Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “BULB” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.93  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  26 reviews
If light records everything we do, can even shadows hide our secrets?

Imagine your entire life is available for review.
Imagine each day any event can be watched over and over again - your birth, your first kiss, your recent shower, that private itch - all replayable from any angle. Now imagine these can be viewed by anyone at any time.

Is a world where there is far less ego,
Paperback, 397 pages
Published October 13th 2019 by KIND Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about BULB, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about BULB

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.93  · 
Rating details
 ·  30 ratings  ·  26 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of BULB
Bulb may not be what Tom Edison had in mind when he came up with the lightbulb. And it may not be the traditional novel that you are expecting. Not only is it science fiction in theme, but experimental in form. At times, it reads like a novel, but it can also be a series of Internet emails or a psychoanalysis session. It feels sort of psychedelic in its layout kind of like modern art. That being said, keep an open mind when you open this and prepare for a world where our entire lives are visible ...more
Lisabet Sarai
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some science fiction books feel like mysteries. The author pitches you headlong into a foreign world, with technology, history, assumptions and problems very different from our own. As a reader, you have to follow the clues and figure out the rules in order to understand how the author’s imagined universe works. The process can be both frustrating and exhilarating. Each step you take toward comprehension provides a special kind of satisfaction. At the same time, the effort required to figure out ...more
N.N. Light
A book that has been woven like a tapestry. The author has an incredible talent for creating and describing a future world that is both entirely make-believe and a bit too close to home with current society. It is not that much of a stretch to consider a world where you have no privacy, and everyone knows everything about you. Every person today with a home virtual assistant or a smartphone already has someone recording their every utterance day and night.

The dynamic nature of the interpersonal
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One glance at the book cover and I just knew the story would be something special. Such powerful artwork should be hanging in a gallery - it’s a masterpiece from the author’s own hand. And it turns out that Bradley Wind writes like he paints … with huge vision and sweeping imagination. He's a modern day William Blake!

Bulb is all about towering ideas and their implications. Set in a world where the light illuminating every scene is recorded as 'Informed Light' and kept in a grand archive for all
Anna K. Scott
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it

Bulb is a science fiction novel with an unusual premise. It starts with Ben, our main character and first-person viewpoint narrator. Ben is an artist and carer for his conjoined twin brothers, although they’re not normal children. In fact, they are 6’6 seven-year-olds, replicas of Ben’s father. He comes into contact with Mamon, a former colleague of his father, and creator of the Grand Archive. Initially, he believes Mamon is a force for good in the world, and he agrees to do work for him,
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When is reality real? When does the reported fact eclipse the historical event? These are some of the questions explored by this darkly foreboding tale of a dystopic future earth. In its portrayal of the tension between utopic and dystopic views of the same world, it was to me reminiscent of Huxley's Brave New World, and in its chilling grostesqueries of Jeremy Wright's Kaleidoscope, but these resemblances are on the abstract level; Wind's gripping narrative is all his own, and the book is writt ...more
Emma H
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up. Though not my chosen reading genre, the cover drew my attention and I decided to give it a go - and I'm so glad I did. Bradley Wind has created something quite unusual here. It reads like a novel but plays out almost like a film the further you go; quite unputdownable. The characters are well drawn (Ed and Francis in particular - I loved them) and wow, the descriptions... the author has a beautiful way with words. And what an imagination. The t ...more
Ally Swanson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was intriguing, captivating, compelling, and thought-provoking!

I really enjoyed the complex and creative story line filled with lucrative and well-developed plot points!

I liked the main characters, Ben, Susan, Laurel, Lenny, and Ben’s twin brother’s Ed and Francis. Ben is 29 years-old and is raising his 7-year-old twin conjoined brothers on his own. Ben is clearly still damaged and distraught over the car accident and rape that severely injured him emotionally, physically, and mentally
Michael Leon
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Get ready for a glimpse of our ‘tech-morphed’ future. It makes our current world of selfies and social media look positively secretive!

