Bulb by Bradley Wind

Bulb by Bradley Wind
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Full Length (360 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

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.
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Is a world where there is far less ego, little crime, and even the smallest moments are recorded and available publicly through the ‘Grand Archive’ a Utopia or a Dystopia? Traumatized by memories he does not want to recall, artist Ben Tinthawin is recruited by the enigmatic, Grand Archive creator Dr. Mamon, who seeks help for his nextgen designs to enhance the world. Ben stumbles across a secret revealing the doctor’s true scheme in all its surreal splendor and questions whether the doctor really is the benevolent soul he claims to be.As the paths of a broken man and a brilliant revolutionary cross, the world shifts and cracks start to appear. Even our most fundamental codes can be encrypted – or corrupted. If the wrong information is discovered, more than Ben’s life will be in danger of total shut down.

Prepare yourself for full exposure.

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 quite appreciate. There was some disjointedness in the actions, which lends itself to the surrealistic qualities. Definitely a book I want to go back and revisit.

I’m intrigued by the Faux Life Movement, where people rebel against the society as it is and have the ability to stay “off grid” in a way by finding a way to conceal their real identity and take on fake identities. It reminds me a bit of the book people in Farenheit 451 who have their own way of rebelling against the banning of books.

This is not a book one can skim through, but I think it is definitely worth the time to read it. If you aren’t put off by a book that goes off in tangents and isn’t strictly linear, give this book a try. Beware, it’s not a book to read and watch television at the same time… it’s a book that demands your full attention…but it’s so worth it in the end. Thanks, Mr. Wind. I’ll be looking out for more of your work.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says

    I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work

  3. So happy to be supported here on Long and Short Reviews!! Thanks for your time, Rose. I really appreciate it and know my writing can have a magnetic quality (attract and repel potential) I have always been a fan of books that force one to pay attention. I also love a good summer beach read but I’m not sure my style lends itself to that. Without a doubt there are disturbing passages, written with the intent of opening your eyes to a world where Everything can be witnessed, anything can be pulled up and watched again in the Grand Archive. There is an afterword with a non-fiction story related to BULB in which I request readers share their stories. Synchronicity plays a large part in the novel also. If you have a story to share please do. Thanks again!!

  4. Victoria Alexander says

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  5. Sounds like a good book.

  6. Gwendolyn Jordan says

    I like the cover

  7. Hi Everyone! Just wanted to thank Rose for her lovely review. BULB was designed to challenge you to some degree. I hope it’s also entertaining! I tried to do that too. Surreal is a good descriptor. I definitely see our times and where we are headed as being increidbly surreal. Have you tried some of these face swapping apps? There’s a fun one called Doublicat. The shocking aspects were done with a purpose – what would you choose to portray in a world where everything is available for review? I tried to touch many aspects but kept it as personal as possible. There is an Afterword in which I request those who have stories to share to please email them to me. There is a Coincidence thread woven in this novel and I’m interested in how these stories may have affected you, if you’ve had one. Anyway, really appreciate Rose and all those at Long and Short reviews for their support. Best wishes, -=Bradley

  8. Bea LaRocca says

    Congratulations on this nice review! This sounds like a really unique and interesting read. Thank you for sharing your book and author details

  9. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  10. bernie wallace says

    This book sounds like it would be fun to read.

    • Bradley Wind says

      Bernie, I would love it if you did. Possibly this review from Amazon can entice you further: T. Ormiston-smith – 5.0 out of 5 stars
      A quite unputdownable read, which I should not be surprised to see becomes a cult classic.
      Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
      Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
      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 written in a marvellously idiosyncratic way, with its seamless blend of dream sequences, letters, journal entries and direct narrative. It’s an ambitious project, but brilliantly successful.
      As with all good novels, there’s nothing flat about it; flashes of humour and humanity illumine the darkness of the overall work as lightning throws the night sky into sharp relief. We are left at the end unsure of whether we are still reading waking narrative, or whether the early foreshadowing of the protagonist’s recurring monster dreams has returned to occupy his waking mind.
      A quite unputdownable read, which I should not be surprised to see becomes a cult classic.

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