Dreamland: A Ghost Story
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 ...Welcome to Dreamland
A mysterious teen ghost story about fear and loss and losing yourself in dreams, Dreamland was originally...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
He's always tired when he wakes up, he's spending more and more time in Dreamland, and his ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
I was born in a small country far, far away where people eat a lot of rye bread and are generally suspicious of ...more