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Dreamer's Cat

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  326 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A science fiction murder mystery set in a future world where virtual reality is a way of life.

The hero is a Dreamer, a one-in-a-million talent who lays down psi-discs for the Cerebral Broadcasting Corporation. Dreamers are employed on billion-dollar contracts to produce psi-discs, the entertainment of the future. But when Dreamers start to die, our hero has to go into thei
Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 2010)
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Feb 17, 2016 Gary rated it liked it
I have read and enjoyed many of Stephen Leather's books but I found this one difficult to enjoy. A move from his usual crime genre to a science fiction story, but that was not my problem.
The lead character is a Dreamer whose job is to produce entertainment psi discs and I did enjoy a lot of the book but found the some of it a little disturbing. I can see by the other reviews that this books splits its readers in half and generally people either loved it or felt similar to me.

I am a big fan of t
Colleen Ray
Jun 28, 2013 Colleen Ray rated it it was amazing
Well written, with good character development and very minimal editing issues, this book grabbed me with the first sentence, and never let go. I HATED the ending, not because it was poorly crafted, but because I so badly wanted it to end differently.

I'm a sucker for well written cat-themed books, and the author portrayed the title feline with all of the character, attitude and intelligence of the real thing, along with giving her a few human emotions and motivations that cat-lovers so often att
Richard Mulholland
Jan 05, 2017 Richard Mulholland rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, crime
This was a good premise bit felt a little unfinished. The story itself worked, however the felling of Yes, but how?" at the end really did leave me disappointed.
Sharon Stevenson
May 11, 2014 Sharon Stevenson rated it it was amazing
'Dreamer's Cat' is a unique sci-fi novella with a suspenseful mystery packed into the fast-moving storyline.

I tore through this book, loving the dark tone and the thought-provoking ideas. I will warn that it's not an easy read as there is some disturbing content but this gave the story more weight and the impact was not lost on me. The 'hero' of the piece plunges into some very dark depths as he works to find out what's been happening to other dreamers so being inside his head was at times an u
Apr 29, 2012 Jeanette rated it liked it
Well, I don't quite know where to start with this one. Compared to other books by Stephen Leather, its completely different , and at first I couldn't be bothered with it. I put it away. Then, still intrigued, I got it out again, to read another chapter then give up in frustration. I gave it one more go, and read through to the end - I don't know whether I'd have persevered with it if I'd known the outcome, but what I can say is its weird , quite kinky , and is a total fantasy read. There are not ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Zelda rated it really liked it
A credible sci fi read about the nature of imagination and reality and the overlap between the two. Raises questions about the moral values of those who market mass entertainment and how much influence they have over those who make the laws regarding access to drugs and violent images. Is this our future - or our present?
David Graham
Feb 26, 2015 David Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Interesting book. A very dystopian, Blade Runner-type view of the world and full of rather unexpected graphic violence (mis)directed at women. Ruth the bobcat was an intriguing, daemon-like creation but ultimately more a demon than an angel. Not sure abut the ending, though. Did he pull the trigger or didn't he?
Jan 27, 2011 Weenie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
An enjoyable book, set in a 'near' future that is recognisable and topical too I thought, with how society perceives what is entertainment and what isn't.

Good pace and well written.

Just a pity it was so short but for a book that was only £0.71 to download, this was an absolute bargain.

Encourages me to read more of Leather's books.
Samuel Bor
Jul 15, 2014 Samuel Bor rated it really liked it
Great book, regardless of how graphic the psi-disks became, I felt the ending was a little weak and deserved a little more explaination, but loved the twist on the last page! Overall I enjoyed this book
Morgan Prince
Feb 08, 2012 Morgan Prince rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy reading this book as much as I'd hoped. Half way through it got very confusing and then the ending was kind of a let down. Just personal preference I think. I did notice a lot of grammar errors and that always makes me stop and re-read. I hate that!
Nov 23, 2011 D rated it it was ok
The concept was very good and quite well thought through. The narration somehow seemed to lack the dept I was expecting.
Jul 10, 2011 Nat rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A real page turner. Not for the faint of heart though!
Jun 03, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I really wasn't sure what I would make of this book as I don't really read sci fi but I loved it. Very different from the books Stephen leather usually writes but definately worth reading.
Dean Owen
Sep 24, 2011 Dean Owen rated it really liked it
It's not often murder-mystery and sci-fi work well together (the only other example in my memory is Asimovs), but this book is quite, quite good.
Feb 25, 2011 Peri rated it really liked it
First book I read on my Kindle. Liked it a lot. Clever little twist at the end.
Simon Gelling
Mar 25, 2016 Simon Gelling rated it really liked it
Pretty good
Robyn Gibson
Jan 17, 2016 Robyn Gibson rated it it was ok
This is so far from the Stephen Leather I've read before. Gave me the shudders. Hope the Real Stephen Leather comes back!
James Hall
Mar 09, 2011 James Hall rated it it was amazing
Interesting adventure into the sub conscious. My second of his stories and it's becoming clear he has a bit of a perverted mind, maybe I do too as I did enjoy it
Feb 28, 2011 Jack rated it liked it
Interesting story and well written, very much focused on the mind of the central character, but given the plot it couldn't really be otherwise.
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Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks - including The Bestsell ...more
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