Kathleen Ann Goonan
This Shared Dream
April 22, 2019 Comments.. 313
This Shared Dream Kathleen Ann Goonan introduced Sam Dance and his wife Bette and their quest to alter our present reality for the better in her novel In War Times winner of the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Bes
  • Title: This Shared Dream
  • Author: Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • ISBN: 9780765313546
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kathleen Ann Goonan introduced Sam Dance and his wife, Bette, and their quest to alter our present reality for the better in her novel In War Times winner of the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and ALA s Best Science Fiction Novel of 2008 Now, in This Shared Dream, she tells the story of the next generation.The three Dance kids, seemingly abandoned by botKathleen Ann Goonan introduced Sam Dance and his wife, Bette, and their quest to alter our present reality for the better in her novel In War Times winner of the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and ALA s Best Science Fiction Novel of 2008 Now, in This Shared Dream, she tells the story of the next generation.The three Dance kids, seemingly abandoned by both parents when they were younger, are now adults and are all disturbed by memories of a reality that existed in place of their world The older girl, Jill, even remembers the disappearance of their mother while preventing the assassination of John F Kennedy Goonan has created a new kind of utopian SF novel, in which the changes in history have created a present world that is in many ways superior to our own, while in other worlds people strive to prevent their own erasure by restoring the ills to ours This Shared Dream is certainly the most provocative SF speculation of the year, and perhaps the decade.
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    1. Vanessa says:

      Siblings Jill, Megan, and Brian were orphaned while in their youth but now as adults they still don t know what really happened, since their parents simply disappeared It turns out that their parents had something to do with the development of Q, a sort of world network of education and communication, and its later incarnation the Device, the machine that will change the world.But someone wants the Device for their own use, and Jill and her family are in dangerIS SHARED DREAM by Kathleen Ann Goo [...]

    2. Mitchell says:

      Book 2 of a 2 book series And wow What a bizarre ride A fairly non linear romp through making the world better through physics cosmic unconscious consensus And jazz and stuff And as crazy as this sounds, an absolutely rollicking plot spinning out of control the whole way through I have almost no idea what I just read but it was really cool.

    3. Barry says:

      SPOILERS IN REVIEWThis Shared Dream is the follow up to Goonan s earlier novel In War Times Whilst In War Times focus was on Sam Dance and his friend Wink, his wife Bette and the enigmatic Eliani Handtz this novel s focus is on Dance s children all grown up.The first novel was predominantly set during World War II and focussed on the creation of a device that had the ability to change and mutate and reform A device that would change perceptions of it s user and essentially present a better world [...]

    4. Keith Gerlach says:

      A slow reread for me Wonderful second part of a great story.

    5. M Tat says:

      Total surprise find.Goonan introduces some plausible and entrancing ideas on intersections that many may not have thought about For the most part, it s almost like reading a prose presentation of theoretical ideas from a capable mind I say, for the most part, because it seems as though Goonan doesn t _really_ know how to wrap up here story Towards the end there are some nigh farcical, suspend your disbelief here or go no further plot resolutions that weaken the reader s interest in listening to [...]

    6. Samuel Lubell says:

      This sequel to In War Times is somewhat quieter as the now grown up family of Sam and Bette Dance have to deal with the changes to the timeline from the previous book Initially, only Jill remembers the previous timeline and everyone thinks she is having a mental breakdown Meanwhile the changes that Q has made are beginning to take hold and a mysterious group wants to capture an imperfect version of the Device and use it for power This is much linear than the previous book There are occasional g [...]

    7. Ed Swayze says:

      This is a kaleidoscope of a novel that jumps back and forth in time with multiple characters that can do the same while jumping between alternate time lines where history and current reality are altered The story originates with a Jewish poet and her daughter, then branches to those they affect with a mysterious communication system, Q and related technology that works on mirror neurons to change human tendencies to war and violence Not an easy read but a fascinating one.

    8. Rachel says:

      As far as I m concerned, Kathleen Ann Goonan can do no wrong Every page is rich with ideas, plot twists, and engaging characters This book is a sequel to In War Times, which should be read first I love that she uses parts of her father s war diary in the war diary of Sam, her father s contemporary.

    9. Rachael Levy says:

      This series of books was wonderful It felt like reading and listening to music at the same time No author like her She has a unique flavor and very interesting ideas Loved it and it still lingers on like a beautiful old melody you can t forget and wouldn t want to anyway.

    10. Jim says:

      Goonan is good at writing characters, and she has a lot of them in This shared dream maybe too many Or maybe one should read In war times before tackling This shared dream Also, her ideas are intriguing and persuasive Still, I feel she bit off than she could chew.

    11. Chris says:

      I really enjoyed this Finished it last night, and I sort of miss it now The characters grew on me through the book, and the sci fi elements had a nice mild mind stretching quality with enough left unexplained for one to satisfyingly muse over.

    12. Sharon says:

      I so wanted to like this book, after all I love contemporary sci fi I stayed with it for close to 200 pages but it still felt like I was slogging through character introduction and background and that the story line just never got going.

    13. scherzo♫ says:

      Front cover blurb A tough minded, kind hearted, fiercely intelligent novel Ursula K Le GuinBack cover blurb As elegant and complicated as the ever changing timestreams that wind through it Connie Willis

    14. Mark Cheathem says:

      Liked it, but not as much as its predecessor It s a bit too techno utopian is that a word for me.

    15. Kate Abbott says:

      This genre is not my normal fare but I enjoyed it It is rich in historical detail and the language and dialogue are excellent Although complex, the multiple timelines do work.

    16. Ray Duncan says:

      Much better than In War Times Unfortunately, reading In War Times first is pretty much vital to making sense of this book.

    17. Steve says:

      Worthy sequel to In war Times

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