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Doranna's quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over nearly 50 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...
Along with the occasional original, these Smashwords editions are author presentations of favorites once found on bookstore shelves.
on Feb. 16, 2014 :
This was different from Durgin's usual stuff. No animals, and kind of dark. Maybe darkly humorous?
Augie was not a sympathetic character. To me, he seemed to be the sort who grasped at “get rich quick” schemes and thought himself clever for doing so. He didn't bother to get the LitEd (reading) education that his workplace offered because he didn't feel it was necessary. Also, he resented those who were educated and didn't want to become like them – he didn't realize it, but he judged educated people just as much as he believed they judged him.
The ending was clever and tied in several things that had previously been mentioned – even the story's title served as a clue. If I had to name one complaint about the story, it would probably be that what the pills truly did was kind of...silly? That's probably not the best word for it. These pills were supposed to be future tech, but they did something that people could easily do right now if it weren't for the politics and ethical concerns. The future tech...wasn't.
Anyway, I thought Durgin did well with the short story format and wasn't left feeling that Fountane Of should have been longer.
(Originally posted on http://familiardiversions.blogspot.com/2013/04/fountane-of-e-short-story-by-doranna.html)
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on June 07, 2013 :
Very short. The plot is a thread without any depth as might be expected from the length. OK but doesn't grab me. I can see how the edginess would appeal to people who appreciate it.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2012 :
Not her usual thing, but still very good.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Mary E. Lowd
on Aug. 11, 2010 :
Exactly like the description says -- "short and edgy." Well worth reading.
(review of free book)