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The Dream Archipelago (The Dream Archipelago #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  216 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The Equatorial Moment (1999)
The Negation (1978)
Whores (1978)
The Cremation (1978)
The Miraculous Cairn (1980)
The Watched (1978)
Paperback, 264 pages
Published 1999 by Earthlight
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Tudor Ciocarlie
Nov 06, 2011 Tudor Ciocarlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb collection, with ingeniously designed and cleverly, subtly interlocking stories about mind and sanity, culture and war, sexuality and madness. "The Watched" is for me, one of the top 10 novellas of all time.
Michael Whiteman
This one is a collection of short stories and novellas set in Priest's fantastic Dream Archipelago world. The Affirmation and The Islanders are two of my favourite books I've read in recent years, so I was looking forward to this one a lot and it didn't disappoint.

The collection starts off with a couple of shorter stories and two brief vignettes that give some detail of the world we are in and show some of the effects of the constant war which surrounds and crosses the archipelago. The interact
Jan 26, 2014 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This collection of stories is characterised by non-completion. By ellipses, gaps, loss of memory, tantalising hints of more, general incompleteness. In the stories themselves, in the people, in the world.

This turned out not to be the book I thought I was reading. Having adored The Islanders, I thought I was getting an earlier novel set in the same place. Uh, no. This is a set of short stories (including a couple of novellas): some set in the Dream Archipelago, some just referencing it. So I was
Pete Young
Nov 12, 2012 Pete Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seven stories (two of which are novellas) set on a chain of equatorial islands that are the focus of a long continental war, on a world that permanently sits beneath a strange vortex in time. These are very English stories in their manner as well as the romance of the setting, the archipelago representing an ideal locale for the perfect escape except that it is far less perfect in reality, and is also where these stories’ protagonists get to face themselves in unexpected and uncomfortable ways. ...more
David Nield
Oct 08, 2013 David Nield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Dream Archipelago" is a collection of short stories set in the eponymous title. Some of them extend over what we might think of a short story but still the book is fairly short at around
270 or so pages. This is quite an old book, dating back to about 1999 but the stories actually
date even earlier although it seems some of them have been re-written for the present edition.
I was fortunate to acquire a second hand copy of the book in quite good condition.
So is the "Dream Archipelago" a tropi
Alex S
Aug 20, 2014 Alex S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Dream Archipelago" is a series of interlinked short stories guaranteed to fascinate, horrify and disturb. Christopher Priest is a master of psychological horror/SF, and these stories must rank among his very best work. Without giving anything away, sometimes the twists take you completely by surprise, other times you know something unpleasant is simmering under the surface. I soon became obsessed with this intriguing, dream-like (or nightmarish) collection and was sad to finish it.
Sep 28, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A really difficult book to try and review, and utterly schizophrenic to read! One minute you're engrossed in absolute five star fantasy excellence... the next, cringing at graphically depicted slush pile porn. Such a shame, too, as the over-arcing idea, the narrative, the imagination is superb. But then the slap bass starts and your metaphorical steak dinner is intruded upon by a shabby tramp masturbating openly onto your plate, and the whole experience leaves you really rather queasy.
Feb 23, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird. But a good weird.
Feb 19, 2016 Tomo20 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This is the first Christopher Priest I've read and now that I've dipped my toe in the short stories I would like to try a novel. He brings to mind something along the lines of China Mieville and JG Ballard. There is an innate Englishness in the voice that works well in the off kilter worlds he creates. The stories wander through the islands of the dream archipelago in a loosely linked but very definite pattern. Some are stronger than others but all of them are good.
João Pena
Jun 21, 2013 João Pena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apesar de não ser a obra-prima que muitos dizem ser, "The Dream Archipelago" é o produto de uma mente muitissimo inspirada, que peca somente, por nem sempre explorar de forma eficiente a sua premissa verdadeiramente original. O melhor conto: "The Negation".
Todd Campbell
Mar 14, 2012 Todd Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great selection of short stories set in the same world as featured in "The Islanders". It would be beneficial to read "The Islanders" and "The Dream Archipelago" either one after the other or concurrently as they complement each other very well.
Amazing. One of the best representations of anthropological fieldwork in fiction that I've read. In the story, the watched people actually stop moving whenever the anthropologists attempt to watch them. Such a fascinating premise.
Robert Ellis
Sep 06, 2015 Robert Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3*** - The Equatorial Moment
4**** - The Negation
3*** - Whores
3*** - The Trace Of Him
5***** - The Miraculous Cairn
3*** - The Cremation
4**** - The Watched
4**** - The Discharge
Feb 21, 2011 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Interesting and well written as only Christopher Priest can do, though I think the author's strength really lies in a longer format than short stories.
See the comments on The Islanders page; will add full review soon
Gregor Xane
Nov 14, 2010 Gregor Xane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
A connected collection of really good stories with sightly less than satisfying conclusions.
Коста  Сивов
Доста безцелни и безсмислени кратки произведения! Най-слабата книга на Прийст, която съм чел.
Oct 13, 2013 Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sea-you
the first time that i was pointed at the door between dream and reality
Apr 05, 2013 Talietha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Infinitas book review group - book for January 2011.
stopped reading after The Miraculous Cairn
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Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.

He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In
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The Dream Archipelago (3 books)
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