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Time travel, Shahrazad, the kiss of death. The Keeper of Dreams: A Dozen Stories and Poems, are stories of philosophical speculation, a literary fusion of realism and surrealism, much in the vein of Spielburg's television series Amazing Stories and Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading. The title story is about a high school failure who slips into a coma and passes through a ...more
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published April 5th 2014
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Mark Fenter
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not much for poetry, I think it is mostly lost on me. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the concept, so I cannot speak much on the poems.

I do enjoy short stories however, and especially fantasy. These are not the stories of fantasy that I usually read however. Terry Pratchett's Discworld, The Stormlight Archives, The Blade Itself are all a more traditional fantasy that I am accustomed too, so when I started reading these stories I had difficulty at first, as I felt out of my elemen
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Ana G. (whataremetaphor)
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I often have a hard time getting invested in short stories, but most of these hooked me and stayed with me; I think it was a combination of the right length (most of these tales on the shorter end, which helped my attention span immensely), the tight prose (it was plain these had been edited painstakingly, the writing was so clean) and the original, quirky plotlines.

Full disclosure, not all the stories captivated me the same - a couple left me a bit lost, like I wanted more from the ending - bu
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Readingpanda
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book greatly. Creative writing at its best. The writing is excellent and rich. Writing short stories is not an easy task because it requires that you try to pass on great depth in a few pages and still get your message across. The author has done that beautifully. The Way Back was my favorite poem. I highly recommend you give this book a try. You won't be disappointed. It makes you appreciate and fall in love with short stories all over again. It is so good that i keep thinking about ...more
Melanie Haynes
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Was not disappointed! Matthew Keefer is brilliant in his prose of short stories. Every story and poem holds the readers attention and leaves them hooked at the conclusion. These books are good for anyone 6th grade and up even if they have a short span of attention. There is some adult language but is is sporadic through the book and barely noticeable. So of course as always it is at the parents discretion. I do recommend this for anyone who enjoys reading but does not have the time or attention ...more
MG Mason
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read many collections, I usually have to be in the mood for them and during my brief stint on theindieview.com, I received a couple. They were pretty good quality. Because most indie writers start out writing short stories (myself included) I decided to take this one – one of the last to come through the site. It is a collection of short stories and poems. I don’t usually do poetry either.

The title short story is about a comatose boy who gets to experience what it is like to be Death. It
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Arjaye Nitro
Got this one for an honest review from Story Cartel. Thanks much!

My favorites:

It caught me by the title story, THE KEEPER OF DREAMS. The boy who got into an accident and stayed in coma for 22 days. While he was not yet dead but barely living, he passes as a ghost who can talk to people in their dreams. Somehow, it reminded me of Ghost, the 1990's hit of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. The ways that you can help others go through their sufferings and all, wishes and desires, by simply talking and
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Michael Albro
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As its name suggests, The Keeper of Dreams by Matthew Keefer brings you into the murky depths of the dreamscape, but doesn't necessarily help you to find a way back out.

If you're looking for a story with a definite beginning and a satisfying resolution, I suggest you look elsewhere. Each of the tales in this book has that dreamlike quality where you know what's going on, but you don't know exactly why and the narrative ends before you can find out. With every story, you get dropped smack dab int
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Gypsysoul_
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It was really nice the author wrote a personal note and everything.

It was okay. I only say 'okay' because there were some greats stories, but they left me wanting more. I think a few other reviewers said the same thing.

I know it's a compilation piece, but I really think that 'The Keeper of Dreams' and 'A Stitch in Time' could be longer and vividly deeper. I'd love to hear more about BOTH of those worlds. There is a lot of room for these to gr
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Alexandra Butterworth
First off I want to apologize, this is technically my first review of any book. I know that sounds terrible given that I read ALL THE TIME so please forgive how incomplete and uneducated it sounds. Trying my best here.
I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. What made me enter was the cover and title. It sounded interesting and I have been searching for a good collection of short stories. I was unfortunately not blown away by it. I expected it to be mysterious and intriguing, but only a few s
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Cily
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep and provoking.
In this collection of stories the author gives a close look to the sense of life and to the battle between Good and Evil.
In these stories the narrative is the most important aspect and the storytelling is natural, not contrived; it can be poignant and gloomy at times but not depressing.
I particularly enjoyed the title story 'The keeper of dreams' and 'The sentence'.
'The keeper of dreams' has depth and is touching, the story line is beautiful, with a dreamlike quality, I liked
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Mariel Lamotte
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing I can say about this book other than to read it. I normally have a billion and one things to say about the books I've read, but the journey Mr. Keefer took me on through his storytelling and poetry ability can, I believe, only be discussed in person with someone who's read it as well. Overall, the book's theme seems to be a sadness for times gone by; a soft cry for nostalgia, if you will, but a recognition that everything changes. What you'll make of it will be up to you to deci ...more
Kathryn Dechairo
I loved the use of dialogue in the stories and the unique subject matter. Particular favorites of mine were The Keeper of Dreams (also the title of the book), A Stitch In Time, The Sentence (weirdly thought provoking) and how Matthew incorporated a story within a story in The Tenth Tale.

Unfortunately others left me a little confused, as though I was missing something.

Overall a good book and I'm sure we'll be seeing more from this author.

I received an ARC Copy of this book in exchange for an hone
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R.K.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first try at self publishing a collection of short stories and poems Matthew Keefer has done an excellent job.

The formatting of my ebook was fine.

The cover was interesting and so were the stories.

The stories have intriguing characters and situations that make you wish he had added just a bit more but instead he leaves the audience wanting more.

Poetry is not my strong suit but I found the poems to be enjoyable.

The short stories and their characters were memorable enough to make an impressio
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Jennifer
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Keeper of Dreams was an extremely enjoyable read. With a variety of stories and poems; every one of them imaginative and compelling. My favorites were the Keeper of Dreams, The Sentence and A Stitch in Time. I highly recommend this book to others and look forward to reading more of Matthew Keefer's work. ...more
Bryn Clayton
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed several of these imaginative stories, particularly the keeper of dreams. I think some of the stories could continue past their ending...
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