- File Size: 471 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 12by3 Press (May 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008DZEWF8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
And Then I Thought I Was a Fish Kindle Edition
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Finished it...I did NOT throw it across the room.
I want him to keep writing. He has a website [...] . He recently wrote about Computer Programming in the most entertaining and truthful manner I have ever read.
I celebrate his recovery and encourage him to continue writing. He certainly has the wit, as well as the writing skill to become a very successful author. Read this and see for yourself!
The author originally posted this story online, in full. I was fascinated to read it. Seeing it in eBook form is great.
As someone with interest in psychedelics and a degree in psychology, I've always found a morbid fascination in stories of the human consciousness being pushed beyond its limits. Oliver Sacks' stories were a big favorite of mine. However, I'm not certain that I've ever read a book this personal, this blunt, and this entertaining on such a profound subject.
Welch's telling of this long and convoluted story hits all the right marks, and his willingness to share the depth of his delusions with a world that often underestimates the importance of personal experience is refreshing and noble. This book by turns makes me laugh (out loud!), ponder, and want to cry for the difficulties of Peter and others - all while presenting a proper. respectful homage to the beautiful madness of the psychedelic experience.
This book was a great buy, especially for the price, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in hearing the oft-untold side of psychosis; for anyone struggling to understand a family member or friend with psychosis; for anyone who is curious in teasing out the fact vs fiction of psychedelics; and hell, for anyone even mildly interested in reading a good damn book!
I do have one gripe, but it's on Amazon's head, not the author's:
This book is absolutely RIFE with footnotes, little quips and bits of background info and etc. I'm not sure about the presentation on other Kindle varieties, but on my base-model Kindle every single footnote must be individually scrolled to and opened on a separate page. This leads to a very disruptive reading experience, especially since the footnotes in this book are often entertaining and worth the trouble. I find myself fighting constantly with the conundrum of whether to continue the story proper or break my rhythm and see what the next footnote has to offer.
I've had this problem before but never in so entertaining a book, and I can't come up with a good explanation for why the Kindle team chose to handle footnotes in such a way rather than integrating them into a small popup as is done for definitions, notes, etc. WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO RUIN THIS AWESOME BOOK FOR ME AMAZON?