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Bang to Begin

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Reality is Relative.

There is no such thing as universal truth.

But lies are always lies.

From auctions to assassinations, from cosmos to subconscious mind, the roots feeding into these short stories start fine, but thicken and tangle as they grow deeper.

Follow these wayward souls through their darkest moments, each beginning with a bang and each trying desperately to avoid e
Kindle Edition, 169 pages
Published May 22nd 2020
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Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the strangest and most remarkable books I’ve ever read. Disparate episodes, which the author calls ‘short stories’, are linked by tantalising hints which increasingly mesh and unfold into a coherent whole. Few would attempt, in a short novel, to tell a story involving humans and other entities across multiple times and universes, which can also be read as an allegory of the conflicts within the psyche itself, but Weyman succeeds.

The writing is excellent, a crisp, concise style moving the
Cassondra Windwalker
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bang to Begin is best described as a book for writers, not readers. The language is lovely and tightly controlled, perfectly executed. Natural distance between the many narrators and the reader is first introduced by the use of present tense and further amplified by the constantly shifting identities of the first-person narration. You won't forget yourself in this read, because you'll need to exercise perfect discipline to keep track of who is talking and where they are. The author shifts effort ...more
Eva Alton
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I had ever read a book like this. It is... different. Also, quite disturbing in a way. It does make you think, and for me, some of the stories were more terrifying than many horror books I've read (this is not a horror book, but the tales can be unsettling, starting with the very first story about a hair-raising auction of... ok, read it and find out). I liked the writing style and the stories are somehow interwoven. An interesting read for sure. ...more
Susana Imaginário
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cloud Atlas meets Black Mirror

I was given a free audible code by the author in exchange for an honest review and had no idea what to expect (one shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, after all). I have to admit; I was not prepared for this.
What immediately caught my attention was the writing. It's not just good, it's extraordinary. First person present is my favourite perspective, but few writers manage to get it right. Weyman does. His writing is witty, sharp and concise. There's never a d
Elizabeth Holland
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A roller-coaster of strange going-ons. The author successfully writes some spine chilling stories to get you thinking. I found a few parts a little disturbing (I'm a huge wimp) and yet I couldn't bring myself to put the book down. If you're looking for something to get you thinking and to thrill you then this book is for you!

I failed to read the synopsis before diving into the book and didn't realise that it was a series of short stories. Therefore, I found the beginning rather confusing! An er
Diana G Miller
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking Willy Wonka boat ride

The author’s bio states his goal is to make you go “what the hell was that all about”? and in this, he certainly succeeded. This is not a book or a story; rather a collection of instances and thoughts constructed to engage critical thinking. There was a few grammatical errors, though it is possible they serve to make the reading as jarring as the scenes his characters find themselves in. Definitely have not read anything like this before.
Niranjana Selvakumar
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Bang to Begin is an amazing book with one of the best plot lines I've ever read. Though the story didn't seem to make sense in the beginning, everything was brought into a great flow towards the end. I would gladly read it over to make note of things I've missed the first time. I admire the author's brilliant writing skills and the way the story progressed. It was a great read and a good page-turner. I would gladly recommend this book to every suspense/thriller/horror book l
Elizabeth Eckstein
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It blew my mind in the most delicious way

This was the first book of Metaphysical Fiction I have read. I was not prepared for what awaited me. Bang to Begin takes the reader on a mind-expanding journey. What first appears as a series of short stories subtly weave together to form an intricate tale transcending time and space and comes to a powerful conclusion. Strong and punchy, Weyman’s writing makes for a visceral, immersive and thoroughly happening read. The reader is drawn into scenes of raw
Caytlyn Brooke
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a rollercoaster!
First of, I have to say, I was blown away by the first chapter! My jaw literally hit the floor! A very creative and haphazard read that makes you feel as if you're thrust into one dream after the next. I did find it a bit hard to follow at times because the stories and characters weren't congruent, however, the writing style really made me feel as if I awoke in the middle of a crazy dream sequence and when I finally found my footing, the rug was pulled out from under me. A v
Sharon Clark
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and deliciously disturbing!

I have been a fan of Jethro Weyman's prose since reading the first page. There are many reasons to fall in love with this book, but for me, it's all about the graceful way Jethro weaves his words. Don't get me wrong, I love the dark themes and the horrific situations the characters find themselves in, but I am in awe of Jethro's descriptions and the unique cadence of his prose.

