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Lady of Dreams

(Lady #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Confined to her couch, Clovis Sohn spends her days and nights dreaming, drifting further away from the outside world with each passing day. But Clovis's dreams are also real, giving her a glimpse into the lives of those around her...

When a moment of unthinking sympathy twines Clovis's dreams with the bored, playful composer Yong-hwa, she must decide whether to
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Elisabeth Wheatley
Jane Austen meets Korean steampunk in the latest release from literary genius, W.R. Gingell!

I wasn't sure about this at first, just because the premise is so different from Gingell's SHARDS OF A BROKEN SWORD series (which I loved). I was a little uncertain, but all my favorite things about her works, unique characterizations, creative settings, and multilayered storylines, were all here! (Not to mention swoon-worthy, sweet romance.)

The plot:
The story moves a little
A (Is For Awkward)
Oct 24, 2017 marked it as unratable  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
So I really liked this book. But I have no idea how to rate it. My feelings are all mixed up because on the one hand.. really liked it, so 4 stars right? Except that I had problems with it technically so I want to rate it lower. This is one of those books I can't find a balance between how much I liked it, and the problems I had with it. I think I need a special reading tag just for these. Not to-rate, because I am not sure I will ever be able to rate them, but perhaps not-ratable... Anyway... T ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more times I read this book, the more I like it. The first time through, I quite enjoyed it but had trouble feeling close to the characters; still, I liked it enough for a slower, more thorough repeat, and now I just read it every once in a while when I'm in the mood for something cool and sweet. My only unhappiness is that Clovis Sohn is never fully described, leaving her a sort of vague blob in my imagination.

It's often struck me that WR Gingell's calm, creamy prose can be a li
Ashley Stangl
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A lovely, lovely book. Takes place in a unique Korean-inspired fantasy world, with a main character who sees the lives of others through dreams, and slowly finds herself involved with these people in reality. It's a bit like a romantic comedy, with lots of people clashing and falling in love and interfering with each others' lives, but it has a gentle, soothing, relaxing pace. The magic system was vaguely defined, but I mean that in a positive way--we learn just enough about the various magical ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun fantasy romance.

Playful and sly, with the feel of an oriental lady's tale and all the lovely ridiculous coincidences of a Shakespearean comedy. The secret matchmaker whose magical power is to pair up the perfect couples in her dreams discovers that she has somehow managed to arrange a love match for herself.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Korean fantasy set in an alternate world + a disabled protagonist, this one was pure perfection. I can't wait till this book reaches the rest of the world (I betaread it) since I'm pretty damn sure everyone would go gaga over it! xD
Meredith Allady
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I first learned of the existence of WRG when my sister texted me of a very kind review left for one of my own books, with the additional information that the reviewer "had a blog." Naturally curious, I read the review (which was of the sort to hearten the most discouraged, or gratify the most blasé writer), and, impressed by the quality of prose, immediately investigated the aforementioned blog. I was not surprised to discover that WRG wrote books as well as "web logs," but only ...more
Wow, that was a strange book! I was totally confused at the beginning, but I kept reading and found my reward, which was well worth the effort. I'm not sure why it didn't capture me from the beginning, but the Korean names and words didn't help. The author did an excellent job of portraying a society very different from modern life, but trying to figure out what it was and how it worked was a challenge. There is a glossary in the back, which is not the easiest to constantly access in a Kindle bo ...more
This is the ultimate rainy day read: romantic comedy, tea and more tea, temperamental artists, weird fantasy worlds. So I read it on a rainy autumn day while listening to a rainy autumn playlist. It would have been perfect, except I forgot to make tea.

It's amazing how this book is so compelling when most of the story (the first half anyway) consists of the main character spying on people from her chaise lounge. If you want to know how she manages that Read This Book To Find Out.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady of Dreams, by W.R. Gingell, is a romantic fantasy with lovely prose and intriguing mystery. Readers will be drawn into the story just as protagonist Clovis is drawn into her dreams. As Clovis falls deeper into them, the lives of those within her dreams grow more complex. She dreams of Ae-Jung, a Korean woman with three different men, including Clovis's half brother, romantically pursuing her. The inclusion of Korean language and history in addition to both fantasy and romance adds interesti ...more
i read this a while ago and forgot to ever log it here, oops.

this is one of those books that i liked for its uniqueness but also felt somehow...unenthused about the characters? all of them felt fairly remote. and while that actually makes sense for this protagonist, it did lead me to feeling more lukewarm about the characters and their relationships than i otherwise might have.

oh, and i've never watched a k-drama (yet), but lady of dreams seems like it's very inspired by them.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*squealing* RTC. Now I’m off to the author’s website to read the released chapters of the next book, LADY OF WEEDS! :D
I really liked this book. It was a pleasant, light read, and left me with warm fuzzy feelings overall. (Even the parts I didn't wholly approve of, I was willing to accept as nuances of the narrator's personality.)

Random feedback/thoughts:

- Since this if foremost on my mind, I'll start with: I would have liked clarification about Carlin. I spent most of the book believing he was human (and am still not entirely 100% convince he isn't). Jessamy called him "the Carlin-automaton," and i
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this, as I have really enjoyed all of WR Gingell's previous books, but this one didn't quite do it for me.

