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If I Go It Will Be Double is an Urban Fantasy story by ML Lanzillotta.

Set in the 1970s, it's about a drug-addicted party girl named Laura "Laurie" Trent. She lives with a sleazy but alluring man known only as the “Boss" and his peculiar hanger-ons. Behind the secluded walls of his strange mansion, Laura pines for hard drugs (her first love), misses her old friend, forges an unlikely alliance, and falls in love with the boy of her dreams. But will she lose everything when she and her beloved escape the confines of the castle and find themselves on the run from a multitude of dangerous and enigmatic enemies? Nothing is what it seems and everyone has their secrets in this sci-fi/thriller-meets-addiction portrait-meets-road trip romance.

Yeah. If I Go It Will Be Double sure is strange. You can read it here [1].


This book contains examples of:

  • Addiction Displacement: The mysterious anti-craving potion Laura drinks to combat her heroin addiction counts, kind of. It's basically sci-fi methadone.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Referenced by Laura when she first meets Sam's (German-speaking) family. He denies this, though.
  • Ascended Fanfic: If I Go It Will Be Double's plot seems suspiciously reminiscent of the author's The Rocky Horror Picture Show fanfic, Life (Not) at the Frankenstein Place. In some ways, the book's an improved version of the fanfic. Irrelevant scenes and confusing plot points found in the latter aren't present in the former.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Auntie Emma and Uncle Henrik often speak German. Much of it's incorrect, though. The author seems to have used Google Translate.
  • Catchphrase: Herr Braune often says "Great Scott"... just like the similarly-named time traveler.
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  • Costume Porn: Laura spends quite a bit of time describing her (sometimes clownish) outfits.
  • Cool Old Lady: Granny, Laura's wonderfully badass grandmother.
  • The Fair Folk: An army of evil, well-armed fairies pursue Laura and her friends for most of the story. The Boss might also count.
  • The Flapper: What Granny used to be, in her youth.
  • The Ghost: Though she never actually shows up, Laura's ex-roommate Mary is mentioned rather often in the narration. Laura might've had a crush on her.
  • Gratuitous German: See Bilingual Bonus, above.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Laura often daydreams about her old reform school roommate, Mary. Apparently they were extremely, ah, close.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Herr Braune aka Mr. Bradshaw turns out to be Sam's real father.
  • Mad Scientist: Cook's an especially benign example. Uncle Henrik might be one, too.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Laura's incredibly well-read and pretty brave.
  • Reference Overdosed: Well, it was written by ML Lanzillotta. That's sort of expected.
  • Robot Buddy: The sweet, silvery nonHAL-asimov-42 model android, Robby clearly counts.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Laurie's sister Agnes apparently gave birth to a son in high school.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Laurie just might be this.