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Length: 337 pages

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  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Waking Dreams Press (August 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQINGA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ACFlory on December 15, 2013
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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 By Kindle Customer on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Lee Hallison on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Everson on August 27, 2013
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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 By Kevin Riggle on 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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