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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Communion of Dreams by James Downey. The year is , and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously. Knowing that news of such a discovery could prompt chaos on Earth, a small team is sent to The year is , and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously.
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Knowing that news of such a discovery could prompt chaos on Earth, a small team is sent to investigate and hopefully manage the situation. What they find is that there's more to human history, and human abilities, than any of them ever imagined. And that they will need all those insights, and all those abilities, to face the greatest threat yet to human survival. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Communion of Dreams , please sign up.
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Sort order. Start your review of Communion of Dreams. Mar 17, Frankmoorman rated it really liked it. In a post-crisis Earth, a discovery on another planet leads to the formation of a diverse team of people from various specialties to explore it. Membership includes scientists and geniuses of various stripes, an artist, soldiers, and a child prodigy, of diverse genders, ethnic backgrounds, and temperaments.
Communion of Dreams engaged my attention all along, with enough variation in the themes discussed, shifting of emphasis and suspicion among the various characters, and a rapidly developing In a post-crisis Earth, a discovery on another planet leads to the formation of a diverse team of people from various specialties to explore it. Communion of Dreams engaged my attention all along, with enough variation in the themes discussed, shifting of emphasis and suspicion among the various characters, and a rapidly developing conclusion, with events pushing the main characters faster toward their next steps than they were perhaps ready for them.
The writing is intelligent, and it was clear to me that the intelligence behind the writing is pretty well grounded. Contact with the discovery triggers dream episodes that raise questions about the origins of life, other aspects of life, and the possibility of other forms of life. The author does very well at handling these possibilities, without offering answers which would be inherently more limiting than the possibilities themselves. That may be one of the novel's greatest strengths.
View 1 comment. Feb 24, Bkunkle rated it liked it. Slow-moving sci-fi novel has fresh plot An alien artifact is discovered on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. That all could and should have been condensed into one chapter.
A seemingly endless number of characters are introduced and then quickly discarded. It's confusing to try and track all of that. After the investigation begins on Titan, things begin to move along a little more quickly. I've been reading Slow-moving sci-fi novel has fresh plot An alien artifact is discovered on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn.
I've been reading thrillers by Lee Child, and the pace of those books is so much faster than this, that is perhaps why I was impatient with the plodding rate at which this plot evolved.
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The book did hold my interest all the way to the end. But it would benefit from a rewrite where much of the action was tightened up and many of the extraneous characters eliminated.
Jun 10, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, full of intriguing ideas, appealing characters some of whom really are characters and a well-crafted plot. That it is also a debut novel surprised me, and I hopefully look forward to more. James Downey can write! Jun 17, Pamela rated it it was amazing Shelves: e-read Totally awesome good read. Something for most everyone. Sci- fi. Human nature. Generational relations.
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Conspiracy theory. Comment on spirituality. Alien existence. Nov 11, Jesse rated it really liked it. There is a lot to like in this book. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the synopsis: in the year , explorers find an artifact on the surface of Titan that appears to have been manufactured, and not by human hands. I'm always a sucker for space exploration, because I have a burning curiosity about what's really out there. Reading fiction about possibilities, no matter how farfetched, is the next best thing.
And in addition to that, Communion of Dreams has the makings of a great There is a lot to like in this book. And in addition to that, Communion of Dreams has the makings of a great adventure story: a very intriguing setting, a decent cast of characters, and plenty of secrets and surprises. One of the things I love most are the settings. The time among the ship, as it heads from Earth to Titan, getting to know the characters bit by bit. There is a large and varied cast, each different and interesting. I'm all for a large cast of characters, especially when they're off on an adventure, as I like to see how they each play off of each other.
However it seemed like a few member's of Jon's team who were introduced in the beginning sort of faded into the background by the middle of the book and were virtually nonexistent by the end. The story focused on the most interesting of the characters, though, so it all worked out well. The protagonist, Jon, was likeable enough, but to me he was actually one of the least fleshed-out characters. Yes, we were given some insight into his history and we followed him on every step of the adventure, but the reader-to-character connection could have been a little stronger.
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I think that was because I couldn't get a clear picture of what Jon looked like and therefore couldn't fix him in my mind as strongly as the others--Jackie Gates, Chu Ling, Darnell, even or especially Seth. Granted, it's hard to work in a character's own appearance when writing from third person limited, but maybe if I'd been able to picture what Jon looked like, that would've bridged the slight gap I felt. The description of modern-day in the story, meaning society and how it had changed since the outbreak of the fireflu was very interesting and was well-written, but some of it wasn't altogether relevant.
The events during the last flu outbreak, yes, of course, that was relevant. But the detailed description of how family units had changed really wasn't integral to the story. Jon's family was sort of a footnote at the beginning and then almost completely abandoned for the rest of the story. It is certainly plausible that Jon's family and whatever was going on with them would fade into the background when he was on Titan, but it was hard to keep them relevant.
I loved the description of Darnell's domes on Titan. I could see it all, and it is totally the type of place I'd like to explore. The description of each scene kept me extremely interested, intrigued, and wondering what would happen next. I thought the idea of 'experts' virtual personal assistants was also very interesting, especially since a lot of 'trends for the future' articles predict that we'll all have them sometime in the near future.