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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!
About the Author :
Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon. He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, working as a Marine Insurance Surveyor and as Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.
In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.
Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.
His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. Sequels to Ribbonworld and The Rocks of Aserol have been published, together with a second Andorra Pett story, Andorra Pett on Mars. He also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection. Richard is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.
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‘Life and Other Dreams’ by Richard Dee is my first encounter with this author and I thought it was an okay read.
I mean, it was quite entertaining and it kept me hooked throughout, but it felt like there could be more to it.
I really enjoyed the chapters of Dan and Vanessa on Ecias as this world was best build in my opinion.
The storyline of this world, set somewhere in the future, was intriguing and fascinating.
It stood, for me at least, in a rather big contrast with the story of Rick and Cath, which I found a bit dull and weird.
Bland as it was for the most part telling instead of showing and abnormal because of Cath’s reactions.
I know she’s supposed to be overly jealous and controlling, but she was a bit too much for me.
I also didn’t experience these chapters as very interesting as it all felt rather as an ordinary life on earth for most of the time, nothing as exciting as Ecias.
I believe it’s supposed to be like that to show contrast and to confuse, not only Rick, but us too, when everything collides, but I’m no fan of the earth chapters.
I’m afraid I must say in general that I’m not satisfied with the quality of execution of this remarkable idea that Richard Dee had.
I think it has something to do with self-publishing.
In my experience it means the book didn’t had a good brush through from an (professional) outsider and for me that’s showing, sorry.
I however do want to know what’s going to happen with Rick/Dan after that huge cliffhanger by the end!
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