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Doors of Sleep

(Journals of Zaxony Delatree)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  37 reviews
What would you do if you woke up and found yourself in a parallel universe under an alien sky? This is the question Zax Delatree must answer every time he closes his eyes.

Every time Zax Delatree falls asleep, he travels to a new reality. He has no control over his destination and never knows what he will see when he opens his eyes. Sometimes he wakes up in technological ut
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Angry Robot
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At one time, Ursula Le Guin posited a story where a man would fall asleep and the world would change every time he dreamed. He didn't like that. He tried to avoid dreaming until an evil psychiatrist started controlling his dreams. The point is the world changed every time he slept. For Dr. Who and his amazing TARDIS, the universe changed every time he closed the callbox door and you never knew where he would end up except you knew he would be chased by Daleks. In other stories, people race throu ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This was an interesting exploration of multiverse theory told in a close and often intimate perspective. I want to describe this as a sci fi thriller, but in reality the narrative is much slower than the pager turners normally given that label. Certainly it still held my attention but there was not a lot of action in the story. Instead it was more focus on the characters. Towards the second half the story picked up with some interesting narrative shifts, however it fully immersed me.

Adrian Dooley
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
An interesting concept for sure but the concept is more interesting than the story itself.

The story of Zaxony Delatree and his journals explaining his extraordinary life of travel to many many worlds. Existing in a multiverse, when Zax falls asleep he wakes up in another world in an alternative universe. Along the way he meets up with various characters, bringing some with him. They also have to be asleep and hanging on to him to travel with him.

One of these characters has ulterior motives tho
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Angry Robot Books for the digital advanced copy of Doors of Sleep in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!  If you are a fan of multiverse adventures and creative characters, check this out!

Wow, what a wild ride! I can only imagine how Zax feels since I was getting dizzy just travelling with him!  I think the book's biggest strength is just the sheer number of creative ideas on the pages - I coined a term for it, like "word salad" but it's "universe salad."
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Full review to come but, this was so much fun!! The pacing is a bit all over the place but what a delightful read!
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: Inventive and engaging, Doors of Sleep is the feel-good sci-fi story you didn’t know you needed.

If you’re looking for an upbeat, quirky, feel good story to start off 2021, then you cannot go wrong with Doors of Sleep. This book was such a happy surprise, and I can’t believe this is my first time reading Tim Pratt! With an almost retro sci-fi vibe, Pratt has managed to write an entertaining story with loveable characters, a thrilling plot, some timely social commentary, and plen
K.L. Dobbs
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
4.5- This was just the type of escapist read my wild imagination needed! This story is written in journal entry form about the circumstances that found the main character Zax to be traveling through multiverses every time he fell asleep. Fall asleep- wake up in a new world, fall asleep-new world and on and on. Oh, how many worlds he visited! Some were the strangest type of places you could not even imagine and some were seemingly normal. Along the way he acquires several companions that travel w ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some time ago, I read quite a bad book with a main character named something similar to Zax, which is what this book's main character is called by his friends. Not only that, but the author's first name was not too dissimilar to Zaxony. And the premise was that whenever the protagonist fell asleep, he shifted into another universe.

So I wondered, when I picked this one up (having been fortunate enough to be invited to review it by the publisher, via Netgalley), whether it was prompted by the aut
Rowena Andrews
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases, sci-fi
For the amount of portal fantasy/sci-fi anime (isekai) that I watch, it is something that I rarely delve into in fiction, so the Doors of Sleep was an interesting venture into the unknown for me, and what an adventure it was. Overall, I had some mixed feelings about this book, but one thing that I can say with certainty that I loved was the portal aspect and getting to see new worlds – and so many of them. I can only have the deepest admiration of Pratt for being able to come up with the concep ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot for the ARC

