Life Is But A Dream
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Life Is But A Dream

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Roger Owen, an African American family man in the year 2011, awakens the morning after his fortieth birthday to discover himself inhabiting the body of Sydney Hamilton, a Caucasian sixty-six year old Welsh Harvard Professor of History, whom he remembers nothing of, in what is now the year 2125. Roger's entire life up to that fateful evening in October 2011 is soon revealed...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by David Earle (first published August 31st 2012)
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I started reading this book weeks ago but set it aside. Not for all the usual reasons (i.e. boring, poor editing). I was very stressed and could not concentrate. Picked it back up yesterday and could not put it down.

Roger celebrates his fortieth birthday with just a little of that boy-are-you-old kidding. A devoted family man, successful in his career, he is happy. Until he awakens the next morning. He is in a strange place, surrounded by people he does not know. After a few moments of confusio...more
WOW! What a unique and engrossing story. Quite a twist and filled with lots of symbolism and thought provoking ideas. Well written and addicting- finished it in one night- since I could not ever decide to put it down. Would make a great movie. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win and enjoy this book -- :)

Christina  Torretta
What a weird and very interesting story. At first I wasn't totally into it and sadly I just didn't like Roger. He has a great life, with a great wife and kids, loves everything about his life and is turning 40. I wanted him to get run over by a car! I mean seriously, great I'm glad you're happy but I don't want to read about all that damn happiness!

And then the twist. He wakes in the hospital and is trying to figure out what happened when WHAM! He looks at himself and realizes he's now a white g...more
Oct 26, 2013 AnnaM rated it 2 of 5 stars
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*I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.
**The author, who seems like a nice guy, has said in response to a review on that editing problems were fixed in the most current version of this book. Unfortunately, I got an old copy (2012). Some of my complaints might no longer apply to the new version.

The good: The premise of reincarnation was interesting and unique. The author seems extremely knowledgeable about viruses and history. The plot is convoluted and complex, and the pacing is le...more
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This was a fairly unique book in that it combined time travel with reincarnation - two plots that I haven't seen put together before.

The differences between Roger and Sydney were fairly interesting, more noticeable as the time passed. Roger's confusion over things in the future was endearing and easy to empathise with.

I liked the characters and I liked Roger's relationships with the peop...more
The story in Life is But a Dream is phenomenal. The idea of reincarnation is fascinating and to incorporate it into a thriller was exciting! The story was spiritual, but with mystery and intrigue. It was very reminiscent of 12 Monkeys actually.

My main issue with the book is this -- The story is written in narration, meaning that you are able to witness the thoughts, feelings and actions of all the characters, but you don't feel connected to them. As I read this book, I literally felt like I was...more
Lawford Clough
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I bought it on impulse - I don't usually read books, proffering to stick to newspapers and magazines, but I was fascinated by the premise. Once I started, I found myself eager to learn more about the protagonist and his circumstances and desperate to find out how the book would end. Although the book is technically science fiction, the storytelling feels of another genre - think mystery/ thriller. Do buy a copy - it's an exciting and compelling story and hugely sa...more
This is a terrific book! I got it on a Friday and was lost in it for the entire weekend. The plot grabs you from the first chapter. David Earle really makes you a part of the story and you'll find yourself feeling all the emotions of his characters. As I began reading I thought, "This is too good too early, no way can it wrap things up well enough to satisfy me." I was wrong. The writing is exquisite and the author slam dunks the ending. You'll want to read this book more than once!
I couldn't put this book down - it was fast paced and fascinating. A 40 year old African American man celebrates his birthday and wakes up the next day as a white professor some 100+ years on. I won't say any more in case I spoil the story but it's definitely worth a read.
Debbie Tonn
I thought this was a story about time travel however was intrigued to realize it was about reincarnation, a different twist...definitely a great read!
Kelli George
I thought this book was a very good one with a very exciting plot. The ending was one which I did not see coming.
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Award winning writer David Earle was born and raised in Anaheim, California, and currently resides in northern Nevada amid the majestic High Sierras where he writes prolifically, varying from comedies to dramas, from novels to screenplays to plays, of which he has had four plays produced in the Greater Los Angeles, California area - After The Wedding; A Road To Nowhere; They're Having A Deadly Goo...more
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