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Wake Up and Dream

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Winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History: Nineteen-forties Hollywood is dazzlingly transformed and recreated in this alternate history fantasy noir about former screen actor–turned–private eye Clark Gable who investigates a deadly conspiracy in a neo-fascist Tinsel Town

In a different 1940, with Europe in flames and an anti-Semitic America creeping towards fascism
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Hardcover, 337 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by PS Publishing (first published 2011)
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Kerszi
Nov 18, 2016 Kerszi rated it liked it
Bardzo ciężko mi się czyta Macleoda. Tą książke czytałem pare miesięcy. Jest gruba i ... autor ma bardzo rozległe opisy. Jego opowiadania można przypisać prawie, że do roli powieści. Co by tu nie mówić jednak zapadają w pamięć. Może drugi raz je warto przeczytać? Jednak czytanie tego to była dla mnie męczarnia. Chciałem jak najszybciej skończyć. W międzyczasie przeczytałem chyba z 5 książek ;) Wiem, że niektórzy uwielbiają Macleoda. Ja nie za bardzo. Co do powieści "Obudź się i śnij" już jest ...more
Petra
Oct 07, 2012 Petra rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Macleod fan and this book is probably the best thing I read this year.
So many of my favorite things come together here, LA and film history, Howard Hughes, noir, alternate history (in a way continuing what was started in Summer Isles). Fantasy and science in hard boiled detective story.
Macleod has been publishing his books himself for a while and it means his books are not available on Kindle. They are more expensive, yes, but at the same time I am happy about this, because now I can
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Leonard
Jan 05, 2014 Leonard rated it did not like it
I'll accept that feelies replaced talkies fairly early in Hollywood history. I'll not accept that, even in this alternate world, British English replaced American on the noirish streets of 1940s L.A. "Gone"? "Sorted"? "Postie"?! The mostly A-to-B-to-C, single-POV storytelling doesn't help to create a convincing, immersive fictional experience, either. I want more people to read MacLeod -- just not this MacLeod.
Simon Mcleish
Jun 12, 2016 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Very good alternative history starring Clark Gable as a down at heel private eye after his Hollywood career crashed when "feelies" pushed out the talkies. Heavily influenced by Philip K. Dick.
James Jennings
Jul 25, 2012 James Jennings rated it really liked it
This fun detective thriller is set in an alternate history about Hollywood in the late 1930s. The final climax was a bit of a "deus ex machina" and the epilogue dragged a bit, but otherwise it was quite inventive.
Gillian
Aug 30, 2012 Gillian rated it really liked it
What can I say? i am a sucker for alternate histories and this one is quirky and just that bit different.
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Excellent! Deserves a publisher in the US.
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Ian R. MacLeod is the acclaimed writer of challenging and innovative speculative and fantastic fiction. His most recent novel, Wake Up and Dream, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, while his previous works have won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the World Fantasy Award, and have been translated into many languages. His short story, “Snodgrass,” was ...more
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