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The Experiment of Dreams de Brandon Zenner
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The Experiment of Dreams (edició 2014)

de Brandon Zenner (Autor)

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Benjamin Walker's lifelong career of testing experimental drugs and medicines, as well as participating in fascinating sleep-related studies, has come to an end. A new and lucrative job opportunity is offered to Ben, working on a project named Lucy, a machine capable of reading and recording a person's dreams in intimate detail. All is finally going well for Ben . . . until strange dreams of a town named Drapery Falls begin to plague him, and memories once hidden begin to reveal themselves. The doctors and staff onboard team Lucy are not who Ben thinks they are, and Mr. Kalispell will stop at nothing to keep Ben's emerging memories buried for good. Ben is put on a collision course that will bring him to the brink of total insanity, and perhaps even death. At the heart of it all, Ben's worst enemy is his own mind, and he must confront his past in order to save his future. The twist and turns in The Experiment of Dreams will keep you guessing, down to the very last line.… (més)
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Títol:The Experiment of Dreams
Autors:Brandon Zenner (Autor)
Informació:(2014), Edition: 5, 276 pages
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One lesson to be learned from this book: If there's this shady trial going on that's trying to recruit you and the reward is far too big: don't trust it, it must be a trap.

Benjamin earns his money by participating in all kinds of trials, usually sleep pattern tests and sleep deprivation studies. Now I don't know how it works in this field, but it's very unlikely you can pay your bills from participating in clinical trials for drug development, or so I'm told. Anyway, Benjamin gets an offer he can't refuse, that allows him to travel the world and look at paintings. A lot.

The book started really interesting. Although it's clear from the beginning that something is off, it takes quite some time to get to know exactly what. That however, is also where its weakness lies. The whole point of experiment, it didn't make sense to me in the end. Which was a shame, because I was really liking it. Another thing that bothered me, it was tied together to closely. Everything was connected, and although it took me some time, the revelation at the end was expected.

But it was a fast and entertaining read. I would read the author's next book.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
In this era of advanced technology it may not seem to be the case, but the written word still has many distinct advantages over other more complex mediums when it comes to certain kinds of storytelling. When it comes to questions of “reality”, a word that Vladimir Nabokov said should always be framed by quotation marks, and what is or is not “real” you can’t beat a book Thus we come to The Experiment of Dreams by Brandon Zenner.

Benjamin Waller is a Young widower living a marginal life as a substitute bartender. Most nights he passes out drunk while staring at a painting that is his last possession that used to belong to his deceased wife. His real living is being a human guinea pig for experimental drugs and medicines, and especially as a participant in sleep and dream-related studies. He gets offered a chance to work on a secret project that is designed to record a person’s dreams in startling detail. Ben is the perfect choice because of his uncanny ability in controlling lucid dreams. Things seem to be finally working well, especially since Ben has met Sophia, a woman who may finally help him move past his former wife Emily. He is making good money and is travelling around the world, staying in beautiful hotels and looking at the greatest works of art in the Western world. However…it wouldn’t be a thriller without that however.

Ben starts having strange dreams that he cannot control. About places that he has never seen. There are revelations that the doctors and that staff working on the project may not be who they say that they are, and the man behind it all, reclusive billionaire Mr. Kalispell, begins to seem more and more sinister.

After this, it begins to get very difficult to review, because the spoilers come fast and furious, and Ben’s dreams, and his reality, start to shift and inter-mingle. The first half of the book is interesting, because of the science more than anything else. Then suddenly come the twist and turns of a thriller, and Ben doesn’t quite know what is real and what isn’t. The doctors and staff start brandishing guns, and trading stories about Special Forces kills, and the narrative kind of slips from Mr. Jennings control a bit. The latter half of the book is more gripping that the beginning, but it also feels rushed, and a bit chaotic. One of the things that disappointed me the most is that a lot of the events of the book are suddenly no longer is Ben’s hands. This is realistic, but in some ways a bit disappointing. Heaven knows that I didn’t want to see our viewpoint character turn onto James Bond, but to have him basically sleep his way to the climax of the novel struck me as a less than ideal way to cap this tale.

The characters in this book were solid, but unexceptional, the writing was transparent and got the job done. One of the most difficult parts of the tech-thriller is the science, and Mr. Zenner didn’t quite pull it off here. It didn’t slow down the plot or the action, but it never seemed quite right, somehow. When a book has a lot of questions about reality and dreams a firm solid foundation is a necessity, and I just didn’t feel like I had my feet beneath me in this book.

Review by: Mark Palm
Full Reviews Available at: http://www.thebookendfamily.weebly.com ( )
  BookendFamily | May 5, 2015 |
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Benjamin Walker's lifelong career of testing experimental drugs and medicines, as well as participating in fascinating sleep-related studies, has come to an end. A new and lucrative job opportunity is offered to Ben, working on a project named Lucy, a machine capable of reading and recording a person's dreams in intimate detail. All is finally going well for Ben . . . until strange dreams of a town named Drapery Falls begin to plague him, and memories once hidden begin to reveal themselves. The doctors and staff onboard team Lucy are not who Ben thinks they are, and Mr. Kalispell will stop at nothing to keep Ben's emerging memories buried for good. Ben is put on a collision course that will bring him to the brink of total insanity, and perhaps even death. At the heart of it all, Ben's worst enemy is his own mind, and he must confront his past in order to save his future. The twist and turns in The Experiment of Dreams will keep you guessing, down to the very last line.

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