Butterfly Potion

Butterfly Potion

by Trent Zelazny


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Perry wakes up in an arroyo, hungover and unsure how he got there. His wallet and cell phone missing, he walks back to the last place he remembers being before he blacked out-the bar. Fueled by alcohol and a touch of companionship, Perry is determined to find out who rolled him, but standing in his way is an accident that happened six months earlier and the struggle his life has become since. In his search for the material things taken from him, he risks walking right past something far more precious: A new beginning. This new novella by Zelazny is dark, gripping, emotional noir at its best!

"A powerful and good writer... someone who's been through hell and come out, I hope, the other side."-Neil Gaiman

"Butterfly Potion is both a disturbing and touching tale. If you've ever been in the gutter (literally or figuratively) you know this book speaks the truth. Like a mixture of Charles Bukowski and Dashiell Hammett, Trent Zelazny takes us down a road filled with mystery, danger, a gorgeous redhead, and booze... lots of booze."-Sarah L. Covert, Editor of She Never Slept

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ISBN-13: 9781938644016
Publisher: Nightscape Press, LLP
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.19(d)

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Butterfly Potion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mott342 More than 1 year ago
Trent Zelazny knocks it out of the park with Butterfly Potion. The other reviewers have all adequately (and accurately) described this story’s noir leanings; the pure gut-wrenching darkness in which the anti-hero, Perry, finds himself. What has me reeling upon finishing what felt like a memoir-in-progress is the pure power of the writing. The prose is so good, the voice so damned convincing, that we don’t care what the story’s about. We’ll follow these characters down any festering hole they stumble into because Zelazny makes it impossible not to believe. You don’t so much read Butterfly Potion as you experience it. The page evaporates somewhere within the first paragraph along with any sense that you are actually reading something someone wrote. Zelazny is that good. People used to joke that Stephen King could publish his grocery list and people would buy it—the same will be true of Zelazny if he keeps this up. Bravo.
Stephanie_Grace More than 1 year ago
“Butterfly Potion” is a well-written novella which not only brings the reader into the story, but also forces them to reflect upon their own life. This tale has a slow pace that not only keeps everything moving along smoothly, but also prevents the reader from missing any small detail. The realism throughout, coupled with the excellent development of the primary character, made this easy to relate to as well as thought-provoking. It truly makes one think about their own thoughts on life, reality, and butterflies. There were very few typos to note which added to my enjoyment while reading and is further proof of Mr. Zelazny's talent and Nightscape Press's quality standards. While I was expecting something a little darker, this novella had just the right amount of darkness to keep it creepy while still staying true to the realistic approach of the author. The internal dialogue and bursts of rushing thoughts from the character was a wonderful touch that gave the character another dimension and added to the reflective feeling for the reader. The only downside for me was the ending. It was satisfying and suiting, but I felt as though there was more to the journey –and I wanted to experience it. I guess I just wasn't ready to say good-bye to the main character yet. All in all, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good read, feeling a sense of meaningless in life, or just looking for something to make them think. Thought-provoking, touching, and, most of all, real... Two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follows a similar path as Fractal Despondency and Shadowboxer, but Butterfly Potion, in my opinion, is the best of the three. Poetic, beautiful, sad, and yet hopeful, and uplifting. I would recommend it to anyone who loves real human beings and beautiful imagery.