Well, another strange one.
This time we follow the adventures of one Zaxony Delatree, Zax to his friends and enemies. After witnessing an attempted suicide, Zax develops the ability to travel the worlds (planets or parallel universes, not sure) as soon as he falls asleep. He can't really control his power, which is a problem. He meets and interacts with the inhabitants of each world he visits. He also realizes that he can take other people with him,
S.J. Higbee
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW: I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining portal adventure, which has a pleasingly old-fashioned feel. The overarching narrative is very straightforward. For reasons that poor Zaxony doesn’t fully understand, every time he falls asleep or unconscious – he jumps worlds. Initially, he spends his time in a horrified daze as he tries to come to terms with his new normal. For the worlds that Zax encounters are mind-bogglingly various, ranging from idyllic to nightmarish and everything in between ...more
Laura (crofteereader)
Dec 21, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
DNF at 46%

An interesting concept but a rather lackluster execution. Zax is not a very active force in his own life, relying on companions to give his life meaning and direction, even though his whole shtick is that every time he sleeps he ends up in another world. Every problem he encounters is solved within pages and there doesn't seem to be an overarching goal in the story. Certainly he would like to go home or at least be somewhere consistent, but he's not actively fighting for it; instead he
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Doors of Sleep follows Zax Delatree through many worlds, each time he falls asleep he awakens in a new world. Constantly travelling, meeting friends and making enemies along the way, as he tries to leave a little bit of himself and make each world a better place when he can.

I went in to Doors of Sleep a little blind, just knowing it involved Zax travelling. What I didn’t expect was such a beautiful story of friendship, splashed across dozens, hundreds of different worlds. Told through journal e
Andrew Gillman
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The possible existence of a multiverse, an infinite string of worlds in which life is the same, but very much not too, in its expression, is, for many people, an entirely alluring idea.

To think that out there somewhere exist endless possibilities for life, a great many of which bear no resemblance to our own reality, is appealing in a world where everything seems perpetually, drably the same.

For Jaxony Delatree, a man condemned to travel to a new world every time he falls asleep or becomes uncon
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time Zax Delatree falls asleep, he wakes up somewhere new. Slipping between realities as he sleeps, Zax is an unwilling explorer of the multiverse who attempts to make the most of his affliction by helping those in need. But a dangerous enemy is on his trail, pursuing him in a way he thought impossible and determined to unlock the bloodborne secrets of his multiverse-hopping abilities – by any means necessary. So begins a game of cat and mouse across hundreds of worlds, a game with the hig ...more
Denise Ruttan
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review from Netgalley. I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I loved the concept of its multiverse and found it a very creative backdrop for a space opera; on the other hand, it felt as if the author had come up with an amazing setting and strong hook, and realized he needed some conflict, so he added a stereotypical super-villain to the mix.

This is the story of Zaxony Delatree, a man with an unusual medical condition that enab
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I freely admit to having a bit of a mixed experience with this author in the past - I really like the Marla Mason books but bounced quite hard off the previous sci fi novel of his that I tried, so this was always going to be a bit of a gamble...

The basic premise of Doors of Sleep is that our protagonist has discovered that when he falls asleep, he moves to a different universe - by the time we meet Zax, he has already travelled to hundreds of different universes, gaining and losing companions al
Anna Szabó
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are times I wish I could to other universes just to run from this one. I think most people feels this way sometimes.

Zax is someone who actually can. He didn't choose this but he has no choice. Every time he falls asleep he travels to another universe. He can prolong his stay with stimulants but eventually he falls asleep. But he can take people and stuff with him if he hold the person in his arms. The person he holds must be unconscious because if not, it has consequences, the person goes
Charlie Bury
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Every time Zaxony Delatree falls asleep, he wakes up in another universe, with very few similarities between them, except for perhaps a humanoid biosphere followed by a land of trees birthed with deadly creatures, or a technocratic societal world in the desert followed by one that’s airborne. There’s really no telling the distance of space-time between them, and any world is possible.

Zax is on the run from Lector, a man from a previous world who created the linguistic virus, allowing for instant
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: Doors of Sleep - Journals of Zaxony Delatree
Author: Tim Pratt
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Review Date: November 26, 2020

From the blurb:
“Every time Zax Delatree falls asleep, he travels to a new reality. Sometimes he wakes up in technological utopias, and other times in the bombed-out ruins of collapsed civilizations. All he has to help him survive are his wits, a few small gadgets, and the people he can take with him, so long as they're unconscious in his
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher, Angry Robot, for kindly providing a review copy of this book.

