Image of Emeralds and Chocolate
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
It took me a while to consider reading this book. The idea of it being a love story and a "black twist" to the modern day Twilight was enough to turn me off. After a trusting friend recommended that I read it, I took a chance and didn't regret it. I finished the book in a day. It was definitely not what I had expected. It was not just a sappy love story, it was a compelling account about a young college student and the aspects of what it is to be a student. This novel was loving, passionate, hilarious and if anything a damn good read. I love the way the novel changed perspectives and provided more than one type of literature. The short story alone was enough to hold my interest and it did not conflict with the present tense of the main character. I applaud K. Murray Johnson for making a novel that I will recommend to anyone who loves a simple, interesting read. I am looking forward to this novel being transformed into a series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2012
This book is stellar! I have not immersed myself into a book for some time. It takes you through so many emotions! A tastefully erotic story of love and self discovery that leaves the reader wanting MORE!!! Friendship, sex, trust, betrayal, grief, guilt and most importantly.......LOVE. The writer captures all of these elements and delivers them to your soul!!! My only regret about reading this book is having read it too quickly!! A must have in any open-minded reader's collection! Awaiting the next novel!!! Thank you Mr. Johnson!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
I must honestly say, that as one who works in the government arena and inudated with reading document after document after document day in and day out, reading for leisurely pleasures is not something I indulge myself in often. And so I purchased the book initially to support of a new acquaintance and furthering the genre of African-American literature.

But then it happened...I opened the pages of the book and couldn't get enough. It was almost as though I was entranced in a state of curiostity that kept me turning the pages. Mr. Johnson, has definitely discovered a niche that is sure to keep his readers captivated for years to come. His ability to penetrate the mental sensory perceptions by incorporating significant points of reference in the timeline of African-Americans' cultural struggles, developments and successes transports the reader to the very moment in time, invoking within the reader the emotional sentiment, turmoil, jubilation, passion and longings of the characters.

Everything about Image of Emeralds and Chocolate screams best seller. K. Murry's choice in his approach to storytelling is wickedly phenomenal. A pivotal blend of narrative, with poetry, short story, lessons in history, unbridled passion and descritpions so vivid, that you can envisions the scenes coming to life off the pages, is the the fuel that's driving this fire of literary masterpiece. Given the stereotypical image of vampires impressed upon us by mainstream media and Hollywood, drencehd in gory bloodbaths and desensitized emotions, Johnson presents a these misunderstood creatures in a sensible mortal light, who like humans are subject to the same pangs of life that give way to their own vulnerabilities.

I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to this first installment..a series is definitely in the making, as there is so much to be desired in a piece of literature like this. Particularly the untold stories of friends and the illusions of comfort among straight and homosexual friends..almost too much comfort. HMMM. It's definitely a great read! Once you've been bitten one page one, you won't be able to put it down until you drain the suspense from your mind 300 pages later. My hat's off to the dynamic duo, KMJ and KOF for privileging the masses to such a remarkable and tantalizing read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
When I first heard of this book I thought it was just going to be a cash in on the Twilight craze except black and gay. However, once I started reading it I was blown away! It's like a coming of age tale with a twist so rare today. It had a lot of story telling techniques that were used in interesting ways. The story within the story was absolutely engrossing that I couldn't put it down. When the story focused on youthful drama it was entertaining but when it wanted to be horrific, it was chilling. I cannot recommend the book enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
It's hard to believe this is K. Murry Johnson's first novel! I was amazed at the vivid imagery and the care with which the characters and their narratives were constructed. The weaving together of two such complex and exciting stories is AMAZING. Upon reading the first few lines of the first chapter, I felt transported into a different and exciting world; eager to read what would happen next. I was so engrossed in the tale; it felt as though I was watching a movie. One of the things I like most about the book is the telling of the Eric's coming of age. It was refreshing to have a Black gay love story not predicated on deceit or the expense of being authentic. The book has the power to push readers past the idea of gay love in literature as a spectacle or tell all drama.

In addition to the depth, the book also provides MUCH passion. Eric and Marquis' love scenes leap off the page with such fire, that you may want to read those sections of the book in the privacy of your bedroom, lol. Last but not least, if you love a good vampire story, you will not be disappointed! Isn't it about time that we have a vampire saga that doesn't involve a helpless white girl? LOL! To travel from the bright expanse of first love to a dark and forbidden supernatural world was an incredible, emotional journey. One that I will not soon forget, and I hope to take again! This book is a masterpiece, bring on the sequel!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
My book club just finish the book! We loved the book from beginning to the end. We also got a chance to (Skype) talk to the author and he informed us that their will be a sequel... Please support this author, he is sooooo great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
Mr. Johnson has created something extraordinary. I cannot say enough about this novel! I've never read anything like it! His ability to intertwine love, sexuality, self discovery, history, and the paranormal is amazing. It certainly is a page-turner. I can't wait for the sequel. There has to be one!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
This is a book that keeps you turning the pages wondering what is going to happen next. It is very well written and I enjoyed having the different genres of writting styles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
This book was suggested to me while I was visiting a friend in Atlanta this past summer. I downloaded the e-book version shortly and found myself eager to read each chapter. The author did an excellent job of incorporating the short story and the poems into the book (both were excellent themselves). The only regret was when I turned the last page of the book. I can't wait until the next one and I hope to see some of my favorite characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
I met K. Murry Johnson and Khadish Franklin at the 2012 Rainbow Book Fair at the LGBT Community Center in New York last year when I purchased IMAGE OF EMERALDS AND CHOCOLATE. I was intrigued because it fused Black gay and vampire literary genres. That was unheard of in literature. Black lesbian author Jewelle Gomez did with THE GILDA STORIES but it dealt with Black feminist lesbian narration with vampirism. K. Murry took it to a new level. We all became acquainted. It did not hit me that K. Murry was the same guy who spoke about writing a book at an E. Lynn Harris memorial celebration at the Brooklyn Public Library back in 2009 or 2010. I bought the book and promised it was going to be one of my summer reads for 2012. I did not get a chance to read it until now. The novel truly turned my libido on with the scenes of Eric taking a look on his best friend Sean's large endowment. I could identify with Eric's struggles with weight and body image and his inability to find love as a Black gay male. He found love unexpectedly with his Advanced Creative Writing classmate, Marquis LeBlanc. I did not know what to expect, so as I kept reading, I was in awe in the parallel worlds of Eric and Marquis in New Orleans during the 2000s and the slave tale of Emanuel during the 1800s. I am a history major and it made me proud to read about slavery in New Orleans. The novel was a refreshing revelation in all aspects. It even gave glimpses of homosexuality back then in the lives of the slaveholders and the lives of the slaves. The role of gayness during slavery is not fully documented, controversial, and debatable, but K. Murry really made it vivid for those curious about the era and the societal attitudes towards it. The book left a few loose ends: is Sean really on the down low? Will Eric's parents ever learn about their son's sexuality? I can see a sequel to this. Nevertheless, I would recommend this to anyone who loves Black gay and vampire literary genres.
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