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Dream London (The Dream World Book 1) by [Ballantyne, Tony]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Dream World (2 Book Series)

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"Tony Ballantyne's sixth novel, Dream London, is one of those unclassifiable gems that crop up from time to time. London is transforming into a quasi-Victorian nightmare of instant gratification. One man, Captain James Wedderburn - pimp, egotist and arch manipulator - is charged by the mysterious Cartel to find out who or what might be responsible. Along the way he meets a cast of delightful grotesques - Honey Peppers, a foul-mouthed six-year-old lackey to a psychotic gangster; the charmingly naive frog-man Mr Monagon; and the Quantifiers, huge humans with eyes on the ends of their tongues - as he brings about his own, and London's, redemption. The novel shares the surreal, absurdist whimsy of Alice in Wonderland and Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday." - The Guardian "Tony Ballantyne dares to dream...succeeds beyond all expectation." - Locus

About the Author

Tony Ballantyne is the author of Twisted Metal, Blood and Iron and the Recursion series. He has also written many short stories. tony grew up in County Durham in the North east of england. He studied Maths at Manchester university before moving to london where he taught Maths and It. His first SF sale was The Sixth VNM which appeared in Interzone 138. Since then he has had short stories appear in magazines and anthologies worldwide. Recursion, his fi rst novel, was published by TOR UK in 2004. He has been nominated for the BSFa and Philip K Dick awards. He now lives in Oldham.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2174 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQQRL9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like many others, I suspect, I was drawn to the book by the strange concept of
a twisted London, and like the citizens themselves, constantly changing.

By the time I got to page 135 of this 347 page book, I decided to quit.
Whilst some interesting characters turned up now and again, the story kind of gets
lost in the constant small talk. The tale, promising so much, simply fails to
progress, whereupon I found myself looking for something else to do, rather than struggle
on with this disappointment.

A wasted chance here Mr Ballantyne.
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I started out loving this book - it was quirky, different, and I was interested in the characters...sadly my interest waned by about half way through, and the book really went out with a fizzle rather than a bang. I kept trying to fit the storyline with some sort of social/political commentary, but either there was none, or I was not sufficiently perceptive to spot it. It was almost as if the author changed his mind part way through the book about where the story was going.
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The tone of this urban fantasy is set when Captain James Wedderburn wakes in a bedroom that is a slightly different shape than it was when he went to sleep (but you have to expect that in what London has become) to the sound of munching and sees two glowing salamanders eating a green beetle the size of a dinner plate on his bedroom floor. The fact that his first thought is that they would be worth quite a lot if he can move quickly enough to catch them tells you a lot about the kind of London this has become. Captain Wedderburn is a a pimp, who swaggers his way through Dream London, trying to avoid various villains, including the mysterious Daddio and his strange emissary the foul mouthed six (and three quarters) Honey Peppers, and the fate they have in store for him, involving the manatees (or, more likely mandrills) in London Zoo, the machinations of the mysterious Cartel and Miss Elizabeth Baines who rescues cats and has been told he is her one true love. Further complications involve Mr Monagan, a man-sized orange frog, ants, various prophecies and the important of brass bands. And the problem of how to stop London changing beyond all possible recognistion.
I loved it.
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A truly novel fantasy!
The laws that apply in dreams are now being applied to London, or Dream London as it is being called. Nothing makes sense but it's normal because that's how dreams go.
The changes began subtly but now seem to be unstoppable. Who is behind it all? Can the changes be reversed?
Society is changing and people are becoming individuals, losing the power of teamwork and it will take more than one man to shatter this dream.
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well I read it. all of it. not so good. and then there is dream paris. if you disliked this, stay away from the next city. I gave it two stars but only because I read all of it.
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A simply awful book that I couldn't be bothered to finish. The characters were all so uniformly unlikeable that it was impossible to care what happened to them.
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By M B on 19 July 2015
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Nice read if you are living on London
decent book, not a work of genius but good enough
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I found it hard to get into and then familiar. Had I heard some of it on the radio. Somehow it didn't really hold my attention.
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