"Doors of Sleep: Journals of Zaxony Delatree" by Hugo award winning author Tim Pratt is an adventurous tale of what might happen if an ordinary person suddenly develops the ability (or perhaps the handicap?) of mysteriously shifting into an alternate reality each time they fall asleep. In some ways the concept is similar to TV shows such as Sliders or before that Otherworld. Whatever the
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon I started this book, I sighed. "Oh great. Another multiverse novel. Just what I needed." And in truth, it took a few chapters before Zax grew on me enough to really get into the book. He's sort of an Arthur Dent (Hitchhiker's Guide) character stuck in a multi-verse version of Gulliver's travels. Every time he falls asleep, he jumps between universes, never knowing where he'll wake up.

This is, of course, handy for the author, because he gets to write about a whole new world every time Za
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great sci fi story, really imaginative, with some great lessons thrown in. Admittedly, one of the major lessons is "If you're hurtling helplessly through the multiverse, find a created plant person to bring along because she'll be really useful" but who knows when we'll need to know that!

I loved the varied civilisations Zax meets on his travels: some real thought has gone into them, even the ones that we skip past very quickly. These aren't cookie cutter planets, they're distinct and i
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Angry Robot for the opportunity to read Doors of Sleep in exchange for an honest review.
I must start off by saying the synopsis does not do this book justice. It was far more than I expected it to be and immensely creative. One of the joys of the book is the glimpses of the different worlds Zax winds up in - I could get lost exploring those worlds in more detail - but the development of a storyline and plot beyond endless travels made the story engaging instead of sim
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every time Zax falls asleep he wakes up in a different world. This is exciting but also poses several problems. Fortunately for Zax he picks up a cohort along the way. Unfortunately for Zax someone is chasing him through these worlds in an effort to unlock the secret to his ability by any means necessary.

I really enjoyed this story. Pratt does an excellent job at beautifully illustrating so many worlds with creatures, cultures, landscapes, and dangers. This was easily my favorite part of the boo
Ángela's Bookcase
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Zax has a very particular ability. Whenever he falls asleep he then wakes up in a different universe. Every. Single. Time.
You think that's awesome, right? Well, sometimes it is, sometimes it downright sucks not to be able to stay in the same place for more than a couple of days at most.

This is an amazing novel that will make you want to read it in one sitting. The action is almost constant.

Tim Pratt has managed to create such a vast world full of detail and interesting and diverse characters.

Matthew Galloway
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this immensely. My favorite part was getting glimpses of all these fascinating worlds and I'd have happily spent more time on each. A close second favorite element was how kind out hero is and how anti-violence. I feel like it's often rare to have a male protagonist with this level of empathy. I certainly enjoyed the rest of Zaxony's crew, too, even if they sometimes seemed a bit overpowered (but hey, it's a multiverse and certainly excellent overpowered people can live within that! It ...more
Reid Edwards
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Doors of Sleep is a fascinating novel that really explores the imagination of author Tim Pratt as his protagonist wakes up on a new world every time he falls asleep. His descriptions are wonderful, with each planet feeling vibrant and unique. Pratt uses an interesting voice in his writing, with each character feeling authentic to the world that shaped their beginning. While possibly not everyone's cup of tea, nor groundbreaking in its ideas, Doors of Sleep was a quick and pleasant stand-alone re ...more
Jim Andrew Clark
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Doors of Sleep is the type of story that is right in my wheelhouse. It has a lot of elements I love: doors to magical worlds, time travel (of a sort), faerie creatures (of a sort), AI, interesting characters, and a really neat concept. I especially enjoyed the chapter headings which give little clues as to what is about to happen, as well as the shifting points of few that take place a few times in the narrative. There's a lot to like here, and I liked all of it. Another winner from Tim Pratt, a ...more
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