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In Stone: A Grotesque Faerie Tale Paperback – November 13, 2012
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About the Author
Most of his work centers on the gay "emerging adult" as he struggles with finding purpose, happiness, and love in a world not quite built for him. He’s also inspired by the fantastic (or what he hopes to be fantastic). Bringing the extraordinary into a rather ordinary world is a theme that he loves to revisit. Besides fiction, he dabbles in essays, screenwriting, and illustration.
He shares an apartment in Manhattan with his best friends and a strange little dog. Read all about it at www.generalfaggotry.com. In Stone is his first novel.
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He shares an apartment in Manhattan with his best friends and a strange little dog. In Stone is his first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
Jeremy is having a pretty bad run of luck. Not six months out of college, he has a degree but no acting jobs, he's depressed, and a little over-exaggerating when it comes to his lonely, sad life. After leaving a New Year's Eve party he is physically assaulted in a hate crime. He is rescued by an unknown man who cleans his wounds and must have taken him home, because he wakes in his own bed. Less than a week later, Jeremy is attacked in a subway tunnel, but saved again by the unknown man. This time, though, Jeremy insists on discovering who he is, only to find out he isn't a man, at all. He's a gargoyle, or a grotesque, as he calls them, for gargoyles are simply drain pipes. Thus began Jeremy's friendship with Garth, the Guardian, and their weekly meetings of getting to know each other.
Garth was born human a very, very long time ago. When his countrymen rose up in rebellion against their king, Garth was forced to go to war, no matter how frightened of it he was. Trying to hide from the enemy soldiers did no good, and, in the end, Garth and the remaining rebels, left barely alive, were branded traitors by the king and his soldiers. When one of the rebels, stupidly, pronounced the king a monster, the king fed them and gave them water.Read more ›
Early on in the book King splits into two story lines which are interconnected by the character of Garth, an immortal being made of stone called a "grotesque." The second storyline takes us back to the origin of Garth, and this part of the story that had me stumbling a little at the beginning. While our main character, Jeremy, lives in the very real, tangible world of New York City, the character of Garth comes from a vague place in time, possibly medieval, where there is a village ruled by a tyrannical, divine and magical King. The underdevelopment of the setting of this part of the story proved troublesome for me. I am the kind of reader who will constantly ask myself questions about the story as I go along, and I tend to rate the book by whether or not I am able to answer those questions when I'm done. The disconnect between the real world NYC and this past world of monarchy and magic left me with some unanswered questions. However, this is not to say that I did not enjoy the plot of this part of the book, which was much more fantastical and fairy-tale like. The fact that story of Garth's history is set in an unknown magical land allows for this part of the book to be truly driven by its magical aspects, which I found to be quite enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is just the start of a very off beat but original saga. Loved it. As a gay man, I especially enjoy a lot of the sub plots (more evident in the second book) but nothing so... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dennis A. Coyle
Fun read. Will probably pick up the next book in the series to see how they connect.Published 5 months ago by Ryan Magnuson
This book was such a fun, great read!! I highly recommend it to anyone that loves the Twilight or Hunger game bookesPublished on August 25, 2013 by Patrice Mendoza
Fine writing. Fresh voice. It was a great read and I'm glad I picked it up. Can't wait for the next book!Published on July 30, 2013 by Rick R.
In Stone teaches young adults and less than young adults too the value of being true to yourself. In Stone showcases the difficulties of growing up feeling different, grotesque,... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by lovelylimor
Yes, I would recommend this book. Jeremy is a very talented young writer. Instone A Grotesque Faerie Tale is full of imagination.Published on December 22, 2012 by clark
Here's how I can tell when I've truly fallen for a book: throughout the next day I will find my mind drifting to the characters, as if I'm wondering what they're doing right now... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Megan Ramsey