10 A BOOT STOMPING 20 A HUMAN FACE 30 GOTO 10

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Sometimes called simply A Boot Stomping a Human Face Forever. A non-winning entry in 2009's 3-Day Novel contest, picked up by Australian publisher Legume Man Books and released in April 2010. Jess Gulbranson's second trope-conscious novel.

The name comes from the computer programming language BASIC, in which it originally required each line to start with a number. The term "GOTO 10" will go back to the line starting with the number 10, which, since there is no way to break out of the loop, would continue forever. It quotes George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Short and sweet, the story concerns a music-fixated young man's discovery of a bizarre gift/curse, and his involvement with the parties that would like to exploit it. Buy it here.

Tropes used in 10 A BOOT STOMPING 20 A HUMAN FACE 30 GOTO 10 include: