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Minor King Paperback – January 9, 2015
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About the Author
Jim Mitchem is a copywriter who found his way into advertising via a dirt path on the outskirts of society. Born with no obvious talent, Jim began writing at a young age as a way to lasso the stories that ran circles in his mind. Dismissed as folly when he shared them, he gave up writing for drinking at the age of 17. After a stint in the USAF, and armed only with a pen and looseleaf paper bound by elastic, Jim meandered through the US until he awoke in a gutter in New York City in 1991. His life and his writing have improved significantly since giving up booze. And while he doesn’t think that’s a coincidence, he does consider it damn ironic. Minor King is his debut novel.
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Minor King isn't just 200 pages of blather. Consider this to be your field guide for understanding The Machine which snares all into the terrifying abyss of insatiable jowls before its victims fully comprehend what exactly is closing in all around them.
An unwitting hero accidentally emerges from the doldrums of middle America to take you on an emotional journey through money and privilege, homelessness and depravity, insecurity and love, intrigue and betrayal, wonder at the unknowable, the joys of laughter and family, and a desperate determination to survive in spite of the world colluding against any escape from The Machine.
A satisfying, single-sitting read through the twisted labyrinth of The Machine that's sure to leave you examining the current trajectory of your own life. Good luck, friend.
This is one read that definitely held my attention for the few hours I invested. The point you have to decide for yourself is the reality vs fiction and the blurred line that gets crossed skillfully as it draws you in. If this book doesn't put you through a range of emotions, empathy, anger, love, deception, sorrow, salvation - then you really didn't read with your blinders off. Go check your arm for a pulse and read it again.
You see, I know Jim's voice, the one he uses to write with. The voice he uses on his blog. The voice he discusses his life with online. I also knew a great deal of this story.
So when it was presented to me in fiction form, I had a difficult time separating the "voice" I know from the raw reality of narrative writing with the voice he uses for fiction. And I didn't like the change.
But instead of writing a review then, I sat Minor King down. I didn't read Jim's blog, and tried to only give what he was writing in "the real world" a cursory glance, because I needed to be able to read his book as a reader and not a friend.
Minor King is a good story of the struggle every one goes through. It will make you squirm when you look around at your own suburban walled-in existence, while struggling to find your way through the ever changing world of the middle class. Your emotions will be sent into a tailspin, and when you come out, you'll find yourself taking a closer look at your own life.
And if this isn't your personal story, you will still enjoy Minor King. It's a darn good book that grabs hold, pulls you in close, and doesn't let go until the jarring, unexpected end. Then you'll be left wanting to pick up the sequel, which I hope is coming sooner than later.
Dark as it may be, the fact is that main character Jim Christianson is far more relatable than the general population would be willing to admit. His thoughts are your thoughts, they may be faint, and you may ignore them, but they are there. They speak to you as you type away on spreadsheets under fluorescent lights and s***y coffee.
Christianson isn't a renegade, or a rebel, or even a hero. He's a man with a passion, that he has to follow, no matter the cost. And along the way he battles with distrust, anger, helplessness, and even happiness which ironically, may have been his biggest obstacle.
An amazing read that follows a fascinating main character who is far more common than he seems on the surface.
The story moves quickly, or perhaps it's that I was so intrigued that I read quickly, and the path feels certain, then uncertain, then certain again. I wondered what "American Fiction" meant as a genre, but after reading Minor King, I understand and it's the perfect category.
I don't want to write a review that will ruin any of the story; rather I would say that this is a great book for anybody that has searched for meaning, has questioned authority or has loved their family so much that they would do anything for them.
Great writing, and an incredible ending. I highly recommend this book.