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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Bizarro Pulp Press (June 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692227539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692227534
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Wamack is a weird fiction writer, rapper extraordinaire, book reviewer, traditional artist, and urban mystic. He the author of A Lightbulb's Lament as well as Notes from the Guts of a Hippo. During the day, the Navy employs him as a Mass Communication Specialist, in other words, a "super" journalist. Additionally, he serves as a fiction editor for Red Fez and reviews books for The Small Press Book Review. You can find him dancing in the cobblestone streets of Spain with beautiful ghosts or you can visit his website here http://grantwamack.wordpress.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on June 17, 2014
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WOWZA! This was my first tango with Mr. Wamack, and boy was it a smooth dance! I'd had my eye on 'Notes From the Guts of a Hippo' for quite a little while now, and suffice it to say, it's just hopped leaps and bounds over a whole bunch of other books. I need more Grant, and soon!

So...what was the book about? Read the synopsis, for starters. That's what hooked me. I was sold at 'Salad Fingers.' And yes, Mr. Watts is very creepy and weird, just like Salad Fingers. But, he is NOT a brute. No, Mr. Watts is a bona fide gentleman, and his pocket manual on etiquette will tell you so. He's an 'everyman' that's having a very weird day from start to finish. He must bring light to the great Darkness. He's gotta save the girl. He's gotta save the WORLD! How much can one scrawny gentleman handle???

So, that's about all that can be said about the plot line without totally giving everything away (not that this book is predictable in ANY way- probably one of its greatest strengths). It's just not so much a happy ending, ya know? And I don't wanna ruin those intense emotions in the final few pages. That's meant as a gift to the reader from the author. Everyone should probably feel differently after closing the book, I imagine. Me? I was surprised, and I don't get surprised that often anymore. It's got a LOT of depth to it, I guess is what I'm trying to say. Plus...it's Kindle Lending Library. So you can borrow it if you are unsure about the book. I can tell you now, if you've remotely enjoyed any of the books on my Bizarro shelf that I've rated highly, this one will suit you as well as Mr. Watts' cream suit fits him. It's deeper than most stuff I've read lately, so be prepared for that. To me, it was like a breath of fresh air to get something so raw and scratchy. I loved it.
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While this wasn't quite what I expected, that's not altogether a bad thing. I picked it up as something of a Bizarro palate cleanser between massive mass-market titles, but I was surprised by how normal it was.

Well, okay, maybe not normal. In fact, normal is completely the wrong word. Reasonable? Better, perhaps, but still not quite right. Accessible? Yeah, let's go with that.

A Lightbulbs Lament proves that, when it comes to Bizarro, sometimes "Huh. Really." works just as well as "OMG. Seriously? WTF!"

Grant Wamack has crafted a melancholy, deeply thoughtful sort of bizarre fairy tale here. It's alternately amusing and disturbing, and sometimes both at the same time. The pacing if, anything, is a bit too quick, with nary a pause to catch our breath (or our wits), but it works. As we're skimming along the surface, enjoying the tale, our minds are working deep below, making connections and revealing the subtle themes and messages.

As for Mr. Watts, he's a sad sort of protagonist, innocent and unfailingly polite, yet weirdly creepy at the same time. Other than the fact that he has a lightbulb for a head (which, it must be said, is facing its last flickers), he's a very ordinary sort of man . . . just one who is having a very, very bad day. Without spoiling the tale, he's on one of those epic quests, in this case to to replace his head, save the girl, and bright light back into the world.

I wish I could say more, but every scene I want to share seems pivotal, and every character I want to rave about must be discovered on their own. There's nothing here that's going to challenge you, or to make you struggle to figure out what's happening, but A Lightbulbs Lament will make you think about the deeply philosophical crises facing Mr. Watts. If it sounds like a weird tale, that's because it is, but it's also a well-written one, so (if you'll pardon the pun) take a shot in the dark and see if it turns you on.
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This was my first book by this author, and I got to say... WOW!

The first thing to say here is the plot: Mr. Watts, a man with a lightbulb for a head wakes up on a hostile, no-Sun world. There, he meets Prisma, an ex member of the Gutter Bitches, and Doc, a man who can heal with his hands. He discovers his head-bulb is running out of time, and must travel with his new companions to find a new head for himself, or his Creator. All while running from an invisible beast, the Telemarketer.

Now, what I got from this read:

Samuel Beckett. Tom Stoppard.

Albert Camus.

There's a strong existentialist presence here, more from the Absurdist side. Mr. Watts is a character that is thrown into a situation he has ZERO control over it. His motivation is doing "what a gentleman would" in each scenario that crosses his path. And ultimately, we get an ending that's as unexpected as it is beautiful, as it is weird.

A great combination of Bizarro and Philosophy, I loved it.
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Disclosure #1:

I received an ebook copy of the book from the author, cause I am fabulous and he is awesome. Ohh, and for a truthful review.

Disclosure #2:

The author and I are both members of the Bizarro Brigade. I'm his Colonel and he is my Lieutenant. This means that I am quite a bit harder on him than other authors.

Poor, sad, fragile lightbulb-headed Mr. Watts. He wakes up in a dark, snowy world with just his immaculate suit, and his book of manners. He's not sure how he got there, and his memories are a bit fuzzy. Luckily, he's found by the beautiful and mysterious Prisma. She takes him to her friend Doctor Reynolds, to both get help they need. Maybe they can recover Mr. Watts' memory and find his Creator?

BUT, they hit some snags. There are the Telemarketers, Gutter Bitches, assassination attempts, kidnappings, a rapist gypsy,and murderous snow angels to deal with.

I liked the flash-quick pacing. I never got bored with the book, because it quickly went to a new scene or added new characters. It was kept mysterious and not everything was answered. Which is always a bonus. I loved the poor, sad Mr. Watts, and his even sadder background. Also, I really liked the horrifying obese Gutter Bitches and their awful taste in music.

It lost a point for an anatomical mistake-femur is a leg bone!,and a rape joke. This is otherwise a pretty good book. Grant Wamack definitely knows how to write Bizarro.
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