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Bullettime Paperback – August 15, 2012
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Dave's life is an awful swirl of arguing parents and bullying that he blunts with copious amounts of cough syrup. But, as it gets worse, he completely breaks away and watches it all happen from a distance.
I don't want to spoil the book, so I'll only say that it's powerful, well written and taps into the well of anger that dwells in everyone who has been bullied and dismissed.
He's a scrawny kid, with messed-up parents, constantly picked on at school. He copes (sort of) by downing lots of cough medicine. He seems likely to bumble his way sadly through high school until he meets Erin, a beautiful girl who finds him very interesting. Except she's actually Eris, the goddess of discord, and the reason she finds him interesting is because of the mayhem he may cause. We all know the most dramatic way a picked-on teenage boy can act out, and Erin is relentless in manipulating Dave toward a violent breakdown.
Honestly, Dave is kind of annoying, but his situation is so painful and hopeless that you can't help but feel sorry for him, especially since he doesn't really feel sorry for himself. This is just the way the world works. He doesn't have any way out. Everything he tries, in all his alternate lives, still leads to one kind of misery or another.
Even though we know the ending(s) almost immediately, the story is compelling, because obviously Ylem-Narrator-Dave is looking for something as he watches himself. He's trying to find some sort of meaning or resolution along the infinite paths. He does find something, at the end.
I was a little concerned that this book would be too brutal, or too gory, or too depressing, but it's not. It's very matter-of-fact about a difficult life, with a lot of sympathetic insight, dark humor, and the faintest hint of hope.
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The plot of Bullettime is both chaotic and simple in a healthy Discordian manner. The hero is a young man from a dysfunctional family who is constantly bullied...Read more