Review - The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick

The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick
Series: The Dreamscape Trilogy #1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Date Read: April 13, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher
Opening a new fantasy trilogy from Hugo award winner Resnick, this novel offers an adventure through space and time as Eddie Raven tries to outrun the dark forces pursuing him.

Eddie Raven isn't quite sure what's happening to him--and he's in a race to find out before it kills him.

His adventures begin with a shooting in a very strange shop in Manhattan--but soon he finds himself the owner of a very familiar bar in Casablanca. By the time he adjusts to that reality, he's suddenly become one of several undersized people helping a young woman search for a wizard. And after confronting the wizard, he somehow finds himself in Camelot.

But as he rushes to solve the mystery of his many appearances, a larger threat looms. Because someone or something is stalking him through time and space with deadly intent....
My Review

This was an odd little book.  I decided to give this one a try largely because of the cover and the fact that it is the start of a new series.  I don't think that I even read the book's summary before diving in since I like to go into most books that I read as possible.  Having never read anything by this author before, I didn't have a lot of expectations.  This was a quick read for me but one that left me scratching my head at times.

This was a pretty weird story.  I like weird so that wasn't a bad thing but it did leave me wondering what was going on more than a few times.  Now that I have finished the book, I am still a little confused about the point of some of the stranger elements of the story.  Even when the book is at its oddest, I found it to be very readable and was quite curious to see how things would end up.

This book was really imaginative.  If you like retellings, this book drops into several very well known stories.  These stories aren't quite the way most readers remember though.  There's a stop at a bar in Casablanca, a trip to Oz, and some time in Camelot.  I was more familiar with some of these than others but had some fun with each one.

The book did start out feeling pretty normal in Manhattan, with Eddie out shopping with his girlfriend, Lisa.  I really wish that we had a bit more time with Eddie before he is sent off to different worlds.  I liked his character and his sense of humor but I found myself really wanting to get back to the original story.

I am not sure if I will be continuing with this series or not.  I am glad that I read this book but I don't know that I am all that eager to jump around through various world with Eddie again.  Although I might if I am in the mood for some well-written weirdness.

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.
About the Author

Mike Resnick has won awards in the USA, Spain, France, Japan, Croatia, Poland and China. He is the author of 76 novels and 280 short stories, and is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction, and is 4th on the all-time list when novels are added.


  1. This does sound a little odd, which is fine. Glad to hear you mostly enjoyed the story, Carole. :)

  2. I understand exactly what you mean. I like weird stories too, if done well. I don't mind some confusion during the book, but I like to have that cleared up by the end, so that would be a bit of a disappointment. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  3. imaginative time traveller who is lost... i might wait for book 2 before i start

  4. I like odd and hope to read this one someday. There's so much out there if you didn't enjoy it that much, move on :)

  5. I can see why this cover reeled you in. It is stunning and looks like it's indicative of the imaginative book. It's too bad you didn't love it as much as you'd hoped.

    Great review.

  6. Now, that is different. Kinda cool how he pops into those stories and movies.

  7. That does sound like a bit of a unique and weird book. It sounds like the Alice in Wonderland kind of crazy and I have to admit I am not a fan of that style of book so I don't think I will be reading this one :/ Great review nonetheless and good on you for giving it a go!

  8. I like different, odd can be good. This sounds interesting.

  9. The cover does look cool, I'd give it a second look for that alone too

  10. Oh yes I was actually wondering about this one

  11. Wonderful review. I am not a fan of time travel so I probably wouldn't have chosen this one.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  12. This could be a fun series though I wonder if the idea of dropping into different films would get tired after more than one book? I'm intrigued by this one though

  13. Different kind of read I usually do not go for. Not a hit for you but at least not a huge bust either.

  14. I don't generally do well with weird so I tend to avoid it!


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