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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Workman (30 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761177396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761177395
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] refreshingly practical guide to controlling dreams. --Publishers Weekly Step-by-step instructions for achieving the alluring, mysterious goal of lucid dreaming. Parade.com Three young, New York-based oneironauts ( dream navigators ) have come along to fish these techniques out of esoterica. Pulling from a wide array of lucid dreaming traditions, they offer step-by-step instructions. --Tricycle

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rain Forest on 19 Nov 2013
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This book really is a must for anyone interested in lucid dreaming. It's full of interesting information and useful tips, great for experienced lucid dreamers and beginners alike. What really made it stand out for me is the great writing style - it's written with a very light touch - humorous and witty, but still with respect for the readers and the subject. The illustrations are great also - in fact what's not to like?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By greydog on 20 Oct 2013
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A good book on the subject, straight forward and full of useful tips, a good starting point for anyone interested in the subject :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jasmine on 3 Jan 2014
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this book is so great, having studied dream therapy i was interested in lucid dreaming.
This is great for even a beginner and explains things wonderfully.
There are some great vintage looking sketches also.

Well worth buying :)
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Disappointed. Style over substance. 13 Sep 2013
By Starseeker - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to like this book but I really can't say I did. I'll try and keep my review balanced to help others decide if this is a book for them.

My first impressions were "This is a really short book!". The page count listed on Amazon is misleading, while there may be 288 pages the actual amount of text in this book is much less. This is more of a magazine than a book. The font is large and there are space filling pictures and graphics everywhere. I'll not deny it looks pretty, it just feels like it's a bit of a cheat. However, if you're drawn to pretty pictures and simplistic content you may enjoy it, if you're looking for something with depth and useful new information, you'll probably feel like me, a little ripped off. I'd consider my reading speed reasonably average but I finished this book in one evening! not because it's enthralling but just because it is short.

As for the content of the book, this is where I really started to dislike the book. I've read a lot of lucid dreaming books and have been a lucid dreamer since at least the 90s. Nearly everything written in this book has been reworded and regurgitated from books by established experts. Basically what you are buying here is a rehash of classic books only with about 80% of the content removed and replaced with pictures. Considering this book started life as a kickstarter project by a group of young of 20 year olds, it's not completely surprising that they don't have the experience necessary to write with authority or knowledge. I don't want to be completely harsh here, they have done a good job in making a very simple rewording of older books, just don't expect anything new. My other problem is that they don't really admit this, both the book and their website has a slightly self-aggrandizing tone, it seems like they consider themselves the "new lucid dreaming gurus" only they don't have the background or experience to back this up. I get the feeling they just watched Inception, read a few books and then decided they were experts, not that there is anything wrong with people wanting to say their own views, just maybe less of the "we're experts" approach would feel more honest.

During my read of this book I notice several factual mistakes, kind of unforgivable really considering these guys were given $27,000 of other peoples kickstarter money to write this! For so much money invested in getting this written this should be a hell of a lot better, in reality it seems like just a reworded version of other books only without as much information.

On an attempt at a positive side, if you are completely utterly new to lucid dreaming and don't have regular access to the internet, this book will be a useful very basic guide with lots of pretty pictures. If you've read anything else on lucid dreaming at all, have access to the internet and want to expand your mind, you'll find this book has almost nothing new to offer. I won't deny it is pretty, the design and layout is very good, I get the feeling this is where most of the effort was spent.

All in all, this is basically a huge dumbing down of better books. It's best to think of it more like a magazine than a book. It has a youthful tone which some may find interesting, I however felt like it was a case of style over content, think of it like an MTV pop video compared to Shakespeare. I can't say I learnt anything new and I was shocked when there were things written here that are actually just plain wrong.

I hate to be negative but really this feels a bit like people cashing in on other peoples research and hard work, not to mention an attempt to try and get even more money after their original $27000 backing. I'd rather support the real experts who are out there doing proper research.

It's not terrible, which is why I gave it two stars, I'd say it's just fallen into the trap of style over substance. There are many much better books out there, written by people who've spent lifetimes working and studying dreams, so unless you're an absolute beginner or just like pretty pictures, I'd strongly suggest spending your money elsewhere!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Field Guide for an Incredible Trip 26 Oct 2013
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered this gem whilst listening to a podcast about lucid dreaming (UnFictional on KCRW, The Lucid Dreamers). One of the oneironauts interviewed was Thomas Peisel who authored this book with Dylan Tuccill and Jared Zeizel. As titled, this book is a field guide and it feels very much so. I've been studying and practicing lucid dreaming for over 20 years. Reading this book was like revisiting a country I have been to many times. The book points out ways to get there, some of the landmarks you are likely to see once you are there, some of the locals you might meet, techniques for getting around and how to deal with some of the threatening aspects one might encounter while on the journey. One reviewer commented that the book was stylish but short on content. I disagree with the short on content comment. A book doesn't have to be wordy to be informative. In fact, the point is easier to get without the convolution of too much information. The style of this book, with its wonderful illustrations by Mahendra Singh, reminded me of the look and feel of my dream journals. Dreams are very visual and so are field guides and that is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book. It is a field guide for an incredible trip to a dynamic place full of wonder and adventure.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A dreamer's Guide 30 Oct 2013
By Dr. Eoghan C. Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a dozen or more books on the topic of dreaming, from titles that barely deserve to be called books to academic studies. My all time favorites have tended to be those written by Robert Moss due to his ability to combine a profound knowledge of the subject with both humour and the ability to write well. That last skill is so broadly lacking today in most titles on this subject.

The people who wrote this book are worthy of note. Not so much because they acknowledge their debt to Moss as because they have managed to take an overused method of structuring a "guidebook" using sidebars, panels, and other gimicks typical of a "dummies" guide, and create a book that not only uses those elements effectively for once, but also end up withan engaging, appealing, and informative book.

I cannot honestly say that this could be the only book on the subject of lucid dreaming you will ever want to have or need, but buying it to begin with can save you from wasting your time on many less worthwhile texts. Even if you have read morenextensively on the topic, you won't regret picking this title up.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Clear & to the point. 17 Nov 2013
By REF - Published on Amazon.com
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Writing is clear. It's the most useful lucid dreaming guide I've encountered. I also enjoyed the playful attitude. This book is definitely a guide, not another metaphysical discussion, which I appreciated.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Neat pictures, but low on substance 18 May 2014
By Lazar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book reads more like a vacation brochure than an actual guide to lucid dreaming. The techniques are treated cursorily, and important information is never mentioned at all (such as meditation and all-day-awareness, to name two). LaBerge's MILD technique is brutally simplified to an almost-unworkable state, and the authors treat WILDing as though it's as easy as using the toilet.

On the other hand, this is a gentle introduction to lucid dreaming that will serve to pique interest without scaring away potential dreamers with the challenge that lucid dreaming presents. There are just so many other better books than this. Check out Waggoner's book (though that one has some issues as well), LaBerge's guide, and some of the dream yoga books for more useful, intermediate and advanced information.
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