Winterland

Winterland Summoned into her dying mother s coma recovering addict Eunice Ames must traverse a surreal apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother s soul Toget

  • Title: Winterland
  • Author: Mike Duran
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Summoned into her dying mother s coma, recovering addict Eunice Ames must traverse a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother s soul.Together with Joseph, a crippled drifter who serves as her guide, Eunice treks an abandoned highway strewn with debris from her mother s emotional wars Along the way, she encounSummoned into her dying mother s coma, recovering addict Eunice Ames must traverse a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother s soul.Together with Joseph, a crippled drifter who serves as her guide, Eunice treks an abandoned highway strewn with debris from her mother s emotional wars Along the way, she encounters Mister Mordant, a perpetually whiny grub, Reverend Ash a fragile, supremely self righteous minister, and Sybil, a beautiful sylph with a knack for deception Eunice and Joseph endeavor to lead this peculiar brigade into the hell of her mother s making, through the swamp of Mlaise and the volcanic plains of Cinder, to the Dark Throne where they were forged Along the way, Eunice experiences, in awful living color, the forces that have shaped her mother s descent into madness and disease.Yet a malevolent power conspires against Eunice For not only is she forced to relive the psychological terrain of her own upbringing, she must now confront the darkness it has spawned the one inside her It seems Eunice has harbored horrors of her own years of abuse, rejection, and generational sin have taken root And no amount of psycho babble and positive thinking can withstand the literal monster that is waiting at the end of this highway Can Eunice destroy the spirits that have cursed her family and rescue her mother, or will the sun set on their hell forever The Wizard of Oz meets Dante s Inferno in this novella 27,000 words , a dark adult fairy tale about finding faith, redemption, and confronting the monsters of our psyche.

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    1. OK, let's start with a summary. I'm taking this right off Mike's site:"Summoned into her dying mother's coma, recovering addict Eunice Ames must traverse a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother's soul.Together with Joseph, a crippled drifter who serves as her guide, Eunice treks an abandoned highway strewn with debris from her mother's "emotional" wars."Mike describes Winterland as "The Wizard of Oz meets Dante's Inferno." It also [...]

    2. Read this if you like vivid original fantasy! I have never read anything quite like this before! Eunice causes a pileup on a freeway when she runs over a man. What ensues is a journey through a spiritual landscape, a dark down-the-rabbit-hole experience. Can she fight all the personified issues that control her mother (and her) and win? This is reasonably short too which makes it a quick read. While there are correlations with Christian thinking in some points, the emphasis is on Eunice herself [...]

    3. It was a relatively short read but contained more depth of thought than some epics. The authors thoughts on the nature of relationships and human nature were good food for thought in a fantasy world of his creation. The only thing keeping me from a higher rating is that some of the metaphors and word pictures were painful to read (ie. a battle compared to Tinkerbell vs Megatron).

    4. Winterland, a novella by Mike Duran, is part psychological fantasy, part intrapersonal suspense, and part allegorical thriller. Think Pilgrim meets the Phantom Tollbooth, but in Purgatory. The premise works well enough - and has since Dante took his journey of redemption - but as in many allegory-esque tales, the tension slips now and again due to the inevitable and somewhat predictable outcome. (But hey, we all knew Dorothy would return from Oz, so this doesn't necessarily mean this type of sto [...]

    5. Winterland by Mike Duran led me to realize something not-very-pretty about myself: I can be a lazy reader. I arrived at this conclusion when I reached the end and said, "Wait what?"The story engaged me, so much so that I sped through the reading. The main character, Eunice, meets an odd assortment on her journey, and I wanted to know who these strange characters really were. In fact, I wanted to know so much that I completely missed it. Ugh.I knew I shouldn't review or comment on a book that I w [...]

    6. Straight allegories are a rare bird in speculative fiction. Doubtless that’s because they are difficult to write without coming across as either too preachy, or too irrelevant. Plus, the seminal works in this sub-genre, Bunyan’s “Pilgrims Progress” and Hurnard’s “Hinds Feet on High Places” cast such long shadows it is hard for a writer to step out from under them. Tough not to be just another wannabe. That said, I think Duran did a terrific job with “Winterland.” It reads fast, [...]

    7. I recently came across this short gem of a book by Mike Duran, the author of "The Resurrection" which I read a while back and absolutely loved. It was a free novella from , and I found it while searching for this author's upcoming book. What a nice surprise!It has been said that "Winterland" is John Bunyan meets Tim Burton, and that is the best way I have heard to describe this book. It truly is a journey of imagination through the Twilight Zone. The book starts out quite normally with Eunice dr [...]

    8. Eunice one day hits a boy with her car. After the resulting pile-up, no sign of him is found. But shortly after she finds him again, and he leads her deep into the psyche of her dying mother in order to save her.A decent allegory, but trying to drop cultural references like Thomas Kinkade doesn't really work. It jars a bit. The strength is in the description of the odd lands and characters Eunice encounters, but the plot is pretty basic and the novella length doesn't give it that much room to gr [...]

    9. Mike Duran's "Winterland" is a supernatural thriller allegory that reminded me in part of "The Great Divorce", "The Return to Oz" and "Silent Hill" (movies) and "The Lord of the Rings". The book may also have reminded me of "Dante's Inferno", if I'd actually read the epic poem (which, in all honesty, I haven't done). "Winterland" is beautifully-written and the characters are well-realised but I didn't connect with them. The premise is interesting and the story thought-provoking but I feel the no [...]

    10. Strengths: effective use of surrealism; vibrant dialog; odd, quirky, irritating and yet strangely likeable secondary characters; great descriptions and "visuals".Weaknesses: I'm not fully convinced of the main character's sordid past. I realize she's in recovery, but she seemed a bit too recovered in places. Also not sure about some of the present day cultural/media references, because they might reduce the story's timelessness. (Translation: I think this story has staying power, which is one of [...]

    11. This story tugged at my heartstrings. I wept. In my opinion it is on caliber with a C.S. Lewis fantasy. I came to it without having read reviews or a synopsis and I'm glad I did. That is part of the reason why I'm hesitant to go into detail in this review. Only I will say that I highly recommend this story. It is one I will come back to. If you read it I'd love to hear your thoughts.I read somewhere that a good book reads you. This one did.

    12. uhhhok. how great can a "free" book be. it did get interesting at points, but seemed like a story any imaginative 15 year old could write. kind of bothered me that he used the same word "bramble" throughout the entire book. used so frequently it became a joke. (yeah thats just nit-picky, i know) anyhoo, thought the story was ok. glad i'm done. the writing was horrible.

    13. At first I wasn't sure about this book but as I kept reading, I realized I was getting farther and farther into the book. Duran is superb with his descriptions of the environments surrounding Eunice and her fellow travelers. I love it. Could not put it down. This is the first book I have ever read in one sitting.

    14. Winterland follows Eunice's journey through her mother's spiritual darkness, which leads her to herself. Mike Duran is a seer. He has seen the spiritual side of the world and has aptly described the strongholds that the living are entangled with on a daily basis, due to their choices in life. Winterland also reveals how these same entanglements are handed down to the next generation. Excellent!

    15. Really fantastic. Like a wonderfully odd twisting of Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Pilgrim's Progress, with some very vivid imagery and language. Full review and more book details: ISBN, etc, coming soon.

    16. Much shorter than The Resurrection yet had a lot more creepy imagery and disturbing nightmaric monstrosities.

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