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Dream Thief

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Every morning Dr. Spencer Reston, dream-research scientist on space station Gotham, wakes up exhausted with the nagging feeling that something terrible is about to happen. Spence soon discovers that he has become a vital link in a cosmic coup masterminded by a mysterious creature known as the Dream Thief . . . and all civilization hangs in the balance.Here is science ficti...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published June 28th 1996 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published June 1996)
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Jay Michaels
"Fast-paced adventure?" Maybe for religious fiction in 1983.

"Cliff-hanging suspense?" With all due respect, the story was dragged out to almost 500 pages. That's hardly suspenseful.

I can't help but wonder if Lawhead were writing this novel today if it wouldn't be a much faster read. If this were adapted as a screenplay, the story would have to be much faster paced to keep a 21st century audience's attention.

I ended up skipping ahead from chapter 19 to chapter 30 or so.

The plot for C.S. Lewis'...more
Matthew Hodge
This religious sci-fi tells of Spencer Reston, a sleep scientist haunted by strange dreams while on the space station Gotham.

There are some good ideas in this story (especially striking is the introduction of Martians, where we discover they share the same belief in God as us). But much of this feels clichéd, without really the narrative drive to sustain it.
I gave this one star because you can't leave zero stars. I know Lawhead has written some good books; this is not one of them. The characters are one-dimensional and underdeveloped. And his portrayal of an evil scientist in a wheelchair comes awfully close to slandering Stephen Hawking. I disliked this book immensely--read C.S. Lewis's science fiction trilogy instead.
While fictional, I think Lawhead really knows a thing or two. The book is slow during the first half, but the second half is great. If you want to know more about the concepts in this book, I recommend the research and writings of Christians David Flynn and L. A. Marzulli. 3 stars for unnecessary length, otherwise 4/5. Great price on kindle.
All I can remember about this book is that it put me off reading any more Lawhead.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, mainly because I find the Christian elements are usually clumsy and heavy-handed. This book didn't have that problem. I thought the Christian elements blended well with the rest of the story. I also don't read a whole lot of sci-fi, mostly because I find the concept overshadows the characters and I end up not caring about any of it. This book didn't have that problem either. I liked the main character well enough, and...more
Stephen Lawhead writes very good historical/fantasy books with Celtic settings. He’s a sure thing; all of his books are quite enjoyable. So when I borrowed another of his books from a friend that wasn’t a Celtic fantasy book, but rather an outer-space sci-fi book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would Lawhead prove as adept at writing in a very different genre? Would I enjoy the book as much?

In The Dream Thief, humanity has built a working space station called Gotham. Gotham is a city in space, wh...more
Michelle R. Wood
I've read from several sources that one way to cut down on stress is to avoid reading books that you don't like. The idea goes that if after a few chapters (or pages, depending on the attention span of the advice giver) you don't like the story, ditch the book and move on to another. I don't necessarily disagree with this idea as a whole; I just find it very hard to put into personal practice. Once I make a committment to read a particular story or watch a specific program, I usually try to give...more
Carrie Hickman
This book had been sitting on my mom's bookshelf for a couple months before I finally picked it up and by that time, I was pretty psyched to read it. And the first half of the book really intrigued me. But the second half really let me down. All of the characters, who I thought got pretty good characterization in the first half, were suddenly downgraded to stereotypes. The best friend stayed his wise, all-knowing self and the chick stayed the innocent, helpless chick. Ugh. It really disappointed...more
This was a very good book, although it suffers somewhat from a very poor supporting character. The story is suspenseful and the settings are very cool. The main character, Spencer Reston, is very likeable at the beginning of the book at least, although he becomes less likeable after his return from Mars. The real strong point of the book is its setting. Most of the supporting characters (Dr. Packer, Kalnikov, and Kyr) are likeable as well. However, the only thing serious gripe I have would be th...more
This is the first Lawhead book I've ever read, and I've got to say I was totally blown away. I have not been this captivated and in love with a book since the Harry Potter series. I opted out of my usual TV time to get in more reading, and had to force myself to close the book when it was time for bed. The author crafted a complex, highly-believable futuristic setting (he avoided the common sci-fi error of giving the date of the future time period). His vocabulary was exstensive, and his descrip...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
Okay science fiction from Stephen Lawhead's early career. A steal as an ebook for 2.99, but okay at best.

Spence Reston is researching the effects of long-term sleep in zero-g, or something or other. He gets bad dreams, and soon finds that he has enemies. He escapes to Mars, but discovers something that just might help him fight back.

The writing is okay, at best. He makes the female characters a bit too cutesy, and the plot ambles on and on. It could be contracted to half it's length and work muc...more
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A interesting book by Stephen R. Lawhead, though I prefer his later style, the Dream Thief was still a interesting read of science fiction, which I quite enjoyed. The plot had some weaknesses, and the narrative was a bit hard to follow in parts, but the interesting characters, neat dreams, exotic settings, and interesting bits of made up history and scientific fact made up for the book’s flaws. I enjoyed Lawhead’s science fiction series, the Empyrion Saga more, but Dream Thief is still a good re...more
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You can snap and shout at your girlfriend all you like if you're the hero. She'll forgive you, especially after the brain damage.

There are Aliens posing as Hindu gods, indifferent Buddhist monks, evil cripples, evil Indians, poor Indians, and a rich but dim girl who sees something in our hero that really isn't there. The religious element adds a certain something, if not for the reasons the author intends.

This is one of my favorite Lawhead books. I started with the Dragon King series and then read this one. Loved it. Would like to find time to read it again. Another of his series that I love is the Empyrion series was two books and I believe it's been combined into one.
I enjoyed this as Christian allegory, although it is not explicitly Christocentric. My expectations were that it was a bit of a dated work of science fiction and I was delighted to find myself drawn into the allegorical aspects.
This book started off as one thing and then flipped to a totally unexpected place. I must be honest that the last 100 pages seemed to drag on without much addition to the story happening. Overall, a good book.
Joshua Spotts
This is a fascinating sci-fi book. It is filled with mystery, excellent characters, and is an amazing piece of writing! In fact, it has to be well written due to the fact most of it takes place on one space station.
May 27, 2008 Rob rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy
Shelves: science-fiction
Inspired by C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy -- which itself was inspired by H. G. Wells -- this novel really captured my interest and kickstarted a life-long fascination with Lawhead's works.
My favorite Stephen Lawhead novel! I just really like the whole dream theme he had going on in this intriging story. I really wish Lawhead would write more scifi!
Erin Lenox
I always love Lawhead's philosophy what makes humans divine and this book is another facet of that theory but in science fiction form
This is the book that started my adventures with Lawhead. A great mix of sci-fi with religious overtones. I'll never forget it.
Shawn Shafer
Read this in middle school. No idea what I would think now, but it definitely pushed my interests into science fiction.
Sarah Sammis
I don't remember the details but from reading the description I don't think I would care for it if I re-read it.
'chris d
A good plot, good characters. Written in 1983 so it is dated. But I did enjoy reading it.
The first 100 or so pages drew me in, but the ending was highly disappointing.
I...didn't finish it. It started out okay, but I grew bored.
I really like Stephen Lawhead but this was not my favorite.
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

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