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Dreamland: A Ghost Story

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Dreams can come true. So can nightmares.

In his sleep, Louie starts visiting a magical world where he meets his father, who died when Louie was still a baby. But nothing turns out to be what it seems, and great horrors loom very close by ...

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A mysterious teen ghost story about fear and loss and losing yourself in dreams, Dreamland was originally

Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published March 19th 2019
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Are you ready to get lost in DREAMLAND and face your innermost fears and wishes?

Louie meets a man on the playground in his dream. A dream that is the beginning of his journey to reconnect with his father whom he never met. Now a young teenager, Louie lives with his caring mother who is still struggling with the loss of her husband to cancer. With fears of commitment, she has found reasons to move into new apartments over and over in an attempt to dodge more faults in this world that could hurt
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a book, I read a different book
I read a book, I read a fantastic tale
I read a book, I read about the dreams
I read a book, I read about the nightmares
I read a book, I read about being pulled into a dream
I read a book, I read about sirens of horrors
I read a book, I read about a talented author
I read a book, I read a Nick Clausen story!!

Talented authors sometimes get lost in the millions who appear everyday and sometimes they get overlooked too. I was glad that I got the opportunity to read
Lulu // the Book Rookery
Roadside Reader Reviews

With a stunning cover and an interesting hook, I wondered if Dreamland by Nick Clausen, especially as it was a translation. That said, I fell absolutely in love with the story, so much so that I immediately sent the recommendation on Goodreads to my 12-and-and-a-half year old niece. Its a very short novella, only 160 pages, but the writing is so well executed that the same piece of prose can evoke different emotions based on the readers experience/age; where a younger reader might find a twist,
This book was kindly sent to me by the publisher Facet in exchange for an honest review.
Read the full review here.

If you came to a world where everything was as you wanted it when you slept? That all you saw was exactly what you would see. Would you then want to wake again? Ever? That's what happens to 12-year-old Louie. He begins to dream about a man in a blue suit and slowly the dreams become more and more real. The man in the blue suit calls the country Dreamland, where everything is two
Brittany Lamb
Who doesnt love a good ghost story??

This is a fairly short book (162 pages in total, about 155 of the actual story), and sometimes those throw me off a little. Let me explain. Short books end almost as fast as they begin. I finished this in a little over an hour, so you get what I mean. There isnt a lot of time for easing a reader into the story, and as a reader who likes to be eased into stories, it takes a little getting used to. But, I get used to it nonetheless and tend to enjoy them.

Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Theres been a seeming abundance of genre freebies lately. Then again we live in such terrifying times, books barely come close. But these ones seemed interesting enough and actually turned out to be pretty entertaining too. Which is to say I read two Nick Clausens books back to back one fine Sunday morning. But, of course, I shall review them separately. First one was Dreamland. An intriguing concept for anyone whos ever had a dream more compelling and engaging than their current reality. Thats ...more
Simon Leonard
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was offered the book for a review by the Author and it grabbed my attention from the introduction as it sounded a very different book.
The book follows Louie, who lost his dad when he was a baby so didn't really know him, as he enters a dream world where nothing is as it seems.
We meet Louie as he enters the dream world, called Dreamland, and at first he thinks it is a barren place with no-one else living there, but very soon meets his dead father who teaches him all about Astronomy.
Stacia | stacialovestoread
I have this book much more than the ole college try. I gave it nearly a month. I read books around it and with it and it didnt stick at all.

I love the idea that the MC is connecting with someone via his dreams, and that maybe Dreamland isnt all rainbows and cotton candy like it seems but something was lacking?

The grammar and spelling of the story are wonderful. Despite English being the second (or maybe third) language of the author, the translations held up well and there werent any major
Rosie Amber
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Dreamland is a young adult horror story.

Twelve-year-old Louie has been having dreams which continue over several nights. He visits a place called Dreamland where he meets a man he believes is his father, John. In real life Louies dad passed away when he was a baby, so meeting him now and being able to talk to him makes Louie feel wonderful.

As Louie continues to visit Dreamland, he finds he wakes exhausted instead of refreshed from sleep. He visits the house his parents once lived in, which is
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to give a HUGE thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read his book and review it! I like quick reads, especially ones that make it difficult to put down. Why must I have to go back to reality? Can't I have my OWN dreamland? Without the demonic sirens?

Do you often remember your dreams? Most of the time, I don't and I always saw it as more of a blessing than anything. Who knows what my head concocted in my sleep. How about dreaming of someone whom you never really got to
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts
Received from the Author

I loved it!

Louie lost his father when he was just a baby and lives with his mother. Then he starts to have dreams, very vivid dream in which he visits the magical place-dreamland. In dreamland, he finds his father. He is happy to finally meet him and spend time with him but the visits seem to be longer and longer. However, his real life starts to suffer.

It's such a magical story, with a perfect amount of creepiness. :)

The writing is top notch. The story just flows so
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guess who reads books about dreams and sleeping right before going to sleep? Me, that's who. And that's why it takes a bit longer to finish than I'd like.

Now, to the actual review.

Getting approached by an author to review their book has always felt very special to me and this was not different. As soon as I finished by current books, I got to this (at night and Sherlock Holmes at daytime).

This story read really easily. Even though we more or less slide into story immediately, Louie and his
Daisy Sauceda
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy***

I loved this book. It was different from what I usually read but it has me from page one to the end. It's is gripping, heartwarming and suspenseful. Dreamland is like an alternate universe whether it is good or bad, you will need to read to find out. You follow Louie who is just a kid go into Dreamland. He meets someone in Dreamland and for a back visit a lot. In the meantime he notices that his behavior has been changing. Louie's
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
ARC sent by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book isn't done in the usual style of Nick Clausen. That being said, it was still pretty intertaining. I gotta say I wasn't really expecting the turning it took. It has a great vibe if you're trying to get in a spooky mood.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale satisfied my craving for a ghost story!
Full review at:
Erica Metcalf
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if you could enter a world where everything is exactly as you want it to be? In Dreamland by Nick Clausen, we see just that.

