Fractal Despondency

Fractal Despondency

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by Trent Zelazny
     
 

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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,

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9781617203909
Publisher:
Wilder Publications
Publication date:
06/27/2011
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

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FRACTAL DESPONDENCY 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Deckard123 More than 1 year ago
Zelazny shows real growth with this one. Engrossing and literary. Very solid story.
Multiman More than 1 year ago
Bleak, and all too believable. A path few of us hope to go down.
JessedrowninginWaters More than 1 year ago
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.
DarioC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bananamama More than 1 year ago
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!!!
LeonardDHilleyII More than 1 year ago
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!
Servante More than 1 year ago
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.
gaby1972 More than 1 year ago
Engrossing. Original. A page-turner. But don't expect to feel too cheery when reading this one. Dark and at times uncomfortable.
Mott342 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago