Published: January 2016
At thirteen, Philippe can see his father trapped in a world of secrets and silence, a world with no place for honesty or courage. But when the walls of that world fall apart, and something from outside breaks in, the silence becomes a warning shout... and Philippe will be tested in ways his father could never imagine. This is a dark modern fantasy, suitable for Young Adult to Adult readers.
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At First, You Hear the Silence. Second, you read Mark Fuller Dillon’s flamboyant prose that keep you desiring more, well past the last page.
With a sense of looming doom that was reminiscent of how I felt the first time I read Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Mark’s novella made me feel like I hit my funny bone harder than I ever have in my life. Never actually funny, the feeling provided an ever-building sense of foreboding and darkness – a sense that something is wrong with the world and it is going to be a long while before it returns to normal.
Poignant and near perfect, Mark’s choice of words make the story pop. Philippe, the main character of the story, is easy to fall in love with. Wild and brave, perhaps somewhat imaginative and foolish like a young Don Quixote, he takes everything on headfirst and with gusto. Though there were a few instances in which Philippe wowed me with his vocabulary ("Maybe we're toxic to them. They might be allergic to us. Maybe... our proteins are incompatible." - being just one example), he is a character that you will cheer for all the way to the end.
The story takes an almost alien turn that made me reread a large portion of the ending in hopes of some sort of explanation. In the end, I simply elected to bathe in the gloriousness of Mark Fuller Dillon’s amazing story telling and let Mr. Quixote continue the battle against his ferocious giants while Philippe battled against his alien birds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Most of my stories are set in the region where I live (Gatineau, Quebec), and are based on some of the stranger moments of my life, or on my nightmares (which have kept me awake and nervous until daylight since I was three years old).
I've had work published in Barbara and Christopher Roden's ALL HALLOWS and in John Pelan's DARKSIDE; I've also had work accepted for anthologies and magazines that faded away before my stories could appear. The best of these are collected in my second ebook, IN A SEASON OF DEAD WEATHER.
Right now, my goal is to find reviewers. Writers can focus on craftsmanship, but they cannot be certain of just how much they've been able to learn and apply, until the readers tell them. To that end, I'm inviting you to let me know exactly what you think of my stories. Honest feedback, pro or con, is one of the most valuable things a writer can use.
And please don't hesitate to visit my blog at markfullerdillon.blogspot.ca -- advice or comments are always welcome, and so are visitors.
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