Justin W.C. Luntz, of the Schauer Group, is very active in the local community and is a strong supporter of the arts and a bit of a book nerd.
Q. What is your go-to book recommendation?
A. “A Song of Ice and Fire” series (Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin (1996 – Present).
Do it… You know you want to and (sorry to be that guy), it is vastly superior to the HBO adaptation which is excellent but cannot compare.
Q. What is the book that shocked you the most?
A. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley (301 pages, 1822). Familiar only with the misleading pop culture icon of Frankenstein’s monster, I expected a dated horror story that would feel gimmicky and dull after 200 years, but I discovered that it is as sharp and impactful as ever while being surprisingly tender and intelligent for such a seemingly nasty story.
Q. What is a book you wish you had written?
A. “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood (400 pages, 2003). This book is so cool and not only because it is a dark story of a child prodigy whose dissatisfaction with the human race drives him to create his own race of quasi-humans designed to inherit Earth after an apocalyptic event. The hints of fun satire are almost lost under the grim tone and subject matter, but they shine through just enough to make this book a fun ride while packing a serious punch of top shelf social commentary, philosophy, heartfelt drama and adventure; though you should be wary of the underwhelming sequels that form The MaddAddam Trilogy.
Q. What book have you read more than once because you love it so much?
A. “Dune” by Frank Herbert (412 pages, 1965). This is the best sci-fi book I’ve ever read. After finishing the audio book, I immediately read the print version. It brings to life an insanely detailed and complex world with competing powerful royal families, politics and drama rivaling “A Song of Ice and Fire” (the book series on which “Game of Thrones” is based), and it has aged shockingly well since 1965. It is so good that I’m cheating the one sentence response limit to tell you how much I love it.
Q. What is the book you always come back to?
A. “The Wisdom of Insecurity” by Alan Watts (160 pages, 1968). This book makes core tenets of Eastern philosophy accessible to Western minds and focuses on exposing our contradictory (and arguably nonexistent) desire for stability in an unstable world, fostering a peaceful and more supportive relationship with the world without being religious or instructive.