinions, in his blunt, weird way. The point of the book was to expand minds and break the mold on common thinking patterns, it was not meant to be a tell-all kind of book. In the last chapter, which newer editions will have, he tells of his experiences after the book was initially published. He said he was disappointed because it seemed that most people wanted to talk about his stories and music, not his analysis and beliefs on the seven deadly sins (which is really the premise of the entire book). I felt a twinge of guilt as I read that part, because I was one of those hoping for more personal stories than anything else. Not that the book wasn’t interesting but it just wasn’t what I expected. Although knowing of Corey Taylor’s outlandish persona, I could have expected as much.
Again, the book isn’t for the faint of heart. Corey Taylor openly disagrees with any type of organized religion and is not afraid to make his opinions known. Though I am a Christian and hold true to my beliefs, I was able to read the book and not become offended by some of the things he had to say. I didn’t agree with some of his opinions but that is okay, because for me the point of reading this book was to get to know more about someone whose music I enjoy. Despite the language and the wild stories of drugs, crimes, and lustful situations, there were parts of the book, from both his personal and analytical pieces, that were interesting. At times the things he had to say were truly thought provoking and relatable. I skimmed through some of the pages, because at times he tendency to go on a rant, but his personal stories were truly interesting, some extremely intense.
I read the book in four days and in the end enjoyed it. There were times I could not begin to relate to what he had to say, and other times I found myself agreeing to his arguments. Most of the time, I didn't think the same way he did, but appreciated what he had to say and could see where he was coming from with his point of view. Throughout the book he says he wants people to just open their minds to go beyond what they are force fed everyday. Even though I did not agree at times, the things he said still made me think. So in the end, yes, I wanted more juicy stories on the life of a rock and roll star, but for the message he was trying to get across, it was a decent book. I doubt if I will ever read it again, but he does have other books that I may end up giving a try. Corey Taylor is a phenomenal musician, and one can tell that his musical writing talents have extended to his book writing skills.
Though I felt I made it pretty clear in the review, the main audience for this book is mostly those with an open mind and not insulted by others opinions, especially on religion. If you are a fan of Corey Taylor regardless of your background, then this is a great book to get into his head and get to know the guy behind the many masks. As I read some reviews on Amazon before purchasing the book, it was obvious his fans truly loved the book. So if you are not a fan of Corey Taylor then I honestly would not suggest this book, especially to my readers. I wanted to read this book because I am a fan of his music, and wanted to know more about him. His sense of humor, wit, insight, and honesty is engaging, if you can look past the vulgar points of the book. His analysis, advice, and point of view is different and interesting. He really does have some valid points, you just have to look past the more suggestive parts of the book to get to these jewels of wisdom.
Title: Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good
Author: Corey Taylor
Price: Purchased for $11.69 (Price has increased on Amazon to $13.19)
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)