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Dorothea Dreams

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When a reclusive artist is visited by a dying friend, a ghost from the past, and an angry boy with hostages at his mercy in Dorothea Dreams, the outside world imposes brutal demands that she must meet with courage and imagination, to avert disaster.

"Spunk and intelligence...excitement anchored in character." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Weaves an element of fantasy th

Published April 1st 2000 by (first published 1986)
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Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
The fantasy and ghost elements alluded to in the blurb could pretty easily be written out. The main threads here are understated considerations of realistic issues such as terminal illness, racial and economic inequalities, self-doubt, and personal misunderstandings. I wouldn't call the the ghost an afterthought, though -- it felt more as if Charnas has started with the germ of a ghost story but discovered in the process of writing that she really wanted to talk about something else. There were ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2018
Reclusive artist Dorothea finds herself haunted, visited in her dreams by a ghost from the French Revolution. But it is the living that shatter her self-imposed solitude, bringing violence into her home.

Not a bad read, but it didn't quite grab me. I expected rather more ghost story and less teenage idiots and hostage drama.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really really really good book, I stumbled on it while reading through some of Charles De Lint's older tweets; this is set in New Mexico and is an urban fantasy/thriller/racial tension/mysterious happenings kind of a story, plus a story in a story and a sharp turn halfway through that is unexpected. I would never have picked this one up if it weren't for a chance encounter on twitter--technology can be grand for readers.
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: loaners
just a real chore to read. if i read more Charnas, i'll stick to the overt feminist SF, i seem to remember that was quite decent.
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Suzy McKee Charnas, a native New Yorker raised and educated in Manhattan, surfaced as an author with WALK TO THE END OF THE WORLD (1974), a no-punches-pulled feminist SF novel and Campbell award finalist. The three further books that sprang from WALK (comprising a futurist, feminist epic about how people make history and create myth) closed in 1999 with THE CONQUEROR’S CHILD, a Tiptree winner (as ...more

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