This week on Streets Ahead we’re promoting Richard Dee’s Sci-Fi/ psychological thriller ‘Life and Other Dreams‘:
One man, two lives. Which one is the reality? Is he Rick, living on Earth? Or is he Dan, living in another time and place? Accused of a crime in one world, he’s stuck in the other. Where do you go when you dream?
Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.
In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.
Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.
Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?
Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!
8 July 2019
Rick and Dan are one and the same person, but living different lives through their dreams. Dan exists several hundred years in the future on a newly-colonised planet, with his wife Vanessa. Rick lives here on Earth, now, where his existence is far duller and his wife Cath considerably less likable. So when Rick dreams, he become Dan – and this has been augmented by Rick’s participation in the trial of a new drug for insomnia.
I found it hard to put this book down. Richard Dee writes in a straightforward and honest style which sweeps up the reader into this most original of tales, and won’t let go!
Four and a half stars, because at times I felt the story drifted a little.
Would I read it again? Yes, and I’ll probably read the sequel which is advertised at the end.