But of course, our main character also learns that some things are too good to be true, and that he needs to be very careful about what he wishes for

The story begins with this awesome first line:

Louie had always had lifelike dreams, but hed never had a dream continuing over several nights, like chapters in a book not until he visited Dreamland.

From there, we dive
Price Girls
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

This story starts out to be a heartwarming tale that slowly takes a sinister turn. In fact, the phrase too good to be true came to mind when reading this novel. The story first starts out as a literal dream come true when Louie meets his long-dead father through a place he dubbs Dreamland, but as his relationship with him seems to grow Louie's relationship with his mother Ellen begins to falter. Ellen is uneasy about Louie
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louie couldn't remember his father, he was only one when he died. But lately, when he falls asleep, he's been visiting a place called Dreamland, and in Dreamland, he gets to meet his father. Over time, as his father gets to know Louie, Louie learns what his father was like as a man, husband, and father. He's coming to treasure his time with his dad but his time in Dreamland is not without repercussions.

He's always tired when he wakes up, he's spending more and more time in Dreamland, and his
Kay Oliver
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it

A unique and creative story. It was a pretty quick read. Could certainly use a good edit, but, otherwise, was enjoyable.
Kelly Van Damme
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, many thanks to Nick Clausen for reaching out to me and offering me a review copy. Nick is a Danish author with almost thirty traditionally published books under his belt, so hes by no means a lightweight. Recently he has started translating and indie-publishing his books in English, and Dreamland is one of those books.

Dreamland is a tiny sliver of a book, which is why I put it in the novella category in my monthly overview, but its actually a compact, yet well-rounded story about
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dreamland is a fantasy/horror novella that packs a huge punch and explores a number of imaginative and surprising elements in under two hundred pages. This was such a unique story blend of bittersweet, paranormal, and unpredictable elements that worked together to create an incredibly memorable story.

Dreamland itself is a place for Louie to escape to at night from the grief and everyday struggles of his everyday reality. This escape is something
Lori Harris
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my review, which in no way affects my opinion. 

Welcome to Dreamland...

So after I was racking up my books that the authors gracefully gave me, and have been waiting for a bit. It took to the point where I had to put it down to read two books and give them a review by Saturday, of course, on my phone. I picked a random book from that pile, and it chose out to be this book. 

I wasn't sure what I expecting, but wow. This book creeped
Iseult Murphy
Louies father died before Louies 2nd birthday. He has no memories of him, yet, as he enters his teens, he starts dreaming vividly about him. Becoming a teenager is hard enough, especially when his mother starts dating again, and now Louie wants nothing more than to stay in Dreamland with his Dad, but things arent quite what they seem.
I love books about dreams. Louies adventures in dreamland parallel nicely his desire to grow up and the need for his family to come to terms with a tragedy. The
Sandra Lopez
"Louie had always had life-like dreams, but he'd never had a dream continuing over several nights, like chapters in a booknot until he visited Dreamland." (8)

After a few visits, Louie learns that the man in his dreams was his father, who only died in the real world but lived on in Dreamland. The first half of the story mostly deals with Louie going back and forth to Dreamland as he tries to figure out the planets and the stars. It was a bit slow. It kept on going on and on like this. As Louie
Boundless Book Reviews
Louie is just a young boy with an amazing secret. He visits "Dreamland" when he is asleep. He visits with his father, who died when he was a baby. Soon enough, this magical place begins to change and morph into something else. Something that will chill you to the bone.

I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to get swept into the story. I read it in one sitting. Louie is an amazing little boy, and when he goes to Dreamland, you can't help but be enthralled. You never know what's coming. It wasn't
Mandy Williams
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine having a second chance with your loved ones. Louis the central character of the story has the chance to see his dead father when he visits Dreamland as he sleeps. What starts as a sweet chance to connect with his father takes a darker sinister path when his time in Dreamland takes him farther and farther from his real world, his friends and his mother. This story is rather short but packs a punch. I smiled, felt hope, fear and frustration as I read. I love when a book makes me go through ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Dreamland, a ghost story with a twist. Louie, a young adolescent, who is being raised by a widowed mother, begins seeing his dead father in his dreams. Louie was only one when his father died, so he should have no memories of the man. His mother grieves in her own way by moving frequently, avoiding settling in and giving up her memories. Louie begins to spend more time in his dreams, eventually sleeping for hours on end, not knowing that those dreams herald a darkness he doesnt expect. Dreamland ...more
Nicole Brown
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is magical, powerful, and thrilling. This is my first book from this author and will not be my last. This is a fantastic read. If you like magical worlds with vivid characters this book is for you. This book takes you on a journey that makes the reader feel like they are apart of the characters world. You will be immersed into Dreamland and want to know everything possible about Dreamland. Characters are clear and made me feel like I am watching a movie while reading. This is a great ...more
Margaux Espinosa
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story arc

Wow, what an amazing story. The desperation of a child wanting to know an absent parent, the twist at the end that took me completely off guard and the sad but perfect ending. This was a powerful and unexpected journey Nick Clausen took me on. He was able to weave this story in such a way that I was sucked in from the star and had no idea what was going to happen next. Definitely worth reading again!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story about a boy's dreams, or should I call it nightmares? The concept of dreams with a hint of paranormal activity is praiseworthy. The only niggle I had with the story was the writing. It was way too simple. Given that this is a translated work, I guess one shouldn't concentrate much on this as it is sometimes difficult to bring the exact emotions as mentioned in the native language.

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