Dreamside Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story begins in a contemporary setting (the 1980's) and follows Lee, an advertising executive with a dark past that has come back to haunt him. An old lover from his student days, Ella Innes, returns to his life and tells him they must solve the problems created by a lucid dreaming experiment they ran at university.
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A long flashback to the 1980s covers Lee's involvement with the dreaming group, along with Brad, an obnoxious medical student, and Honora, a repressed artist. The group progresses under their charismatic leader, Professor LP Burns. There is a sense of wonder but also underlying threat in their fantastic dream world. The well defined characters form relationships or reject them within this group, always under the disciplined leadership of Burns. Then the Professor dies, and four of them continue the lucid dreaming on their own, finding it an addictive experience. Brad's sexual jealousy results in an attack on Honora, and the group shatters apart.

Back in the 1980s, Lee and Ella make contact with the group again and face the dangers that Brad unleashed. The dream world is dangerously impinging on their real one, and they tackle this with tragic results.
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It happens to them. They meet in their dreams, and sometimes they can't wake up. It all started as an experiment in dreaming. A flyer, a crush, and a room full of quiet, unsure students. Once the experiment got underway, so did the acting skills of the students. A little bluff here and there won't hurt anyone. But what if it does? By the end of term, the professor has picked four to continue the experiment. The four. As the project begins to take up more of their lives, the four find themselves in a strange relationship. Their journeys into dreamside become more detailed and adventurous and things are just beginning to get strange when something chages the terrain of dreamside, and the four might be trapped...
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 35%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring the dreamscape Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   bad dreams

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind control


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   unfriendly aliens Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   main character impregnated against her will    -   society controls main character's sexing    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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