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Bad Billy by [Pudge, Jimmy]
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  • 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
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It's amazing that Pudge can do a morality tale in a horror/comedy.

My boyfriend kept talking about this guy named Jimmy Pudge, and I was bored last night so I took his Kindle and started reading "Bad Billy," a book he bought last night. I don't really care for horror too much, but I immediately noticed that something was different about this guy's writing style. I've actually never read another writer like him. I'm not sure who I can compare him to. I started reading "Bad Billy," completely expecting a disappointment. I mean, the guy in his introduction refers to his readers as his "partnas in crime" and talks about how he started writing this in prison.

Anyway, at first I was shocked by what I was reading, a poor inbred baby born in a grocery store toilet and stuck in a basement for most of his life. There were a lot of funny moments, especially the character Uncle Ethan, but then something else took over and this story was no longer just a horror/comedy. I felt like it was a sociology experiment. A man who has never interacted with society suddenly gets thrown into the world, and his reactions are horrifying. But is he bad?

The book is divided into 4 parts, the first called "Tales of Innocence", the second, "Tales of Experience." Do you recognize these titles? Pudge is channeling Romance poet William Blake. In no way should this story be considered literary, but it is! The English geek inside me kept going, "Wow! This is incredible."

Bad Billy does some really bad stuff. There is tons of gore throughout, which I personally don't care too much for, but I understand why Pudge does this. He is a horror writer, so I'll excuse this. Part III of the book is called "Man," and part 4 is called, "Monster.
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If you like your horror stories irreverent and violent, then Bad Billy by Jimmy Pudge is for you. With nods to Marry Shelley and William Blake, Pudge has crafted a modern take on the hapless fate of the Frankenstein monster set in a small Southern town. Life hasn't been kind to Bad Billy and he's out to pay back anyone who looks at him cross-eyed. Just as Shelley's monster takes fitful steps toward self-awareness, so does Bad Billy, and as her creation finds its only friend to be a small girl, so does Bad Billy.

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.
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I'll start by saying that I enjoyed this story and that it is obvious that the author has talent. The problem that I had was that it felt like there were three really good ideas for stories sort of shoe horned into one title. I don't really want to say much more for fear of spoiling parts of the plot for other readers. Over all a good story that the author tried to fit just a little too much into.
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Some grammatical errors and typos: check.

Some gruesome, over-the-top deaths: check.

A crazy character and a plot that starts at the top and continues to go over the top to the very end: check

This is a book that, in many ways, is perfect in its imperfection. It is a fun, light read. The price is right. If you love old B horror films, you may enjoy this.
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The product of consensual incest, Bad Billy is a messed up ball of weirdness. Sharp little teeth, evil ways. His family, as screwed up as they are, are horrified by this bouncing baby psychopath. When he eats the family cat, they have had enough and confine him to the basement. He never grows much, but he does get fat. And he gets meaner. Or is he mean? I don't know for sure if Billy is really bad or if he's sort of on a search-and-destroy auto pilot. Regardless, he is a killing machine.

As only Jimmy Pudge can, he spins Billy through some mighty tempting killing grounds, giving him room to express himself. But there are badder things in this world than old Bad Billy, and things get pretty wild when . . . well, that's enough of that. I don't want to ruin the story for you. Suffice to say, nobody comes out of an encounter with Bad Billy unscathed. Not even his mama, the woman who hid him in the basement all those years.

Jimmy Pudge creates worlds where there's always a convenient freak show nearby when you want one, where everybody is just a side-step away from a room in the loony bin. And Pudge will keep you on your toes. This isn't a rambling tale of violence and redneck incest. It's a morality tale of sorts. Think about "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." Billy didn't get that way all by himself. Others messed up mightily. And Billy ends up as much a victim as a predator. He doesn't get to have a normal life, get to feel love. But what if he did get out of that cellar, move around freely? Well, that's not good either. So his Mama had made a very bad choice but at least she didn't make another bad choice and set Billy free on the world.
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