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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: '86 Newman; 2nd edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578004259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578004259
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,617,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"...a brilliant and stunningly original work, by far the best novel I read in 2008."
"If you truly enjoy reading the latest, force-fed pabulum that can be found on The New York Times best seller list, stay the hell away from Broken Bulbs. However, if you welcome the challenge of tackling something totally authentic, surreal, disturbing and existential (and yes at times downright weird!), I strongly recommend Broken Bulbs. Where else can you find a stream-of-consciousness narrative full of references to such diverse subjects as A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Peter Brady, Norman Bates, Albert Einstein, Iggy Pop, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woody Allen, as well as a demented mailman and six-foot-tall hamster wearing a suit (not kidding!)." --Alternative Reel

Review

"An existentialist's dream, the author has dug in deep and laid bare the raw emotion so candidly that we can actually feel the futility, the desperation, and the humour."
"Philip Dick would be proud."

More About the Author

Eddie Wright is the author of Broken Bulbs as well as its comic book adaptation/expansion Tyranny of the Muse. He is currently working on a new novel and more comic projects.

Check out eddie-wright.com for more.

Customer Reviews

This book gave the reader very little.
MaryBeth
I think that this author has a lot of potential and I will definitely read more of his work should he publish anything else.
Teen at Heart
Supposedly delving into the mind of an addict, good luck trying to figure out what is really going on.
Blueturbo520

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blueturbo520 on August 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book reads more like poetry with incomplete sentences, broken train of thought and random jumps in the time line. Supposedly delving into the mind of an addict, good luck trying to figure out what is really going on. Definitely Not for everyone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret E. Sefton on April 23, 2009
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Delightfully weird and oddly cathartic, "Broken Bulbs" plunges the reader into a physical, violent, and oftentimes surreal world. There is a scant gap between narrator and reader and the effects of the diction, as much as the content of the narrative, are something to experience. Attach yourself to an addictive personality and you've got "Broken Bulbs." Along with the best of hypnotists, Wright will lead you to believe just about anything and when you wake up from the dream and put the book down the world will look new. Sheer linguistic skill is what makes this work take off and fly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amsunshine on November 29, 2011
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I read the reviews, finished the book, and wished I had quit reading after the second page. I kept expecting it to get better and all it did was drag on page after gloomy page.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hobo Rhenn/ Sally! on September 15, 2011
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It seems to me that people are looking way too far into this book, pulling things out that aren't there. This isn't some work of brilliance, or anything of the sort. I guess I can understand the description of "inside the mind of an addict", but I don't think it's in the sense it leads you to believe. I truly think this book was written in a drug-induced manic state. From my own experiences, it has the flow, writing style, and feel of just that. Maybe it makes more sense if you read it when you mind is chemically altered, but sober, it is a jumble of gibberish. There's a bit of a spark of a good story in there, but it is executed wrong. This very much looks like the first draft, the "brainstom" you would write out in your drug induced state, before you revise it and turn it into a book or movie. I could see this turning into some weird indie flick with the styling of Eternal Sunshine, but as a book, it is rubbish. Again, the idea is there, it just feels unfinished. I would definitely not recommend this book. Oh, and if you hate cliffhangers and unfinished endings, skip it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michelle sheiman on April 15, 2012
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Loneliness, abandonment, the repetitive cycle of abuse, pain, longing, the need for nurturing, revenge spiced with love. Cried from page three till the end. My heart ripped out of the top of my head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Pampered Lamb on December 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Review of Story Line:

There is such a sense of urgency while reading this book. You know you have to put the book down because the pot is over-boiling, but no way in hell am I putting it down. What if I miss something? That's how I felt reading this book. You live in real time with the story and really feel like if you blink, you just missed what happened!

Review of Characters:

The characters revolted me and made me gag in some parts. Awesome! The way they act, talk and react to situations is exactly how they make you feel as you are reading it. You couldn't help but put yourself in Frank's mind and body. It pulls you in.

Review of Writing:

I enjoyed the writing in this book. It was easy to read even though there was that sense of urgency. There were no parts that made you want to skip it because it brought nothing to the story. Well done.

Review of Editing:

Nicely done, nothing major missing or incorrect.

Review of Cover:

It's nice. Nothing spectacular, but the story takes care of that

Overall Review:

This was a fun read for me. I'm really into getting inside people's minds and going through feelings with them, so this hit the spot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Twisted Knickers on August 10, 2009
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Now most everyone knows, I love deviant and damaged. I am also a huge fan of Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" Dick's "A Scanner Darkly" and Johnson's "Jesus' Son" ... so it's safe to say that I love the drug addled mind on exhibition - providing it's making a satirical statement, of course. This book is no exception. And even though the writing style is not as rich and elaborate as I normally like, I am standing and applauding as I write this.

Yes, Frank is a drug addict, but the drug is actually more metaphoric in this case, more than in most other stories of this nature. This story, and again Bravo, deals with much more than the cliché numbing effect addiction is known for. Frank doesn't become numb. He already lives in a world of fear and nothingness. His girlfriend hits him with massive doses of the drug, enough to make him open and understanding regarding love and all the possibilities in his life: his ability to love her back, his ability to feel happiness, his ability to create promise and joy, his ability to take notice. While he is on the drug, he is daring, handsome, desirable, talented - worthy of the air he breathes. But once it wears off and the fear takes over, he is, once again, the scourge of humanity.

And Bonnie, his girlfriend and dealer, is not reprehensible in this story. She reminded me of the Caterine Vauban character in I Heart Huckabees, and the story is quite similar in theme. The drug she provides is actually akin to love, and Frank's own mind can't let him accept it or enjoy it--can't to the point that his flesh festers with a bloody infection at the injection site.

"I told her it didn't work. I told her it felt wrong.
She said I looked great.
She said I looked happy. She said I looked right. She said I was fast.
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