Book Review: Dream Bouncing
I couldn’t finish the book in time to do a Wordful Wednesday post, so here it is one day late.
I know the co-author, Tony Sharp, personally, and he gave me a copy to read.
This book falls under the sci-fi genre, and since that is not really my cup of tea, that would explain why I took a while to finish it. I kept at it because of my association with the author.
Edward Newman is a doctor who opens up a clinic in England specialising in sleep disorders. His business picks up when several people come to him explaining that they have been experiencing shared lucid dreams. The dreams take place in the past during WWII. Ed is intrigued and in setting out to discover the meaning of all this, he gets involved in dream bouncing himself and alters the course of history.
Some scattered thoughts:
The book is divided into two parts. Part I sets the background and Part II is where most of the action takes place. Once you get past Part I, and provided you’ve been paying attention to the characters and their individual stories, Part II should be a much more enjoyable read. The pace picks up and the story moves along quickly towards the climax. There are several subplots in addition to the main storyline and they all tie up nicely; there are no loose ends. This makes for a satisfying read overall.
This books is definitely science-fiction with elements of time travel and the repercussions of that.
The story introduces too many characters too quickly — the patients who come to the clinic with the same sleep disorder — and I found it hard to keep track of them. The authors tried hard to capture the way the characters speak — mispronunciations and speech quirks and all. This can be a good thing as it makes the characters seem more real. In this case, however, I felt that it was overdone and I found it hard to concentrate on the story at times because I was too hung up on the idiosyncratic speech patterns. Also, these quirks were not consistent which added to the dissonance.
It is very obvious that the book was self-published. Some professional proofreading would have helped with identifying and editing the malapropisms.
I think this book would translate very well onto the screen, either a TV mini-series or a full-length movie. It is somewhat Doctor-Who-esque.
Master 12, a Doctor Who fan, finished the book in one day said that he enjoyed it very much and would rate it 4/5.