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The Dream Archipelago

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Contents:
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
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.
Alexandra
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
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Pete Young
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
"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
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Alex S
"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.
Rachel
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.
Katherine
stopped reading after The Miraculous Cairn
Robert
Weird. But a good weird.
Tomo20
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
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
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.
James
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
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
Benjamin
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.
Gregor Xane
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.
Red
the first time that i was pointed at the door between dream and reality
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Infinitas book review group - book for January 2011.
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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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