Jon has lived in the Midwest US, not in the fictional city that most of his stories take place in, but not far from there, for all his life, apart from quick sorties to Canada and Mexico and a somewhat longer one to France (Paris, Brittany, Normandy, Loire Valley). He has a degree in French from a university in the Midwest.
Interests, apart from writing, have included classical guitar, cycling (before something effectively destroyed his sense of balance), most of the arts, especially photography; and gay rights and human rights in general.
Likes the novella form -- which the popularity of e-reading is reportedly re-invigorating.
by Jon Rutherford
Approx. 5,970 words.
Published on January 15, 2012.
If Gerald had known what his craving for more used LP's was about to lead to, he would have stayed at home. But then he would not have met Tony. And meeting the kid might -- or might not -- turn out to be a big improvement in Gerald's life.
by Jon Rutherford
Approx. 3,500 words.
Published on January 14, 2012.
Josh and Helen have had almost fifty years of good marriage. One winter morning, Josh has a disturbing dream he can't remember. When he does remember it, he tells Helen about it. An incident in his childhood has not loosed its hold on him, and he is left to question the value of friendship and love itself.
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on Jan. 21, 2012
When I started reading "Deathless" and discovered it was fantasy and not only that but -- well, I won't spoil it by elaborating -- I was disappointed but, boy, am I glad I kept on reading. By the last page I was in tears and desperately wanted the tale to go on...and on...and on. It has never quite left my mind in the well over a year since, and when I wanted to re-read but couldn't think of either title or author, I was sad. Then I found it again!
For me, at least, this is a profoundly touching story, and moreover it cured my intransigent dislike of fantasy. It's that fairly rare thing, a can't-put-downer with characters I came to love like real friends.
- One Thousand Lollipops
on May 12, 2012
I confess to having not been a child for many decades now, but I guarantee that if I'd heard or read this story when I was a kid, I would have loved it. Beautifully written and consistently entertaining, the story is carried along on a current of goodnatured satire that delighted me. Well done indeed!
- Fallen Soldiers
on May 13, 2012
One of the most poignant stories I've had the pleasure of reading. Sarah's gift is truly marvelous, and gives special meaning to the term "awakening" as she finds herself involved in a most unusual adventure. I was rooting for the protagonists from the first moment of revelation. The characters are drawn so vividly that I felt almost as though I knew them myself. And as with any really good book, there is food furnished for thought long after the final page is reached. Wonderful reading. Thank you, Ms. Applebee!
on July 06, 2012
A wonderfully well written account, in the form of a reminiscence, of a few days of pivotal importance to the life of the young narrator, Tucker, abused, virtually abandoned, and now on the road. No easy answers here. The characters are vivid and involving, the story gripping, the element of fantasy beautifully handled. A story like this invites sentimentality; Ms. Mason-Black avoids it scrupulously.
If this book had been 300 pages long instead of just over twenty, I think I'd still have read it in one sitting.