Sfumato

Adult
Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Twilight for smart people. The story of Mr. Glass, a lonely art lover who just happens to be a 1,000-year-old vampire, searching for a reason to believe the impossible, that God truly exists. A supernatural combination of Silas Marner and the End of the Affair.
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Words: 72,890
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476233086
About Kat Thomas

A popular word for describing Kat Thomas is Renaissance Woman (which just means Kat’s lucky enough to be blessed with the belief she can do anything that she puts her mind to).

A Storyteller: she’s written SFUMATO, an existential vampire novel, MAGIC LITTLE PILLS, a comedy screenplay set in a pyramid scheme, and UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, a screwball comedy screenplay set on the world's longest international flight. She is also the illustrator and writer of the internationally selling grown-ups coloring book guide to the world of stripping: THE HAPPIEST STRIPPER.

A Burlesque Dancer (Kitty Kat DeMille) and producer with Do Right industries (PIN-UPS ON TOUR, WORKIN' THE TEASE, and THE GREEN LIGHT DISTRICT). She has performed in 29 states nationwide at venues including: including the Sundance Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Hilton, the El Cid in Los Angeles, The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, LA Fashion Week, Dantes in Portland, The Hustler Club in Las Vegas, and the clubs of Bourbon Street in New Orleans Her work has be featured in media such as: E Online, The Huffington Post, Idiotest, The Daily Mail, LA Weekly, Thrillist, Buzzfeed, Wifey.tv, We Are Mighty, Time Warner Cable, & local ABC & NBC affiliates, She is also the co-host of Workin The Tease’s BETTER THAN SEX which focuses on interesting stories about sex and sexiness on the She is also the illustrator and writer of the internationally selling grown-ups coloring book guide to the world of stripping: The Happiest Stripper.

A Do-Gooder: Through her work with DO RIGHT INDUSTRIES she has helped raised raised over $50,000 in free veteran tickets and monetary donations to non-profits such as AmVets, Heels for Combat Boots, Pin-Ups for Vets, Grow For Vets, American Legion posts and VFW posts with her work with Pin-Ups On Tour. She has aiding in raising close to $23,00 between funds raised and donated tickets to Planned Parenthood employees through Workin' The Tease's #StripForPP burlesque fundraisers in Los Angeles and Portland.

At the moment Kat is editor in chief of the food and travel blog EDIBLE SKINNY (which she's been doing for 5 years), a sitcom about the Weed Industry, a comedy screenplay about DUIs, and trying to someday get sleep more....

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Review by: David Paster on Dec. 27, 2017 :
A Review of Kat Thomas’ Novel, Sfumato
Submitted by: David J. Paster

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – President John F. Kennedy

Kat Thomas’ Sfumato is a moonshot novel. One reads through hundreds of pages of layered conceptual depth, laced with ranges of tenderness and terror, exactly because one desires a cerebral challenge; an opportunity to contemplate the myriad of narrative intricacies and nuances proffered. The core lessons garnered is that lost opportunity costs can be exorbitant on both a personal and societal level and that Faustian styled bargains, no matter how pure the (traded for) objective, are societal corruptions.

An empathy for the temporal must be developed to interpret the longitudinal perspective of the protagonist, a self-styled Cary Grant “wannabe” vampire, who, through super-natural longevity, is privy to mortality-free observations. The central issue of a non-dead, millennial duration’s examination of existence is the un-conflated characteristic of mankind’s universal duality.

In classic author Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jeckyll reflects, “I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both”(Stevenson, 1895). A foible of man is clarified by behavioral economist Ariely in less literary but more direct terms:

“Every one of, regardless of how ‘good’ we think we are, under predicts the effect of passion on our behavior… Even the most brilliant and rational person, in the heat of passion, seems to absolutely and completely divorced from the person he thought he was…The question is asked, “What happens when our irrational self comes alive in an emotional place that we think is familiar but in fact is unfamiliar? If we fail to really understand ourselves, is it possible to somehow predict how we or other will behave when ‘out of our heads’?” (Ariely, 2009).

