Godspeed

Godspeed Jim is a butch bike messenger and speedfreak who is suddenly faced with an ultimatum by her girlfriend clean up or get out Unable to kick her drug habit Jim ends up unemployed and alone so as a newl

  • Title: Godspeed
  • Author: Lynn Breedlove
  • ISBN: 9780312313630
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jim is a butch bike messenger and speedfreak who is suddenly faced with an ultimatum by her girlfriend clean up or get out Unable to kick her drug habit, Jim ends up unemployed and alone, so as a newly hired band roadie, she takes off for New York from San Francisco and starts to finally clean up But even after changing her ways, Jim still finds herself dissatisfied andJim is a butch bike messenger and speedfreak who is suddenly faced with an ultimatum by her girlfriend clean up or get out Unable to kick her drug habit, Jim ends up unemployed and alone, so as a newly hired band roadie, she takes off for New York from San Francisco and starts to finally clean up But even after changing her ways, Jim still finds herself dissatisfied and in desperate search of the ultimate rush.

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    816 thoughts on “Godspeed

    • Very fast fun book. Inside scoop: story is SOMEWHAT based in real life, though very very fictionalized too. For instance, I didn't become a junkie (not with heroin anyway) and Lynn was sober when we were together (the ultimatum was about monogamy). What's beautiful about the book is the recurring motif of "vehicles of travel" as both concept and metaphor - the book asks "what is motion" and "what is stasis" and reinvestigates ideas of "progress" as the main character continually zings and flings [...]


    • i once met someone who claimed that this was his favorite book. i don't get that. this book kind of sucks. it's the story of a speed freak bicycle messenger of indeterminate gender & sexuality, but there's probably a queer element in there somewhere. basically this kid wrecks everything through being a drug addict. romantic relationships, jobs, band, everything, & seems totally unprentant about it, except maybe the protaganist finally kicks drugs in the end or something. it's a classic e [...]


    • Having dealt with more than my fair share of annoying speed addicts, I was a little hesitant to read Godspeed. However, having also spent a lot of time around Tribe-8's music and lots of wonderful, swaggering women over the years, I decided it was worth taking a look. With the personal stuff in mind, I must say that this is the *best* look at methamphetamine abuse and denial behavior I've ever read. In an odd twist, it made me MORE sympathetic to people who suffer from meth abuse and constant de [...]


    • Godspeed is obsessive and poetic. A character study of a speed freak courier who passes as a boy looking for love, belonging and freedom. The hard-edged story flies off the page, and follows Jim in his race to deliver the goods and find god in an arm full of speed or the arms of his girlfriend. He's a transman, she's a stripper and he can't get enough. It's an exhausting read, and it captures the momentum of a movement. Breedlove's punk gender bending style swings from harsh to funny in a heartb [...]


    • I think i wanted to like this a lot more than I actually did. Some of Lynn's prose is great, especially the parts about her falling in love with Ally, but the rest was pretty repetitive. Lots of fights, lots of bike messenger bro talk, lots of drug talk all of which quickly starts to get boring. Also not sure what was up with the constant bringing up of her mother in a sexual context, but that got old really fast. Also, I haven't seen this mentioned in many reviews but there is A LOT of sexual a [...]




    • loved it, couldn't stop reading it. so grateful to finally be reading about grrrls/dykes who are loud, brash and unapologetic.



    • This is a love story like none I have ever read before. It is like the movie "True Romance" on acid.It needs every content warning available and should not be read if anything offends you. It should be read for that reason!On a personal note, this book might not have been the best choice to take to a rehab facility. Oops.


    • Geez. What did I think of this book? This is the filthy gutterpunk account of Jim, a speed freak, unemployable bike messenger, genderfucking dyke-ish person of indeterminate gender and sexuality from the Bay Area (of course) who is forced to choose between the love of her life (a stripper, of course) and drugs (of course). It's totally trashy, escapist literature. I wish I had read it on a plane or a beach in long stretches of time, instead of little bits of lunch breaks and bedtimes. It probabl [...]


    • it's really hard to read this and not think of valencia. crazy gay girls running around getting their hearts broken, drugs, sex workers, san francisco, etc, etc. and i keep going back to valencia in my head and trying to see what i loved there that's not here. i think maybe it's the flow, and the purpose. valencia is possibly just as meandering a book, but seems much more cohesive and smooth. but i'm already a michelle tea fan. and michelle tea is a lynn breedlove fan, or so says my back cover. [...]


    • Godspeed by lynn breedlove is a very san francisco book. Since I live here in sf, it automatically interested me. This book is about a drug addict bike messenger, set mainly here in sf, probably ten (15? 20?) or so years ago, although it doesn't give a time frame. Reading the book reminded me of when I went to see the sister spit thing when their tour came through. I think the factory she visited in providence was even the same one they talked about during their show. Anyway, I liked and didn't [...]


    • This was pretty good. Lynn Breedlove is a member of Tribe 8, which I gather is a lesbian punk band. The book features a butch punk dyke named Jim who is addicted to heroin and in love with a stripper. Oh and she's a bike courier. She was a really cool character, but the writing style seemed like it was trying too obviously hard to be cool. At first I thought it was cool, but then it just seemed wearing. A randon sample:"That's when the orange syringe cap on the street looms godlike. It disappear [...]


    • I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I'm really not a sex-drugs-rock-and-roll type, and this book really is - but other than a few loose ends and sometimes an overheaping of grit, this book was really strong. there was an underlying sweetness to it, and a real honesty about change, confusion, temptation, and ambivalence. some books do a lot of grit for the sake of grit, and lots of violence and lawlessness just smashed over your head in order to feel the smash. other books are really i [...]


