Artifice

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Obscurity is a way of life for Gavin Vonn Getch, a painter who works at a frame shop in a small New England town. His life changes when billionaire Gary Eastman enters his shop and becomes the ultimate patron: a lifetime commission for all his work in exchange for a crap-load of money. A shocking discovery forces him to reevaluate his deal with Eastman and his identity as an artist. More
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About Eric Bickernicks

Eric, a serial entrepreneur, non-conformist existentialist, takes you through the steps of launching his own home-based, food concession business. You'll read about his encounters with weird customers, relentless health department officials and inept event coordinators. During this time, he also was documenting everything on video, and this journal links to over 80 videos which show you exactly what transpired.

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I've burned up most of my life doing video and film production. Had some success early in life with some nationally televised comedy shorts, but when I tried to 'grab the golden ring' with a full length feature film, my body was thrown from the carousel.

I embraced the meathead football culture when I was in my teens which culminated in a decade of martials arts training in my 20's and 30's. I've now matured into intellectual pacifist who can still someone's ass.

I've been self-taught on multiple musical instruments, and have composed music (both loud and soft), in many different styles. I've had some success with funny novelty song compositions. For my efforts I've recieved (1) BMI check and a case of tinnitus.

In my quest to avoid being beholden to a boss or an authority figure, I've pursued online marketing and kettle corn concessions. One allows me to make money at home in my underwear, while the other makes me see things as they stand - all my efforts ultimately turn into shit.

Arriving this late in life, I will now call myself a writer. I certainly have a lifetimes worth of thoughts and stories to tell, but I've only brought them up to the determent of my friends. I'm going through some non-fiction books at the moment, and will have a couple of sci-fi stories to tell in the future.

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Review by: OllyPlaine on Feb. 13, 2017 :
If into a book by one third, my interest is not riveted solidly, the remaining two thirds will not be seen.
'Artifice' was read straight through pausing only for 'old man' naps and trips to the Fridge. This enjoyable story hooked me from the beginning. No previous knowledge of Art is required as all is provided without being 'teachy'.

Eric has weaved an interesting set of occurrences upon a fabric of The Art scene from the struggling painters viewpoint

Beneath these layers is a recurring natural injustice that has plagued all artists for centuries and an added proof that "When something is too good to be true, It is too good to be true."

The ending reveals a trick way to get out of a binding contract without resorting to lawyers, I wonder if the Wrangler is still parked there?

The cover beautifully illustrates the story, although the Art shown on it makes me want to scream.
(review of free book)

Review by: Morgan Stone on Nov. 22, 2016 :
Eric Bickernicks, "Artifice" literally had me falling off the treadmill. So hilarious, it was! Let me tell you, Bickernicks can really tell a story! Reminiscent of Neal Stephenson's, "Zodiac," but wittier and more intriguing, in my opinion -- and I'm a diehard Neal Stephenson fan. Also worth noting is, had this been a Neal Stephenson novel it would have been 20 bucks – and Artifice is out there for free – thanks Eric! It's gritty, irreverent, fast-paced action and suspense. It's also a pretty interesting (disturbing) look at the psyche of an independent artist – (writer, perhaps?) I think it holds a mirror up to any of us who have tried to impress the world with our own creative endeavors, or even just get noticed, remembered, acknowledged. Artifice effectively ignites the question, "what's it all for?" To me, there's a couple of drawbacks (which aren't quite serious enough to yank one of the stars from this book's rating); the fictional author interview is acrimonious (passive-aggressive) and defeatist: totally out of character for the mains in Artifice. And then, there are proofreading and copy editing errors: mostly, the wrong words (correctly spelled) or copy-and-paste errors. However, for a self published book (offered for free, which takes guts and generosity) this is really a tiny, little, nitpicking point that should not stop you from reading, and falling in love with, Artifice, by Eric Bickernicks.
(review of free book)

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