Imagine an immersive new technology, ‘Informed Light’, that infiltrates all areas where light penetrates, allowing entire lives to be visible to all, recorded in every detail on the ‘Grand Archive’, a technological miracle designed by the antagonist, Dr. Mamon. The protagonist, Ben, takes the reader on a personal journey, from his life-changing ‘accident’, to a m
( Format : Audiobook )
"Press the spot to stop the hurting."
Well, that was different.
Sent in a future where there is no privacy, where everything is recorded everywhere, moment by moment, and can be accessed at any time by anyone, a young man, recently estranged from his gjrlfriend, struggles to recover from the accident which took away his father instead leaving him with nightmares. Although urged by his therapist to watch the recordings of the accident, he resists, afraid of what he'd see
Meaghan Hurn
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bradley Wind throws you into a foreign world, with technology, history, assumptions and problems very different from our own. BULB is scifi with mystery. BULB is "Minority Report" meets the "Matrix". BULB doesn't follow your typical scifi-thriller genre and that's what sets it apart.

Get ready for a glimpse into our society's' future. It makes our current world of social media look simple and quaint. The concept of no privacy and people being able to look back on their own life (or yours) is scar
Pat Eroh
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many of us are teetering between paranoia and vigilance over exactly how much of our lives are being recorded by the government and somewhere somebody can watch many of our private moments. While this is fiction, it has such an air of reality to it that it is frightening. That makes this book totally awesome.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kayla Krantz
In the future, everything is accessible via “archives.” These are files of people’s brains that allow outsiders to see into every moment of their life if they wish. Ben doesn’t understand the fascination. He has memories that he would never like to see again. In the midst of coping with his tragic past, he’s recruited by archive scientist Dr. Mamon for a special project. Ben isn’t sure at first, but when he sees the doctor has a secret, a potential dark motive for his new project, he must do wha ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Bulb is an intriguing book- often surrealistic, often off-putting, always interesting. The concept of no privacy and people being able to look back on their own life (or yours) is scary– but altogether believable, which is even scarier. It did take me a bit to get into it (the first few chapters were confusing) but once I got further into the book, I really enjoyed it.

There are very interesting premises here, and the descriptions of the future are intriguing. The author has a gift for language I
Jacob Heiner
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about BULB. It felt like art that I wasn't able to relate to or like a nice meal at a restaurant that serves food from an ethnicity that I didn't have prior exposure to. Maybe I will relate to it later in life or after I try similar things. Regardless, it was well written and had some very good prose.

There is a distinct surreal feeling that I got reading this book. Every time I picked it up and started reading, that feeling was there. The writing is consistent and evokes a
Angel Ballard
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Curious State of Being
Some books are meant to just pass the time. Some are meant to offer thrills and breathless moments of excitement. Some are meant to scare us. Some to make us dream of all the what ifs. But this book stretches the imagination. It forces the reader to think. To envision this world you must be fully engaged. To grasp it, though, the reader must remove all of their filters and open doors to a reality that we all face but don't want to admit or see. In a very abstract way, the
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has all of the science fiction. A floating city, rideable tornados, weird hair/nude fashions, a technology that allows everyone to see what you are doing, a mad crazy scientist, plant things, etc.

I will say that this book could use some polishing up. Maybe some more editing and explanations on what some things are. This was a really fun book and I enjoyed reading it. LOVE the cover art too, it sucks you in.

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC

Sherrie Cronin
In Bulb, Bradley Wind has created an unusual and thought-provoking look into the future. It poses plenty of relevant questions about today and about the choices we’re making.

What I liked best:

1. This is a genuine attempt to describe the future, not a story set in our own world with more rocket ships and robots in the background. The author makes the valid point that if you asked a human from ten thousand years ago to describe the year 2020 they wouldn’t have enough information to even imagine ou
NoNo JoJo
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Explicit content: Rape, sexual encounters, violence, gore, death
Actual rating: 3.25 stars

This novel is hard to describe or review because it's so incredibly weird. As another reviewer said, this isn't just present day plus robots and such - it's a very unique society with a lot of cool tech and a thorough exploration of what life would look like in this sort of setting. At times it almost feels like an alien world. Th
Amy Shannon
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grand Read!

