Bullettime

ISBN: 9781926851716
eISBN: 9781926851723

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David Holbrook exists everywhere and nowhere.

David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents.

David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkipos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord.

David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives a lonely and luckless existence with his aging mother in a tumbledown New Jersey town.

Caught between finger and trigger, David is given three chances to decide his fate as he is compelled to live and relive all his potential existences, guided only by the dark wisdom found in a bottle of cough syrup.

From the author of the instant cult classic Move Under Ground comes a fantasy of blood, lust, destiny, school shootings, and the chance to change your future.

Reviews of Bullettime:

Bullettime is a fierce and visceral read, pulling no punches when it comes to the abject suffering that typifies the life of a bullied teenager. But it’s also a philosophical experiment, using these variant lifetimes to raise the confounding question of destiny.
[R]eaders willing to venture off the beaten path will be intrigued by Dave's sometimes pathetic and sometimes oddly endearing life stories.
[Bullettime is] an interesting book for fans of sci-fi or the unusual.
Bullettime . . . is a swift but complicated novel, a skilled dissection of what-could’ve-beens, high on action and violence. Under [Mamatas’s] direction, watching these lives unfold is like watching a slow motion car crash.
Nick Mamatas's work is often so relevant and timely as to border on the prophetic, and his fourth solo novel is no exception. It may also be his most accessible book to date, which is all the more impressive when you consider its non-linear, unique structure, and the Gus Van Sant-sized elephant in the classroom—Bullettime centers around a miserable teenager shooting up his high school.
The escapist David is a relatable protagonist and his friend Tigger and love interest Eris are well fleshed-out and believable. Mamatas has an excellent grasp of what it is like to be a lonely disillusioned high school student. Furthermore, in these times of increasing gun violence, it is a sympathetic look into what might cause a student to turn to guns and violence to solve his problems.
Mamatas’s strong voice shines . . .

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Author Info

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Move Under Ground, The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene), and the forthcoming Love is the Law. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, ChiZine, Weird Tales, and many other magazines and anthologies.