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Creature of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Maya Lassiter
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Travel photographer, Liv Hannity, forty-one, returns to her Southern hometown on a quest to find her long lost sleep. An insomniac and a lucid dreamer, Liv is used to waking nightmares--but they're getting worse. Parasites have infested Liv's dreams and are eating her alive. Seriously. Or, so says Grim, Liv's childhood dream-character playmate and a self-professed demi-god of dreams. (Or maybe he's lying. Grim loves a good lie.)

By day, Liv must sort through her difficult past, her overbearing family, her pushy best-friend, and Liv's new, much-too-young, boyfriend, Milo. By night, Liv battles the Creeps, with Grim's questionable help, as well as herself--because Liv might be the biggest dream monster of all.

Creature of Dreams is a funny, scary, roller-coaster about love, friendship, getting older, facing the monsters, and waking up. As well as growing up. Finally. (Maybe.)


Product Details

  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Waking Dreams Press (August 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQINGA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark theme crafted by a master December 15, 2013
By ACFlory
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I stumbled onto the writing of Maya Lassiter via 'Toby Streams the Universe', a well developed urban fantasy with a paranormal core. I liked it so much I read the rest of her books as well, but it was not until this latest novel that Lassiter hit the 'wow' factor for me.

Creature of Dreams is dark, and has the most disturbing of themes at its core - paedophilia - but Lassiter explores the aftermath of that horror with a delicate touch, weaving in fantasy elements to create a truly unforgetable story. Do not expect fluff. You won't get it. This is a mature novel told with courage and imagination. Simply brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, one of many by this author November 6, 2013
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I first read Toby Streams the Universe by Lassiter and loved it so much that I bought Creature of Dreams. Creature of Dreams did not disappoint. As always Lassiter's character development is excellent and the story line unique. I also bought Children of the Fallen but have not read it yet, but looking forward to another great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good October 4, 2013
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I got this book as a free download, which can be very hit or miss. This one was a hit. A grand slam even. It is well written and engaging. I loved the story telling some here and will purchase more of Maya's books. Color me impressed.

This review feels trite to me but I don't want to give anything away. The passing was great. The otherworldly aspects were great. The characters were believable and I loved the story arc. Inner demons are a bitch, but sometimes you gotta hold hands with them to get to the next level. Definitely a strong message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read September 14, 2013
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I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters came alive - I totally related to the main character, and fell in love with Milo as well as Grim (strangely enough). The underlying horror and mystery gave this story some serious depth and kept me reading - and wow, lucid dreaming was not only a great concept, but I really understood it after living through it with Liv. In the same way, the photographer details were fantastic. I could see the pictures Liv was editing, and thoroughly enjoyed not only the photography of the wedding, but the interactions in that whole scene.

I have to admit I normally don't like reading about dreams - but this was more like being in another world - a fascinating one. I had to suspend disbelief slightly about her lack of sleep, mainly because there's no way I could stand up, never mind function without sleep. Overall that wasn't a problem, mainly because of how the author pulled us into Liv's world.

Highly recommended.
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I am suggestible. By that I mean that when the hypnotist at the state fair does his act, I start to go under even tho I haven't been picked to be on stage; only with the greatest effort do I pull myself away from his word pictures and retain control of my mind and body. I get contact highs. I'm overly influenced by anything I see on the big screen and small if it's well done. And like lots of readers, I lose myself in books. But once in awhile, the words in a book will hijack my consciousness~~ vulnerable to the chaotic sweep of pictures and emotions and atmosphere; I become physically and mentally affected as I am pulled into the alternate reality created by the author's skill with 26 letters of the alphabet.

This book is about a woman for whom the line between awake and dreaming is blurred. What is real? The feeling of disorientation she experiences is so well described that by less than half way through the book I began to experience it too, to the point that when I got up to get a glass of water, I couldn't tell if what was going on around me was real.

I didn't always like the main character. But she was real, and that's what's important. She is a photographer. I am also a photographer. There is a long scene where she is shooting a wedding, and her inner dialogue about the process during that scene is so true to life it's uncanny.

I'm still disoriented; my thoughts are a jumble. Read this book. It's in my best of the best list. It is compelling, chaotic, and rewarding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just exactly right August 26, 2013
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I don't know that there's a good way to be the first to leave a review -- and a five-star review at that -- on Amazon. I'm not the author, for what that's worth, and I don't know her except as someone I see around the Internet. What I mean is, I just finished reading the book, and I think it's worth a five-star review. Sitting here in the afterglow of finishing it, I'm sure it has flaws, but I'm not yet ready to try to find them, and it's been a while since I could say that about a book. It didn't, like, change my life or anything, I'm not going to run off to be a travel photographer or whatever, but I'm happier for having read it, and I don't discount that.

Certain things I connected with: I know Liv's manic energy that comes from sleepless exhaustion -- 3 AM my old friend, it's so good to see you again -- and the shadows moving out of the corners of your eyes. The litany of treatments tried and discarded. And the darkness lurking under it all.

It reminded me a lot of Wide Open by Deborah Coates, and a bit of Catherynne Valente's Fairyland books, though this is not YA -- it follows the adult urban fantasy template more generally. Like those books it is emotive and inventive, the fantastic action grounded in real people and relationships. The conflicts are neither too easy nor circled endlessly -- everything which is won is won honestly.

This book is exactly what it needs to be, and not a breath wasted. Maybe you'll like it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars My time would have been better spent reading something else...
This book was okay. I like the way Maya Lassiter writes, her descriptive language, and imaginative story ideas. But I wasn't too happy with this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in dreams
You know you're in the hands of a good storyteller when you stop reading to do something in "real life", and real life feels fake, feels like a construct, because your head... Read more
Published 6 months ago by KDNola
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness!
This is a really awesome novel. I loved the main character, Liv. She reminds me of my oldest friend. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kimberly M Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars really interesting
I could picture the ending 2 ways and it ended the way I hoped. Great plot, character development, interesting story line. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lexie1
5.0 out of 5 stars Vividly, Descriptively Complex ....
I got this book for free after seeing it on the Kindle Buffett list. I did not know the author but the concept seemed like something that would interest me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by UBizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Creature Of Dreams by: Maya Lassiter
Great read! But how describe ? Kinda of made feel like Alice in wonderland and at the same time reminded me of dream walking really hard to describe but a great book ! Read it!
Published 7 months ago by Fagan
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I really enjoyed her writing style, and would read it again. I couldn't put it down until the very end.
Published 7 months ago by Beth
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, not very predictable.
Lots of layers, interesting lead and supporting characters and enough suspense to show up in your own dreams. Slow in places but worth staying with it!
Published 11 months ago by W. David Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream A Little Dream...
I loved this book. Being that I'm an insomniac myself I related well to the main character and her new young neighbor in their fight for sleep daily. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Lemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!!!!
I stumbled upon this book for free and it is fantastic. I've PAID for books that aren't nearly as good as what this one is. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Maya Lassiter is a fantasy novelist, living in a yurt in the rural South with her husband and two fabulous children. She has been published in Realms of Fantasy, and has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more on her crazy, gonzo, domestic life, visit her blog at mayalassiter.com.

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