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D.X. Ferris’ Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years is a Must-Read for Metal Fans

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In 2008, D.X. Ferris, whose other work I was unfamiliar with at the time, wrote a book about Reign in Blood for the 33 1/3 music series. I wrote about how awesome that book is, and Ferris e-mailed me basically just to say “thanks,” and first we did an interview, and then one thing led to another, and now Ferris sometimes writes for MetalSucks. Even back then, Ferris said he had extra material which didn’t make it into the book, and he was talking about gathering even MORE material and writing some kind of follow-up. And it’s hard for me to imagine that anyone who read his first book hasn’t been waiting desperately for its pseudo-sequel ever since.

Well, I’m THRILLED to let you know that the dream is finally a reality, and Ferris’ new book, Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years is finally out!

Slayer 66 2:3 The Jeff & Dave Years

This creator-owned DIY release and self-proclaimed “prequel, sequel, update, and companion piece” to Ferris’ first book is far more expansive than its predecessor, and given just how eventful 2013 has been for this legendary band, it is truly a must-read for all Slayer fans, whether you’re a die hard who already thinks you know it all (trust me, you don’t — this thing is full of info you can’t possibly have read any place else) or a noob who wants to learn about Slayer’s (and metal at large’s!) history.

I can’t say enough good things about this book… if you’re still looking for a holiday gift for someone or you’re just about to have some Xmas downtime from work and need something good to read while you keep cozy by the fire, this is for you. And apparently I wasn’t the only one who desperate to read this mutha: as of yesterday afternoon, the book has been #1 on the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases list for nine days straight and #1 on the Amazon Kindle Store Popular Culture Books for seven of the last eight days. People are diggin’ this thing… as they should!

The paperback edition is about fifteen bucks, which I think is a steal — but the e-book version comes at the oh-so-metal price of $6.66, and is a truly takes advantage of that format in the way of plenty of hyperlinks so you can go even further down the Slayer rabbit hole. And you don’t even need a Kindle to read it! Any smart phone, tablet, reader, or computer that can run the FREE Kindle app will allow you to read the e-book.

And just in case you are some still not rushing to Amazon to purchase this thing, here’s a list (from the press release) of all the awesome shit in this incredible tome… you can click to enlarge. Just looking at this makes me wanna read the whole damned thing again!

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