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Comatose follows the lives of four strangers who are trying to cheat death.  On the surface, these people - a famous Hollywood director suffering from terminal brain cancer, a budding scientist in Artificial Intelligence whose honeymoon tragically ended with a freak plane accident, an angry orphan who lost her closest family to a tragic motorcycle accident, and the leading ...more
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published March 22nd 2019 by Cranthorpe Millner Publishers
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Lel Budge
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Comatose revolves around five characters:

Sumire who on her honeymoon with Fernando was involved in an air incident and ended up in a coma….

Fernando is an AI developer and Dr Hajji is Sumire’s Doctor, a specialist in coma…and he understands what Fernando is going through due to losing his own wife…

Daya, who has been in a coma, but awakened, only to recall a dream and Him…..he left her and she is trying to see him again in her dreams…Dr Hajji is monitoring h
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Bjorn Lee
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Craig Delarge
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book as a good read .

Comatose is born of my friend Tony's interest in, and study of, lucid dreaming, artificial intelligence and mixed reality, the non-tech type in this case. I even recall his telling me how this book was given to him over a number of years via his own lucid dreams.

While it was a slow start, I'm glad I persevered as it turned out to be more than well worth it given my interest in sci-fi, tech, and the metaphysics of traditional cultures. (On reflection, I wonde
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Bechara
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the best fictional read for anyone in the health & technology space, no matter what hats they wear.

Comatose starts off with a vivid peek into the lives of various people, you assume must eventually meet or otherwise be connected. Estrella then loses no time in illustrating an ideal healthcare paradigm with intimate health tech innervation, setting his novel just far enough in the future that all of this seems possible right now, with sufficient focus.

The book provides inspiration throu
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Dk
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was pulled in from the very start!
I bought an advance copy of this book, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The detailed descriptions pull you into the scene, and I marveled at the combination of technology, science, human emotion, and competing interests. Like Star Trek did in the 70s, it makes you wonder what truly is possible, and how the creators actually imagined and described technology years before it ever truly existed. Strongly recommend this book!
Chris
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This was recommended to me and didn't disappoint! Lucid dreaming is such a fascinating topic. Not my normal read but I was sucked into the story and couldn't get enough of it! Go try it! ...more
Prashay Dhupelia
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read - rich story line and intriguing characters!
Zia Zaman
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Comatose is a thoroughly-enjoyable first-time novel that deserves praise for many things. It’s a tense smart thriller. It’s smart because sophisticated concepts from the fields of neuroscience, medicine, culture, and technology are crucial to the story, challenging the reader to dive deep. It is a thriller, because as you fly through the novel, your heart rate goes up and your attention is undivided. At its core, Comatose has a great romance. Losing one’s partner to a coma due to a random accide ...more
Eddie Chang
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an enjoyable and provocative escape!
How is it that individual events in one corner of the world can affect so many others? How can events that initially appear distinct become entangled in a larger and a more significant wave of interconnection? In Tony Estrella's Comatose, diverse protagonists desperately search for a way to connect to loved ones or others when they find themselves separated by geography, tragedy, or illness. At this time when so many of us feel separated, this story easi
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Melissa Chew
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’re picking this book up now, you’ll probably miss the novel experience I had of starting chapter two whilst taxing on a runway.

What you’ll likely experience is a broader and richer journey now that our world is a rather different place.

Given how many of us are having rather vivid dreams whilst sheltering in place, the lucid dreaming and meditation themes in the book may take on a different intensity for you, as they have for me. It’s also taught me a few things about areas I’m clueless ab
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Pin Chin
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read. Comatose seamlessly weaves the themes of dreaming, healthtech and AI into a suspenseful search for answers to unlock the state of coma. That chase is set against the backdrop of Venice, rural Malaysia, Seoul ... but also different dream planes. An inviting journey.
William
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page-turning debut novel from a talented new sci-fi writer. I first met Tony back in 2016 when he was head of healthcare innovation at MetLife Asia, and given his professional background in the life sciences and insurance industries, I wasn’t surprised that many key elements of the plot revolved around futuristic medical technologies and care delivery models. What I didn’t know was that he is also avid about sleep science and particularly a phenomenon known as lucid dreaming, a type of dream s ...more
Jessica Belmont
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Comatose is probably the most unique and compelling novel I have read this year…and maybe even ever. It is a twisty ride through dreaming, health technology, and artificial intelligence.

From the first page, this novel took me on a thrilling, suspenseful journey. We follow five very compelling characters who seemingly have nothing to do with each other until the web continues to be woven and we learn more.

I really don’t want to go into too much detail because this is one I don’t want to spoil for
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Emily
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comatose is an interesting look into the link between science and dreaming, let down a little by it's less than perfect execution.

Despite the slow start and occasional spelling error, I actually quite enjoyed this read. The concepts and ideas put forward by Estrella were all very interesting, and I soon became somewhat invested in the characters stories. The conclusion was satisfying without being too easy, and the many twists and reveals throughout the book kept it engaging from start to finish
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Caroline Venables
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an original book, quite unlike anything I have read before. What I find hard to believe is that it is a debut novel.

The book looks into the link between lucid dreams and comas, an area in which the author has extensive experience. He puts his expertise to great use in this novel, as his knowledge as he uses this subject to create a great book.

This is an excellent read, especially if you are looking for something different. The amazing detail and description in the dreams is written so well,
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Richard Foltin
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Comatose is seriously a fascinating read. Truly enjoyed it! Suspenseful and certainly food for thought. Particularly around futuristic medical devices and lucid dreaming. The book focuses on four strangers and how their lives intertwined. It’s fast paced and certainly leaves you to stop and think. Brilliant. 5 stars from me!
Daniel Kogan
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind twisting suspense from the first page intertwined with both legitimate yet futuristic vision of Hgh-Tech in hopefully next generation's lives. Made me smile as it reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe's quote: 'All that we see or seem/Is but a dream within a dream.' ...more
Heather Bennett
Comatose is a interesting book that keeps you entertained. A quick read that has interesting characters.
Melissa Chan
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed how Comatose created a link between meditation, lucid dreaming, and comas. My own meditation practices have been personally enlightening, and its fascinating to see how the author extended what can be deeply personal practices as meditation practices are, and wove it into an unexpected and engaging narrative also opens up questions around our consciousness and how it works. Well done.
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Featured by the BBC, Tony is a global digital health expert, author, and podcaster applying creativity and experience to catapult healthcare into the future. His fiction novels are inspired by his lucid dreaming and explore the science of the mind. He is the host of the Digital Health Today Asia Pacific edition podcast. Key themes in his books and podcasts include the future of healthcare as influ ...more

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