There are some chapters that feel like the imaginings of a fever dream a
Jana Jenkins
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this collection of short stories feels a bit like walking down a dark and twisty road.

These stories have an almost Inception-like feel to them and will have you constantly questioning what is going on and where they’re going next...though these answers are left open to interpretation.

Jethro Weyman has a beautiful writing style that feels very poetic at times. His sentences are deep and rich, and often pack a lot of punch. I found myself re-reading them at times to make sure I fully und
Kim D Llyron
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely worth reading

This story line doesn’t fit into one genre comfortably. It obliterates definition by crossing between, thriller, mystery, si-fi and horror. Some might even find it psychologically disturbing what will be found is something totally new.
Are we limited by gravity, substance, experience, memory, fate, necessity, purpose? Although death and destruction is a constant, within the context, you can still relate to the characters if only assisted by a woven ribbon of a protective
S.T. Hills
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very well written and an interesting way of weaving stories together. Use of different genres of which I preffered the crime/thriller ones. Sometimes I had trouble getting my head wrapped around it, but I couldn't stop reading. ...more
Perry Wolfecastle
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bang to Begin is an excellent collection of short stories that effortlessly build into a much larger overarching piece of fiction. Weyman is a master of the concise, yet meaningful and descriptive narrative flow. Every time a story bounces into a new genre it feels natural and the stories remain tight. Each has a purpose, even if the reader can never quite figure out what that purpose is until much later in the collection. Each story is good on its own, but together is where they really shine.

The 3rd One
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing short of phenomenal!

Weyman creates a world and drowns you in it with his fabulous and gripping narration and mind twisting tales!
I downloaded this book while the free e-book promotion was on. It sat in my library for too long and finally I decides to read it. Bang! I didn't understand a thing in first few chapters. But...
My habit of not putting down a book even if it's unreadable came to my aid here. And I'm so glad I read this one. You won't find an equally awesome book. Just go and
L DeLong
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this short story collection, Jethro Weyman takes us on a journey through the darkness in us all. Each story stands alone, though many sections deal with auctions, some a mindful search, and the few remaining are tied together with an underlying theme.

This book is an exploration of genres. It exhibits the author’s ability to write in multiple tones and points of view. I recommend this book to readers of fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, and many more. There is a chapter for everyone in this
Phil Wilby
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully ambitious novel

A collection of short stories and so much more.

This is a wonderfully ambitious novel and the fact that it comes in at under 170 pages means that every page is exploding with ideas, finely executed. There's no filler to be found here.

The themes and genres covered are various - crime, horror, sci fi, fantasy, metaphysical, ethereal. It will make your head hurt and will also make you think, like any good book should.

As you think, you will notice the seemingly separate
Edward Fuller
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
A Stream of Consciousness, Action, and Chaos.

Bang to begin has flourishes of rich imagery, nonstop action, and reads like a volcanic explosion in reverse. I was thrown into confusion at the outset of this book, but the disparate parts crept back to a unified whole by the ending.
Sara Kjeldsen
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A unique read

I was drawn in from the beginning of this dreamlike book that takes some scary twists and turns and at times makes you wonder what's happening. I like how the concepts blend together as the book progresses.
D.H. Schleicher
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jethro Weyman’s Bang to Begin certainly begins with a bang. The opening episode is dark, disturbing, wickedly clever and sucked me in. Much of what follows had me thinking, “What the hell is going on?” I’m still not sure if this was a series of loosely related short stories or a really disjointed train-of-thought novel. Honestly it doesn’t matter. Weyman has a way about him, and I really enjoyed his “I never met a metaphor I didn’t like” style – some of them oddly poetic while others raucously o ...more
D. Coney
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bang. My head just exploded.

You know those articles titled "Ones to Watch?", well, Jethro is the content of such articles. This is the first book I've read of his, and despite the topics not being to my usual taste, I was hooked to read more (even if I had to grimace and take a breath here or there).

As a literary piece, it really is explosive. The description, the language, the prose, just the way it's written is captivating and provoking.

I am definitely left thinking, "wtf just happened" but i
Cole Martyn
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow - my head exploded whilst reading this one. This has to be one of the most original and unpredictable books I’ve come across in some time. It comes highly recommended, mainly because I’ve never read anything quite like it, so hats off to the author for his originality and bold storytelling.

Other reviewers have done a far more competent job than I can of summarising the plot, but it is essentially a series of short stories that transcend time and space. There aren’t many books that begin with
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