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A Constant Suicide Paperback – May 15, 2007

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About the Author

Award-winning journalist and author Brian Krans lives and works in the Midwest. A Constant Suicide is his first novel. Like his characters, Krans' experience at college was filled with many hours in party houses and even longer hours catching up in the library afterward. It was the hectic lifestyle of a student-partier and other forces that sent Krans into a state of depression that ended in a suicide attempt his junior year, only to be rescued by his roommate and cousin. In November 2006, in conjunction with the Q-C November Novelists, Krans expanded a short story he wrote at Winona State University into A Constant Suicide. Between a full-time job as a newspaper reporter, a weekend job as a bartender and volunteering with teenage kids, Krans wrote this part-fiction, part-memoir of his college experience. He is twenty-five years old.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Rock Town Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979372607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979372605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I got this book off a list from Yahoo answers of 'books that are like fight club' - thought I'd give this one a try.

I found that it started with the philosophy of the antagonist being pushed into every other character however I found the last 3 quarters of the book very good.
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it in two sittings and could not stop reading. The characters are like real people I have met and the story definitely helped me cope with the realities of death. WORTH THE BUY!
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Brian Krans has a gift for painting vivid memories of a college freshman looking to shed his geeky high school self. Chris, the first reference of the book, knows college is his chance to start over ... to do everything that he didn't accomplish in high school. He has a chance to be someone.

Flipping between past, present, and journal entries, Krans hooks readers with a mystery ... why Chris' best friend and roommate killed himself. Then Krans leads readers on an adventure on how Chris and Ethan met and what kind of trouble they seemed to run into.

Krans' strength is painting the vivid and all-too-real college experience ... from meeting a cute girl to his first college party to his first sexual experience to hanging out with Ethan and the First Prentiss guys. Not only do readers get a glimpse of college life from a guy's point of view, but can believe the tales. I found myself laughing out loud several times at Chris' dialogue ("Chris will puke.")

The one weakness I had was the journal entries were a little long, mundane, and a little abstract. OK, I have another weakness ... the shortness of the book. I would have loved to read more characters and tales from college.

Overall, the book was a good read, where I needed to know why Ethan killed himself. Krans tells a good story with humour, insightfulness, and truth. I look forward to his second novel.
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By saisaac on December 5, 2007
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How on earth can you condemn this novel? I love it. It is a really great work and I very much love the word usage and imagery throughout. I found the looking hindsight style of the novel to be very interesting and engaging. I was always wondering what really happened. The novel reads like a memoir and do not doubt that the author's own personal experiences helped to shape this work.
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