Fractal Despondency

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Was she an angel from above, or a walking time bomb of doom?

His life having crumbled, Blake Gladstone returns to his hometown of Santa Fe, and tries to settle back into the unsatisfying life he'd had before he left for Florida.

When he meets Denise, a pretty young blonde with a bag full of tricks, his sad routine breaks, and the more they get to know each other, the more Blake can't figure out if he's on a road to salvation, or a road back to ...

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Overview

Was she an angel from above, or a walking time bomb of doom?

His life having crumbled, Blake Gladstone returns to his hometown of Santa Fe, and tries to settle back into the unsatisfying life he'd had before he left for Florida.

When he meets Denise, a pretty young blonde with a bag full of tricks, his sad routine breaks, and the more they get to know each other, the more Blake can't figure out if he's on a road to salvation, or a road back to hell.

"Trent Zelazny is off and running. I have someone new to admire." -Joe R. Lansdale

"Trent Zelazny has already begun to carve out his own genre niche. He's got the right stuff to make fiction both engrossing and literate." -Tom Piccirilli

"A gift for storytelling is in Trent Zelazny's genes." -Charles Ardai

"Trent Zelazny will surprise you, entertain you, and take you places you've never been before." - Warren Lapine

"Obtain Trent Zelazny's Fractal Despondency. It's your only hope of escape. Break out! Read the book!" -John Shirley, author of Black Glass

"Passion. Power! Fear! Zelazny is a force of wonder . . . and darkness!" -Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

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“Trent Zelazny is a skilled weaver of the written word. He guides you down a path of darkness and you follow willingly. His stories haunt you long after you close the book—and you always want more!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617203909
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Exceptional

    Zelazny shows real growth with this one. Engrossing and literary. Very solid story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Bleak, and all too believable. A path few of us hope to go down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

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    Even better than his collection, which I loved

    The more Trent Zelazny writes, the better he gets, the more serious his work gets. I was more than pleased with this one. Dark and uncomfortable, sad, but with an odd beauty. Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    When traumatized, troubled Blake meets the cool, seductive, and

    When traumatized, troubled Blake meets the cool, seductive, and somewhat twisted Denise on the night side of Santa Fe, you know something has to give.

    FRACTAL DESPONDENCY can best be described as psychological noir, and very well done it is, too. Trent Zelazny's writing is honest, even visceral, his characters intensely drawn, almost ultra-realist. This story is a compelling, uneasy read, a place in which reality and dream-state entwine, and the reader can only watch, fascinated, as Blake struggles to hold his broken psyche together in the face of all-too human needs and temptations.

    This is a book you can't put down, and one which I, at least, won't quickly forget. Zelazny is a new and unique talent, and his unaffected prose occasionally startles with a burst of pure poetry when the reader least expects it. I strongly recommend this one, and am looking forward to reading more of Zelazny's work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    This one sticks with me. Fractal Despondency is dark. It is noir

    This one sticks with me. Fractal Despondency is dark. It is noir. It isn't tough guy noir, with macho guys kicking ass and heists gone wrong. There is a dame, and she fits into the "femme fatale" category, but she is an unusual one. There were times when I couldn't figure out if this was all really happening, or simply taking place inside of Blake Gladstone's head. To me it often reads like poetry. Gloomy poetry, and the story is on the depressing side, almost too much at times. But throughout the whole thing, Fractal Despondency feels true, honest, human. I rank it high up there with truly great reads (and you can read it quickly. It's a short book.) I'm still thinking about it. I recommend it for sure. To read Fractal Despondency is to take a trip through real human despair. A beautiful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    I could NOT put this one down!!!

    Zelazny's "Fractal Despondency" struck many chords within me - especially as I live in Santa Fe and thus know the places he describes. The story sucks one in from the very beginning, whipping from present action to dark views within the main character's psyche and painful past.

    The psychological tension never breaks, and his 'girlfriend'? is a conundrum all her own. Their shared experiences are darkly plausible and the arc of the story is at once fantastically dark and brilliantly possible. Zelazny somehow makes the horrific seem brief and almost accidental, while the psychology and emotion is riveting.

    I LOVE this book and cannot wait for more! Highly recommended read!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    One Thrill Ride of a Read!

    Suspenseful and mystifying. If you want a gritty page-turner, don't pass up the opportunity to seize this book and allow it to pull you in. Zelazny's Fractal Despondency is a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Madness and Noir

    Fractal Despondency explores the routines of madness in a noir setting. Its prose is nervous like a schizophrenic tapping his fingers to an imaginary tune, but it captivates the reader and draws him into the subjective world of Blake Gladstone, who filters the people he meets through a haze of casual suspicion. The Fat Man tells Blake, "You like things quiet." And Blake responds, "You don't like silence." Blake is our guide through the quiet madness, and it is a good ride for the reader. I won't tell you where the ride will take you, but I assure you that you will want to take this ride more than once. Fractal Despondency should be read more than once. And Trent Zelazny shows us that his love of pulp noir has not gone for naught. He is the modern pulp writer, and I welcome him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Not for the faint of heart

    Engrossing. Original. A page-turner. But don't expect to feel too cheery when reading this one. Dark and at times uncomfortable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    No sunshine and roses here. This is a brutal slice of dark melan

    No sunshine and roses here. This is a brutal slice of dark melancholy.Zelazny knows the territory of despair almost too well. But one can only applaud his honesty. This is what a writer is supposed to do: show us what he or she sees and not pull a single punch.

    I won't offer any details or spoilers because it's not that kind of story. Fractal Despondency is not plot-driven, it is angst-driven. A dark foray into one man's half-hearted attempt to live again.



    Read it. And when you're done, maybe hug a loved one a little closer.

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    Posted July 16, 2011

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