A Million Heavens

A Million Heavens

On the top floor of a small hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless father. Outside the clinic, a motley vigil assembles beneath a reluctant New Mexico winter?strangers in search of answers, a brush with the mystical, or just an escape. To some the boy is a novelty, to others a religion. Just beyond this ragtag circle roams a On the top floor of a small hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless fathe...

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Title:A Million Heavens
Author:John Brandon
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1936365731
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

A Million Heavens Reviews

  • Oriana
    Jul 02, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

  • Katya
    Aug 12, 2018

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

  • Pete
    Jan 07, 2014

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

    A strange and lovely novel. (When one of the characters is a wolf whose interior monologues we follow, you know you're in the midst of a rather unique tale.). The writing is frequently beautiful, and the author Got Me with some of the characters whose evolution felt both well earned an...

    New Mexico. Small towns. Desert. Connections. Every Wednesday there is a vigil for Soren outside in the parking lot. The Wolf Is a loner. He makes his nightly rounds around town. He observes the people and listens. He is mysterious, always hiding and waiting in the background. ...

    John Brandon used this novel to explore the lives of a number of people who have found themselves stuck in some way. He employs a P.T. Anderson approach, showing us multiple, slightly interconnected stories at the same time, as a group of people in a failing town in New Mexico try to g...

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall: It took me a while to get into A Million Heavens. It constantly shifts perspectives, always remaining in the third person. Some characters are never referred to directly by name, even after we learn their names. The narra...

    120 pages in and finally something even slightly interesting happened. Thank goodness. SPOILERS**************************************** I read this book because it was sent to me as an Indiespensible and it is as of yet the ONLY Indiespensible that has not been a page-turner fo...

    i should just start including a boilerplate legal notice that 5 quality units is not a sufficiently nuanced gradient for rendering opinions BUT whatever. i give this book 4.5 stars and round it up to 5 because i personally really like john brandon's thing. gentle but not bland language...

  • Laura (booksnob)
    Jun 14, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

    A strange and lovely novel. (When one of the characters is a wolf whose interior monologues we follow, you know you're in the midst of a rather unique tale.). The writing is frequently beautiful, and the author Got Me with some of the characters whose evolution felt both well earned an...

    New Mexico. Small towns. Desert. Connections. Every Wednesday there is a vigil for Soren outside in the parking lot. The Wolf Is a loner. He makes his nightly rounds around town. He observes the people and listens. He is mysterious, always hiding and waiting in the background. ...

  • Richard
    Sep 25, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

  • Jason Sinclair Long
    Feb 23, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

  • Diane Yannick
    Sep 22, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

  • Chantal
    Jul 25, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

  • Tamsen
    Oct 22, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

  • Amy
    Feb 18, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

  • Toni
    Jul 17, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

  • Lauren orso
    Jul 21, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

  • Jonathan
    Sep 13, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 19, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

  • Dan Walters
    Jun 07, 2014

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

  • Risa
    Oct 01, 2016

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

    A strange and lovely novel. (When one of the characters is a wolf whose interior monologues we follow, you know you're in the midst of a rather unique tale.). The writing is frequently beautiful, and the author Got Me with some of the characters whose evolution felt both well earned an...

  • Monika
    Aug 19, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

    A strange and lovely novel. (When one of the characters is a wolf whose interior monologues we follow, you know you're in the midst of a rather unique tale.). The writing is frequently beautiful, and the author Got Me with some of the characters whose evolution felt both well earned an...

    New Mexico. Small towns. Desert. Connections. Every Wednesday there is a vigil for Soren outside in the parking lot. The Wolf Is a loner. He makes his nightly rounds around town. He observes the people and listens. He is mysterious, always hiding and waiting in the background. ...

    John Brandon used this novel to explore the lives of a number of people who have found themselves stuck in some way. He employs a P.T. Anderson approach, showing us multiple, slightly interconnected stories at the same time, as a group of people in a failing town in New Mexico try to g...

