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By The Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends Paperback – 6 Dec 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Swallowdown Press (6 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929057
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,753,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Short version, I really liked this book. It was weird and I don't really get it, but the writing is gorgeous and the characters are strangely likable, even though they're not very nice. The very ending . . . nope, didn't get it. Hopefully somebody really really smart will review this in little words I can understand, then maybe it will all make sense.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked little Hellraiser puzzlebox of a debut novel 10 Jan. 2011
By Rob Vollmar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Impressive debut novel. It's a difficult feat to write something so economical in language and yet so rich in symbols. This book is not for the easily offended but Osborne uses this tapestry of the extremity of human misery and depravity to tell an important story about the things that really matter once human dignity and social niceties have been stripped violently away. I am convinced that I could read this book fifteen more times and find some new layer hidden within its many clever layers everytime.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most engaging horror story I've read in years 31 Dec. 2010
By 2tonkitten - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book will get inside your head. I promise. JDO's synthesis of brutally concise prose, bizarre mystical imagery, and serpentine plot twists that somehow reverse expectations without feeling gimmicky shows a remarkable level of craft. Osborne's well-researched expositional details of day-to-day life in a Russian prison are juxtaposed against arcane metaphor and transcendental symbolism evoking a sense of unearthly anxiety in the reader. The first half of the book consists of 27 surreal vignettes that introduce you to the savage world inside the walls of the camp. Characters and crucial plot points are bluntly presented without giving away too much context too quickly. The second half of the book contains only two chapters. JDO slows the narrative down to a crawl and you quickly realize that your presumptions about the nature of the story and characters have been wide of the mark. This book begs for a second reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST FINISHED. READING AGAIN. 24 Jan. 2011
By Jose Quintero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
J. David Osbourne's BY THE TIME WE LEAVE HERE, WE'LL BE FRIENDS is one of those rare stories that follows you long after you've finished reading. A nightmare inducing tale set in one of the most surreal and chilling locations you'll ever find, it'll leave you wondering how you got there, what your next move will be, and, most importantly, how you'll ever manage to get the hell out. Opium fevers, black magic, strange customs and guards that piss on you while laughing, Osbourne has created a stunning debut that leaves you demanding more. Click BUY, grab your coat and get ready to have your balls shoved into your stomach. BY THE TIME WE LEAVE HERE, WE'LL BE FRIENDS is full of monsters just itching to get out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard time in Siberia 14 Jun. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Set on the insides of a Siberian gulag, Osborne's debut novel is something beyond dark and gritty. It's a tense story of grizzled villains and gruesome horror, set in a deadly void where the depravity knows no bounds. The protagonist is Alek Karriker, a former prisoner given guard duty, and there's something seriously wrong with his neck. He and the rest of the people living in this prison are all doing their best just to survive, and while Karriker is tough as nails, he too might break under the pressure.

The other prisoners hate Karriker for accepting the promotion, so they plan to kill him. They also plan to kill the guards, and they're not too kind to their fellow prisoners either. Then there's the prison's nurse, performing sadistic treatments on the half-dead patients living in her clinic. The other guards are slowly going crazy themselves, becoming either hostile or depressed. The gulag is a hard place, and everyone has to endure physical and moral tortures just to keep living. It's brutally cold, there's little food, and absolutely no salvation in sight. The only chance is to escape, the logistics of which demand actions even more disgraceful.

All of this tension is beautifully strung along by Osborne. He has a minimalist style that puts across the simplest and harshest realities like stabs from a prison shiv. Everyone is just a few seconds away from biting at the nearest throat, but there's also gruesome body horror to be had, as well as strange and surreal opium trips. The ending is a strange twist, but I thought that it called back to the earlier sequences of Karriker's surreal nightmares. For fans of horror, history, or just plain unsettling weirdness, this story will stick with you long after you put it down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars By The Time I Left, I Was Confused 1 May 2012
By Sarah A. Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll start by saying that the Russian prison setting of this book is realistic and great. The prose is engaging and the characters, while not particularly likable, are intriguing. That said, most of this book is a dream and drug infused build up to a bizarre ending that sneaks up out of the blue. In short, I just didn't get it. Perhaps the author is too subtle or I'm too darn dense. Either way, by the time I left, I was disappointed.
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