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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380778874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380778874
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"Dreaming awake and asleep," Roland Pritchard's life is a busy one. When he wakes in our world, he's stuck in a marginal job trying to care for his disturbed mother; when he sleeps in our world, he pursues a scholar's life in the isolated, mysterious Abbey. Sleeping or waking, both lives are frustratingly constrained, and when Roland is offered opportunities to break away in both worlds, he embarks on dual journeys of self-discovery leading to union.

About the Author

Eric S Nylund works as a scientist at the University of California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Non-stop action, espionage, and trickery fill this book and keep the suspense brewing.
Mary Chrapliwy
I have never reviewed a book before and am doing so now in the hopes others will read this book and the author will write more.
Adi
As a fan of both science fiction and fantasy I enjoyed what Nylund had to offer in this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adi on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have never reviewed a book before and am doing so now in the hopes others will read this book and the author will write more. I loved this book. Pawn's Dream is a rich story with a similar idea to zelazny's amber series. Although the book jacket description makes it seem more like an adventure novel, this book is also piled high with sorcery and creatively inventive magic. The author has come up with a unique method of spellcasting, involving pairs of opposite forces...very unique, well thought out, and will leave you craving more. The author's writing is wonderful, every page action filled and enticing you to read further. I didn't want to put it down. Yes, it is way too short...It ends ripe for a sequel but sadly, I assume this book was never a big enough seller to encourage the author to continue it. Like zelazny's amber series, I would like to see a 10 book series set in nylunds original meredin universe. A highly recommended read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1997
Format: Paperback
Pawn's Dream is one of the books just meant for traveling.
It is a short novel, perhaps a bit too much so, but still
it manages to draw the reader into a dizzying world of
a dream universe, conspiracies amongst royal families, and
the life of it's likeable protaganist.

My only real complaint with this book is that I wanted more.
The setting and situations are so intriguing and so much
can be done with them, that I can only hope the author plans
to continue the adventure further.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
Hey, it's no masterpiece, but it's still a fun read. Nylund brings the reader into the story very well as the characters are thrown between two worlds and other dualities. The time passes quickly, and leaves you smiling. Definately worth a try
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mccullough on September 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was working in a bookstore when this came out and Nylund stopped by and gave the folks in science fiction each a copy (signed, no less). Over the years, I never sold the book and vowed to eventually read it to repay the author for his kind gesture. Now that I've finished the book, I'm *really* happy I didn't sell this book.

Note: In an effort to avoid spoliers, there are many vague statements below. I apologize for this, but I don't want to hurt your reading experience.

The book reads a bit more like a murder mystery than SF, as the main character tries to unravel his past and his current situation. Nylund does a great job of setting up his fantasy world and sticking to the ground rules he lays. His explanation of magic and sorcery are tied into the overall natural laws of the created world and truly heightens the story. Instead of magic being plopped into some medieval setting, it is woven into Meredin.

So, it's a good book, it reads fast and was an addictive page turner. The real question is, do I spring for it on the out of print market? I say yes. I'm a bookdealer, so this is not surprising, but there are a ton of terrible books out there for far more money. This is smart fantasy, which skips between our world and the fantasy land of Meredin. The parts that are here are familiar, but Nylund's execution is fresh and sets Pawn's Dream apart and above from run of the mill fantasy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE on August 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
This well written fantasy novel opens with Roland Pritchard living a fairly dismal life as a convenience store clerk. He is treading water through life trying to care for his crazy mother ... but is she crazy? You'll need to read the book to find out. Meanwhile, assassins come after him and he is saved by a benefactor who tells him that the elaborate dreams he has been having about his scholarly life in an isolated Abbey in another time, are actually real. During sleep he travels back and forth between those worlds.

All of the above starts at the beginning of this amazingly detailed, well written novel. Non-stop action, espionage, and trickery fill this book and keep the suspense brewing. All the while, the writer creates worlds that are entirely believable. I enjoyed this book immensely and believe you will too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Sacek on May 16, 2007
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Eric Nylund is a superb sci-fi author. His use of language in story-telling is at a master level. His words never bore, and they allow you clearly visualize the worlds he has created in his mind.

I particularly loved this book as it reminded me of what an excellent action-adventure video-game might be like. No wonder the developers of the video-game "Halo" sought his talents to write their trilogy story.

There is one major drawback to this story, however, and that is that the book ends abruptly. It seems incomplete and unfulfilling in the end, and begs for the story to continue with one or more sequels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Liboro on January 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
this book was absolutely spellbinding. i couldn't stop reading it. i had class the next day but i stayed up til 3 to finish it bec. i had started reading it at midnight. i've read a number of books recently, but this was the best. it's an extremely original take on fantasy and on the way magic operates in general. in his other novel, A game of universe, magic is based on studies and mnemonics. here it is based on concentration and opposite forces. also, the characters are all so intricate that you have a hard time discerning their motives and allegiances. if you enjoy fantasy novels, especially original ones, you HAVE to get this book.
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More About the Author

Eric Nylund is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award nominated author of more than a dozen novels (including HALO: The Fall of Reach and THE RESISTERS series) that have sold over two and a half million copies.

THE ENCHANTED KNOT, his latest novel for YA and adult readers, is out Winter 2014.

Nylund's day job is making video games.

He attended the 1994 Clarion West Writer's Workshop and has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Master's degree in theoretical chemical physics. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family on a rain-drenched mountain.

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