Dreamside

Dreamside[PDF / Epub] ☉ Dreamside By Graham Joyce – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Finally available in America the debut novel from the author of The Tooth Fairy and Dark Sister It began as an experiment in college a seemingly harmless investigation into lucid dreaming, the ability Finally available in America the debut novel from the author of The Tooth Fairy and Dark Sister It began as an experiment in college a seemingly harmless investigation into lucid dreaming, the ability to control one s dreamsBut they stayed too long on Dreamside, and now, ten years later, the dreams have returned returned to upend their adult lives The dreams of youth fade, if you re lucky If not, they can consume you and will. Being a massive fan of lucid dreaming and everything to do with the subconscious, I picked up Dreamside expecting my mind to be absolutely blown away by the scary imagery, the ridiculously in depth character background and how their individual relationships with each other.Needless to say, I was rather underwhelmed Joyce delivered a solid story with a decent plot and believable characters, but I felt that the dream imagery was rather underplayed There were a fair amount of bizarre moments, and Being a massive fan of lucid dreaming and everything to do with the subconscious, I picked up Dreamside expecting my mind to be absolutely blown away by the scary imagery, the ridiculously in depth character background and how their individual relationships with each other.Needless to say, I was rather underwhelmed Joyce delivered a solid story with a decent plot and believable characters, but I felt that the dream imagery was rather underplayed There were a fair amount of bizarre moments, and I loved how Joyce incorporated real life aspects of dreaming false awakenings, sleep paralysis, etc However, the dreamscape seemed too similar and bland all the time for me to be truly immersed, and what all the characters decided to do in the lucid dreams were pretty unoriginal Yet, this opinion is strongly based from taste, and creating a ridiculous dreamscape is a tough challenge for an author, so I m not going to let this affect the rating too much.The characters had a bit too much of a Dean Koontz feel to them they were three dimensional, but seemed to have absolutely no life outside of the plot Sure, they had professions, personality traits and different dynamics with each other Yet they weren t complicated, they seemed like plot puppets that were only in the book to move forth the story I didn t feel any emotion at the end for the characters, which spoke volumes for me, personally.I m not sure, this book could have handled the dream theme a lot better, but I m thankful it exists, because I think the topic of lucid dreaming is severely ignored in today s society The book featuring a part of its story in the past was a very clever idea, and even allowed Joyce to get away with the almost perfect characterisation of Ella she s muchroughed up in the first section of the book However, the book still has its glaring flaws, and as a result I can only give it so much This was Joyce s first novel it s a much slimmer volume than his better known THE TOOTH FAIRY or REQUIEM I nearly gave it two stars, since the final return to the dreamside was so outrageously extreme but somehow this little book had some mesmerizing ideas The concept of 4 people linked in lucid dreaming, under the guidance of a college professor, is an interesting one At first it s miraculous for the whole group but what they ve done is peel back the covering of something dark and dange This was Joyce s first novel it s a much slimmer volume than his better known THE TOOTH FAIRY or REQUIEM I nearly gave it two stars, since the final return to the dreamside was so outrageously extreme but somehow this little book had some mesmerizing ideas The concept of 4 people linked in lucid dreaming, under the guidance of a college professor, is an interesting one At first it s miraculous for the whole group but what they ve done is peel back the covering of something dark and dangerous no surprise there this IS Graham Joyce, after all However, the characters are all pretty two dimensional, and that s a shame It s almost as if they are just the clothesline upon which to hang the story and the strangest character, a child who might have been BORN on the dreamside but not in reality, is never given her due Still, there s a spell that Joyce weaves as dreams become nightmares that drew me in He steps back at the end, giving somewhatof a happy ending than in others of his works Maybe, since this was his first novel, he didn t realize just what a magnetic pull the dark would have on him in later works.The quotations about dreaming at the beginning of each chapter are carefully chosen and come from a wide range of sources well done This was a fantastic book that was finished way too soon in my opinion I can t say enough about this book, so I m going to keep this review minimal I have a fascination with lucid dreaming, sleep studies, parallel realities, ghosts, haunted houses, and most things paranormal or otherworldly If you enjoyed the psychology and fear aspect of the movie The Haunting based on The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson or if you re familiar with the Brian study that mass hypnosis hysteria can This was a fantastic book that was finished way too soon in my opinion I can t say enough about this book, so I m going to keep this review minimal I have a fascination with lucid dreaming, sleep studies, parallel realities, ghosts, haunted