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A Movie About Writers
Why don't they make more movies about writing? A writer's day is filled with adventure. You sit in a room. You stare at a screen. Sometimes you press a couple buttons. Then, more often than not, you press a button to erase what you'd done with the other buttons you'd pressed. Riveting stuff. If they made a movie like Rocky about a writer, what would the end look like? Perhaps a pale, malnourished fellow, beaded with sweat, victoriously tapping out the words "The End" and hitting Save in Microsoft Word. Describing it, though, somehow it seems less cinematic.
Or maybe they could make a version of Top Chef called Top Writer, where each week groups of writers are given a challenge, such as team-writing a suspenseful story about a cantaloupe and an aardvark. Imagine the intrigue. At the judges' table, someone might throw you under the bus for being the one who wrote the scene where the aardvark loses his virginity. And speaking of judges, who would be the host of Top Writer? Maybe this famous writer. I think she's really got a line to the people.
Maybe I'm not making the best case for these bold new ventures in entertainment. Maybe I'm too close to this material. Maybe the problem is that, as a writer, I'm too pale and malnourished myself. Or maybe there's a different kind of entertainment that people look to books to provide, something that perhaps takes longer, but the taking longer allows you to linger and notice, exposing you in a different way to the strangeness of life. I don't know. For now, I'll keep plugging away at that script about the writer/action hero. I'm thinking of calling it Write Hard. Or maybe Phrases of Fury. Or maybe Save the Semi-Colon. What do you think? Do any of those have a ring?
About The Author
Justin Kramon is the author of the novels Finny (Random House, 2010) and The Preservationist (Pegasus, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia.
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The Preservationist by Justin Kramon
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover - 336 pages / Kindle - 437 KB / Nook - 534 KB
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam’s relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches—and Julia becomes less and less sure whom to trust.
My Book Review:
The Preservationist is a heart pounding dark psychological thriller that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seats. Set in Pennsylvania, author Justin Kramon weaves a riveting tale that follows the intricate love triangle between Julia Stilwell, Sam Blount, and Marcus Broley. Told in alternating points of view, the readers follows the blossoming relationship between eighteen year old college freshman Julia Stilwell and thirty-nine college snack bar employee Sam Blount, and how the relationship starts to unravel when college student Marcus Broley becomes infatuated with Julia and wants her for himself.
This fast paced edgy tale has enough suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader on their toes as they try to guess what would happen next. Julia, Sam and Marcus each have issues and dark secrets in their lives that makes their intertwined relationships intriguing as the tension builds and obsession, deception and trust becomes an issue. You can't help but get caught up in this chilling story of obsession as the tangled web that these three people weave becomes destructive. The suspense is palpable and keeps the reader turning the pages until the satisfying yet very twisted ending.
The Preservationist has all the elements that psychological thriller fans crave. Author Justin Kramon provides the reader with an intriguing dark tale that takes the reader on one hell of a heart pounding roller coaster ride.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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