Butterfly Potion

Butterfly Potion

Trent Zelazny / Sep 21, 2019

Butterfly Potion Perry wakes up in an arroyo hungover and unsure how he got there His wallet and cell phone missing he walks back to the last place he remembers being before he blacked out the bar Fueled by alcohol

  • Title: Butterfly Potion
  • Author: Trent Zelazny
  • ISBN: 9781938644016
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perry wakes up in an arroyo, hungover and unsure how he got there His wallet and cell phone missing, he walks back to the last place he remembers being before he blacked out the bar Fueled by alcohol and a touch of companionship, Perry is determined to find out who rolled him, but standing in his way is an accident that happened six months earlier and the struggle his liPerry wakes up in an arroyo, hungover and unsure how he got there His wallet and cell phone missing, he walks back to the last place he remembers being before he blacked out the bar Fueled by alcohol and a touch of companionship, Perry is determined to find out who rolled him, but standing in his way is an accident that happened six months earlier and the struggle his life has become since In his search for the material things taken from him, he risks walking right past something far precious A new beginning This new novella by Zelazny is dark, gripping, emotional noir at its best

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    About "Trent Zelazny"

      • Trent Zelazny

        Trent Zelazny is the award winning author of To Sleep Gently, Fractal Despondency, Butterfly Potion, Too Late To Call Texas, People Person, and Voiceless, as well as several other books and roughly 50 short stories He is also an international playwright, and editor.Son of late science fiction author Roger Zelazny, he was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico He has lived in California, Oregon, and Florida He lives back in Santa Fe.


    421 Comments

    1. Despite some poor grammar involving short sentences that start the same, one after the other, this book did have its moments. It’s a short read and some scenarios played out well but overall it left too many voids. Trent Zelazny has won many awards and I am surprised this book shows up on top of his page. I’ll have to try the next one down the list.


    2. Peter awakes not knowing where he is or how he got there. His possessions have been stripped and his last memory is clouded by distorted images; fragments of time and place. He’s suffering from self induced alcoholic amnesia. With little more than a vague recollection of a bar, he stumbles back to reality in search of those missing hours. Trent Zelazny’s novella is a quick fire noir with all the hallmarks you’d expect of the genre. There is the man with little or nothing to his name, a fem [...]


    3. Although it didn’t take me long to read this short but sweet work, I did have to think about the story for quite a while afterward. Perry is definitely the antihero with his alcoholism and blackouts, and the ending is fitting.The use of stream of consciousness is artful, and I think it’s one of the aspects to this book that makes it stand out. The grief, the love, and the loss Perry endures are all vivid and carefully laid out. I rate this novella 4.5 stars.


    4. Trent Zelazny knocks it out of the park with Butterfly Potion. The other reviewers have all adequately (and accurately) described this story’s noir leanings; the pure gut-wrenching darkness in which the anti-hero, Perry, finds himself. What has me reeling upon finishing what felt like a memoir-in-progress is the pure power of the writing. The prose is so good, the voice so damned convincing, that we don’t care what the story’s about. We’ll follow these characters down any festering hole [...]


    5. This is the story of a man haunted by guilt and grief, a man struggling with inner demons that refuse to let him see life as anything other than bleak and dismal, that is until he's confronted with his own mortality and, in the darkness, he finds a grain of hope. It's a gritty portrayal of a side of life that none of us ever want to examine too closely. And it is so well-written that it pulls us in and makes us look anyway. Spell-binding and awful, but beautiful and humane. A great piece of dark [...]


    6. This is brilliantly written, disturbing, very emotionally-driven noir. An excellent examination of what can put us in the gutter, what might keep us there and what options might exist. A very fine novella.


    7. ‘Butterfly Potion’ isn’t Fantasy or Horror, nor even Urban Fantasy – it’s a deeply moving and often searing look at alcoholism and depression, and it has to rank as one of the most memorable tales I’ve read.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 rob [...]


    8. BUTTERFLY POTION hat bei so viele 5-Sterne-Rezensionen bekommen, da wollte ich das Buch unbedingt lesen - und habe es zu meinem Bedauern nun getan. Worum geht es? Perry ist ein Alkoholiker, eine Barfly, ein Mensch, der sich regelmäßig in der Kneipe bis zum Umfallen, bis zum Blackout besäuft. Und wie die meisten Alkoholiker hat er natürlich einen guten Grund dafür, einen dramatischen, nämlich einen Schicksalsschlag. OK, wer findet, dass das ansprechend klingt, ist schon im Vorteil.Nun brau [...]


    9. Zelazny is a new writer to me and this tight novella has me adding more of his work to my to-read list. If this were published in a literary journal it would be classified as literary fiction with a dark edge to it and the writing is certainly more lush than is typical with noir. In case the hints haven't registered yet - tight, lush - this novella proceeds through an alcohol haze as our narrator wakes up in a ditch after a black out and begins a journey to piece together the missing time and al [...]


    10. A Captivating ReadZelazny captures a brief moment of time in a man`s life and delves deep into his varied thought processes. Perry is a proud, stubborn man with nothing left to lose. Realizing as much, he seeks comfort in the arms of an equally proud but jaded woman, neither of them ready to accept that this is their lot in life. After some tough love and a whole lot of tenderness, they find themselves able to embrace one another and the possibilities they see in the world around them.Well writt [...]


    11. This book was incredibly well written. There's not much of a story, it's basically just about a loser being a loser with his loser girlfriend. I know that doesn't make it sound like anything great, but it's so well done I could read about them all night. The character development was impeccable, so deep that you could feel Perry's misery through the whole story. Not much else to say except I'll read more from this author for sure.


