The Weirdness: A Novel

The Weirdness: A Novel

by Jeremy P. Bushnell

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ISBN-13: 9781612193151
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JEREMY BUSHNELL is the fiction editor for Longform.org, and is also the lead developer of Inevitable, a tabletop game released by Dystopian Holdings. He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, Massachusetts. This is his first novel.

Reading Group Guide

Reading Group Guide for The Weirdness

1. Where do the bananas in bodegas come from? Have you ever thought about something so long that it becomes strange, the way Billy thinks “people have pets”? What started to seem strange to you?

2. What did you think about the role of religion in The Weirdness? When you heard the line “What about God?” repeated, were you expecting God to make an appearance? Because Lucifer was the Judean-Christian version of the Devil, were you expecting a Judean-Christian God to appear?

3. Why do you think Elissa asks Billy, “What is the worst thing you ever did?” Do you think she wants to share her history with him because she realizes they share a connection? Or do you think she had other motives?

4. How did your perception of Lucifer change over the course of the story? If he had given you a convincing Powerpoint Presentation, do you think you would have signed on to help him?

5. What do you think Bingxin Ying meant when she told Denver that she admired her “commitment to immanentization of the ephemeral”? How do you think this phrase affects Billy in the moment she says it, and later in the book, when he tries to get closer to Denver?

6. On p. 128, were you surprised to find out that Laurent hadn’t read Billy’s work? How did it change your perception of Laurent and his crew?

7. On p. 135, do you believe Lucifer when he says Billy doesn’t want to go back to his old life? Did you expect Billy to choose the Devil’s side?

8. What do you imagine the warlock might do with the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium? Do you trust that Lucifer will do the right thing?

9. Billy is constantly slowed down by coffee, traffic, and other simple forms of conflict rarely represented in books. Did the story feel more realistic to you, based on these moments?

10. How did Billy change over the course of this story? Do you think Billy agreed to the right compromise—protecting Elissa and Jorgen by asking Lucifer to train new hell-wolves from the next generation?

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The Weirdness: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
StickyAL More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining!  Never takes itself too seriously… Laugh out loud funny… And their are some beautiful little nuggets of truth tucked away in the colorful prose.  I really enjoyed this… It is a good read….
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Could not put it down. Never wanted it to end. Such a piquant combination of humor, pathos, love and longing. Who doesn't love the struggle of good and evil and everything in betwen? Read this book! You will be a better person for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ds book is so wirld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great characters, lots of twists and turns. Weird? Yes! It a good way. Can't wait for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was estremly horrible do not read ever telll everyone its realy bad!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course whether you choose the mess our defacto leading guy has with his writing, being ptesent with his lady, having sex with not your girl as a sex magic hell beast....or just not returning his dads calls; Billy left the devil plenty of room tototaly wreck his roll.
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anonomas More than 1 year ago
Aptly titled!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read earlier this year. So much hype, so much a waste of time. A really stupid book. I hope the author didn't give up his teaching job to write full time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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