Glazed City Eyes

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Glazed City Eyes by Preston M. Smith

Jackson McCormack is entering his thirties and his life is not what he hoped it would be. Despite his newly acquired girlfriend Terra, his fledgling writing career and his life are in a state of constant flux. He works a dead-end job and self-medicates profusely, while utilizing every spare moment to devote to his passion for writing. Enter Julius, an elderly, sage-like, street-wandering black man. These two men strike up a unique relationship, as Jackson quickly discovers that Julius also has a penchant for words. While Jackson's relationship with Terra and career hang by a thin thread, Julius leads him on a series of adventures that will prove to save Jackson's life. A novel as gritty and vibrant as the city of Los Angeles; it is a story of self-destructiveness, and longing for inner peace. Take the journey alongside Jackson on his quest toward redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499769395
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Preston M. Smith, a novelist and Fine Artist, dwells in Los Angeles, California. He has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Gonzaga University. Preston's paintings have been shown with the likes of David Lynch and at President Obama's Inauguration. You can view his artwork at: This is his second novel and first collaboration with Jacob McKinley. His first novel, The Blue Period and his collection of poetry and paintings entitled The City Will Rise are available to purchase online.

Jacob McKinley resides in Simi Valley, California. He enjoys taking brisk walks at dusk and a good documentary. Owner of a creative mind, he has a passion for poetry and prose. Jake's life, like his writing, is a work in progress. This is his first novel and collaboration with Preston M. Smith.

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Glazed City Eyes 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
Jackson is a dark poet who thinks such disturbing but yet amusing ideas. It was an adventure just to see all that was going on in Jackson's head.  Jackson, who is into drugs and alcohol meets and feels nothing but despair, meets a man that he shares a deepkson is a dark poet who thinks such disturbing but yet amusing ideas. It was an adventure just to see all that was going on in Jackson's head.  Read about how Jackson is able to work his way back up into a normal life. It's a very serious book, with many strong emotions being portrayed. I wouldn't recommend for anyone in a depressive state.  I felt like I couldn't fully get into this book and wasn't sure the book was going in any sort of direction. There was a lot of rambling that seemed to just get in the way and distract me from the main plot. None the less, I'd rate this book as a 4/5. 
Southerngirl29 More than 1 year ago
I found Glazed City Eyes to ultimately be a very rewarding read. It is a struggle at times as we follow Jackson McCormack (the main character) through the pits of despair. In turn, it is uplifting to watch him as he begins to climb his way out. The book opens up with Jackson in his creative state of writing poetry, which he accentuates by his use of stimulants. It really sets the stage for some of the philosophical/psychological struggles that he will be delving into and experiencing in the pages to come. His thoughts are many times dark, sometimes amusing, and always filtered out into his poetry, which pop up throughout the story. This was a nice way that the authors were able to gain sympathy for and also show the creative side of Jackson as he is experiencing emotions and problems in the moment. He has a supportive girlfriend named Terra (who he calls Byte), that is pushed to her limits by Jackson's excessive habits. The story really picked up for me when Julius, a quasi-homeless man and modern day sage, meets Jackson and begins to mentor him in unorthodox ways. Julius proves to be an interesting and amusing character that I enjoyed very much. Jackson is drawn to this man as he recognizes that Julius also has a knack for writing. As the relationship strengthens, Julius begins to give him a series of lessons that seem to sink in with Jackson and get him thinking about what is really going on under the surface and in his own psyche. I found the pay-off of the second half of this novel worth the struggle of the first half, as we witness Jackson's strong attempt to mend things with his estranged girlfriend and in his own life. Upon the closing of the final chapters, it is as if a weight is lifting and being replaced with something much lighter. Hope! For this reason, I recommend Glazed City Eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glazed City Eyes by Preston Smith and Jacob McKinley is a 348 page book written in third person, past tense. At nearly thirty, things aren’t exactly ideal for Jackson McCormack. He reflects on his life back in college when he felt that anything was possible, there were so many options available to him. That’s when he realized his true passion for writing, especially poems (several are included). He has battled depression for years now, had little self-confidence and he’d picked up a bad habit of using cocaine to mask it all. Luckily, his girlfriend Terra AKA Byte, has stayed by his side. The beginning of the story is fairly grim. Smith and McKinley have a keen ability to draw sympathy for Jackson right off the bat. The writing flowed well. I felt like I was able to get to know Jackson and could root for him and yell at him. The dialogue fits his character and is completely believable. There are several pages in a row without dialogue but the narrative mostly drove the story forward rather than having past events dumped in. Jackson meets Julius, a very mature, wise man who helps him with his poems and gives him a new take on life. Jackson ponders the big life questions. He experiences many ups and downs as he discovers clarity and direction.
Tazzy-TMH1 More than 1 year ago
**Reviewed on behalf of Round Table Book Reviews** I’ve really struggled with this book but not because it’s badly written but because it just did not hold my attention at all and I abandoned it at just of a ¼ of the way through. This is the story of Jackson an aspiring poet who dinks, takes drugs and is just drifting through life hoping that he makes it as a poet. Like I said the book is well written it just isn’t my type of book. I couldn’t connect with Jackson or any of the other characters in the book. I think I struggled with it because it was mostly about Jackson’s self-discovery and working out his own life. Like I say it’s a good book for those who interest it holds but it’s not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Round Table Book Reviews DNF I hate giving anything less than 3 stars. But I could not get into this book. I tried and tried and tried. I just could not finish it. It just seemed like repetitive rambling to me.  Jackson, the main character, is an aspiring writer, poet really. Has a girlfriend, although I'm not sure why. It never seemed like they really connected. He calls her Byte. Her name is Terra. Get the connection? Jackson enjoys the "white lady".  And maybe that's why I couldn't get into it. There just some drug use in books that I can't do. It never really seemed like this story was going to go anywhere, and I was just reading about him day in and day out trying to write but yet feeling like no one would ever read his words.  I finished about a third of the book before I decided that I couldn't continue. So I really tried to give it a chance. It just wasn't for me.