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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Dastardly Bastard

    Is it real or is it a nightmare? I know, asking if fiction is real seems like a silly question. I’ll explain. While I’m reading a book, what is happening feels real, to some degree. The more engrossed I am in the story, the more real it seems. Whether a book was realistic (it could have happened to me or someone else), or not very (unless you truly believe in vampires, or the paranormal creatures and supernatural happenings found in some fiction), when I’m reading, it is real.

    When I’m having a nightmare, it also feels real, but in not quite the same way. It’s more surreal. The things happening in the nightmare seem strange, as if they can’t be happening, yet I’m “seeing” them happen and don’t question it. The terror I’m feeling seems real. In a nightmare, I might move from one scene to another and not be quite sure how I moved from there to here, yet in my mind it makes sense.

    The more I read of Dastardly Bastard, the more it felt like a nightmare. Full of terror and surreal happenings. When I “woke up,” I was sweating and my heart pounding. No way I was going back to sleep.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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