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Ebook A Dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest read! Book Title: A Dream of Wessex
ISBN 13: 9780330255431
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 915 KB
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The author of the book: Christopher Priest
Edition: Pan Books
Date of issue: November 3rd 1978
ISBN: 0330255436
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Reader ratings: 6.1

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As much as I want to like Christopher Priest -- his mind and reality-bending tales should be right up my alley -- there's something in his prose style that prevents me from totally connecting with his work, although I did mostly enjoy The Affirmation and the Prestige, even if I had similar issues with those. His writing is so devoid of emotion, so distant, as are his characters. Which is a shame, as the story here had the potential to be a good one.

Sometime in the near future, scientists have developed some sort of virtual reality or shared hallucination that allows its users to live in a scientifically projected/predicted far-future utopia, in order to figure out how that utopia came to be, so they can learn from it. The volunteers are totally enveloped in this future world, even taking on different personalities. The problem for me was that they have no personalities, at least that I could tell. It was also quite confusing at times, and it was a lot of work having to constantly go back and forth to figure out what's going on in a story I cared less and less about as I went on, due to the dull characters and sleep-inducing writing style.

It ended up somewhat coming together in the end, and there were a handful of moments that made my brain melt from working overtime (in a good way), so it wasn't a total loss. I'll probably still read some more Priest in the future, as his ideas are pretty spectacular (plus I already own several more books of his). Maybe his newer work has better characterization, more life and immediacy. As creative as his stories are, his robotic prose has a tendency to make my eyes roll into the back of my head.

2.5 Stars


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Ebook A Dream of Wessex read Online! Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.

He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In 2006, The Prestige was made into a major production by Newmarket Films. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige went straight to No.1 US box office. It received two Academy Award nominations. Other novels, including Fugue For a Darkening Island and The Glamour, are currently in preparation for filming.

He is Vice-President of the H. G. Wells Society. In 2007, an exhibition of installation art based on his novel The Affirmation was mounted in London.

As a journalist he has written features and reviews for The Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, and many different magazines.


Reviews of the A Dream of Wessex


LEWIS

Reality has surpassed expectations.

MATTHEW

Why are you asking for a phone number?

AMELIE

An interesting book, Hard to tear down

LIAM

Why do I need to drive a phone number?

SCARLETT

Why do you need to write a phone?




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