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Things are looking great for Greg Donner, a Chicago freelance writer. He's got a terrific project, and he's met the woman of his dreams -- literally, his dreams (though they're rather odd ones). But then, one night, he falls asleep and awakes . . . to the beginning of a nightmare he just can't seem to wake up from. . . ....

Title : Dreamer
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ISBN : 9780099656302
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Number of Pages : 489 Pages
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Dreamer Reviews

  • Rebecca Bryant
    2019-04-09 13:55

    This book takes you on a ride between dream and reality. Our main character Greg goes back and forth from dream to reality that at one point I wasn't even sure I could tell the difference. It was a well written story that had me guessing from first to last page and now that I'm done I'm still trying to figure out if the character was living a dream or reality it was that good. I definite page turner. If you enjoy suspense/mystery/paranormal type books this is a good one to get.

  • Rich Stoehr
    2019-04-03 13:58

    Dreamer originally came out 25 years ago, and it's something of a crime that I didn't read it until now.This is a book that's right up my alley - full of twists and turns and unexpected ideas. It starts out a little slow, a story of Greg Donner, a freelance writer having some troubling dreams and finding himself falling in love with the girl of his dreams, literally. The dreaming doesn't stop there, though. In fact, as he gets to know Ginny, the beautiful woman with the flaming red hair and the lime green dress, the dreams continue, and get even stranger. Until one day, he wakes up as another man, in another life.As Richard Iles, he finds himself committed to a sanitarium, with no memory of who Richard was but with some very familiar faces around him. His doctor tells him that his life as Greg Donner is the dream, and Richard Iles the reality, and Greg does his best to come to grips with that. But his dreams, and the connections between the lives of Greg Donner and Richard Iles, keep pulling him back into that world, until it becomes impossible to tell which is the dream, and which reality.The best part of Dreamer is Quinn's masterful use of subtle hints and misdirection to keep the story moving. Like the film Inception or the short-lived television show Awake, though predating both of those, the story of Dreamer deftly weaves back and forth between two worlds without giving away which is which until the very end.Dreamer isn't just style with no substance, though. Daniel Quinn's characters are brought to life with real charm and wit, in simple yet intelligent prose. The struggle of Greg/Richard to sort out his life and his mind is presented in down-to-earth terms. After the slightly slow start, I found myself drawn to turn page after page, blazing through most of the book in less than a day, and closing it feeling satisfied and thoughtful.Dreamer is a delight of a book - suspenseful, unpredictable, approachable, and intelligent. I might have taken 25 years for me to find it, but I couldn't be happier that I did find it eventually, and very pleased that its re-release made it possible.I received a free copy of Dreamer for review purposes.

  • LindaBranham Greenwell
    2019-03-23 09:56

    I loved this book.It is about a man caught in a dream. Bu which life is real and which is the Dream?It begins as a story about Greg Donner, a freelance writer who is having some troubling dreams. They seem to be consecutive dreams - one begins where that last one ended. He meets a girl in his dream and finds himself falling in love with her. The dreams don't stop there, though. In fact, he meets Ginny in real life - Ginny the girl from his dreams. She has flaming red hair and they begin to see each other in real life The dreams continue, and get even stranger. Until one day, he wakes up as another man - Dick Isles - , in another life, in another town. This other life is in a mental hospital - and the Dr. tells him his story and how he came to be thereA fascinating concept for a book

  • Tnkw01
    2019-04-18 16:05

    What a great great story. If you like strange fantasy, if you like Neil Gaiman or if you like tales that question reality this is your tale. So what is dream and what is not. Even after you finish the book your still not sure.