Another interpretation of the duality trait offered by Kahneman is that “People possess two selves: the self that experiences and the self that reports about it. These two selves are remarkably distinct. What one actually experiences and what one ultimately remembers are two very different things – especially when it comes to happiness (Kahneman, 2011).

This construct of personal “duality” or a “part” of a person not acting rationally is key to understanding the juxtaposition of seemingly divergent, even contradictory, principles held by the protagonist. The construct of “duality” is not novel to the last two centuries or even the last two millennia. Freud espoused the theories of contrasting “Id” and “Ego” complemented by “pleasure” versus “rational” principles. Freud’s colleague, the Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung wrote extensively about the “shadow” self.

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray references this matter of the human condition as did fellow Victorian-era writer H.G. Wells in The Invisible Man, which itself was a retelling of a vignette from Plato’s Republic titled, “The Ring of Gyges”. Plato’s Ring of Gyges’ character, Glaucon suggests that, “morality is only a social construction, the source of which is the desire to maintain one's reputation for virtue and justice. Hence, if that sanction were removed, one's moral character would evaporate” (Freud, 1895; Jung, 1951; Wells, 1897; Wilde, 1890; Plato, 380 B.C.).

A most recent representation of the duality-focused concept of internal dialogue is by behavioral economist Kahneman and his interpretation of “thinking fast and slow”(Kahneman, 2011)). “The Automatic System is your gut reaction and the Reflective System is your conscious thought. Gut feelings can be quite accurate, but we often make mistakes because we rely too much on our Automatic System”(Thaler & Sunstein, 2009). This derivative contrasts theories such as touted by Malcom Gladwell in the books Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and Outliers: The Story of Success (Popova, 2011).

As well as any author or intellect prior, Ms. Thomas forces the reader to confront, unlike the sin-reflective physical Portrait of Dorian Gray or even the non-reflective visage of her protagonist, the state of human inconsistency resulting from the fate of an individual being held to or dodging accountabilities. The hedonistic, libertine approach, an at times celebrated and occasionally condemned lifestyle splayed upon the pages of Sfumato is reminiscent and yet distinctively refined from Oscar Wilde’s own coarse challenge of presenting and tacitly arguing for the apparent dichotomy of moral stricture and the sensual to be construed as a unified whole. Both books share the commonalities of apparent timelessness, scarred by an inherent curse; an affliction marked by a seemingly unquenchable thirst for novel, often deleterious experiences. While Sfumato is an indulgent exercise in aestheticism, intermittingly cruel realities of the pleasures, but more often the perils, of living a life of self-indulgent sin shadow and subsequently serve as ominous predictors for the figurative and literal destruction of the beauty ideal.
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Review by: davidtillinger on May 17, 2014 : (no rating)
Just finished this book and was very impressed with it. First off, the description of Twilight for Smart People is probably a bit of a misnomer. There isn't a love triangle or any of the other cliches the Twilight series or its offspring indulge in. Its more like a smart person looks at Twilight and the Vampire myth and dissects it.

The reason for this is that the story is told by a very jaded vampire, Mr. Glass. He is as far from the angst ridden Edward Cullen as one can get. He's an unrepentant villain in every sense of the word. The fact that Ms. Thomas does not choose to redeem him is one of the book's strengths.

His views on the various cliches are pointed and very accurate. Its through his yes that we see the world & the vampire myth and that makes the book unique. This is not to say that some of the vampire cliches are not in the book, they are just interpreted differently. One notable example is how the book portrays the standard vampire as an irresistable lover trope. The way it's presented is both brutal and strangely inviting.

Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in vampires, philosophy and just good writing in general.
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Review by: Kelly Thomas on July 14, 2013 :
Sfumato is a uniquely bold story about the existential struggle between light and dark and how unexpected experiences and emotions illuminate the deepest corners of the soul. Thomas’ quick-witted intellectualism and brutal honesty have created charismatically flawed characters that hold you tight in their wrestle with identity. Mr. Glass’ unapologetic and keen observations of what time does to a soul, act as a mirror for the reader, showing us all that life is a sea saw of pain and beauty. Sfumato is a courageous literary conquest, that challenges form and philosophy and thematically begs the question: why are we here and what are we fighting for. – Kelly Grace Thomas, author of The Travis Bannister Conflict
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