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August 5, 2013

DREAMER by Daniel Quinn

DREAMER                                            5 STARS
by Daniel Quinn

Greg has just fallen in love with Ginny Winters when the dreams begin--nightmares of chasing Ginny through a strange, deserted city. Then Greg wakes up and discovers that he's Richard, an emotionally-disturbed man committed to a sanitarium--and married to Ginny. Dreamer foreshadows the complexity of Quinn's Turner Award-winning book Ishmael.

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.

Daniel Quinn (born 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a U.S. writer.
He studied at St. Louis University, the University of Vienna, and Loyola University of Chicago, receiving a bachelor's degree in English, cum laude, in 1957.
He is best known for his book Ishmael (1992), which won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award in 1991.

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and studied at St. Louis University, the University of Vienna, and Loyola University of Chicago. I worked in Chicago-area publishing for twenty years before beginning work on the book for which I'm best known, Ishmael. This book was chosen from among some 2500 international entrants to win the half-million dollar 1991 Turner Tomorrow competition for a novel offering "creative and positive solutions to global problems." The novel has subsequently sold more than a million copies in English, is available in some thirty languages, and has been used in high schools and colleges worldwide in courses as varied as philosophy, geography, ecology, archaeology, history, biology, zoology, anthropology, political science, economics, and sociology. Subsequent works include Providence, The Story of B, My Ishmael: A Sequel, Beyond Civilization, After Dachau, The Holy, and most recently At Woomeroo, a collection of short stories. I can be found on Facebook, and my Web site,, is enormous, offering news and announcements from readers, suggested readings, speeches and essays available nowhere else, detailed answers to more than 500 questions asked by readers over the years, and a Guestbook with thousands of entries. I and my wife, Rennie, have lived in Chicago, Santa Fe and Madrid, New Mexico, and Austin, Texas. We currently live in Houston.


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