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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 soon runs away with him and he visits dreamplaces while awake. The waking world
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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
May 12, 2008 Sara rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2012 Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it
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
Falbs
Jul 11, 2017 Falbs rated it liked it
Some interesting characters, but the premise is a little sketch and the ending is completely unsatisfactory. However, I did enjoy the constant subtle digs at the downsides of organized religions in all of their various forms. Not something I would recommend.
William Young
Sep 23, 2011 William Young rated it liked it
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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Kate
Dec 06, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
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
Neal
Apr 08, 2011 Neal rated it did not like it
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
Melissa
Sep 16, 2008 Melissa rated it did not like it
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.
Tom Barrett
Aug 06, 2012 Tom Barrett rated it really liked it
Decent. Somewhat flimsy plot with not a lot explained, but the writing was good and it ends on a satisfying note.
Karsten Anderson
Aug 03, 2014 Karsten Anderson rated it really liked it
I was carried along on the dreams but I found the premise of the origins of his hosts rather credulous.
Dena
Apr 02, 2009 Dena rated it really liked it
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.
Robert
Aug 02, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and very interesting. Fascinating concept about dimensions of time.
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May 07, 2016 Rachel Hoffman rated it really liked it
Started out hot, not sure what I thought about the ending.
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