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Year of the Mountain Lion

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Originally published by Darwin's Evolution in 2011, it's now republished by Bear Mountain Books and is available as an ebook.

Cursed as a drought-bringer, Jolan lives a harsh life of nomadic exile in the desolate desert that surrounds her former home. Now, though, she is being hunted by those who have already cast her out for purposes she cannot fathom. Unfortunately for he
Kindle Edition, 21 pages
Published June 20th 2011 by Darwin's Evolutions
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The writer calls this “fantasy,” and it was published by Darwin's Evolutions, which is a Speculative Fiction magazine, (and sounds like Sci-Fi to me.) I'd call “Year of the Mountain Lion” a mythology, or more accurately, it's a short story (about 20 print pages,) about the creation of a legend in a primitive culture. I'm always fascinated by how myths and legends evolve, and this short story scratches the itch, (especially right now as a little break from the doorstopper I'm currently trying to ...more
Interesting and well paced story, ambiguously straddling the fence between historical fiction and fantasy. It has a strong female lead character who avoids many of the cliches, being neither "spunky heroine" nor weak-willed girl in search of a tall, dark, dangerous, but sensitive man. Rather, she was someone who just happened to be a woman dealing with the hand life had dealt her as best she could.
An interesting novella. I liked the ideas and concepts in this book; environmentalism and conservation of resources are topics than can become preachy very quickly. Here, due to the short length, preaching is avoided and the concepts work well as the driving force behind Jolan's exile and survival.

I would love to see a book with Jolan and her struggles further explored.

A good short story with interesting characters and world building.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Part of Darwin's Evolutions shorts (99 cent eBook). I really liked this one. The creation of myths, a community's fear (and their response), the fight for survival, and a very strong heroine. Jolan was banished from her tribe because of fear and superstition. They expected her to die on her own, but she didn't. They are now failing and need her to save them. I really hope Schneider writes more in this world. I enjoyed this first taste
Marlena Frank
This was an interesting story. I loved the environment survival aspect, and the descriptions of the dry, barren landscape. And even though I liked the lead female character, she seemed rather stale and unchanging. The adventure was fun and exciting, but the insects seemed a little over powered for them to be realistic. A fun read, but just not quite as moving as I was hoping for.

Still plan to read more from this author though! There's much potential here.
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