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Posted January 22, 2009
In this latest signed limited edition work from the publisher Delerium specializing in regularly bringing such valued books to fantasy literature fans, Richard Sparke has disturbing dreams about his dead mother and daughter. The dreams carry over into his waking life, so that the line between dreaming and reality becomes blurred. He seeks help for this from the psychologist Dr. Marcus Delany; who tells Richard 'lucid dreaming' is the professional terminology for his disturbing experiences, even though Delany is not able to cure him of them. Richard's girlfriend Pamela tries to help him too, with her 'portable time-trip unit.' But the unit brings only a mixed blessing--giving Richard some relief and deeper understanding of what is happening to him, but not able to free him from his 'lucid dreaming.' In this state where borders between different zones dissolve, a homeless man becomes Richard's double--setting the stage for the existence of only one of them. In Laimo's skilled hands, these varied elements make for a spellbinding tale. Laimo is familiar to fantasy-literature buffs as the author of previous novels and story collections and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated 'Atmosphere.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.