Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Review: At the Back of His Mind (Short Story) by T. Marcus Christian

At the Back of His Mind (Short Story)

Author: T. Marcus Christian

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Synopsis: Clark is an aspiring writer that is constantly in search of a great story. But when his seemingly oppressive relationship with his girlfriend, Lex, prompts him to take drastic action, Clark realizes that he has the opportunity to make a great story.

Miles away from civilization, under the cover of a stormy night, he sets out to right the wrongs in his life with a shovel, a tarp and gritty determination.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Review: When I finished reading At the Back of His Mind, it took me a moment to figure out just how exactly I felt about it, considering the ending was not the one expected as a reader which led me to decide that the author is very clever.

The story opens with a man digging a shovel into the ground, hidden away in the forest, rain pouring, prompting an eerie feeling for the reader from the get-go. Clark is fiercely concentrated on the task at hand, a task the reader is not privy to until the end, determined to hide his secrets for good. He’s a struggling author who has had enough of his mean spirited girlfriend who clearly does not understand the dark emotional road every author must bear in order to be great at the craft.

I liked the subtle glimpses the author gives as to the unhappy relationship Clark has with his girlfriend, Lex while Clark is digging into the ground and rolling some large tarp into the massive hole he’s dug. I loved the way the author build up the story and used the setting to help build the illusion of the truth for the reader. The story did become a bit heavy with far too much detail of a story that held very little action. The narration was pulled down by the description of every small detail, some of which didn’t really matter and disrupted the fluidity of the story a few times.

I would have liked to have read more about what happened between Clark and Lex that would lead to his decision in the story but overall, I enjoyed the story and couldn’t help but laugh at the end. The author was such a sneak and I liked the metaphor the ending represented.

About the Author: T. Marcus Christian is a writer of suspense and thrillers. At the Back of His Mind was part of a collection of stories titled Hold Your Breath, written as a part of his MFA thesis project. Marcus holds an MA and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. He is also a professor and student of writing.

Christian discovered writing at an early age and got in trouble in class more than once for passing around a collection of comics he wrote and illustrated. Taking a cue from the meager success of the comic strip, he decided he would be a failed comic strip artist and, indeed, succeeded in failing. Someday there may be a collection of Christian's papers in some archives and, if he has anything to do with it, these comics will be hidden among the even less interesting elementary school drawings.

Christian also had a short film in the Cornerstone Film Festival in 2009 titled "Salvation" about a college professor who takes a break from reality after his life spirals out of control. When he is not working, he spends his time with his wife Sarah and their two children. They live in Central Virginia.

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