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The Black Emerald

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A high schooler finds her drawings corrupted by a haunted stone she inherits from a suicidal underground cartoonist. A video game addict discovers a vast, hidden dimension to colonize in the walls of his girlfriend's apartment. A philosophy student seeks anonymous Craigslist sex with the ubiquitous devil that stalks her. In this new collection from Jeanne Thornton, author ...more
ebook, 178 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Instar Books
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Jeanne Thornton
Dec 10, 2014 Jeanne Thornton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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AGAIN, BIASED
Morgan M. Page
Aug 14, 2014 Morgan M. Page rated it it was amazing
Jeanne Thornton's The Black Emerald is one of the strangest books I've ever read. In each of the seven stories and two novellas that make up this collection, she manages to disarm the reader with unexpected choices and bizarre storylines. It's as if these stories were written by someone from a version of reality just slightly askew from our own. I read this book in just less than twenty-four hours, because I was so engrossed in the otherwordliness of the storytelling.

Her work is reminicient of s
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K. Jarboe
This collection of stories is so good and the titular novella was one of the first things I've ever read that felt like "wow, this was MY high school and not a TV high school". The teen characters were spot on, the right balance of self absorbed and impulsive signature to the age but also the real passion, precocious intellect, and will power that come with being 16. Also it's beautifully written. The grossest stuff is like jewels on the page. Read it if you are a sad gay girl who loves messed ...more
Kevin Carter
Aug 11, 2014 Kevin Carter rated it it was amazing
It would be unwise not to read this book. Be greater than Solomon: ask your Heavenly Father for wisdom, but also for faith, and a copy of The Black Emerald.
Alice Cox
Mar 07, 2015 Alice Cox rated it it was amazing
The Black Emerald is a collection of short stories plus a novella (the title of the latter being the same as the title of the book). I want to say from the outset that this books is amazing. It's not just the way that Jeanne Thornton writes with such a fluid and engaging voice, nor the diversity of the stories, nor the way the ordering of the stories themselves just seems to make so much sense; no, everything about this book just seems to come together naturally. I couldn't stop reading it. I me ...more
aimlesslegs
Sep 07, 2016 aimlesslegs rated it it was amazing
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I cannot believe this book has sold only just over 100 copies. It's well written, original, and really engaging once it gets going.

And there's another reason this should be popular: it portrays LGBT characters entirely without stereotype or preachiness.

But don't get me wrong--this book stands on its own. I'm incredibly happy that such a wonderful collection has totally avoided so many stereotypes, but at the same time, even if we lived in a world where LGBT people were no longer persecuted and
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Mal Zeno
May 23, 2016 Mal Zeno rated it it was amazing
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strange & richly descriptive, with a constant undercurrent of the uncanny. definitely a book i'll return to again & again. if this ever gets released in paperback I'll snap it up in a heartbeat!
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Jeanne Thornton lives and writes in New Orleans. She is copublisher of Instar Books and the alt-comics newspaper Rocksalt, as well as the creator of the comic strips "The Man Who Hates Fun" and "Bad Mother." She has an undying love for the Beach Boys and is writing her next novel about them. She maintains a website at fictioncircus.com/Jeanne.
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