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Butterfly Potion by Trent Zelazny
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Jul 25, 2012

it was amazing

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 they stumble into because Zelazny makes it impossible not to believe. You don’t so much read Butterfly Potion as you experience it. The page evaporates somewhere within the first paragraph along with any sense that you are actually reading something someone wrote. Zelazny is that good.

People used to joke that Stephen King could publish his grocery list and people would buy it—the same will be true of Zelazny if he keeps this up. Bravo.
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