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The Houses of Time

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David Grant has a singular talent--he can affect the course of his dreams.

Quite by chance, he discovers the existence of the Trans-Humanist Institute and their lucid dreaming lessons. He discovers that under the tutelage of Dr. Thotmoses he has more control over his dreams. However, his talent soonruns away with him andhe visits dreamplaces while awake. The waking world an
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Tor Books
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Michelle
This is the BEST BOOK EVER!!! I can't believe there are only 21 people who have rated it!! ARGH!! Twilight is on HOW many people's bookshelves???? Is there no justice in this world????? ARGHHH!!

Anyway, please read this book. It is AWESOME!!!!!
Sara
There is so much to like about this book, but overall, I thought it fell flat. The concept is wonderful: A man is able to control his dreams and is a pawn in an organization, who want to exploit his talent for their own gain. The author made so many interesting points that made me stop and think. For example, the book's premise is founded on the idea that time in not linear and that we may be able to jump from one point in our lives to another and that we may even have completely separate lives ...more
Kyle Muntz
This was a lot like a PKD novel. There was some interesting stuff about quantum physics, multiple realities, dreams, time, and even spirituality--as a novel of ideas I'd say it was definitely a success, and the prose was surprisingly strong as well. It gives a really fresh perspective on mostly older ideas, but does a really great job of it. On the other hand, the characterization and structure of the piece as a whole felt too conventional, mostly borrowed from more mainstream books; it's techni ...more
William Young
Overall, an interesting book that purports to tackle the question of time travel. Sort of. It's more like The Elegant Universe take on time travel, speculating infinite realities and positing that there are some humans capable of shifting between the universes and into different parts of the time-space continuum, ergo time traveling within your own life like Dr. Sam Becket on Quantum Leap.

An easy read, too.

There's a lot left on the table with this given the secretive nature of the time travelers
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Neal
Nasir approaches the idea of time travel a bit differently for this book and even creates a situation that's somewhat like a grandfather paradox. However, the ramifications of this paradox are different due to the manner in which Nasir handles time travel in general. The book itself rambled a bit and I was over half finished before the action picked up enough to where I truly felt that I HAD to finish the book to find out what happened. The climax and ending of were a bit of a downer and I was a ...more
Kate
The Houses of Time had some really great ideas for a story, but Nasir didn't seem to have the storytelling skills to pull it off. The misogynistic protagonist who doesn't seem to change much throughout the story is impossible to like, and the other characters are frankly unbelievable as characters (Kat) or have no personality at all (everyone else). Characters that are not the protagonist act only in ways that advance the plot, which makes them hard to connect to, while the plot itself moves at ...more
Karsten Anderson
I was carried along on the dreams but I found the premise of the origins of his hosts rather credulous.
Melissa
I'm not really into Sci-Fi, but I liked the Time Travelers Wife so much that I was willing to give another time traveling love story a try. This was really boring and I just wasn't into it.
Dena
This book got me wondering about my own dreams and if I could control my dreams when I wanted. This book involved different, yet the same worlds. I would read another by this author.
Tom Barrett
Decent. Somewhat flimsy plot with not a lot explained, but the writing was good and it ends on a satisfying note.
Robert
Beautiful and very interesting. Fascinating concept about dimensions of time.
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