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Dreamer's Cat: a sci-fi murder mystery with a killer twist [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A science fiction murder mystery set in a future world where virtual reality is a way of life.

The hero is a Dreamer, a one-in-a-million talent who lays down psi-discs for the Cerebral Broadcasting Corporation. Dreamers are employed on billion-dollar contracts to produce psi-discs, the entertainment of the future. But when Dreamers start to die, our hero has to go into their alternative realities on the track of the killer.

Be warned - there is a fair amount of sexual violence in the book, which is necessary for the plot but which is not for the faint-hearted! If you have any reservations at all, please download the sample first.

Dreamer's Cat is a fast-paced 67,000 words, about 260 pages. It has been a science fiction bestseller ever since it was released for the Kindle and it will only ever be published as an eBook.

FIVE STAR REVIEW from Vine Voice and Top 500 Reviewer Shaun Horrigan of London - "This book is a novella rather than a full length novel but in this case the shorter format just makes the story that much tighter and that much more intense. There is no room for "filler", no paragraphs of flowery prose, there is just a bare, raw and very intense story. This really is a page turner that I found very hard to put down! I was still reading it at 2am this morning.

"If you do not generally read sci-fi, don't be put off from getting this book. The story is more non-genre than real hard core sci-fi with mix of crime and psychological thriller thrown in for good measure. It actually reminds me of a harder hitting version of some of Iain Banks non-genre work, and for me that was certainly not a bad thing. The stealer of the show is in my mind the dreamer's cat herself. She really is a beautifully envisioned creation.

"I must point out that the warning in writer's description is very true. This is an extremely hard hitting and graphic book and definitely not for the faint-hearted or squeamish.

"I must also say that the formatting and presentation on the Kindle is pretty much perfect. I didn't see any problems at all! Overall this has to get five stars from me and I will definitely be reading more of Stephen Leather's work. In fact I am going to download The Basement as soon as I finish this review!"


Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, have been filmed for television.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Three Elephants (3 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486U6VU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defining insanity 23 Nov. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished Dreamer's Cat, for a short book it throws up a lot of contemporary issues regarding the virtual world. It even touches on modern forms of media production compared to more traditional mediums which is very apt. It tackles violence and sexual addiction in the virtual world and the lines people cross when they become addicted to virtual worlds. I've played very hardcore (hard work not inappropriate content) online games and I've had people explain how they've been pushed to the edge of despair in the real world due to virtual world events. There is a much larger book with very important social messages in there if you decided to rewrite it.

When I realised where the book was going I was afraid I would get bogged down in the blur between reality and insanity. I was pleasantly surprised, the boundary was explored thoroughly without it becoming tedious.

9 times out of 10 I can guess the ending of a book. In this case I was left with a few theories before an abrupt and engaging end which I didn't fully expect. I have a few conceptual questions left, is that a good or a bad thing? With this book I think it's appropriate :)

I have a complex and demanding job, I read to relax and set my imagination free. This book was fast paced but engaged in complex ideas which is perfect for someone like myself, an IT geek with a cat :)
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpectedly different and riveting read 27 Nov. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read Nightfall recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure the new and related Midnight title when released will be excellent too, but decided to try these cheap/free offerings in the meanwhile (3 different titles, []p each on Kindle).

I'm very glad I did; this is quite different and a tad unusual, but a gripping and well-written story nevertheless. I couldn't put it down in fact and read it in two sessions (interrupted only by sleep!). I feel almost guilty at consuming what was probably months of work in such a short space of time, but can't wait to try more of his titles.

Judging by the Nightfall book and a quick look at his website, I'd surmise this wasn't Stephen's ordinary genre, but I wouldn't know otherwise; I hope he tries his hand at more works in non-typical genres as I find his writing very readable.

Finally, I often find that my interest in a novel wanes towards the three quarter point (once the ending/plot can be discerned), but that wasn't the case here and it was quite literally a page-turner that keeps you guessing.

Thanks for a great read Stephen, and one that I'd definitely recommend. I'd guess you enjoyed writing this; I hope as much as I (and clearly others) have enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique & Disturbing 22 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
'Dreamer's Cat' is a unique sci-fi novella with a suspenseful mystery packed into the fast-moving storyline.

I tore through this book, loving the dark tone and the thought-provoking ideas. I will warn that it's not an easy read as there is some disturbing content but this gave the story more weight and the impact was not lost on me. The 'hero' of the piece plunges into some very dark depths as he works to find out what's been happening to other dreamers so being inside his head was at times an uncomfortable thing but I appreciated the levels Leather went to with this to make his point.

To me science fiction is at it's best when it makes you question your views on the ideas presented in the novel. Here I found myself questioning my attitudes on how violence can affect the observer, as well as thinking about perception and reality. I also like a bit of quirkiness to a book and the talking cat certainly kept things interesting here. The story moves along at a decent pace and never gets boring, and the writing style is very easy to get into.

Overall this is a unique and disturbing read that will really make you think. It would likely best be enjoyed by fans of sci-fi horror or anyone who enjoys darker toned thrillers. I look forward to trying out more of Leather's books now as I thoroughly enjoyed this one!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, but ultimately disappointing 15 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In this book Stephen Leather sets up a great premise for a mystery. Set in the future it involves a "Dreamer" trying to find out what has been killing some of his colleagues. The initial set-up is great with some interesting ideas, including the narrator's imaginary cat companion.

The plot quickly descends into a fair amount of graphic sex and violence. I have no objection to this, but some readers may find some of the subject matter disturbing.

Ultimately, while this is a fairly easy read (subject matter aside) the book was disappointing. There were some unexplained loop-holes in the plot which are glossed over at the end.

If you're after a light, but at time challenging book, then its worth a try, but I'd look elsewhere if you're looking for an exciting plot that really delivers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexual Violence 30 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an interesting book, but it was also very uncomfortable to read. The title is there to warn people that the content is not for the faint hearted. It is mentioned in the body of the book's description, but it does not really touch on the level of depravity that some parts of the book get to. It was a bit like a car crash, you can't help but look. The writing style is odd, but works with the theme. The three stars were for two reasons. 1. If you want to describe sexual violence as part of the plot there are less creepy ways of doing it. 2. The ending did not make much sence. I can't say more than that without spoilers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it
This book is like marmite you hate or love it I loved it
Published 1 month ago by Dr. view (London, England)
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different Stephen Leather storyline,but a great read as is...
Quite a change from the normal Stephen Leather books,however maintains his usual "difficult to put down" style and confirms his versatility. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nanna
1.0 out of 5 stars More adult literature than Sci-Fi
Be warned! The synopsis clear indicates this is Adult themed but I found it too disturbing to finish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Torkies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like SF so this is another for my collection as I am going paperless
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial ?
With all the mixed reviews I thought best to give it a go. (curiosity killed the cat!! excuse the pun) Must say thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi thriller
I'm not normally into SciFi but as I had just read and enjoyed The Basement by the same author it was worth trying, Dreamers Cat is a terrific story with good appeal. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Serious Snapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamer's Cat
Fantastic sci-fi story with a totally 'killer twist' that I did not see coming. thoroughly engrossing, not overburdened with jargon
Published 16 months ago by juneelizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird, but gripping
Certainly different,but very. Gripping and sensual. Not one that l would read again, sorry. My imagination is excellent, but the story was a bit too weird .
Published 17 months ago by Buckntilly
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
I like the idea of this. Quite thought provoking and as with his other books it's well written. I just found the ending not quite up to some of his other work. It was ok.
Published 17 months ago by NeufNeuf
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamers Cat
I love all this authors books and I don't usually put it down till I've finished it.
All his books are brilliantly written.
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