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Dream Science Hardcover – April, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0899198583 ISBN-10: 0899198589 Edition: First Edition
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Rocker Poole is an ordinary young bank executive in Stamford, Conn., with a young suburban family. Until, that is, he finds himself trapped in a windowless office surrounded by an exitless hallway, where he is joined daily by a taciturn, vaguely threatening computer operator named Mac. When the latter finally reveals the "line" through which he comes and goes from the office, which is, he says, a "locale"--one of the many that make up a universe called Panalog--Rocker, upon penetrating the line, steps back into his former life with his family. Or does he? Moving through other lines to other existences in other locales gives breadth and depth to Rocker's existential dilemma: where is the Real World? For as long as lines and locales remain symbolic, Palmer ( The Transfer ) maintains a double grip on his readers. Though well written and inventively conceived, however, the story loses its metaphysical underpinnings when a line in downtown Stamford begins to glow, becoming visible to all, leading to the dramatic, if irresolute, conclusion of this frequently convincing but ultimately disappointing tale.
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Kafka's Gregor Samsa woke up one morning to discover he had been transformed into a giant cockroach. Yuppie banker Rocker Poole wakes up to discover that great holes have been torn in the fabric of reality, and he has fallen through into another dimension where familiar rules don't apply. "Holes" are all around him; any movement may push him further into the unknown--or possibly send him back. But what will happen to the real world if such a traveler returns? Palmer has constructed a tantalizing puzzle of a novel which pulls the reader into Poole's agonizing quest for meaning in the face of chaos. The novel ultimately promises more than it delivers; a muddled ending not only fails to answer questions but obscures them. Not the stuff of which best sellers are made, but rewarding for those who find the search more satisfying than a predictable happy ending.
- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Ticknor & Fields; First Edition edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899198589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899198583
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Zecker on June 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book defies any and all expectations, in a way that leaves you without words. I reccomend this book to anyone and everyone who would like to jump into a rabbit hole that exists in our current world. The book begins with the main character awakening in a strange room that is connected to a hallway which just circles around the room. No doors, no windows, and no escape. There is a man, however, that mysteriously comes in and out to bring food and other things to the main character. Eventually, he finds a way out and embarks on an adventure so unbelieveable that at one point he actually finds an exact double of himself, fights with it, and then murders it. This is quite an interesting story that anyone would be sure to read in one sitting. Buy it, and you will never read another book again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book should be read by anyone interested in alternate realities. I frequently find myself day dreaming about the "lines" it describes. My reservation regarding the rating is that the ending reads as though it was hastily written and loses the engaging quality the rest of the book possess.

I would still recommend the book because I think the weak ending is made up for by the strength of the rest of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this because it was recommended by Jonathan Lethem. Well, he was right. It deserves to be read. Sort of an oneiric experience. Well written, and after WTC massacre it gained a weird realistic quality--especially the ending part. 'Tis a pity the author devoted himself to nonfiction.
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By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
(author of Seconds From Jane)

I read this several years ago and I have to say I catch myself thinking about it often. I should also add that I read A LOT and usually when I finish a book, that's pretty much the end for me. Not so with this book. Very interesting and original.
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