Leonard Compton / Stoney Compton
Stoney (Leonard W.) Compton is a native of Grand Island, Nebraska, an Honorably Discharged Viet Nam era veteran of the US Navy, and a thirty-one year resident of Alaska. He attended the University of Alaska; the University of Missouri at Columbia; Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg; and Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau from which he earned a Bachelor's degree with majors in American History and Art, and minors in Education and Sociology.
He is the father of two, Sarah Maisie and Danford Gordon. Since college, he has worked primarily in graphics. He has fought forest fires for the Bureau of Land Management, worked as a gandy dancer on the Alaska Railroad, operated his own tour bus company, been a television camera man, film editor, and graphic artist, and created a comic book for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, an Athabascan Indian social services organization in Fairbanks. He was art director for Tundra Times, an Alaska Native weekly newspaper.
He was employed by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a graphic artist and as a project assistant for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
His fine art has been included in the All Alaska Juried Art Show, the Western States Juried Art Show in Honolulu, Hawaii, and in the Contemporary Works on Paper Juried Show in Buffalo, New York where he received the Curator's Award.
A writer since 1984,he has had genre fiction published. As co-founder and president of Rain Forest Writers in Juneau, he coordinated three annual writer's conferences.
During his 31 years in Alaska, Stoney lived in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Metlakatla, and Juneau.
In June, 1998, due to illness in the family, he moved to Colorado. In 1999 he accepted a visual information specialist position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Seattle area.
After 10 years in the Puget sound area and two in the desert near Las Vegas, NV he recently moved to Corpus Christi, TX with his dancer wife, Colette, a varying number of cats, and Pullo, their Australian Blue Heeler, and Parker, their Red Heeler/Akita mix. Currently Stoney is an illustrator for the Chief of Naval Air Training at NAS Corpus Christi, TX.
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Mountain man Caleb Pasco was finished after more than 30 seasons of trapping beaver and living wild and free. Then he stumbled across a new valley, full of plump, prime beaver, complete with a creature from his nightmares, and more gold than he could carry.
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Return to Kiana
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Suddenly he can communicate with another being - and it wants to kill him.
And this is just the start of their story.
Stoker Payne loved exoarchaeology, every thing old was always new, Dig N-19 on Kiana was just another elaborate alien puzzle – until they got down to LEVEL SIX and make a discovery that changes his life, and perhaps cosmic history.
Welcome to the 32nd century.
Treadwell, A Novel of Alaska Territory
In 1915 seasoned Pinkerton investigator August Lepke goes to Alaska Territory to “box up” captured serial killer Edward Krause by finding evidence. Once in Juneau he encounters suffragette Florence Malone, her sister Fiona, and their shady, politically powerful father, Jack. He is aided by new friends in the Native & Filipino communities and encounters unexpected enemies. A saboteur emerges.
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- The Stone Dragon
on Feb. 03, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, most unusual. (Pauline Ross review), December 20, 2011
This review is from: The Stone Dragon (Paperback)
Pauline Ross, residing in the UK, gave permission for this review to be posted for Amazon USA.
The original was posted by her at the Goodreads site, under her name.
Read in November, 2011
Interesting book, most unusual. I could say that it features an orphaned young man, talking dragons, mages, bucolic country inns, stolen swords and a talking garden gnome, and it would all be true but it would give entirely the wrong impression. This seems like a cute coming of age story, and parts of it are exactly that, but it has far more backbone than that implies.
Firstly, the magic. The mages are not your average thunderbolt-hurling wizards. One of them is someone who simply gathers magic around him, without any intervention on his part. And two are dream-mages, who are perfectly ordinary while awake, but have almost god-like powers while dreaming. Glimmer, the central character, is of this type, and how he learns to live with his abilities is the heart of the story.
More importantly, the author makes the point that magic is everywhere, in us, and around us, and at the core of everything. More specifically, he deals with the issue of how the human mind deals with magic (or fails to deal with it, sometimes). The dream sequences are (perhaps inevitably) the most interesting part of the book, and we feel Glimmer's own awe and fear at his dream-mage experiences. There are also other beings with magical abilities, and a general sense of all-pervading magic overlaying everything, wherever people are open-minded enough to allow for the possibility.
The real problem with this is that Glimmer is capable of almost anything, without any limitations. Even given that his abilities are unusually strong (another dream-mage is clearly less talented), magic without boundaries is really not particularly interesting. Time after time, people (or animals, or artifacts) simply appear where they are needed, or a way is miraculously found to achieve the seemingly impossible. There are events close to the end which come perilously close to deus ex machina.
The author has a suitably poetic writing style which works very well most of the time, although sometimes it gets a little overwrought, and (particularly latterly) tends to obscure what is actually happening. Sometimes (in the dreams, for instance) this is understandable, and there is always enough information given later to work things out, but still, there were several places where I had no idea what the hell was going on, and would have appreciated more clarity.
Plotwise - well, what plot? This is not really a coherent story, rather a series of tenuously linked episodes set against the backdrop of Glimmer growing up. This reduced the tension at several points, and made the book easy to put down, although each episode in itself was quite page-turningly dramatic. There are moments, too, when everything fell into place with perfect rightness - the unexpected appearance of DeVasier, for instance, made me laugh out loud at the sheer awesomeness of it.
Glimmer is a likeable character. In fact, almost all the characters are likeable in a realistic way and even the exceptions are understandably complex and believable. If I have a complaint, it is that almost everyone is simply too nice. Well - magic at work, I suppose. The dragons, of course, steal the show.
On the whole, I enjoyed this. There were times when it was just too twee and I thought - this is (essentially) a talking garden gnome riding a fox, here - and times when the magic just became too easy. I'm also quite confident that a lot of the themes of mind and consciousness were way over my head. But there were wonderfully lyrical passages too that were a joy to read.