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This Shared Dream (Dance Family #2)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Kathleen Ann Goonan introduced Sam Dance and his wife, Bette, and their quest to alter our present reality for the better in her novel In War Times (winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and ALA’s Best Science Fiction Novel of 2008). Now, in This Shared Dream, she tells the story of the next generation.

The three Dance kids, seemingly abandoned by bot
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Tor Books (first published July 15th 2011)
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Siblings Jill, Megan, and Brian were orphaned while in their youth—but now as adults they still don't know what really happened, since their parents simply disappeared. It turns out that their parents had something to do with the development of Q, a sort of world network of education and communication, and its later incarnation: the Device, the machine that will change the world.

But someone wants the Device for their own use, and Jill and her family are in danger.


This Shared Dream is the follow up to Goonan's earlier novel In War Times. Whilst In War Times' focus was on Sam Dance and his friend Wink, his wife Bette and the enigmatic Eliani Handtz this novel's focus is on Dance's children all grown up.

The first novel was predominantly set during World War II and focussed on the creation of a device that had the ability to change and mutate and reform. A device that would change perceptions of it's user and essentially present a better wo
Book 2 of a 2 book series. And wow. What a bizarre ride. A fairly non-linear romp through making the world better through physics cosmic unconscious consensus. And jazz and stuff. And as crazy as this sounds, an absolutely rollicking plot spinning out of control the whole way through. I have almost no idea what I just read but it was really cool.
Samuel Lubell
This sequel to In War Times is somewhat quieter as the now grown up family of Sam and Bette Dance have to deal with the changes to the timeline from the previous book. Initially, only Jill remembers the previous timeline and everyone thinks she is having a mental breakdown. Meanwhile the changes that Q has made are beginning to take hold and a mysterious group wants to capture an imperfect version of the Device and use it for power. This is much more linear than the previous book. There are occa ...more
M Tat
Total surprise find.

Goonan introduces some plausible and entrancing ideas on intersections that many may not have thought about. For the most part, it's almost like reading a prose presentation of theoretical ideas from a capable mind. I say, for the most part, because it seems as though Goonan doesn't _really_ know how to wrap up here story. Towards the end there are some nigh-farcical, 'suspend your disbelief here or go no further' plot resolutions that weaken the reader's interest in 'listeni
I really enjoyed this. Finished it last night, and I sort of miss it now. The characters grew on me through the book, and the sci-fi elements had a nice mild mind-stretching quality with enough left unexplained for one to satisfyingly muse over.
Kate Abbott
This genre is not my normal fare but I enjoyed it. It is rich in historical detail and the language and dialogue are excellent. Although complex, the multiple timelines do work.
Ray Duncan
Much better than "In War Times." Unfortunately, reading In War Times first is pretty much vital to making sense of this book.
Jan 26, 2012 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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As far as I'm concerned, Kathleen Ann Goonan can do no wrong. Every page is rich with ideas, plot twists, and engaging characters. This book is a sequel to In War Times, which should be read first. I love that she uses parts of her father's war diary in the war diary of Sam, her father's contemporary.
Goonan is good at writing characters, and she has a lot of them in "This shared dream"--maybe too many. Or maybe one should read "In war times" before tackling "This shared dream." Also, her ideas are intriguing and persuasive. Still, I feel she bit off more than she could chew.
Rachael Kulokas
This series of books was wonderful; It felt like reading and listening to music at the same time. No author like her; She has a unique flavor and very interesting ideas. Loved it and it still lingers on like a beautiful old melody you can't forget and wouldn't want to anyway.
Front cover blurb: "A tough-minded, kind-hearted, fiercely intelligent novel." -- Ursula K. Le Guin

Back cover blurb: "... As elegant and complicated as the ever-changing timestreams that wind through it. ..." -- Connie Willis

I so wanted to like this book, after all I love contemporary sci fi. I stayed with it for close to 200 pages but it still felt like I was slogging through character introduction and background and that the story line just never got going.
Mark Cheathem
Liked it, but not as much as its predecessor. It's a bit too techno-utopian (is that a word?) for me.
Worthy sequel to In war Times
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