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall: It took me a while to get into A Million Heavens. It constantly shifts perspectives, always remaining in the third person. Some characters are never referred to directly by name, even after we learn their names. The narra...

  • Andra Watkins
    Jul 21, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

  • Maridith Geuder
    Feb 14, 2018

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

  • Alexandra Rosenblum
    Jan 02, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

    A strange and lovely novel. (When one of the characters is a wolf whose interior monologues we follow, you know you're in the midst of a rather unique tale.). The writing is frequently beautiful, and the author Got Me with some of the characters whose evolution felt both well earned an...

    New Mexico. Small towns. Desert. Connections. Every Wednesday there is a vigil for Soren outside in the parking lot. The Wolf Is a loner. He makes his nightly rounds around town. He observes the people and listens. He is mysterious, always hiding and waiting in the background. ...

    John Brandon used this novel to explore the lives of a number of people who have found themselves stuck in some way. He employs a P.T. Anderson approach, showing us multiple, slightly interconnected stories at the same time, as a group of people in a failing town in New Mexico try to g...

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall: It took me a while to get into A Million Heavens. It constantly shifts perspectives, always remaining in the third person. Some characters are never referred to directly by name, even after we learn their names. The narra...

    120 pages in and finally something even slightly interesting happened. Thank goodness. SPOILERS**************************************** I read this book because it was sent to me as an Indiespensible and it is as of yet the ONLY Indiespensible that has not been a page-turner fo...

  • Sean Owen
    Sep 22, 2014

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

  • Steve Bauman
    Jul 29, 2012

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

  • David
    Jun 21, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

  • Tarin Towers
    May 15, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

  • Jim Lang
    Aug 14, 2014

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...

    Set in the New Mexico desert, this book features the landscape as a shaper of the many voices featured in its narrative. Characters range from a dead Reggie who may or may not be in heaven to a wolf, a failed mayor, a gas station owner who wanders in the desert, and many others. Origin...

    I'm finally making my way through my neglected Indiespensable collection, and half-accidentally continued on with the wolf theme from Wolf Winter. Unlike Wolf Winter, however, I really struggled with this one. At the beginning I was intrigued by the different narratives and curious wh...

    A strange and lovely novel. (When one of the characters is a wolf whose interior monologues we follow, you know you're in the midst of a rather unique tale.). The writing is frequently beautiful, and the author Got Me with some of the characters whose evolution felt both well earned an...

    New Mexico. Small towns. Desert. Connections. Every Wednesday there is a vigil for Soren outside in the parking lot. The Wolf Is a loner. He makes his nightly rounds around town. He observes the people and listens. He is mysterious, always hiding and waiting in the background. ...

    John Brandon used this novel to explore the lives of a number of people who have found themselves stuck in some way. He employs a P.T. Anderson approach, showing us multiple, slightly interconnected stories at the same time, as a group of people in a failing town in New Mexico try to g...

  • Jordan
    Feb 20, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

  • Wayne
    Feb 13, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

  • Suzanne Zeitouni
    Nov 10, 2013

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

  • Amy
    Jul 01, 2018

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

  • Deborah Bausmith
    Mar 09, 2018

    I guess I forgot to tell you guys about this one when I proofed it, sorry. It's kind of a slower burn than his previous books; it felt a little draggy at the beginning, but all of a sudden I was so immersed in it and it just tears through from there on. Unsurprisingly, being John Brand...

    I think maybe some of the reviewers who didn't like this book either don't like this KIND of book or don't know how to read this kind of book. There are a lot of negative comments regarding the "disjointed plot line," etc. Yes, like many other authors have done in the past and will con...

    A Million Heavens drove me crazy. How dare the author write such a disjointed narrative and then tie it together so beautifully in the last few pages? John Brandon can write beautifully but I wanted a story that I could dig into without keeping a journal of 'symbolism that I should (bu...

