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By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends Paperback – December 6, 2010
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"[A]n opium-laced fever dream, swinging readily between the surreal and the horrifyingly, starkly real. Siberia is a place, metaphoric and literal: It's an inescapable, brutal state of mind. Give in to the voices and let this story deliver its kaleidoscopic nightmare, sly lines, and the truth of a bloody, damaged, beating, human heart." --MONICA DRAKE, author of Clown Girl
"The only thing crueler and weirder than life in Osborne's Stalinist gulag is the afterlife. Wringing an ergot-laced harvest of agony and absurdity from the bleak Siberian tundra, BY THE TIME WE LEAVE HERE, WE'LL BE FRIENDS manages the nigh-impossible feat of making Kafka's Penal Colony look like a Sweet Valley High romance." --CODY GOODFELLOW, author of Perfect Union, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, and Radiant Dawn/Ravenous Dusk
"This lyrical spatter of inspired dementia... reminds me of Celine in serious nightmare mode, and yet its brutality is quiet--gentle even. To find yourself enjoying forensic black humor scenes of disgust and revulsion is a tribute to Osborne's writing...." --KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of Zanesville, Private Midnight and Enigmatic Pilot
"Like a rat in a bag of deer meat--this is BY THE TIME WE LEAVE talking--[it] scuttles around inside you as you read it, and you come to know that rat as your own heart. And it knows you back, has all along." --STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, author of It Came from Del Rio
"4.5 out of 5. [E]ven better than expected...will make even the most jaded horror lover squirm. BY THE TIME WE LEAVE HERE, WE'LL BE FRIENDS is a bleary, opium-addled fever dream from a highly talented new author. Osborne is one to watch."--BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM
Top Customer Reviews
The other prisoners hate Karriker for accepting the promotion, so they plan to kill him. They also plan to kill the guards, and they're not too kind to their fellow prisoners either. Then there's the prison's nurse, performing sadistic treatments on the half-dead patients living in her clinic. The other guards are slowly going crazy themselves, becoming either hostile or depressed. The gulag is a hard place, and everyone has to endure physical and moral tortures just to keep living. It's brutally cold, there's little food, and absolutely no salvation in sight. The only chance is to escape, the logistics of which demand actions even more disgraceful.
All of this tension is beautifully strung along by Osborne. He has a minimalist style that puts across the simplest and harshest realities like stabs from a prison shiv. Everyone is just a few seconds away from biting at the nearest throat, but there's also gruesome body horror to be had, as well as strange and surreal opium trips. The ending is a strange twist, but I thought that it called back to the earlier sequences of Karriker's surreal nightmares. For fans of horror, history, or just plain unsettling weirdness, this story will stick with you long after you put it down.
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Amazing characters. Fantastic strange story. I really don't know how to describe it. It just is what it is. Everyone will have a different view on the way the book ends. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jon Oakley jr
Just read this in one sitting. It was sitting on my pile of books on my bedstand for a few months under a few others.
I should have picked it up earlier. Read more
Bought the book for its cover art (Alex Pardee) and ended up in love with its twisted story. Good Book.Published on April 6, 2014 by Lucas Theroux
Osborne has some interesting things going on in his debut. The setting of the story is perfectly bleak as are it's characters. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by David V Franklin
Like Radiohead or Tool or Frank Zappa or Jackson Pollock, but as soon as you think you have him pegged, he goes and subverts every expectation you've cobbled for him. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Jeremy
I've never read any of the author's other work, but the back cover description was just too good to pass up. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Scud1373
This gem goes from zero to dangerously high octane in roughly NOW!! Pretty much, if you read the first part, you are surrounded. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Richard W. Keeney
Well written but deeply disturbing. Oddly though, I would recommend this book. I had not read anything by this author but, I would read more.Published on January 5, 2014 by Sohog
Not sure what to say about this book other than it was written by a psychopath.
The dialogue was almost impossible to follow. Read more