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Dreamlands (Dreamlands #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  150 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In one terror-filled moment, prisoner Keno Inuzaka is being attacked, and in the next, he's standing in the Dreamlands, a mirror of ancient Japan. To his surprise, he finds shelter in the magical world among strangers who swiftly become comrades.

Among them is Samojirou Aboshi, a handsome scholar who treats Keno with unexpected care and respect while openly pursuing his af...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 24th 2009 by Dreamspinner Press
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I thought this book was very well developed. I loved how even though Samojirou didn’t have to, he still acted like a gentleman and allowed Keno to get used to him instead of just taking what he wanted from Keno. He allowed Keno to make his own decisions on whether they would be intimate and always understood when Keno said ‘no’. I especially liked the fact that there wasn’t much sex; no penetration at all but I thought it worked well with who Keno was. I thought Mason was rather funny with his s...more
Heather C
4.5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I must be honest and say that this is not something I would have ever chosen for myself to read. I'm really glad this was picked for me as a reading challenge.

Normally, I do not like to read stories with androgynous characters, but Keno was so adorable there was no way I could not love him. I loved how the relationship evolved between him and Samojirou. Samojirou was so patient and loving to Keno and I was so happy when Keno was finally able to trust...more
Mary
The author's writing style was so fluid that I was midway through the book before I realized it. She gives you a look into the beauty and violence of ancient Japan in the setting of this story, the Dreamlands.
Keno is a bright young man that due to a careless mistake is kept captive in a covert government agency that deals with the monsters and we're not talking about werewolves and vampires here, but oni (demons). Badly mistreated he finds a freedom of sorts when he ends up in the Dreamlands whe...more
Jenre
Dreamlands is told by three different first person points of view. Firstly, there is that of Mason, an African American man working for a Boston based secret agency called Global International run by 'trustees'. Mason is in security and his job is to protect the building and its inhabitants from attacks from the Dreamlands. These attacks are usually in the form of monsters who get through portals and reap havoc when they do. Secondly, there is Keno, a young Japanese man who was dragged from his...more
Kassa
This debut novel from a new author is a stunning piece of work. Intricately plotted with fascinating world building and creative characters, this story captures interest immediately and carries it through to the end. This is one of the better written books in the genre, offering a look at ancient Japan and all its wonder and glory. Unfortunately the book does try too hard in places and jumps into the action so fast there is a continual low level of confusion and muddled detail. However, the worl...more
Ozlem
Mar 17, 2011 Ozlem rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. It reminded me of yaoi novels. I had fun but that could have been better. I wasn't drawn into the world which is a rare thing for me. May be that's because I couldn't anticipate with Keno. I don't like weak heroes. I would like to see him get his strength and jump in the active fight.
Antonella
In fact it is 3,5, but I put 4 here because I don't know how much I should let my total dislike for male characters acting as female teenager influence my rating. Maybe it is believable in that contest (Keno, still very young, discovers a side of himself) or deliberate (a kind of shōnen-ai?).

Incredibly complex world building (the Dreamlands, not Boston, the other place the story is set), lots of details about ancient Japan. It looks like an accurate research went into that.

There is almost no sex...more
Kassa
This debut novel from a new author is a stunning piece of work. Intricately plotted with fascinating world building and creative characters, this story captures interest immediately and carries it through to the end. This is one of the better written books in the genre, offering a look at ancient Japan and all its wonder and glory. Unfortunately the book does try too hard in places and jumps into the action so fast there is a continual low level of confusion and muddled detail. However, the worl...more
Lola
Ok, I give it 5 star. I may find the overtly effeminate keno to be too japanese girly from the 17th century, but the whole story is good. So bumps it up.
Cat
I enjoyed Dreamlands immensely and can't wait to get the next book which is always a good sign for me whether or not I really like a story.

Stories with Japanese themes sometimes can be very hard to do without it turning into an informative essay in places which greatly detracts from the reading (this isn't just found in stories that try to incorporate Japanese themes either I'm sure but I've only read other stories with Japanese themes to go by). I think the author did an excellant job with the...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I pretty much flew through the first half of this book. I loved the balance between the fairly dark storyline involving the Trust and Samojirou's attempts to win Keno's trust. I loved pretty much everything that went on in the Dreamlands: the way Tamazusa and Samojirou interacted, Keno getting used to his new life in the Dreamlands, and Keno slowly building up confidence as Sakura.

Since there are many, many authors I am unfamiliar with in the e-book world, my e-book buying strategies have gone s...more
LdDurham
Outstanding. Amazingly crafted story with concrete and believable characters. My only problem with it is my beef with the editor. Whoever had charge of making sure this book was clean of editing typos should be ashamed of themselves. Missing prepositions, doubled words, and swapped homophones were rampant. What an awful thing to do to such a great story. But it's such an amazing story that they are easily ignored as one races through the adventure. An excellent and highly recommended read!
Adara
Ok, so now that I've read the sequel, I remember the original plot a bit. I recall that the world-building was really good, though it'll probably be more interesting to those who have an interest in Japanese history. It'll probably be easier to follow who the players are as well. I remember not having a big problem with it because of that. (For those who think they might be confused by the characters and how they fit together, you might get the sequel, Back to the Dream, since it has a cast of c...more
Bookwatcher
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I liked it. It's a dark fantasy (IMO), with monsters and most of all... A traumatized main characters (Keno). He can even be touch without trigger in him memories of something horrible that happen (view spoiler). I liked it and I'm giving 4 stars because I had some problems with the forced cross dressing theme. Keno like it? Yes, he start to like to be Sakura, dressing and doing make up as a woman. But he was "forced...more
Tj
Really enjoyed what was for me a different read. I thought Keno was a wonderful character. He is so broken in the beginning. I'm very interested in the second book to see the continuation on his character's growth. Samojirou is a oni or demon. He isn't as bad as I expected him to be, sure he had "removed himself from the game" but still, demon! Thought the world building was wonderfully done. There only seemed a few places where I was confused about info put out there that seemed to suddenly app...more
Silent
This book just didn't read well to me. It seemed more like a pre-draft version rather than a finished book. What's more I am one of those weird people that no matter how bad the book, once I've started it I just have to finish it. I'm sorry to say that I was forced to break this rule in regards to this book.
Ayanna
Apr 24, 2013 Ayanna marked it as to-read
I have a thing against m/m book set in Japan (much like my thing against M/M dealing with athlete, musicians - of the pop sort - and sometimes GFY stories)...

Ah, well. We'll see how it goes.
Clare
Excellent world building and never at the expense of the fine, evocative characterisation. My attention was captured from the very beginning and the suspense never let up.
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