    I really liked this novel. It fits together like a half-dozen character studies. It seemed disjointed at first and I had some difficulty fitting the pieces together, but by the last 1/2 I was truly transfixed. Awestruck in the last quarter. A beautiful, creative narrative about loss an...

    I want very badly to give this book 5 stars because so much is done so well within it, but then there's the wolf, and Reggie. Honestly, if these two characrer weren't there, getting in the way, and insisting on a direction, I think Brandon's other characters, all so wonderfully crafted...

    I love libraries, and I love librarians who take a chance on books that may not make it to the best-seller lists. (I don't know how they choose, but if anyone would like to enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.) Here in Seattle/King County we have great librarians. In the past year I've tak...

    Beautifully written and structured. Initially it seemed too clever for its own good--the wolf-perspective chapters were kind of, "oh yeah, it's a McSweeny's book, herp"--but Brandon does such a superb job of tying everything together... it's just an impressive piece of work from st...

    I'm not usually a fan of mystic realism and this parable seemed stretched at times. A group of disjointed misfits whose stories entwine with the meanderings and symbolic maulings of a wolf, leave the reader in free fall at times. This work was more poetry than narrative and while I app...

    Slow, a bit bizarre, glad when it ended. ...

    Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney?s, 272 pages First Line: "The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned." Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind ...

    Tentatively 4 stars. In my mind, I bounced back and forth between 3 and 4 stars as I read. I had 3-star "It's good, but why should I care?" moments and 4-star "Daaaaang this shit is legit" moments, and ultimately the latter won. I think. Reggie is dead. Soren is in a coma. These ...

    Cecelia, The Wolf, The Mayor, Reggie, Dannie, Arn, The Gas Station Owner, Soren's Father, The Piano Teacher, The Wolf, Dannie, The Gas Station Owner, Arn, Cecelia, The Mayor, Reggie, Cecelia, The Wolf...these are subheadings cutting up the entire book every two or three pages. These ch...

    "A Million Heavens" follows about a dozen characters as they live their messy lives in and around shitty small towns in New Mexico. Events center around a young boy who currently lies in a coma, having collapsed after playing beautiful, original music out of nowhere. His piano teacher ...

    John Brandon has done an impressive job of carving out a recognizable style with only a few books to his credit. The Brandon style has a very strong sense of place, though "A Million Heavens" is based in the New Mexico desert rather than the sprawl of northern Florida that was the home...

    If John Brandon writes like anyone, he writes like Kurt Vonnegut. The content is completely different, of course, but the structure of the sentence is remarkably similar. Short, simple sentences, often beginning with the name of a character, full of matter-of-fact detail, and frequent ...

    Although I puzzled through much of this book wondering where it was going and how it would tie its various and seemingly unrelated story lines together, I ended up loving where it went and ultimately loving the book itself. John Brandon is a good solid writer and certainly not someone...

    I was prepared not to like this very much. The idea of the supernatural, after-life aspect of the book didn't appeal to me much. In the end, though, I loved it like the rest of Brandon's books. I can see why someone might consider the book "slow", but in the end it's definitely worth i...

    Went into this book having no expectations and really liked it. I was intrigued by all the characters and their intertwined stories. Would recommend it to anyone who loves good characters and stories. ...

    Wonderful. Tis a rare gift to make you feel less alone and much, much lonelier. ...

    Characters I cared for mired in the stew of many I did not. A couple of them propelled me onward, and I finished not exactly sorry I stuck it out. A new experience. ...

    1.5 stars. Great cover, but sadly, a rather pointless, predictable novel filled with characters that all sounded the same. ...

    There?s quiet gathering of people in a parking lot outside an Albuquerque hospital clinic. A child piano prodigy lies in a coma. There?s a ?motley group? of people, loosely connected, in a struggling nearby town of Loft, woven together by a wandering wolf. I might have quit...