    12. An alcoholic-noir study in reaching for redemption. Zelazny's barflies aren't the masterful characters of William Kennedy or Charles Bukowski, but there are powerful moments of self-effacing honesty and a right-sized (if slightly overdescribed) odyssey through a dark night of the soul. The main motif gets overplayed eventually--but Zelazny knew he was onto something. The author has room to grow but there's plenty of solid evidence of talent on display here.


    13. the BUTTERFLY POTION by Trent Zelazny is a fascinating read. Its a well-written, dark tale that follows one man's journey down the road of despair. The emotions that this story conjures are beak and depressing, but the character is designed so well, you are drawn into his life and find yourself attached to him.


    14. You realize this is more than a book when you start reading it. This is more than fiction. The author is bearing his soul for the reader to see and letting you into the very painful reality of the demons he fought so hard against. Trent Zelazny is a brilliant writer and has done a wonderful job of blazing his own path in the literary world.


    15. Tragic but beautiful. A powerful story of metamorphosis. Perry is an introspective character, Talia is the perfect balance. I love everything I've read by Zelazny.



    16. There's a new writer in town who tells tales about a pair of sad alcoholics battling their way through the hellhole that is life. This is a good tale, novella-size and well worth reading


    17. “Butterfly Potion” is a well-written novella which not only brings the reader into the story, but also forces them to reflect upon their own life. This tale has a slow pace that not only keeps everything moving along smoothly, but also prevents the reader from missing any small detail. The realism throughout, coupled with the excellent development of the primary character, made this easy to relate to as well as thought-provoking. It truly makes one think about their own thoughts on life, re [...]


    18. Waking up in a ditch sucks. It’s even worse when your wallet and phone have been lifted while you slept. I won’t lie to you, Zelazny’s writing feels personal — whether it is or it isn’t — it feels like he’s done most of the things he puts his characters through. And I guess that by ‘personal’ I mean ‘believable’, too. Nothing that the main character of this novella, Perry, does sounds far-fetched. He’s gone out, got drunk and then ends up out in the middle of nowhere, far [...]


    19. Let’s Try to DreamPerry got rolled last night during a blackout. He’s looking for what he’s lost, and that’s more than his wallet and cell phone. He finds Talia; Talia finds him.Reading Zelazny is like going on a drinking binge and waking in the gutter. But among the messy people in a sad, depressing world is existential philosophy cocooned in beautiful writing. Zelazny has a knack for turning phrases--not just on the page, but in your mind.Along with despair, there is humor: “To Perry [...]


    20. This is the first book of Trent's that I've read, and enjoyed it very much! It's a day in the life of Perry, who drinks too much & wakes up in a ditch after being robbed. He then tries to put together what lead up to this moment, and takes the reader along on his journey. Anyone who has ever drank a little much & found themselves wandering around in the middle of the night, trying to avoid the cops & wondering how the hell did it come to this, will appreciate this book!Anyone who has [...]


    21. This is the first book of Trent's that I've read, and enjoyed it very much! It's a day in the life of Perry, who drinks too much & wakes up in a ditch after being robbed. He then tries to put together what lead up to this moment, and takes the reader along on his journey. Anyone who has ever drank a little much & found themselves wandering around in the middle of the night, trying to avoid the cops & wondering how the hell did it come to this, will appreciate this book!Anyone who has [...]


    22. A delicious journey down a dark, scruffy, foggy road"Butterfly Potion" makes me want to drink but in a good way. It makes me want to toast Trent's talent and swirl the golden elixir around in my glass the way he has done with his words. Like his hero, Perry, we're not sure where we're going, but unlike Perry we care, and we trust the storyteller to get us there in one piece. Trent does exactly that. "Butterfly Potion" is a real and visceral story of one night with a young alcoholic with a spotty [...]


    23. I am still reeling from reading this novella. I am a mix of emotions and thoughts that this story pulls out of the reader. Once you begin reading, you can't help being engrossed in where this book is going to take you. To me, Butterfly Potion is much like the yin yang symbol: it is light and dark, it is masculine and feminine, it is happy and sad; it is the perfect balance. If you are looking for a story that has depth, realism, and soul, look no further!


    24. I guess I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books because I kept waiting for the monster of mythos to appear, but it didn’t. Instead it was all real, a gritty view into the main characters mind, and his shoes. I enjoyed how the story was paced, the interactions between each character and the reality of the behaviors. Glad I read this story, it was most definitely worth more than forty-five cents. I know I paid more than that.


    25. A short, alcohol-soaked mood piece about loss (of several kinds). There is drunkenness, sad drunken sex, and some pointless violence. Ends with a hopeful note (or so I would like to think).This was a freebie for Kindle a long time ago that I finally got around to reading. At some point I found out that the author is the son of science fiction author Roger Zelazny.


    26. This novella paints some pretty vivid pictures (they're pretty AND vivid AND pretty vivid). I quite enjoyed the internal dialogue going on with Perry, the main character there's grief and guilt and the gutter, but it's all satisfying.


    27. I won this book by Trent Zelazny and since I had never read his work, didn't know what to expect. This was a very intriguing tale and I enjoyed the ride. Mr. Zelazny is a great writer! I'll have to delve into more of his work.


    28. This noir novella has achingly beautiful prose. I was particularly drawn to the bit about the gutter runoff. Depressing and beautiful.


    29. Not sure how this one got on my to read shelf. A drunk guy has a repressed memory and has to drink to work it out. My 2 star means it was ok.


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