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Three self-professed lucid dreamers take a modern look at oneironautics, or lucid dreaming, in this refreshingly practical guide to controlling dreams. Tuccillo, Zeizel, and Peisel bring a casual, youthful tone to a topic about which much has already been written. In dreams, they note, you can be free of your physical body, leaving behind silly things like gravity. The writers focus on instruction—to encourage lucid dreams, for instance, set your alarm for six hours after bedtime, then wake up and go back to sleep after 20 minutes. The trio broadly covers the cultural history of dreams and the science of sleep, but always returns to the core idea that guiding your dreams is a great adventure, as emphasized by old-fashioned line drawings by Mahendra Singh, featuring travelers discovering new lands and walking through walls. Excerpts from lucid dreamers&' own experiences also add to the text. The variety of material limits the book&'s depth—more neuroscience coverage would be welcome—but it makes for an easy read. (Sept.)

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“[A] refreshingly practical guide to controlling dreams.” 
--Publishers Weekly
 
“Step-by-step instructions for achieving the alluring, mysterious goal of lucid dreaming.”
Parade.com
 
“Three young, New York-based oneironauts (‘dream navigators’) have come along to fish these techniques out of esoterica. Pulling from a wide array of lucid dreaming traditions, they offer step-by-step instructions.” 
--Tricycle

“A refreshing blend of science, whimsy and practical tips on spicing up your dream life.”
 --Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761177396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761177395
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Starseeker on September 13, 2013
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I wanted to like this book but I really can't say I did. I'll try and keep my review balanced to help others decide if this is a book for them.

My first impressions were "This is a really short book!". The page count listed on Amazon is misleading, while there may be 288 pages the actual amount of text in this book is much less. This is more of a magazine than a book. The font is large and there are space filling pictures and graphics everywhere. I'll not deny it looks pretty, it just feels like it's a bit of a cheat. However, if you're drawn to pretty pictures and simplistic content you may enjoy it, if you're looking for something with depth and useful new information, you'll probably feel like me, a little ripped off. I'd consider my reading speed reasonably average but I finished this book in one evening! not because it's enthralling but just because it is short.

As for the content of the book, this is where I really started to dislike the book. I've read a lot of lucid dreaming books and have been a lucid dreamer since at least the 90s. Nearly everything written in this book has been reworded and regurgitated from books by established experts. Basically what you are buying here is a rehash of classic books only with about 80% of the content removed and replaced with pictures. Considering this book started life as a kickstarter project by a group of young of 20 year olds, it's not completely surprising that they don't have the experience necessary to write with authority or knowledge. I don't want to be completely harsh here, they have done a good job in making a very simple rewording of older books, just don't expect anything new.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul on October 26, 2013
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I discovered this gem whilst listening to a podcast about lucid dreaming (UnFictional on KCRW, The Lucid Dreamers). One of the oneironauts interviewed was Thomas Peisel who authored this book with Dylan Tuccill and Jared Zeizel. As titled, this book is a field guide and it feels very much so. I've been studying and practicing lucid dreaming for over 20 years. Reading this book was like revisiting a country I have been to many times. The book points out ways to get there, some of the landmarks you are likely to see once you are there, some of the locals you might meet, techniques for getting around and how to deal with some of the threatening aspects one might encounter while on the journey. One reviewer commented that the book was stylish but short on content. I disagree with the short on content comment. A book doesn't have to be wordy to be informative. In fact, the point is easier to get without the convolution of too much information. The style of this book, with its wonderful illustrations by Mahendra Singh, reminded me of the look and feel of my dream journals. Dreams are very visual and so are field guides and that is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book. It is a field guide for an incredible trip to a dynamic place full of wonder and adventure.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Eoghan C. Ballard on October 30, 2013
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I've read a dozen or more books on the topic of dreaming, from titles that barely deserve to be called books to academic studies. My all time favorites have tended to be those written by Robert Moss due to his ability to combine a profound knowledge of the subject with both humour and the ability to write well. That last skill is so broadly lacking today in most titles on this subject.

The people who wrote this book are worthy of note. Not so much because they acknowledge their debt to Moss as because they have managed to take an overused method of structuring a "guidebook" using sidebars, panels, and other gimicks typical of a "dummies" guide, and create a book that not only uses those elements effectively for once, but also end up withan engaging, appealing, and informative book.

I cannot honestly say that this could be the only book on the subject of lucid dreaming you will ever want to have or need, but buying it to begin with can save you from wasting your time on many less worthwhile texts. Even if you have read morenextensively on the topic, you won't regret picking this title up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mullethead on March 19, 2014
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I recommend this to anyone interested in lucid dreams, or dreams in general. I think it's a good first book on the subject, and serves as a nice precursor to the more dense material of Stephen Laberge's excellent books.

The writing in A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming is a bit repetitive, with some filler material, but the real strength of this book is the enthusiam behind it. The three young authors get you very excited about the almost limitless possiblities of Lucid Dreaming. Between some filler and fluff, there are some great tips, and fantastic information on the subject.

This is an easily digestable read, for such a mysterious and multi-layered subject. I also enjoyed the "field guide" setup of the book, and I could see myself going to back to reference certain things as I dive deeper in to lucid dreaming.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Hoffman on September 16, 2013
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I purchased this book spontaneously after noticing it as one of the links over at The Daily Grail website a few days ago (I love that site!!). I don't often buy things spontaneously like that. I'm pretty picky about what books I get myself into. For instance, I own a couple books by Stephen LaBerge (one of the frontiersmen of lucid dreaming) and have a few other, newer, lucid dreaming-related books lying around my apartment, as well. I've read them all. Additionally, I've got a gazillion books on dreams in a general sense. Many of these books I've read more than once. I've read random websites, watched YouTube videos of lucid dreamers explaining their experience, and yet, try as I might, I have yet to have a fully lucid dream. I took the various supplements, eaten various cheeses before bedtime, stared at my hands like Castaneda teaches, etc. Nothing. Well, once when I had the flu and a terrible fever, I had a flying dream in which I was intentionally flying - but I was still not aware that I was dreaming.

With this book, I've come closer than I have yet to having a lucid dream - and I've only been using it's methods the past three nights. The very first night I had a flying dream. I was flying large, leisurely loops around the inside of a giant gymnasium with an old friend who died a few months back. Again, I didn't realize I was dreaming (yet)- but I think that speaks to something this book has gotten right. As the two-star reviewer states, there's probably nothing new here if you have completely exhausted all the resources out there (I really wouldn't know - I haven't exhausted all the resources out there, personally). But, nonetheless, this book has something right that I didn't get out of other sources - including Western esoteric sources that involve qabalistic methods.
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