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Review: Mountain Home by Bracken MacLeod

Mountain HomeFive StarsKudos to Bracken MacLeod on an excellent, well written and well edited book.  The story took hold of my interest from the first few pages and never let up.

The characters were engaging, I sympathized with Lyn, and later cheered her when she came into her own.  The despicable characters were truly loathsome and I was drawn into a familiarity with each of them, even the minor figures.

The character of Joanie Meyers was a particularly fascinating one to me.  She was a prime example of how small minded cruelty and prejudice are often the catalyst behind catastrophic events such as the random shootings plaguing our society now.

Mountain Home isn’t gentle; the suspense and description are in your face and unapologetic while keeping tightly engaged to the plot.  There is no fluff here, no random scenes put in to fatten word count and shock.  Every word carries the story forward to it’s explosive end.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspenseful, fast moving stories that are rich in character development and story with some supernatural shivers thrown in for good effect.

An original tale that stands alone as a dark jewel, Mountain Home is an exciting story that serves as a commentary and subtle moral admonishment to take heed with our actions: a small kindness can go a long way, and cruelty is a double edged razor that often makes the wielder bleed along with the victim.

Well done, Bracken MacLeod!  I will be looking for more from this potent author.

Details:

Mountain Home is available on Amazon, and you can find more on the author, Bracken MacLeod on his author page.  He was one of the four authors to read for Journal Jabber’s Halloween Special show and did an interview on Journal Jabber a few weeks before to discuss (and read) Mountain Home.

You can also find him on his blog.

Halloween Special 2013

JJ Halloween Special

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WARNING: SOME EXPLICIT CONTENT

Tonight we have a special treat – four authors converge to read their favorite dark tales.  Sit back, turn down your lights and prepare to be spooked.  The authors reading are Bracken MacLeod, Angella Jacob, Sarah Butland and your hostess, Angela Yuriko Smith.  See links to their work in the comments section below.

Thank you to The Eyes for Editing for sponsoring this show, and thank you to Kyra Cato for editing a bunch of sound bytes into an amazing show.

For future shows, check the schedule.

Thursday’s Threesome

Thursday means threesome here on Dandilyon Fluff, and we are having a ménage à trois of literary love.  Tonight’s authors are:

JJ 1Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a college philosophy instructor,at a children’s non-profit, and as a criminal and civil trial attorney. While he does his best to avoid using the law education, he occasionally finds uses for martial arts and philosophy. His work has appeared in Sex and Murder Magazine, The Siren’s Call e-zine, and twice in Every Day Fiction. He also has stories in the anthologies, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes, Anthology: Year One, and most recently in Femme Fatale: Erotic Stories of Dangerous Women from Go Deeper Press.

His first novel, Mountain Home, is available from Books of the Dead Press.  Listen to him on Journal Jabber.

JJ Brad Beaulieu Wide ShotBradley P. Beaulieu began writing his first fantasy novel in college, but in the way of these things, it was set aside as life intervened. As time went on, though, Brad realized that his love of writing and telling tales wasn’t going to just slink quietly into the night. The drive to write came back full force in the early 2000s, at which point Brad dedicated himself to the craft, writing several novels and learning under the guidance of writers like Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman, Tim Powers, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson, and many more.

Brad and his novels have garnered many accolades and most anticipated lists, including two Hotties–the Debut of the Year and Best New Voice–on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo and more:

* Top Ten Book and Debut of the Year for 2011 on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist for The Winds of Khalakovo
* Best New Voice of 2011 on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
* 2011 Gemmell Morningstar Award Nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo
* Top Ten Debut for The Winds of Khalakovo on The Ranting Dragon’s Best of 2011
* Top Ten Debut for The Winds of Khalakovo on Mad Hatter’s Book Review Best of 2011
* Honorable Mention for The Winds of Khalakovo on LEC Reviews Best of 2011
* Top Five Book for 2012 on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist for The Straits of Galahesh
* 2012 Most Anticipated for The Straits of Galahesh on Staffer’s Book Review
* 2012 Most Anticipated for The Straits of Galahesh on The Ranting Dragon
* 2013 Most Anticipated for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh on The Ranting Dragon

In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad’s stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, “In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat,” was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award.

Brad continues to work on his next projects, including an Arabian Nights epic fantasy and a Norse-inspired middle grade series. He also runs the highly successful science fiction and fantasy podcast, Speculate, which can be found at speculatesf.com.

a4Laura Anne Gilman, authoress of of the popular Cosa Nostradamus novels for Luna,  and the award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy, as well as a story collection called Dragon Virus.  She has also written under the pen name L.A. Kornetsky.

Bracken Macleod on Journal Jabber

jj 3It was one of those rushed kind of days where I have learned that “good enough” is better than stressing or not at all.  The end though, talking with author Bracken Macleod about his book, Mountain Home, was worth it.

He was nice enough to read parts of his book to us, and the story was so well written and tightly packed with the story meat rather than fat… I didn’t want him to stop.  I’m purchasing a copy of Mountain Home as soon as this post is done and I’m looking forward to diving back into this world he created.

In the meantime, be sure to listen to tonight’s interview to hear this brilliant book for yourself.  Here’s a little bit about Bracken from his bio on Amazon:

Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a college philosophy instructor,JJ 1 at a children’s non-profit, and as a criminal and civil trial attorney. While he does his best to avoid using the law education, he occasionally finds uses for martial arts and philosophy. His work has appeared in Sex and Murder Magazine, The Siren’s Call e-zine, and twice in Every Day Fiction. He also has stories in the anthologies, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes, Anthology: Year One, and most recently in Femme Fatale: Erotic Stories of Dangerous Women from Go Deeper Press.

His first novel, MOUNTAIN HOME, is available from Books of the Dead Press.