Darker Than You Wrote
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by Mike Resnick
Category: Dark Fantasy
Description: Jacob Bratzinger experienced The Change every night, and every morning hated himself for what he had done. After six months of a gruesome routine that included solitary afternoons at the end of the bar in a local tavern ... he finally decided to tell his story to the bartender...
eBook Publisher: Fictionwise.com, 1996 The Williamson Effect, ed. Roger Zelazny
eBookwise Release Date: November 2002
66 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [11 KB]
Reading time: 3-4 min.
All Other formats: Printing DISABLED, Read-aloud DISABLED
You lied, Jack.
Yeah, I know, you had to change his name to Will Barbee for legal reasons. I have no problem with that. And you embellished a little here and a little there. That's okay; it's what novelists do.
But you know what they say about Karen Blixen's Out of Africa--that every single sentence is true, but the book, taken as a whole, is a lie?
Same thing with Darker Than You Think.
You took Jacob Bratzinger--I'm sorry: Will Barbee; whoever heard of a protagonist called Bratzinger?--and romanticized the hell out of him. Made him some kind of hero. Even gave him a happy ending. You did all that just to make a sale.
Well, let me state just for the record that he wasn't romantic, and he was no hero, and, above all, he didn't end happily.
I know. I was there.
I'm sure shrinks hear a lot of strange stories during their working hours. So do fantasy editors and Hollywood producers, and any tourist who ever tries to walk past a beggar in a Third World city. But let me tell you, nobody hears as much out-and-out unbelievable bullshit as your friendly neighborhood bartender.