  • Lois
    2019-04-07 09:43

    The world-renowned author Daniel Quinn’s deep-seated interest in abstract expressionism, which first came to light most clearly in his 1988 novel, Dreamer, has once again come to the fore in the reissuing of this cult classic. Despite his intentions that were voiced most adamantly up until a decade ago that he was not overly keen on having the work republished, undoubtedly at least in part being due to its fairly sluggish initial reception, he has now allowed it to be so, as a result of his urging from his strong fan base, which has largely been drawn to his work by his much more widely acclaimed, Turner-award winning novel Ishmael.Unlike the serious, educative effort of said later novel, Quinn’s debut novel is more of a deeply disturbing psychological thriller, in which the major protagonist drifts from sleeping into waking and back again in a cycle of deepening despair and soul-searching. Having much in common with two of Quinn’s later novels, The Holy and After Dachau, the anguish experienced by Greg Donner (his subconscious self, revealed in sleep) embodies the existentialist negativity and sense of destructive psychosis that beleagues and belabours modern man, in his search for self and integrity. The identity of Richard Iles (the protagonist’s waking self) is held captive, firstly, by his turbulent marriage to the emotionally draining and demanding Ginny Winters, and, secondly, by his incarceration in a sanatorium for those suffering from emotional and mental breakdowns. But who is Greg Donner, and who is he not? As his sleeping and waking personae mesh into one, and nightmare seems to become his everyday existence, the real person struggles to emerge from the imagined one, bringing a realisation of being to the central character that is both insightful and intriguing. Set in Chicago, in which city Quinn spent over two decades working in editing and publishing prior to his completion of the novel, Dreamer is imbued with the spirit of the place, to which reference is made throughout the novel, but which exemplifies any modern, over-commercialised city in America. Its “dark, deserted streets” bear echoes of other crass cities that essentially rob one of one’s soul if one fails to have the presence of mind to resist their undermining of the spiritual components of one’s being. In a sense, Dreamer figures forth the Everyman of the modern day, and thus has relevance for all those living within a Westernised environment and milieu.The economic collapse of the presentday world, concomitant with the shattering of the dreams of so many, has come to make Dreamer as relevant today as it was when first issued over two decades ago. Perhaps it is now that its importance as a seminal novel of provocative thought and questioning of the existing status quo will be recognised, in keeping with Ellen Datlow’s listing of it as one of the year’s best in her annual review of works of fantasy and horror, and its inclusion in the New York Review of Science Fiction’s “Horror at the End of the Century.”

  • Gayle Pace
    2019-03-22 11:07

    REVIEW:The author Daniel Quinn is best known for his international best-seller ISHMAEL. It was an award winning novel that challenged and changed lives. The book ISHMAEL took the author twelve years to write. in the ninth year of the struggle, DREAMER was written, Mr. Quinn's first novel.Published originally in 1988, DREAMER was a psychological horror. The book was an eerie thriller that satisfied, offered humor, mystery, romance and a little of the "strange" put in.The book takes you on a journey between dreams and reality. I enjoyed the part where Greg Donner falls in love with the woman of his dreams, and I mean of his dreams. One night Donner fell asleep and wakens to find his life is a nightmare and there appears no way out. Greg Donner was the main character and goes from dreams to reality. At times you might wonder if it''s a dream or reality? I find it amazing to think that you can sleep in a dream and then you can dream in a dream. Which is reality? Have you ever had a dream or nightmare and when you awoke you weren't sure if it was real or not? I have and it's creepy.DREAMER in 1995 was included in the New York Review of Science Fiction's "Horror at the End of the Century" reading list. Quinn was persuaded and delighted to bring his first novel back into print. I was delighted to learn that Mr. Quinn is a dreamer and an interpreter of such. I believe that is why the book is so darn good. A dreamer writing a book called DREAMER. The story was well written and keeps you turning those pages thinking you may have it figured out if the character is living a dream of reality. Somehow, you are left not knowing for sure. I've never read a book like this before. It is a page turner that won't let go of you. If you are a mystery or paranormal lover than you will definitely love this book. This book is a keeper. It will definitely go on the shelf to read again. Be careful when you go to sleep, there may be a dream in that dream!I would give this book a solid 5 STARS.I received a complimentary copy of DREAMER from the author, Daniel Quinn for this unbiased review.

  • Skye
    2019-04-07 07:53

    Author and cultural critic Daniel Quinn is best known for his international bestseller Ishmael — an award-winning novel that challenged and changed lives through its Socratic exploration of how our species might save the planet.Most people don’t know that Ishmael took Quinn twelve years to write, as he struggled with multiple ideas and iterations. During the ninth year of that struggle, in an effort to prove himself as a writer, Quinn wrote Dreamer, his first novel. Originally published in 1988 by TOR, Dreamer has been described as an “offbeat first novel of psychological horror,” a satisfyingly eerie thriller that offers humor, mystery, romance, and “more than a pinch of the bizarre.” Dreamer is a strange tale that occurs at the intersection dreams, reality, and dreams within dreams. Protagonist Greg Donner is a Chicago freelance writer who falls in love with the woman of his dreams — literally. Then one night Donner falls asleep and awakes to the beginning of a nightmare he can’t seem to escape.Out of print, Dreamer retained an underground notoriety. In 1995, the New York Review of Science Fiction included the book in its "Horror at the End of the Century" reading list. Recently, fans persuaded Quinn to bring his first novel back into print. The author was delighted to comply. It turns out, that Quinn himself is a prolific dreamer — and an avid interpreter of dreams.Quinn’s other works include Providence, The Story of B, My Ishmael: A Sequel, Beyond Civilization, After Dachau, The Holy, and more. His most recent book, At Woomeroo: Stories was published last year.