    • As a fan of Breedlove's punk band Tribe 8 (they did a killer cover of the 70s rock classic Radar Love) I had to read this book. It is a slice of San Francisco in the 1990s. The punks, the queers, the bike messengers, the meth. (It's kind of weird now that I live in Washington where meth is the drug that all the rural communities get infected with creating all these horrible problems. When I lived in San Francisco meth was what all the hipsters did, kind of like the 1990s answer to coke in the 19 [...]


    • This book is complicated. I've been meaning to buy it since I first picked it up from the library some years ago 'cause I love Godspeed and keep re-reading it, but somehow I've never gotten around to doing it. I think I have a love/hate relationship with this semi-autobiographical novel There are parts I hate so much within it, mostly involving certain unwise decisions by protagonist Jim, and yet I can't help pitying and caring about him/her.I'd recommend the novel if only for the awesome descri [...]


    • Gutterpunk prose. Speed, bikes, kink, genderqueers, butch/femme dynamics, vigilante feminist justice from a masculine perspectiveall I just start singing 'these are a few of my favorite things' now, or shall we wait? A dear friend gifted this book to me with a dear inscription included. My copy has since grown ragged as I think I've re-read it twice now, most recently in an up-till-midnite stretch of a day. There's a lot of layers to this book, and I love the wit, intellect, charm, and cadence o [...]


    • It's interesting to me that so many of the other reviews here say things like "not enough queerness, too many drugs" when it would seem to me that the whole point of the book *is* about the drug use. Sure, Lynnee wants to include les/trans/genderfuck characters, but the gist of what she is getting at are the repercussions of speed addictionxuality/gender are both second-story. Why not enjoy a story that has les/trans/genderfuck main characters, but doesn't focus solely on those themes?For myself [...]


    • This book was fun. I discovered it when I was venturing out alone into shady sections of outer Boston to attend queer performance events. There I was fortunate enough to hear the author read an excerpt from this book before it was even completed. Breedlove is a little crazy. Super high energy, either on speed or hyper-espresso filled, she's a character herself. I'm certain I heard her voice (it's hard to miss) coming over the loudspeaker at Michigan last year complaining that more womyn weren't [...]


    • I picked this book up because it seemed that if I wanted any claim to punk rock dyke-dom it was something I needed to read. I hated the first 50 pages or so, and it was only stubbornness that kept me reading. I've finished a lot of shitty books out of stubbornness, but this time it paid off.Jim's gender resonated a lot with me. The idea of an in-between space, of being a boy who's happy with her body, of being a boy and a dyke at the same time. All of this was wonderful to read. Jim is a complic [...]


    • I started reading this years ago and promptly stopped. I'm a fan of Lynn Breedlove and I'm also a former junky. I suppose I can say the fact that this triggered some very hard feelings so immensely within minutes means that it's well written. Too well for me to have continued with those feelings. After 11 years, not everything hits me like that. I hope to pick it up again another day, with a little more preparation and self care. Especially since, judging by the description, the protagonist does [...]


    • Very brief review I was slightly disappointed in this novel. I was looking forward to some gender roles dissection, some controversial topics, some illuminated insight into transgenderism well, the book held some of those but, in my mind, the interesting bits were drowned in Jim's (the main character)various addictions (drug, alcohol, girls, etc.)I really think I didn't approach this book correctly.


    • i dunno, i usually love recovery books & stuff by navel-gazing punks. i don't think i really dig the san francisco sister spit swagger tho. it's too precious & self-impressed for my taste. oh, & i skimmed enough of the last 100 or so pages to realize the point of the book, & still couldn't bring myself to go back & finish it proper. i'd read enough versions of "i'm so awesome, even when i'm a bastard, i'm so awesome. also, i'm sometimes lame, but i do it awesomely."


    • Well, "it was ok" is exactly it for me. I'm sure this book probably spoke to others but it felt like you had to be on crack to connect with the main character. Not a good before bedtime read to say the least! I guess the part I liked was looking into the life of a SF bike messenger a gay punk girl as the main character? Even better! But the story is very drawn out and I kinda wanted to reach into the book and slap her on the face a fw times.


    • Dykes on bikes. Speed. Love. Heatache. Lynn Breedlove has found another talent besides being the frontwoman for one of the best dyke punk bands around. I saw her at gilman, where she signed my book, she was topless, with a dildo hanging from her pants that she kept slapping me in the face with. I loved that night


    • I started this book really excited to read it. Tribe 8 singer, SF, punk rock--so much potential.I really wanted to like it, but I've tried to read it a couple times, and every time I start & I get bored and can't finish. And I couldn't even describe what I've read in the past--it's all one long drug-haze of downward spiral after another.


    • My partner and I at Killer Banshee Studios recorded the unabridged audio version of this book, and read many versions of it before it went to press.Breedlove captures a real slice of queer culture, of realizations of relationships, and the insider view of San Francisco's bike messenger scene.Support queer art and buy the book.


    • My partner and I at Killer Banshee Studios recorded the unabridged audio version of this book, and read many versions of it before it went to press.Breedlove captures a real slice of queer culture, of realizations of relationships, and the insider view of San Francisco's bike messenger scene.Support queer art and buy the book.


    • like stone butch blues, this book is one i really really REALLY love on so many levels, but that is just not well crafted or constructed. wickedly strong narrative voice, crazy/interesting characters, a no-holds-barred look at a particular queer subculture, but: it reads disorganized and the pacing is effed up.


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