All Roads Lead To Winter

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Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
The aliens are here, and now our lives are different: no wars, no hunger, no exploitation. For political prisoner Thomas Bridge, there can be a strange new love; for the alien delegate, Avdryana, there can be companionship in a world that she finds crowded and foreign. But even with hope for the future, can there be an escape from the stifling ideas and expectations of the past? For adults only. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9780991861200
About Mark Fuller Dillon

"Mark Fuller Dillon is an original talent, whose precise use of language, obliquely disturbing imagery and meticulous world building single him out as a writer to watch."
-- Peter Tennant, BLACK STATIC #35.

Hello, and welcome!

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 my nights lively and loud 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, or my Facebook page.

Thank you!

Mark Fuller Dillon

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Reviews

Review by: Sammy on Dec. 08, 2014 :
There were some nice ideas in this short novella, but I honestly couldn't get over how utterly pretentious it was. Consider the chapter headings such as 'Eyes Like Veiled Emeralds' and 'The Solidarity of Interlect' then remember that this is basically a story about a man who has sex with a cat woman. The sex was overly described and made me feel quite sick to be honest. I didn't buy that this woman was from a race of people who evolved from cats, and yet she basically had a sexy woman's body. Wouldn't she have had like six breasts or something? Ah, but that wouldn't have suited the writer's silly fantasy. If you get off on men having sex with cats then this is probably for you. I was also annoyed by the way the protagonist kept referring to his wife as 'his wife'. Didn't she have a name? Couldn't he remember it? Or perhaps she didn't warrent one - only being a normal woman after all and not some sexy cat-lady fantasy. If you want to read a book full of boring pretentious prose in which nothing realy happens then this is right up your street.
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Review by: M R Cosby on July 24, 2014 :
Earlier this year, I reviewed Mark Fuller-Dillon's short story collection In a Season of Dead Weather, which is still one of my reads of the year; so I couldn't resist following it up with this intriguing "science fiction" novella, All Roads Lead to Winter. It's not often that I finish reading a book and say to myself, "Wow! That was quite something," but I did with this one.

This is a supremely incisive tale, almost an allegory for the modern condition. Thomas Bridge is a political prisoner, alone in a remote Canadian prison camp. When he visits his wife's grave, he is visited by Avdryana, a feline female; she is one of the Dwellers of the Night, inhabitants of a parallel Earth who are trying to save humanity from self-destruction. Their liaison lasts the night, and is beautifully described. Here, All Roads Lead to Winter becomes almost a love story; but it is so much more than that. Fuller-Dillon creates remarkable prose, and this simple tale blossoms into a touchingly well-observed account of how alien species may interact.

'Avdryana turned away from the screen and gave him a tilt of her cougar-like head. "When our kind travels, we love to feel the wind on our faces, the cold and the heat on our fur. We are Dwellers of the Night, and we live to feel the rigours of the world. To us, your vehicles are filled with dead textures and dead air; they feel like coffins."'

This novella is driven by punchy dialogue, expertly handled, which is a refreshing change from many contemporary writers who shy away from such complex interaction. I was enchanted by the story of Thomas and Avdryana, and I could not stop reading until Thomas's fate was revealed – his choice made. All Roads Lead to Winter is a wonderful tale, expertly told and perfectly formed. It feels like it must have been a very personal journey for the author. Go and download a copy now; Mark Fuller-Dillon is a rare talent who deserves to be much more widely read.
(review of free book)

Review by: MoratGurgeh on Sep. 04, 2013 :
I confess that I only read this novella as I enjoyed In A Season Of Dead Weather so much. Normally anything tagged as erotica, let alone *furry* erotica would have had me skipping straight past (add Science Fiction, too, and I'd have run screaming).

I'm *very* glad I didn't.

The 'blurb' is accurate, but the depth and complexity of every aspect of the story is quite astonishing, not to mention the consummate skill Mr. Dillon has in presenting so much, both so seamlessly and so concisely.

A beautiful, poignant, and truly outstanding example of a master-storyteller at work.

Highly recommended.
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Review by: David Longhorn on June 29, 2013 :
This is a remarkable science fiction(ish) novella about a theme that, at first glance, might seem hackneyed - what happens when the aliens arrive? Here, though, the author has rung changes on the central premise so as to make it a truly satisfying and moving read.

Firstly, the aliens are 'humans' in the sense that they are natives of a parallel earth. The 'invaders' are intelligent felines, come to our earth to save us from ourselves using their vastly superior technology - so advanced, it seems, that they can deprive every American of his/her gun, as well as sorting out climate change, overpopulation and so forth.

That might sound a bit ropey, but the sci-fi rational makes for an interesting background to what is a kind of love story. This cleverly interlinks the theme of seduction with that of the 'invasion', as the cat-people see their actions as a form of collective courtship, not conquest.

The story begins when a human dissident, Thomas Bridge (now the only resident of a prison camp in the wilds of Canada)is visited by one of the Dwellers of the Night called Avydryana. (The latter is a feline female who, perhaps, has among her ancestors the character Tigerishka in Fritz Leiber's novel The Wanderer.) After verbal sparring the two share a night of enviably thorough sex. In the dawn, they talk again. End of story. It seems little enough. And yet there's far more to this slender book than you'll find in a shelf full of over-hyped 'literary' novels.

Firstly, the sexual encounter - like everything else - is beautifully described, and the endnotes reveal that one of Dillon's influences is J.G. Ballard. Secondly, the author is more of a 'taker out' than a 'putter in', giving his writing the refreshing clarity of his wilderness setting. Thirdly, it's a lot of fun. The idea of feline evolution is cleverly handled, and there are a lot of intriguing ideas about how intelligent species might interact that are reminiscent of Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men.

All in all, I can't fault this book. If you like science fiction, you should read it. If you enjoy erotic fiction, you should read it. If you love to read, you should read it.
(review of free book)

Review by: hrhsophia on April 24, 2013 :
I thought this was beautifully written, I sympathize for Thomas, he seems frozen in the past even with a potentially interesting future ahead. Avdryana is fascinating, compassionate and downright sexy for a cat-like alien!
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Review by: Yawatta Hosby on March 28, 2013 :
***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

I liked this 8 chapter book. My favorite line: He stood in the fading light and watched the calculated sway of her hips, the candidly seductive ease of her movements. Avdryana: his judge, his jury, his jailer.

Thomas Bridge missed his dead wife so visited her gravesite. It’s revealed that he can talk to animal-like people/aliens. At first, I was a little confused because he was attracted to Avdryana–so at first, I thought he was her species too, but it turned out he’s only human.

The aliens that are a part of Dusk and Dawn took over earth. I liked Thomas and Avdryana’s conversations; the story was dialogue heavy, which I’m a huge fan.

It was a cool concept that the author combines local scenery of Quebec with bizarre events during his life and nightmares. Was this story based off a nightmare or a life experience? It’s fun to think of all the possibilities. I rooted for them to work it out and begin a relationship, and I enjoyed the drama aspects.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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