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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

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"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."
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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: 6 x 0.3 x 9 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: #6,860,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I have absolutely no idea how to rate this book. I liked it, but it was...different.

What I liked:

1. The writing. It was descriptive without being flowery and it matched the tone and the pacing of the story.
2. The editing. Most Indie books are full of errors. It was a nice change to read something that was well-written. I only caught one instance of a missing word.
3. The intrigue. I was thoroughly confused about what was going on, but I was sucked in to the story and kept reading. And I want to know more!
4. The price. I got the Kindle version for free on Amazon. A great way to learn about a new author!

What I didn't like:

1. I'm still not sure what the point of the story is and I have a lot of unanswered questions.

Given that I liked more than I didn't like, I am giving this novella four stars. I think that this author has a lot of potential and I will definitely read more of his work should he publish anything else.
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ARRRGGHHHH! Calgon, take me away... God, I felt like I needed to take a bath after this one. Maddeningly written in a broken style which, if meant to convey what goes on in the mind of an addict or crazy person, certainly communicates that thought process successfully. I really thought this book had promise when I read the description and, as with all the books I review, I read it until the bitter end, but I had hoped for something unique and different. I wasn't expecting, and did not enjoy, all-out crazy. This book is like sitting on the seat in an overly-filled outhouse and having said seat give way, unexpectedly dumping you into the sewage. It IS "unique and different"...but not something you really want or need to experience. The glowing reviews this book has garnered confused and amazed me until I remembered that there are people who will pay good money (and lots of it) for paint splattered on a canvas with the aid of jet blast. Different strokes for different folks. In any event, if you like your books disjointed, harsh, confusing, difficult to read, poisonous, and agonizingly descriptive...GOOD NEWS!!!--Your ship just came in. By the way, in my opinion, his girlfriend Bonnie isn't his dealer, she IS his "drug", his addiction, and what is metaphoric about this book is that he must have more and more of her to remain viable. If I got that wrong or misinterpreted the author's intentions, who's to blame??? The book was so difficult to get through that by the end I felt like I needed drugs just to get back to reality.
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A stream of consciousness style book like this might not be for everyone, as in may seem incoherent. It really isn't. I like this style of writing, and this author has more entertaining, spot on descriptions of things, and tidbits of philosophical musings than I've run across in a book in ages. There's a good story in here, and this book is well worth a couple of readings IF it's your type of material.
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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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