Bullettime

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David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents.
David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkopos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord.
David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives a lonely and luckless existence with his aging mother in a tumbledown New Jersey town.
Caught between finger and ...

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Overview

David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents.
David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkopos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord.
David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives a lonely and luckless existence with his aging mother in a tumbledown New Jersey town.
Caught between finger and trigger, David is given three chances to decide his fate as he is compelled to live and relive all his potential existences, guided only by the dark wisdom found in a bottle of cough syrup.
From the author of the instant cult classic Move Under Ground comes a fantasy of blood, lust, destiny, school shootings, and the chance to change your future.

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Mamatas (Sensation) explores roads not taken in this complex, ambitious, and sometimes overly convoluted contemporary crime/fantasy novel. Alternating between first- and third-person narration, Mamatas presents the story of bullied Hamilton High School student David Holbrook, who is able to access the Ylem, “the canvas places are painted on,” where he can “live every decision and detail of an infinite number of me.” In each alternate reality, Dave dies before turning 41, never marries, and is childless, but apart from those commonalities, his experiences range from dying in infancy to stocking up on weapons and ammunition before seeking revenge on his tormentors. Mamatas is sometimes overly enamored of his own prose (“The marrow of his bones boils with glee”), and the concept of the Ylem is less developed than it could have been, but readers willing to venture off the beaten path will be intrigued by Dave’s sometimes pathetic and sometimes oddly endearing life stories. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926851716
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 1,437,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Nick Mamatas' brutal and brilliant new novel BULLETTIME should b

    Nick Mamatas' brutal and brilliant new novel BULLETTIME should be
    shelved in every High School library in America. It won't, which is a
    pity. Though not intended or marketed as YA, one can all too easily
    imagine the ruckus this little book would ignite among librarians and
    administrators, as it contains many core elements usually found in YA
    novels, only ramped up to a level of nightmare that is very real and
    painfully familiar to angst-ridden teens: David Holbrook is ignored by
    self-pitying, ill-equipped parents who allow him to be bullied at
    school, and worse. David copes by slugging down buckets of cough syrup,
    enduring his daily beatings and humiliations in a sluggish
    dextromethorphan haze, and it is during one of these trippy, unhappy
    mornings when he meets Erin / Eris, a new girl / old Goddess who both
    dazzles and offers new torment to our luckless (and doomed) teenaged
    protagonist. The reader learns in short order that David truly * is *
    doomed, for via the all-encompassing scope of the Ylem, “the canvas
    places are painted on,” David is able to “live every decision and detail
    of an infinite number of me,” zipping back and forth from first to
    third-person narrative, zooming-in then back out on all the possible
    trajectories and conclusions of his life—all of them bad. While Mamatas
    gleefully delivers scenes of unrelenting teenage hilarity and horror,
    the book is at times a sober meditation on the nature of predestination
    and possibility, and though often cruel, it is a book not entirely
    devoid of hope. Some early reviewers complained that the supporting
    characters were superficial and one-dimensional; I found this not to be
    the case. Mamatas understands too well the engines and forces that have
    shaped David's parents, for example, but he does not confuse that
    comprehension with sentimentality, the easy escape of lesser scribblers.
    Mamatas is concerned with the very serious matter of lives too brief and
    deaths very final, and the author seems willing to risk appearing
    callous rather than offer flimsy reportage of the human condition.
    BULLETTIME is not a happy read, its laughter at times too black even for
    the gallows, but it is an energetic and vital book. Highly recommended.

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