This week on Streets Ahead, the street team are promoting Richard Dee’s ‘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 on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, 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.
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. Disaster strikes in each world at the same time. Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, 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?
Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?
I enjoyed this fascinating story by Richard Dee.
Rick’s life on earth is tedious and mundane, until he takes an untested medication for insomnia and starts to have vivid dreams of a ‘future’ life, on another planet.
In contrast to Rick’s daily grind, Dan’s days with his wife, Vanessa, exploring Ecias, are filled with action and excitement.
However lucid, a dream is just a dream, until Rick meets Esther Phay, and the coincidences mount up. Dan being accused of murder on Ecias and Rick’s wife accusing him of having an affair, leave Rick wondering what’s real.
The main characters were well fleshed out, and the world building was excellent. I could see the flora and fauna, and the wonderful scenery of Ecias.
Which life is real and which is the dream? Or are they both real? I need to know. With the cliffhanger ending, I’ll definitely be reading the second book of this two-part story. – Lorraine