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Overall it's fairly well written and has a less straightforward plot than a lot of modern sci-fi. Dialogue is ok. A couple of things prevent me from giving it a higher rating.
(1) the first part of the book really drags. It doesn't really become "interesting" until the final third or so. it just took me a long time to get into this.
(2) a lot of characters are introduced early on, but are very thinly drawn, to the point that it gets hard to tell who's who, and many of them are not that important to the story, or disappear off the map completely for long periods of time.
The pacing of the story is very leisurely until toward the end; I think the concept behind this story might work better as a novella or a short story.
Against this background, Jim tells the story of assembling the team of investigators -- including artists, not just scientists -- and their trip to the artifact. Once they arrive it chronicles the challenges the team encounters as they try to make sense of the artifact and the deeper mysteries it represents. Like Clarke and Kubrick's "mystical" Star-Child in "2001," Downey takes his characters beyond the bounds of traditional science and into the realm of dreams and beyond. His ending surprised me and provided an intriguing take on the question "Why are we still alone?"
I really enjoyed "Communion of Dreams" and found myself wishing that it didn't end quite so quickly.Read more ›
I am not the most eloquent writer, in fact I am a sculptor and professor by trade. However I can, without hesitation, state this is one of the most fascinating books I have read in a great many years. It keeps you transfixed on the characters, their moires and social foibles, and yet allows you to see them as human...even Seth!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who even slightly questions our role in the universe. Mr. Downey has a touch on the universal pulse of being that unique. I look forward, with great anticipation, to the other "artifacts" he has hidden for us.
Thank You James for a wonderful ride!!!
Mark Alan Mueller
Communion of Dreams
First of all, the characters are wonderfully three dimensional, and felt quite "real". I liked them, or didn't like them, or wasn't sure how I felt, but I definitely felt they were actual people, not just black and white names on a page. I loved how, with the minimum of words to describe a gesture, or look, or a few words of dialogue, entire volumes of personality and attitude emerged. I enjoyed watching those attitudes change as the characters faced new challenges and wrestled with what was, for most, a major paradigm shift. My own opinions of those characters occasionally changed as well, as I watched them deal with the challenges with which they were faced.
Second, the story was gripping and held my attention throughout (although I admit I tended to gloss over the more technical descriptions). A lot was happening to a lot of people in a short period of time, but I never felt overwhelmed since it was all presented in a logical and timely manner. Often when the characters themselves were caught by surprise, I was as well. When reference was made to events prior to the story, there was always an explanatory back story that fit perfectly and didn't feel like a flashback; just a few sentences that painted a detailed picture without pages and pages of detail. I have to say, the compact and concise way in which the entire novel was written was refreshing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes the book seem to have a really high degree of complexity,too complex for me anyway. I finished the book and don't regret the read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Richard Sleight
I bought this for free when it was free in the Kindle store. The good thing about this book is that is leaves you thinking about it long after you finish reading it. . Read morePublished 6 months ago by JenaLuvsNef
Some science fiction works so hard at creating the necessary fictional science that the story becomes unintelligible. This is not one of those books. The story is good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. P. Cunningham
This novel has a very interesting storyline and was pretty good at keeping my interest with discoveries the team continued to find. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jen
I borrowed this book from the Prime lending library as I was in the mood for a good old sci-fi first contact story and the books description lead me to believe that's what it was. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A Reader
James Downey's Communion of Dreams is a good read for anyone who enjoys fiction about space exploration, paranormal powers, artificial intelligence or any combo of the three. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ray Anselmo
Slick idea for a book. Don't let the cover fool you, it's a sci-fi book and it's an interesting story. A little slow in parts, but it's interesting to read.Published 16 months ago by Kevin Gibson
Very well written..kudos to author. Just like seeing an engrossing sci-fi movie. Time flies as you turn the pages in this book!Published 16 months ago by desert lily