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Dean started reading seriously in the second grade due to a competition and has spent most of the subsequent three decades lost in other people's worlds. After reading several local libraries more or less dry of sci-fi and fantasy, he started spending more time wandering around worlds of his own creation to avoid the boredom of the 'real' world.
Things worsened, or improved depending on your point of view, when he first started experimenting with writing while finishing up his accounting degree. These days Dean has a wonderful wife and daughter to keep him rather more grounded, but the idea of bringing others along with him as he meets interesting new people in universes nobody else has ever seen tends to drag him back to his computer on a fairly regular basis.
on Oct. 03, 2013 :
This is an atmospheric, beautifully-rendered short story which treats its central character with great sympathy, and involves the reader in her dilemma. I also liked the author's depiction of winter, and how this could be seen as an allegory for the protagonist's emotions. The ending leaves the story open for further instalments, but the story in and of itself is highly satisfying.
(reviewed long after purchase)