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I'm From Electric Peak

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Kody Rawlee Green loves Teal Carticelli. He has broken out of the Mayweather, a home for wayward youth, following his threat to blow up his high school with a fertilizer bomb. Kody is on his way to see Teal’s parents because they are about to put Teal on an airplane to Italy, and he might never see her again. But Kody has a gun in his pocket and he is climbing down the wat ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Artistically Declined
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Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3/22/16 - 3/23/16
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended, mostly because I have a pretty hard core author crush on Bud and fall in love with everything he ever writes ever
Pages: 133
Publisher: Artistically Declined Press
Released: April 2016 (?)

When you fall in love, you're bound to do some stupid, fucked up shit. That's a fact, Jack. The love drug is a strong one and it messes with our minds something fierce. We start saying and doing things we don't mean. shit we never thought we'd do or say, all for the

Basically a novella from an indie press and indie writer Bud Smith, this was the April, 2016 selection from The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. I have been reading one book a month from the club in an effort to at least not fall further behind since I am maintaining my subscription there. The books come once a month and keep piling up on their own special stack on my shelves.

I'm From Electric Peak is a gritty romp of a read that I would have been sorry to miss. Kody Green is an orphan, a teen who
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, Bud Smith just keeps getting better and better. The chapter 'Gas Station' alone is worth the price of the book.
Meg Tuite
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Review of I’m From Electric Peak by Bud Smith (review by Meg Tuite)

Bud Smith’s novella, I’m From Electric Peak, is a seamless excursion of love, violence and understated beauty of dialogue that calls to mind Tarantino at his best. Smith’s novel is a visceral, deeply rooted, yet deftly touched on story of two teenagers in love, Kody who has lived in foster homes and suffered abuse that is never disclosed, but eluded to from the first sentence. Bud Smith keeps the reader in the present with h
Robert Vaughan
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the Nervous Breakdown Book Club monthly selection. Boy was I thrilled when I saw it was a Bud Smith novella. I'm From Electric Peak is a romp, a sort of modern day Bonnie and Clyde meets Quentin Tarantino movie epic, road trippin', shoot 'em up, action packed tome. But it also has multi-levels, and Kody and Teal are both intriguing characters that make for a fun read! I loved the various locales they visit, the surprising twists, the hilarious lists, the thrilling pace. Smit ...more
Paul Beckman
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who want a fast paced crime spree book.
Recommended to Paul by: I've read other things from this author.
If Clyde Barrow and Ma Barker had a son he could very well be Kody, Tella's boyfriend in this dark and humerous novella of young love wanting to go to Graceland. Toss in a few killings, many car thefts and an unusual and somewhat innocent relationship between Tella and Cody. Bud starts the engine on this story and it revs its way to a unique finish that's just right for this book. This is not a book you put down. Grab some beers and chips and you'll read it right through and be glad you did.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My blurb for this amazing novel:

"This is signature Bud Smith: Wild, funny, harrowing, deep, weird, and heartbreaking. 'I'm From Electric Peak' absolutely clobbered me. A fast read that will remain in my heart and mind for a very long time. Read it."
Benjamin Anthony
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I convinced Bud Smith to give me a copy of this book and i read it and listened to it over a year ago
and i really liked the book and i feel that i would be committing a grave crime if i were to not post this review. But on reviewing my notes from the past years i found that i had started a review of the book via some sort of speech recognition program on the phone i was using at the time, if i remember correctly the phone had been torn in half at some point and a battery was taped onto the bac
Steve Karas
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I freakin' love this little book. If Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino had gotten together to write a book, I imagine it would have been something like I'm From Electric Peak. I love Bud Smith's writing style - tight, minimal. I love the quirky voice, the crisp dialogue ("I have no interest in Mickey Mouse. I don't like that fucker.").

On the surface, Electric Peak is about a young sociopath on a cross-country killing spree with his girl at his side. But on a deeper level, and it is deep, this
Ryan Werner
This is a murder-fueled romance road story, a Wild At Heart love tale, if it’s anything. The narrator kills a girl’s parents so he can run off with her. It’s interesting how early we get all this, because I’d think most stories would lean on the lead up, the pondering, the Crime and Punishment aspects, and then deliver the murder as the pay-off. Instead, he just kills them and they go. I’m convinced this was the right thing to do even though I know it’s not, like pulling up to the second window ...more
Sean Owen
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
"I'm From Electric Peak" is told from the perspective of a teenage boy as he races across the the country with his girlfriend in a crime spree. While the author does a solid job of capturing the confused and angry voice of a teenage boy there isn't a whole lot worthwhile here. Though barely over a hundred pages the story starts to feel like an endless list of "and then this, and then this." The scenes of disturbing violence are told in the flatest tone which is fine given who the narrator is, bu ...more
Nate Carter
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another romp through the dirty heart of America. The voice that Smith is able to achieve throughout his work is utterly blissful to read. His characterization is both relative and obscurely wild; his dialogue is punchy and often hilarious; and his wit in plot and direction are unmatched. I think I liked Tollbooth slightly more but that was probably due to what was able to be achieved in the length difference. All around big fan of Smith's work though.
Joseph O'Brien
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bud's writing usually has a whimsically chaotic energy, but here he takes it full throttle to darker, pulpier places, like "Badlands" remade by the Coen brothers. After tearing through the first half I wanted to hotwire a stolen motorcycle & haul ass to Graceland. Then I forced myself to slow down 'cause I didn't want to stop reading it. This is a harrowing & hilarious ride, and-- if you can compartmentalize the violent crime from the operatic sentiments of teenage love-- heartbreaking e ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just didn't think there was going to be this much soul in a book bearing this kind of resemblance to the horror of Charles Starkweather. There is though, and it seems likely Bud Smith is the only one who could have pulled that off. Great lines too, both with beauty and with solid ham fists socking the reader around. Start this when you've got a block of time, because you're not going to want to close the book until it's done.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can read my review of I'm From Electric Peak at Change Seven Magazine. Here's a link!
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Bud Smith is the author of Teenager (Tyrant Book), Double Bird (Maudlin House), WORK (CCM), Dust Bunny City (Disorder Press), among others. He works heavy construction, and lives in Jersey City, NJ.