I received a copy of Glazed City Eyes from the author free for an honest review.
Book: Glazed City Eyes
Publisher: Preston M. Smith & Jacob McKinley
Author: Preston M. Smith and Jacob McKinley
Morality Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Readability Rating: 3 stars
Genre: General Fiction
Buy it: Amazon
About the Author
Preston M. Smith is a novelist and Fine Artist starving in Los Angeles, California. He has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Gonzaga University, which is very useful… Preston’s paintings have been shown with the likes of David Lynch and at President Obama’s Inauguration. This is his second novel and first collaboration with Jacob McKinley.
Jacob McKinley resides in Simi Valley, California. He enjoys taking brisk walks at dusk and a good documentary. Owner of a creative mind, he has a passion for poetry and prose. Jake’s life, like his writing, is a work in progress. This is his first novel and collaboration with Preston M. Smith.
Jackson McCormack is finding that life in his late 20s is not everything that it was cracked up to be. His writing career is stalling, and his day job is incredibly boring. Even new-girlfriend Terra is not quite enough to pull Jackson from his constant ennui. Jackson turns to alcohol and drugs to get through day-to-day life, but it is street-wanderer Julius who just might be the catalyst that Jackson needs to move in a positive direction.
This book is not the sort of book I normally read- mostly because I like reading about less-depressing subjects. However, the writing was solid. The plot is what I imagine a male version of the HBO series Girls would be like.
Plot: In the beginning of this story, the plot dragged. It wasn’t until about half-way through the book that I got an idea of where it was supposed to be going. Basically, the plot centers around self-discovery, a student-mentor relationship, and the pain of growing up.
Characters: I didn’t bond with any of these characters. I am precisely the same age as most of the characters in the story, so I really had no sympathy with their self-pitying lifestyles. I find the culture of extended childhood distasteful and pointless. Julius was a pretty cool character, though.
Setting: The setting for this story was downtown Los Angeles. However, I didn’t find that the setting played much into the plot. For the most part, Jackson was in his apartment, which could have been anywhere.
Writing: I thought the writing was the strongest part of this book. Intermixed with the prose was some bleak poetry that was credited to the character Jackson. I wasn’t a fan of the poetry (I rarely am), but the prose was solid. I couldn’t help but wonder though; did the author only write the prose to get the poetry published?
This book is like few other things that I have read. It’s definitely not what I prefer to read, but the style is consistent and the writing was good. If you like to read modern, somewhat depressing stories of self-discovery, then you should like this book.