  • Stephen Gallup
    2019-04-08 08:52

    Quinn’s novel After Dachau made a big impression on me a while back, and I've wanted to read something else by him since then. This title had been languishing in my Amazon wish list until I needed an extra purchase there to qualify for free shipping. That probably sounds like I was lukewarm about reading it, but not so. On the contrary, when it arrived I put aside the one I was already reading for the few days required to race to the end.And progress through Dreamer is just about guaranteed to be rapid. I cannot think of another novel in which every single page, right up to the last page, keeps the reader so fascinated and yet uncertain of what to expect. Early on, I saw the story as a Kafka-meets-The-Twilight-Zone sort of thing, which in the wrong hands could turn into a mess. The concept of a character who wakes up inhabiting another person's life brought to mind a potboiler by Charles de Lint, but whereas that one was forgettable this is sure to provoke some thought, perhaps even speculation as to how productive an effort might be to pursue conscious dreaming. So while the subject matter ought to interest just about anyone (seems to me), the main thing to say is simply that this is wonderfully effective writing.

  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    2019-03-30 13:02

    DREAMER by Daniel Quinn is an interesting,fast paced Psychological Thriller. It has many twists and turns with few predictable moments. A surprising Psychological Thriller related to all things....dreams. What is reality and what is a dream or nightmare as the case may be. Is reality a dream,a nightmare or a little of both? You must read "Dreamer" to find out as you follow,Greg Donner/Richard Iles,and Ginny Winters on a journey of danger,and finding answers that could change Greg/Richard's life forever as well as Ginny's. Move over "Silence of the Lambs" here comes the "Dreamer". Fast paced! But be warned DO NOT read late at night...An intriguing read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.RATING: 4HEAT RATING: MILDREVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

  • George
    2019-04-18 09:05

    This book is underrated and undernoticed, both by fans of Quinn's other works (Ishmael et. al) and by other fans of Dreamer's genre. It has a plot that is reminiscent of 2 of his other works, The Holy and After Dachau, but there is no obvious intention to spread his message as in those books. This is simply pure, exciting, entertaining, and psychological thriller material. Fans of Neil Gaiman or Quinn's other thrillers will definitely enjoy Dreamer.

  • Susan
    2019-03-22 12:47

    Daniel Quinn pens "Dreamer" in a plot that weaves between two different worlds and is filled with mystery, romance, thrills and a touch a humor. With his well developed characters and very vivid descriptions, I was hooked from the beginning to the end. A fantastic read that is highly recommended to all horror and thriller fans.This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

  • Babus Ahmed
    2019-03-25 09:41

    This is an outstandingly constructed horror thriller, which gained cult status many years ago when it was in print. Initially confusing to begin with, Greg a freelance writer starts having strange dreams which start to come to life. He meets and falls for Ginny but all is not what it seems in Ginny's world. With much of the action in this thriller taking place in dreams deciding what is real and what is dream is the key to unravelling what is happening to Greg. Not a thriller to miss!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-01 13:59

    Daniel Quinn's non-fiction books are among my favorites, but I just can't get into his fiction. The Holy was over-my-head with its vague symbolism. This one I understood. It was a page turner at times, but nothing profound or entertaining enough to recommend to others. I'd normally give it 2 stars, but I'm giving 3 (extra points for thinking up the plot to Inception, before its time).

  • Jason Ernst
    2019-04-15 14:53

    A fascinating story about dreams, control, and the fragility of the human mental condition, I was pretty sure this was going to be a five-star book from my perspective until about three-quarters of the way through. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in it, but did feel like the story and the writing both fell apart somewhat toward the end.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-13 12:06

    I never even knew that Quinn was writing fiction until I came across this book at the thrift store. I have to say it took me a minute to get into it but once I did I couldn't put it down until finished.

  • Amy
    2019-03-21 08:07

    Cool book! Highly recommend. It's has an Inception type of story that will leave you guessing until the end.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-17 09:05

    (found read date in diary)