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Strange Dreams: Collected Stories & Drawings

4.51  ·  Rating Details ·  222 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A book that keeps your attention the whole time, switching from sooth-saying stories like Trusting the Universe & Status to the breath-taking Almost Beyond.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by StoryPeople (first published January 1st 1996)
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Kelsey Trinkner
Sep 18, 2012 Kelsey Trinkner rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-junior-year
I discovered this book when I went to a little town in Iowa. I thought it was a very interesting book. I've never seen a book written in this format before. There were drawings on every page, along with the stories. There is no real adjective for the drawings other than unique. They made me see the stories through different eyes. Though the stories were, at most, two pages long, they made sense. One of them has become one of my favorite quotes. It simply reads: "When she held out her arms, the w ...more
I discovered Brian Andreas' Story People collections in an artsy store in Long Grove, IL long ago and fell in love with them. I was in college and on a budget, so I'd allow myself to "afford" just one every time we visited. Deciding which one was always the hardest (and most fun) part of my visits. The shop either closed or they stopped carrying them, so I've been without a new one for a long time now. I don't actually know if Brian Andreas has been publishing them since that time, but I'm still ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
My first experience with this author/poet/artist and I was all kinds of in love.

I want a million copies to give to everyone I know!! <3
Jul 12, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it
For as good as the other two of these books I read were (Mostly True and Going Somewhere Soon), this one had the feel of a "quicker write", the drawings were simpler, a few repeated pages from another book, and the stories not quite as edgy, funny, and thoughtful as the other. The criticism is relative to the other books because overall it was an enjoyable read.
Jan 07, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Apart from having two framed prints of Brian Andreas work on my walls and cards to boot - I have this wonderful book of drawings + stories, a gift from my sister Lisa bought at our once-favourite store, Kaleidoscope at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

These stories and drawings always make me smile.
Feb 03, 2009 Ellen rated it liked it
Another great collections of Andreas' thoughts and drawings. "These knees have stories, she said, but they'd have to be a mouth to tell you."
Gari Aber
Oct 10, 2010 Gari Aber rated it really liked it
Very clever drawings and sound bites. "I only promise the little things. The big things don't pay attention to what I want anyhow."
Jul 09, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Beautiful, but I found all the "she said"s and "he said"s distracting.
Jan 03, 2011 Rainey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 52-in-2011
full of fantastic and eternal truths.
Aug 30, 2008 Alia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a little pick up
Cute and happy and makes you feel good. :)
Nov 16, 2009 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: artsy
Love his stuff! Quirky magic!
May 24, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Wonderful! A must read!
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Love it!
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Brian Andreas (born 1956 in Iowa City, Iowa) is an American writer, painter, sculptor and publisher. Most notable of his works are the StoryPeople objects he makes using salvaged wood from old rural homesteads. These mixed-media works include a short story that focuses on a moment or a memory, and the deliberately crude folk-art-like shapes display bright yet soothing colors and shadowy amorphous ...more
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“I held her close for only a short time, but after she was gone, I'd see her smile on the face of a perfect stranger and I knew she would be there with me all the rest of my days.” 220 likes
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