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The Architect of Sleep Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1986

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Jim Bentley's plans for the evening were simple: a movie and the graveyard shift at the 7-Eleven. That was before he stumbled into another world. Evolution has taken a very different direction on this parallel Earth, but some things are constant. Jim Bentley has falled straight from his ordinary life inot the most constant thing of all: war. Even as he struggles to learn the ways of a strange culture, to make a place for himself in what seems likely to be his home for the rest of his life, the tides of revolution are rising around him. Jim Bentley has a part in play in this war- for his coming has been foretold by True Dreamers. His feet already set on a path that leads to the heart of the crisis. Like it or not, he is vital to the war efforts of the Architect of Sleep...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (July 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441029051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441029051
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2001
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I first read _The Architect of Sleep_ in the mid-80s, when it first came out, and I was a college underclassman. I was also a serious sci-fi/fantasy addict. Even back then, I knew Boyett's style -- not to mention his originality -- was something special (the same thing applies to his first novel, _Ariel_, which, even though it has a few flaws, is an extremely well-narrated book that has obviously had a deep impact on many of Boyett's fans).
Now that I'm getting close to my mid-30s, I've lost interest in most fantasy literature, because most of it is pulp. Ninety percent of it is franchised, soap-opera tripe. The David Eddings, Robert Jordans, and Dragonlance authors of the world (not to mention a whole lot of others I won't bother to list) have destroyed the field. True originality of the Tolkien or C.S. Lewis type got choked out of the field a long time ago.
Except for rare deviations from the norm like Boyett. Probably everyone reading this review knows about Boyett's quarrel with his publishers. As a published author myself (in a totally different field), I can attest to the frustration that any author feels when he/she has to bow to the almighty dollar. To revive fantasy/sci-fi literature, buy back copies of Boyett, see what _real_ writing is like, then send letters to the corporate stooges who run the publishing houses to tell them that we'd like to see some _real_ authors on the bookshelves for a change. And if you're reading this, Mr. Boyett, don't give up hope -- and do your best to provide a sequel to a book that many people love and admire!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate Ozbirn on February 24, 2004
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This book has haunted me since the day I finished it. I am compelled to read it every 3 years or so and long for the day when a sequel appears. Boyett's characters are proper human and their trials are realistic and they suffer and triumph (sometimes)like real people. In supernatural situations they react not with super powers and spells, but with the fortitude and ethos that we wish we had in real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1997
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It's too bad that Boyett was never able to publish any sequels to this work. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, he manages to make an alternative world of intelligent, evolved raccoons seem both plausible and interesting. I suggest we all call Ace up and insist that they dig out the next volumes and rush them into print. I read this book when it was just out eleven years ago and have been yearning for follow-ups ever since. It's just a damned shame
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Redd on April 10, 2012
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Let me begin by saying I'm a hardcore science fiction reader. Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Crichton: that sort of sci-fi. My only previous foray into the fantasy genre was Robert Jordan's "Eye of the World," which I was never able to become interested in. So, when a friend recommended I read this book, I was hesitant, skeptical.

This is not your stereotypical fantasy book.

Steven Boyett has a very enjoyable writing style. He is descriptive and informative, but also succinct; he doesn't dwell for pages on end on mundane details. He also has an obvious sense of humor, and this book was the first I can recall that actually made me wheeze with laughter.

The story itself, much like Boyett's first novel, "Ariel," is a narrative told from the main characters' points of view. Jim, the main human character, is a good embodiment of the Everyman: no extraordinary powers or talents, normal intellect and interests, and thus easy to relate to. Indeed, you can't help but feel taken along for the ride as a guy ordinary enough to be your neighbor, a store clerk, whathaveyou, is thrown into this extraordinary set of circumstances.

And then there's Truck, the book's lead female character. Without revealing too much about the story, I will simply say that it is very easy to love Truck.

The other characters are equally enjoyable, and character development is overall good, albeit there were a few times where I wished the author would put his succinctness on hold and expound a little more. The story also delves into some interesting philosophical and intellectual paradoxes, and provides some witty, intelligent answers to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
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I first read this wonderful piece over 10 years ago. I have since read it several times over. Recently I have read it to my children who enjoyed it greatly. I have waited for the sequel, checking book stores web sites to no avail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiyote on January 4, 2013
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It's well known the author has a love-hate relationship with this book, or possibly just a disdain for the furry fandom, which latched onto this most excellent half-finished story.

Toss me into the catagory of folks that read it and loved it. I revisit it like an old friend every few years and find it as fresh and exciting each time around.

The author doesn't like to talk about this book for reasons I won't even go into or can imagine. I wish Mr. Boyett would embrace this book's success instead of wincing at it.

Furry characters or not, if the story sucked, no one would like it.

I must confess to finding the Brony movement hilarious-- I wonder if Mr. Boyett is trying to chase them away from Ariel as well?

If I could say one thing to the author it would be this: You've created a fantastic book that people are still clamoring for more of over 25 years later. This is a success most writers would be more than envious of. Release the rest already!
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