Wind pens an unique story in Bulb. I haven't read anything from this author before, and I liked this story. A dystopian story but not so different from the world we live in now. It's one of those stories that stick with you, making you want to continue. It's a cross between sci-fi and dystopian, with a mixed cast of characters. The main character is Ben, but the story follows more than just his journey and interaction with this futuristic world. Survival and adventure participates in
M.T. DeSantis
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt and follow the Goddess Fish book tour here
The concept behind BULB fascinated me. I’ve seen similar ideas, but the idea of a world where you could literally play back anything from any perspective was a bit terrifying, while still interesting strictly from a theoretical standpoint. Contemplating the science of how that could be made possible makes my head hurt a little. The author made the idea work well.
Micchi Kins
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
While for the most part, I thought the prose was well-written and the premise of this book was interesting, in the end, it just...didn't grab me. Was it unique? Yes. Was it hard to follow? Also yes, and not really in a good way. Dialog felt very stilted, and that was jarring in comparison to the prose itself.

And then, of course, the elephant in the room: sexual assault. It felt like, at the best of times, a cheap plot device. At worst, it served no purpose and could easily have been left out. It
Melissa Levine
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although there were parts that seemed to go over my head (for example, I had a hard time getting into the story at the beginning), overall, I really enjoyed it. The majority of the descriptions were really interesting, beautiful, and/or cool to imagine. I’m not sure if I’ve read or listened to a story with such an idea that everyone could easily find out everyone else’s life with essentially a click of a button. The author did a great job writing this though as he was able to create a new world ...more
Casey White
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Read the full review here!

I received this book for free as an ARC review.

The pros:

Bulb constantly presented unique ideas and unique scenarios. There was a ton of content in this book that made me stop and wonder, and which I’d love to see explored more. It felt enormously different from any book I’ve ever read before.

The prose is extremely descriptive, and Wind has a very strong, very unique voice. While at times I found it a bit much to handle, I think that for the surrealist tone Blub pursued
Bulb was different from any story I've experienced of late and at first was a bit hard for me to get into. After the first few chapters I felt I had a better grip or understanding of what was going on but still for me it was one of those stories you have to have no distractions while reading. Meaning I found out straightaway I couldn't read Bulb with the tv on!

Once I was able to connect with the characters and begin to grasp things better it was a real enjoyable and engaging read. The theory beh
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a a difficult novel to read and follow. It opens with Ben's narration but breaks up into disjointed thoughts and conversations with what I think is a computer. The layout and scrambled thoughts that piece together a chaotic storyline made this an unpleasant experience. Just not my cup of tea.
Jonah Flor
rated it it was amazing
Nov 29, 2019
rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2021
rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2020
Bradley Wind
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bulb
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January
  • Charm Me Again
  • The Red Tent
  • Little Weirds
  • Sophie Washington: My BFF
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Cold Hearth (The Atheling Chronicles #3)
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
  • Fire Building Techniques: For Camping, Bushcraft, and Preppers (Wilderness Survival Skills, #1)
  • The Apple: History's greatest mystery. Mankind's greatest theft.
  • Blood Heritage (Ettison, #1)
  • The Bones (Ettison, #2)
  • Burning Bridges to Light the Way
  • Mrs. Murray's Home: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 3
  • Christmas Horror Volume 1
  • Northshore (The Awakeners, #1)
  • Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery #1)
  • A Deal Was Signed with the Devil, Now It's Time to Pay Up
See similar books…
Bradley Wind was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific visual artist whose work has exhibited in the 20th-century wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

He worked as a toy designer for K'nex Industries, a manager of IT for Pearl S. Buck International and is currently a director of IT for a child-focused non-profit. He raises chickens and two lovely girls with his wife in Chester County

Related Articles

The coming season is a big one for the science fiction and fantasy genres, with the release of some of 2021's most anticipated speculative...
134 likes · 83 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »