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10 a Boot Stomping 20 a Human Face 30 Goto 10

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
One minute you've got a quiet life. No friends except those in your record collection. Free from technological slavery. Just pizza for dinner and a job you love at the local record store... Funny how things spiral out of control... Next thing you know you're embroiled in some poorly thought out conspiracy. Cavorting with shady government officials, scientists and recently ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published April 16th 2010 by LegumeMan Books
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Anthony Chavez
Oct 25, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, bizarro
Nick Hornby's High Fidelity (Which I love) + Palahniuk (Whom I also dig) + Necromancy?

This book by Gulbranson has one of the best cover art pieces I have ever seen, I just love the cover.

10 A Boot Stomping was a great read, definitely in my top 5 that fit in the Bizarro genre box.

Gulbranson weaves a sci-fi tale that incorporates music/vinyl, conspiracy theories, computer nerd-dom, autism, ghosts/space aliens and even a sweet Dashiell Hammett reference, into a very engaging tale.

It starts slow b
Christy Stewart
On the surface, this book is about a friendless loser who gets swept away in a more excellent adventure than Bill and Ted could ever dream of. It is clever and funny and smart and one of my favorite new releases.

On a deeper level, Gulbranson has incorporated philosophies, modern metaphysical theories, and social science studies that could fill a ton of other books. That alone wouldn't have won me over but the depth and reality of the characters would have entertained and endeared me even if the
Nick Cato
Jun 01, 2010 Nick Cato rated it really liked it
Eric works in an old-school record shop that's owned by two lesbians. He seemingly eats pizza for each meal of the day and lives for his music, but basically has a normal life. When he's left to close the store one day, an older man comes in asking if he could hang a picture of his missing niece, Nelly Jones. The man posts the flier then leaves.

When Eric begins seeing these fliers all over town, he rips one down and Nelly seemingly appears to him out of nowhere---right before the old man discove
Jan 24, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like music and interesting fiction
Recommended to Kate by: Jess Gulbranson
Shelves: bizarro, e-books, music
I discovered Jess Gulbranson's writing in the bizarro tome: Bradley Sands is a Dick and liked his piece so much, I decided I needed to read his other books he has listed here on GoodReads.

When he befriended me he said I should start with this book, which I could get in e-book format on Smashwords for very little cost. Bingo, I was sold! He also told me that he had a soundtrack to accompany this story and that he would send me the link. What a cool idea and since I just love listening to music wh
Anita Dalton
Jan 10, 2011 Anita Dalton rated it really liked it
Describing the plot will not be easy but I’ll give it a shot: Eric, who works at a music store and is a vinyl aficionado, finds himself with the ability to speak to the spirit of a missing girl. A misunderstanding with a relative of the girl leaves Eric beaten within an inch of his life and he wakes in the hospital and that relative, a man Eric refers to as Captain Dragon, sucks Eric into a bizarre adventure. He speaks to the spirit of Jim Morrison. He is on the scene when Graceland is blown to ...more
Edmund Colell
Aug 20, 2010 Edmund Colell rated it really liked it
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Mar 26, 2011 Bradley rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book. I read it long ago, so I will resort to making comparisons. It's sort of like if Philip K. Dick wrote a novel with the protagonist of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. It's an earth-based science fiction novel with paranormal elements that are explained in a science fiction-y way. The protagonist is able to contact the dead and the book features the ghosts of a few different rock stars. Unsurprisingly, Ian Curtis is not a happy ghost. The way the protagonist contacts the dead is ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jul 05, 2012 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Jess Gulbranson, 10 A Boot Stomping 20 A Human Face 30 Goto 10 (LegumeMan Books, 2010)

Those of you who are roughly my age—who grew up in the days when the personal computer was just starting to proliferate in the home market and early versions of BASIC still ruled the roost when it came to tinkering with programming at home—are probably going to be completely geeked out by this book's title. The rest of you, well, it probably turns you off as much as it turns me on. Don't let it fool you; the ti
S.T. Cartledge
Jan 08, 2012 S.T. Cartledge rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
I remember when I bought this, I was holidaying in Melbourne, the same time I bought V for Vendetta, and I was wandering through all manner of quirky book and music shops. I found this one, as well as numerous other bizarro books, predominantly Eraserhead Press and Legume Man books in a shop called Polyester Books. Needless to say, I was very excited. I’d heard a little about this book beforehand, and it looked interesting, and I was probably going to buy it anyway, so I got it at the shop. It w ...more
Donald Armfield
Jun 26, 2012 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
Eric works at a record store. After a brief spiritual encounter. Eric becomes a lab rat for ghost hunting. After some twist and turns it comes down to a fight to the end.

The opening to this book had me hooked. After the attack was excited for the outcome to the end of book. Not what I expected for the end, but a likeable one at that.

Ghosts, Guns and Rock 'N Roll. With a special appearance from Jim Morrison. A ghostly tale of a bizarre encounter.
Jul 21, 2010 Cassidy rated it really liked it
Written with a Palahniuk-esque rhythm and motion of plot, my only problem with this book was that it was too short. I felt like there could have been more. Quite a fun mystery/sci-fi adventure that moved quickly from normal daily life to odd space conspiracy. I found myself thoroughly enjoying this book and Bam! story over. Short but well done.
Zoe Barnard
Sep 12, 2010 Zoe Barnard rated it liked it
I liked the ideas in this book. As I was reading it, I kept thinking, this could use some editing and more drafts. Then, when I finished it, I read the back notes, which told me the author wrote this book in three days for a weekend novel contest. Woah! Take that into consideration and this book is GREAT.
Jun 30, 2010 Geoff added it
I liked this one a lot.
Full review coming soon on my blog:
Aug 04, 2014 Bernard marked it as abandoned
Sadly I started but did not finish this book... but one day, I will. I PROMISE!
May 31, 2013 Duncan rated it it was amazing
Completely insane and fantastic. Never went anywhere I expected. Really cool.
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An industrial attritionist from Portland, Oregon, Jess Gulbranson is also an author, critic, musician, and poet.

His first novel "MEL" was serialized at the arts and culture ezine NWDrizzle for four years, where he also wrote a pseudonymous advice column.

Coming in April 2010 from Evil Nerd Empire is "Antipaladin Blues," first of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY MOTHERFUCKERS trilogy, satirical dark fant
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