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The Pinned Castle [Kindle Edition]

Jim Dravec
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Evan Juric, the antihero of Jim Dravec’s debut novel The Pinned Castle, is the embodiment of the anxiety and frustration all unrecognized geniuses face trying to get through life. Germaphobic, apathetic, and hilariously cynical, Evan is working through his senior year at a typical public university in central Ohio, trying to make it as a writer while struggling to find love and meaning in a world of trite modern literature, inane reality television, and, of great annoyance to Evan, white males in backwards white hats. The story, told in Evan’s unique voice, follows his interactions with three women: Michelle, his live-in girlfriend who is more focused on her school and career than on Evan, Alice, a classmate who starts giving Evan the attention he is missing at home, and Lynn, Evan’s first love, who has come back into his life and is complicating everything.

Product Details

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WEP17K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book. January 16, 2012
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This was really a fantastic book. Jim did a fantastic job of making you, the reader, understand deeply who Evan (the main character) really was. I found the characters complex and with depth.

I found Evans view of the world brought to light many of the obvious problems with the world, whist bringing to light the human condition though the ways in which he thought about said problems.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to think, laugh, and not get work done at their job because they cant put down a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Debut Novel January 16, 2012
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I'm so glad I came across Jim Dravec's promo video for this book on YouTube.
I cannot believe this is Dravec's debut novel. His sardonic style and attention to detail give the impression of an author who has been writing for years. He's so meticulous in describing the scenes and characters. It makes transporting yourself into Evan's world effortless. The protagonist, Evan, hates in a hilariously intelligent manner. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through not only his attempts to find love, but in his interactions as he becomes at peace with himself.
It's an addictive story that evokes laughter and tears, happiness and sadness. A great read at a steal of a price (I would have gladly paid $10 for this book).
Dravec's dark humor is something I want in my life again. I'm anxiously awaiting his next release.
Until then, I'll have to settle for joyfully rereading The Pinned Castle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful! April 5, 2013
By Richard
Everyone should read this book. It's beauty is beyond words. I've never felt such emotion for a character. Jim Dravec is on his way to stardom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to get you back to the roots of ... April 16, 2015
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It's refreshing to read a book with characters you can connect with. You can tell that the author clearly cares about writing, he writes carefully, but with a certain vigor. Definitely worth a read. A good book to get you back to the roots of writing about real human emotions and life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Congrats Jim Dravec! February 18, 2014
Jim does an excellent job at painting a portrait of a life filled with black, gray, and browns, Evan's view of the world is much like his life in general, bland with a touch of pseudo excitement here and there. Very solid characters reflecting the mediocrity of modern life helps you to draw personal comparisons. A solid read over all. The things that I didn't like about the book have more to do with personal tastes than they have to do with weather or not the book is "Good". I think it would be a great way for someone to spend their Saturday afternoon pick up the Pinned Castle.
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