- File Size: 188 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OCTWK8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a general work of fiction, however, it's a solid piece of work.
First off, it is a well written, and well edited book. It's kind of sad that such comment needs to be made about a book but I think we have all come across digital books with great plots executed very poorly by sub-par authors. Jimmy Pudge appears to be a "real" author with real talent. The book is organized well, jumping back and forth from present to past but in a way that keeps the plot moving while helping the reader understand the back story and the character's motivation. I liked that Pudge started with the climax; it was kind of like watching Monk where you see the murder first and the fun is in seeing how it is solved/proved.
Secondly, I didn't find the gore too gory. There's lots of violence, to be sure, but I didn't feel that it was too graphic. It's a lot of "He ripped his arm off", "He tore his head off", "He bit him in the neck", "he ate his face" etc. There are some scenes that are quite icky (slurping up intestines while the guy is still alive...) but most of the violence is pretty nondescript. I appreciate that there are no "taboo" violence, nothing against kids, the women get off pretty light (though they still die), no defilement, etc. The incest is about as taboo as it gets. Again, being unfamiliar with horror genres, I'm not sure how it compares with other horror novels. It's not that it's NOT gross, it's just that the tone of the book is kind of light (wouldn't go as far as to say it's comedy like some reviewers) so the gore doesn't seem as gory.
I do have to disagree with some of the reviewers who feel that the novel gives great insight into Bad Billy. Most of the focus is on his feeding, not really his motivation. You get a little bit of that towards the end but by then the whole insight seems kind of out of place. Maybe if Pudge had spent more time developing Bad Billy as a real character, someone the reader can feel for, the book would be better. However, in doing so, I think he would compromise the levity. It's almost like he was thinking, "Okay, let's see how much more ridiculous I can get... snicker snicker snicker". One reviewer commented that it's like three novels shoved into one. I disagree but I do see what he means. By the end it's like he's throwing everything in, including the kitchen sink. Have you seen Cabin in the Woods? It's kind of like that. He throws in tons of horror/paranormal cliches. It's so absurd I can only imagine that it's an intentional homage/ha-ha to the genre.
My only complaint is that I don't see how a 4'7" person who weighs 500lb can fit through a door frame let alone a pick up truck...
Please don't look for depth where there is none. Hold on and enjoy a short, cheap Kindle read with a memorable monster (or is he a protagonist?). This was perfect for a snowy evening when I was between books and wanted to stretch out on the couch with something silly to read.
Beyond a few typographical/homophone errors, this nasty little tale delivered what it promised. If I saw a Pudge story for free again, I would probably download it. As another reviewer said, you need to have a taste for the ugly. : )
Billy is hounded by those who have no desire to understand him - they only want to end his besotted existence. Billy kills nearly everyone he comes in contact with, and author Pudge is expert at describing the grisly details of Billy's destruction. If you're squeamish, avert your eyes. Jimmy Pudge's writing is graphic and in your face. Even with such a terrifying protagonist, Pudge makes us care. It's not Billy's fault he's so horribly ugly, nor is it his fault he's been treated so despicably all his life. Who can blame him for lashing out? Well, the community he's terrorizing can. They do their best to end his lousy existence, but for the most part their efforts are inadequate. Bad Billy is one bad mother!
That's not to say the only thing Bad Billy has going for it is violence and destruction. No, there's a solid plot at work here, that has a purpose and a point, and there's a strong sense of pathos at play. There's a lot to like in this book. You might think you have everything figured out, but halfway through, the novel takes a left turn and you're knocked off your feet again. Pudge never lets you regain your footing, as he races inexorably toward the denouement with not a single wasted word.
This is the second book I've read by Jimmy Pudge, the first being a collection of short stories titled "Your [...] is Grass: Tales of a Redneck Gangsta." Both books display Pudge's great imagination, and deft ability with point of view. He's an author I'll be watching as his career in writing rises, which it will most certainly do. There are a few minor flaws in Bad Billy - a few typos here and there, but far less than I see in most small press offerings, and the last quarter of the book is a bit rushed, in my opinion - but most books I read these days seem that way to me. None of this hindered my enjoyment of the volume.
I recommend this book to any open-minded horror fan who likes originality. You won't find anything like Jimmy Pudge's world anywhere else, and that's worth the price of admission. Do yourself a favor - read this book. You'll find yourself hungering for Jimmy Pudge's next tale.
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