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Ron’s extensive background and education in fiction and nonfiction writing led him to innovate the revolutionary medium of Emotobooks. Grit City is GCP’s maiden EmotoSerial. When not writing, he runs GCP for others to find publishing success and uses his free time to read fantastic stories or dole out writing advice. When weather permits, you can find Ron biking, hiking, of fishing in the outdoors of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
on April 29, 2012 :
From the first page, I knew I would get hooked on this series for several reasons. First, the writing style is descriptive, a dark sort of poetic, gritty I must say in a literary way. I was drawn in immediately by the tone the language created, one modern, eerie, and realistic. The descriptions brought a believable depth to the setting. The main characters were tough but real, cynical but still goal-oriented hopeful. They both had drive, dreams, and did what they had to, to get by, to live life their way.
This was a suspense and horror-filled tale from one page to the next. The setting of Grit City, the blog and newspaper writing characters, the bloody plot, it was all excellently executed. But, lets get to the illustrations in the story. They were vague, surreal, but poignant, open to reader interpretation, but still dead on, only enhancing the story being told. They gave me something more to focus on, something more to think through, adding to my own visualizations as I read. I always rate a story by how much it makes me “see”. This story was already creating clear pictures, but then added in its own from time to time. They were great additions, a brilliant idea for the ebook era.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2011 :
I absolutely loved this new way of reading! Grit City is really dark and morbid but deliciously riveting. As it is a short read I found it was really fast paced, it gave you a feel for the Dillon then jumped into a dangerously fascinating story. The art work added insight to the characters and really allowed you to connect on a personal level. I found the illustrations to be just as descriptive and mesmerizing as they were sinister and ominous, but done in a way that the images seemed crucial to the story.
In a city taken over by violent hoodlums you are drawn to Dillon, an independent journalist that is more reminiscent of a detective, who strives to expose the corruption through his writing skills. When looking for a good story that will help pay his rent Dillon's righteous behaviors get him in a hazardous situation. That's when Alyssa explodes into the story and bails him out. The gun for hire is a strong woman who is intriguing and mysterious.
As a gruesome and frightening mystery I gave this issue an A+. I really enjoyed reading about Dillon, the valiant journalist who is trying to right the wrong, and the enigmatic Alyssa that I really can't wait to read more about. Being that this was the first issue and each month holds a new installment I really can't wait to read the next one!
My Rating: 20/20
Writing Style: 5
(reviewed within a month of purchase)