- File Size: 358 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Nightscape Press; First edition (December 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008GG1WU2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Trent Zelazny has the capacity to bring a story to life in such a way that you begin to wonder. Then I almost felt a little guilty – like I was reading someone’s journal. It was poignant, painful and – from my own personal experience in life – extremely accurate in depicting that surreal world we step into, sometimes spinning, when we abuse alcohol. Trent has a beautifully, artistic expressive nature. His use of simile constantly catches you nodding your head, uncomfortably smiling in remembrance or at least in acknowledgment of the lure of the dangers. He also allows you to see into the subtle attraction of being comfortably numb and finally asleep with your imperfect humanity that can turn out to seem quite perfect in spite of everything. He also reminds us of the importance of shoes. We all have symbols, triggers, anchors and warnings tucked away in our subconscious minds. Trent reaches into that private place, empties the bag and challenges us to sift through them. And when we do, we remember. We remember what we learned and sometimes – we still want to go back. So, Trent takes us there.
This became a very difficult book for me to read – not because it wasn’t brilliantly written – because it was. It became difficult to read because it reminded me of some of the mistakes I made in my life. But that’s a good thing… even if it is painful. It takes us into the heart of intimacy, and shows us things we wish we had experienced firsthand in a relationship instead of just reading about it. And then – sometimes – we awaken and realize that we most certainly have. We remember where these memories came from – fragments – pieces – people – moments of experience that touch us. Trent also reminds us of how inevitable it can sometimes be to allow our past to inordinately overpower our present… instead of embracing those poignant real moments of our everyday life – the things that are happening right now – that defines who we are and who we’re becoming. As readers and writers, we do that all the time. Butterfly Potion has this written all over it – on every page within – from beginning to end.
It’s an intimate, poignant look into what you can’t hide when you’re crippled inside. I highly recommend Butterfly Potion – especially if you’re interested in a close, intimate look into the hearts of a large section of our society that has turned escape into an adventure of survival – you may find that it’s your heart you’re looking into – it could be that you’re a part of that adventure of survival and don’t even realize it…
In Butterly Potion, Trent Zelazny puts an everyman loser through the wringer. Perry's life has bottomed out and waking up under a bridge forces him to examine a life that is filled with pain, guilt and self-loathing.
As bad as the hangover was that morning, what really stung Perry was not knowing what had happened to him during his blackout. Obviously he had been mugged, left with only 45 cents in his pocket, no wallet, no nothing. A big dose of booze set him back on his feet again, more or less, and a beautiful barfly named Talia reminded him that his life was not over. It wasn't good, it truly sucked, but it wasn't over.
As Perry tries to recover his memories and the possessions he lost that night, he forces himself to remember the painful twists and turns that led him to this point. This story is about a man who has lost everything, and then a little more. Clinging by his fingernails to a life nearly crushed under the pain of loss and regret, Perry takes a hard look at his self and gives the reader a look at what it's like to lose yourself in your own life.
Trent Zelazny is, of course, an amazingly talented writer. His true gift is the ability to shine light on the dark side of life, no matter how much muck and mire he turns up in the process. His words are placed like dance steps on the page, leading the reading in a dance that twirls, spins, dips and ultimately glides right into the heart of lost souls and bitter memories.
The main character, Perry, is a broken man, spending his days drinking and trying to drown the pain of having lost someone powerfully dear to him. He wakes up disoriented and in pain after a hectic bender, not sure where he is or how he got there, knowing only that he has been robbed and that he desperately needs a drink.
The story has one other stand-out character, a damaged woman who is the 'keeper' of the Butterfly Potion of the story's title. As he retraces his steps she allows herself to be tugged along, offering him what she can and what she feels she is worth, all the while subtly reminding him of everything he has lost. And from which he is running.
Trent does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life and paints the scenes they inhabit with a brilliant eye for just the correct amount of detail. Putting the focus on these characters -the people we usually find ourselves being disgusted by and whom we laugh at (and not always quietly) forces the reader to inhabit the skin of these people. It would have been easy to use these characters to show the reader the ugly sides of life, but Trent takes the more difficult path - leading us on an unapologetic journey into the beautiful things in life that are often hidden under the ugliness.
I was already impressed with Trent's eye and mind for stories with the anthology, 'Mirages - Tales from Authors of the Macabre', and now I can honestly say that I'm damned impressed with Trent's ability as a storyteller - he's a word-weaver of skill and subtlety, and shows a great capacity for sympathy and honesty.
Definitely a writer who will remain on my radar - and should be on yours!