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About the Author

Jeremy grew up in South Jersey, where his primary life goal was to become a mermaid. When that proved impossible, he decided that the next best thing would be to move to New York City and study theater at Marymount Manhattan College. He lived an actor’s life for several years before he realized that he’d be more satisfied as a writer. And he was.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602827613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602827615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy grew up in South Jersey, where his primary life goal was to become a mermaid. When that proved impossible, he decided the next best thing would be to move to New York City and study theater at Marymount Manhattan College. He lived an actor's life for several years before he realized he'd be more satisfied as a writer. And he was. Besides fiction, he dabbles in essays, screenwriting, and illustration.

He shares an apartment in Manhattan with his best friends and a strange little dog. In Stone is his first novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christy Loves 2 Read on September 20, 2013
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It has been a long time since I sat down and read a fairy tale. I have always loved them from the Brothers Grimm to the sensationalized tales told by Disney and Warner Brothers. There is a peacefulness to fairy tales, for me, even the ones that are frightening and have a darker story to tell. Although, I will admit, this is the very first time I've read a novel where the author named one of his protagonists after himself. Huh.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookish84 on November 26, 2012
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I wasn't quite sure how I would relate to the main character in this book as I am not a twenty-one year old gay man living in New York City, nor will I ever be. However, it would be a huge mistake to assume that "In Stone" is not accessible to every reader based on this alone. Love of magic? Check. Love of love? Double check. The themes of love and lust in this story are quite refreshing. If you look at some of the most popular fiction that deal with these ideas (magical or no) in the past five years (Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey for example) there seems to be common trends of love being all or nothing, all consuming, and finite. Jeremy Jordan King is able to portray many different forms of love without relying heavily on the ever popular love triangle device where someone is ultimately left heartbroken and alone. Instead, he paints a picture of how love can grow and change over time (even centuries for that matter!) and how our relationships scaffold who we will become. These realistic ideas help to ground a book that is based in fantasy and make it relatable to any reader who likes some magic mixed into their romance.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sss215 on January 12, 2013
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After reading In Stone, I had to take a few days to really digest the story and think about what kind of experience it provided for me as a reader. Being that I live in New York City, which is were the story takes place, I was naturally pleased by the references to life as a gay twenty-something living in NYC. I found King's portrayal of this to be totally spot on, which allowed for me to really immerse myself into the parts of the story which took place there.

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.
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I really like the overall concept of the story line and will probably read the next book in the series. At times, the dialog got very confusing and it was hard to follow which charatcter was speaking and then towards the end, the story like seemed like it got a little jumbled.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hydraken on November 13, 2012
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In Stone is a Young Adult novel and the first novel by author Jeremy Jordan King. It lives up to its by-line as "A Grotesque Faerie Tale". Not only does it follow the story of a Grotesque (another word for a Gargoyle), it follows the grotesque feelings of a neurotic 20-something year old New Yorker. The protagonist (who shares his name with the author) bounces around from over-confident to overwhelmed to totally incapable. Jeremy constantly needs but rejects protection and love as he is dragged through an exciting adventure packed with unexpected and unusual challenges. The story kicks off when Jeremy is gay bashed in Chelsea by an unidentified assailant and saved by a mysterious guardian. Jeremy decides to hide what has happened to him from his friends, feeling ashamed that he was the victim of a hate crime. But his secret guardian has to make another appearance sooner than expected.

King employs highly dramatic language to tell this dense contemporary fairy tale of self discovery, affection and magic. The character Jeremy speaks and thinks in hyperbole. He's a very dramatic young kid which at times can be a touch frustrating, but also provides a level of humor to this macabre tale. The story, which takes place in 2009 and also a few hundred years earlier, is decorated with fantastical events and characters including witches, vampires, stone creatures, ghosts, speaking trees and evil royalty. But underneath the enchanted facade King probes at some fascinating questions about love and form. How does the body of the person you love affect the way you love them? Or whether in fact you can love them at all. In Stone is a multi-faceted tale with plenty of ideas to dwell on long after reading has finished.
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