houses, and most things paranormal or otherworldly If you enjoyed the psychology and fear aspect of the movie The Haunting based on The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson or if you re familiar with the Brian study that mass hypnosis hysteria can conjure ghosts or would read a story about the aftereffects of such a study then this is the book for you I felt that the ending wrapped up a bit too neatly, but this was definitely a book that kept me turning pages while trying to figure out what was dream and what, if anything, was reality I love to read about dream worlds, ESP, Psychics, and pretty much anything paranormal, so this was right up my alley Four students engage in an experiment using lucid dreaming But when the experiment ends, they continue the dreaming, with devastating consequences for them all An interesting concept and a suspenseful, fast read. In Dreamside Graham Joyce perfectly captures the slow, heavy feeling of being stuck in a bad dream, unable to properly distinguish fantasy from reality, and struggling to wake up.The plot is split between the flashbacks to the past, which delve heavily into the mechanisms and psychology of both dreaming and group dynamics and the current action which is tense and mysterious, as the characters are haunted by their past mistakes, in dreaming and with each other.This falls somewhere between sci fi In Dreamside Graham Joyce perfectly captures the slow, heavy feeling of being stuck in a bad dream, unable to properly distinguish fantasy from reality, and struggling to wake up.The plot is split between the flashbacks to the past, which delve heavily into the mechanisms and psychology of both dreaming and group dynamics and the current action which is tense and mysterious, as the characters are haunted by their past mistakes, in dreaming and with each other.This falls somewhere between sci fi, magic realism, and fantasy and due to the lack of sufficient knowledge about dream states and lucid dreaming, I would say that this is a grey area that Joyce thoroughly explores, whilst somehow leaving it as shrouded in post wake up fog as before.As in other books I have read by Graham Joyce, the prose is beautiful, almost poetic, yet somehow encapsulates the mundane details of life, and the awkwardness of not quite connecting, not quite belonging I feel that,than the plot, it is this ethereally earthy dichotomy which draws the reader to his writing, and tempts his classification as literary fiction in addition to the previously mentioned genres.Dreamside is not a light, whimsical read, and certainly not an easy one, but a thoughtful treatise on the relationships within a group, and how the different individual personalities and actions can impact on each other in unforseen, and predictable, ways It had been a strange night A dervish of unfathomable, fevered images had crowded his dreams Now they were sluicing away, as though painted on his skin He threw on his once white towelling robe and went into his kitchen Somewhere a time set radio switched itself on and a breakfast voice piped feebly He took an egg and cracked it on a pan but it didn t break He tried a second time Again it didn t break Oh, no, he said, oh, no Raising the egg close to his face, he blew on it sharply.Then he woke up Graham Joyce, DreamsideReview by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows bloghttps bookshineandreadbows.wordpres Dreamside is Graham Joyce s first novel and it shows, in that it doesn t have the same sophistication of his later work Having said that, there s some good writing here, but the fantasy element was too far fetched for me, particularly the latter scenes In the early 1970s four students sign up to an experiment in lucid dreaming the ability to control one s dreams led by Professor Burns What begins as an enjoyable exploration of their dreams and sexuality, turns into a nightmare over which Dreamside is Graham Joyce s first novel and it shows, in that it doesn t have the same sophistication of his later work Having said that, there s some good writing here, but the fantasy element was too far fetched for me, particularly the latter scenes In the early 1970s four students sign up to an experiment in lucid dreaming the ability to control one s dreams led by Professor Burns What begins as an enjoyable exploration of their dreams and sexuality, turns into a nightmare over which they have no control I couldn t wait to sink into Dreamside, I think my expectations exceeded my dreams of what this book did for me I love the concept and what the dreams come to in the end an amazing first novel I ll say that for sure. I wanted to read about lucid dreaming loved Joyce s Limits if Enchantment This didn t seem to cover as much about lucid dreaming as I expected It seems to skirt around the the fun, scary, eerie parts I expected But I love Joyce s writing I look forward to some of his others I wanted to read about lucid dreaming loved Joyce s Limits if Enchantment This didn t seem to cover as much about lucid dreaming as I expected It seems to skirt around the the fun, scary, eerie parts I expected But I love Joyce s writing I look forward to some of his others Interesting and unique idea about lucid dreaming, but the story felt unresolved The violent act was never resolved, nor its consequences without being spoilery I would have likedrepercussions of these events. This might ve gotten 5 stars had it had a different ending.

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Dreamside
  • Graham Joyce
  • English
  • 07 January 2018
  • 0312875460