I'm not into K-drama so perhaps some of the subtleties went over my head and I found the plot a bit too meandering. The usage of Korean (I think?) for only "yes" and "no" throughout also got on my nerves - there are better ways to convey the tone and flavour of foreign languages apart from using two words...

Having said that, the story came together in
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read as a serial on Wattpad. Excited to see the final edited version!
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

So, I'm a bit torn on this book. I like the concept and the journey that happens with the main character at the same time though I dislike how unconnected and confused I felt reading it.

The main character from what I gathered is somewhat disconnected from her body on a conscientious level which leaves her physically weak while allowing her to "dream". These dreams aren't actually dreams like we the reader would normally think. These dreams allow her to view other people's lives as they
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book so bad! As a huge fan of k-dramas I was super excited to read this. Unfortunately, after attempting to read this book multiple times I have never gotten past the introduction to the storyline. For me the beginning is the most exciting part of the k drama—it’s where they really capture your attention before the rollercoaster of cliche tropes. What didn’t capture my attention was the fact that our main character was an observer...why do we care about her? Another problem ...more
Linda Lassman
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Gingell's Shards of a Broken Sword trilogy and her Two Monarchies series and liked them very much. This one, the first in a new series, was very different from the other two. It was a much more challenging read, partly because it wasn't set in a "usual" fantasy world and partly because she didn't really explain the world in which the story exists--she just wrote it and made you figure out the world and what was going on.

I really wasn't quite sure what to think of the book
Why did I wait SO LONG to read this???

-UNIQUE-EVERYTHING IS UNIQUE. Characters, plot, relationships, settings. I haven't read anything like this at all. It was marvelous.
-Clovis-An unusual main character. Apathy is usually not a trait found in protagonists, but it was very interesting to see it in Clovis. Her dreams
-Everyone else-I'm not going to attempt to remember how to spell all the names(Ae-jung, S
Barbara Douglas
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love W.R. Gingell's writing, but I put off reading this one for quite a while, because I couldn't see where it fit or where it would go ... which was silly, because the joy of reading Gingell (besides enjoyable writing and interestingly unexpected characters) is that I, for one, don't know where she's going almost till she gets there. Lady of Dreams has an appropriately dream-like character, and an unpredictable heroine/narrator -- unpredictable because for a long time, she is much more of an ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-scout
What a sweet story. This is the kind of book you want to read while curled up by a fire, with a blanket wrapped around you and a cup of hot cocoa to drink. It's dreamy (no pun intended) and funny and even sad at times. It's a bit like a soap opera, but in a good way. Clovis "dreams" and in doing so, plays match-maker. In the initial few pages, I thought I was going to have trouble remembering who all the characters were, but this was quickly proven a wrong assumption. The characters are ones you ...more
Candice Allen
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreams do come true

Another delightful story from an amazing author. I love every story she writes. The addition of Korean to this story kept it fascinating and exciting to read. You might want to check out the glossary at the end of the book before reading to understand the terms used. Even without its a delightful story that builds and grows. I found myself caught up in Clovis life and dreams. I laughed and cried as the story progressed. Well worth the missed sleep. I can't wait to read what W
Sonya Kamell
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
completely original!

One of the most original books i have ever read. What a fascinating world! To throw in the semi korean language and mannerisms was brilliant and perfect for the sly and subtle yet loving approach to life but all the characters. The gradual realization of all the characters was jaw dropping and yet inevitable and so happy! How many books leave one so happy, absolutely loving all the characters despite of and even because of their negative traits? Just wonderful. Creative. Or
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and well written. There is a Korean word glossary in the back that is very helpful, though I wish I had known about it before I finished. The reason this gets a 4 star instead of 5 is because I don’t much care for how the main character treats the people around her. I get that being cold is an aspect of her personality but it comes across as truly disrespectful at times. Beyond that it was a unique world with a type of magic I’ve never read about before. Very enjoyable.
Ellen Sheffer
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I have to do is dream, dream, dream, dream

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, it sounded...odd. A girl who can't walk and spends her time following other people's lives in a Dream. It takes place in a kind of alternate reality Korea, and although there's a glossary in the back the phrases are off-putting in the beginning if you're unfamiliar with Korean. The story grows on you, and grows, and grows until it explodes in a grand finale. A very satisfying tale.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy romance
A unique fantasy drama/romance. I didn't particularly care for the main character, who is self-admittedly cold and selfish for the majority of the book. The Korean alternate reality steampunk magical universe was an interesting one, although I still don't get the appeal of steampunk. I did really enjoy reading this book and Gingell has become my favorite new author this year.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect at first and it took a few chapters for me to really sink into the story. Once I did though, wow! I really enjoyed this alternate universe with its slightly zany matchmaking and intriguing characters.
Stephani Austin
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!

Super fun book! Gingell is one of my favorite authors anyway, but this was great in its own right. It was a fun new world full of magic and culture. I loved Clovis’s character!
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W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who is definitely not getting old. She loves to rewrite fairytales with a twist or two—and a murder or three—and original fantasy where dragons, enchantresses, and other magical creatures abound. Occasionally she will also dip her toes into the waters of SciFi.

W.R. spends her time reading, drinking an inordinate amount of tea, and slouching in front o

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