Hero of Dreams



✰ [BOOKS] ✸ Hero of Dreams By Brian Lumley ✽ – E17streets4all.co.uk Something vital is missing from David Hero s comfortable, ordinary existence one day is much like the next, simple, predictableboringBut the nights Each night David Hero finds himself transported to a Something vital is missing from David Hero s comfortable, ordinary existence one day is much like the next, simple, predictableboringBut the nights Each night David Hero finds himself transported to a marvelous world where brave men and women battle terrible creatures possessed of cruel, dark powersDespite his fears, the Dreamworlds tempt David, Hero of PDF/EPUB ² drawing him farther and farther from the waking world Here he finds noble warriors beautiful, loving women and challenges almost greater than he can imagine.Hero of Dreams

Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle In years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days He reached the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring to Devon to write full time, and his work was first published Hero of PDF/EPUB ² in The vampire series, Necroscope , has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copies worldwideHe was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in .

Hero of Dreams PDF/EPUB ç Hero of  PDF/EPUB ²
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Hero of Dreams
  • Brian Lumley
  • English
  • 14 February 2019
  • 0812524195

10 thoughts on “Hero of Dreams

  1. says:

    Sword and Mythos fiction too Entertaining to be HorrificBrian Lumley s Hero of Dreams is an overt mashup of Lovecraft s Dreamcycle and Leiber s Fafred and Gray Mouser series The premise is great and reinforces Lumley s Khash series written in a similar vein i.e fun Sword Sorcery adventure in a Weird Fiction, Cthulhu esque world The stories are too fun for a reader to feel horror or tension, but the milieu is enjoying to explore Like Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories The Sword and Mythos fiction too Entertaining to be HorrificBrian Lumley s Hero of Dreams is an overt mashup of Lovecraft s Dreamcycle and Leiber s Fafred and Gray Mouser series The premise is great and reinforces Lumley s Khash series written in a similar vein i.e fun Sword Sorcery adventure in a Weird Fiction, Cthulhu esque world The stories are too fun for a reader to feel horror or tension, but the milieu is enjoying to explore Like Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories The Swords of Lankhmar, the Scooby Doo vibe emanates from the story there are horrors show, but the story is too fun to be scared One could argue that horrific landscapes need to be fun or they can t be enjoyed at length i.e H.P Lovecraft s The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath comes to mind, a rare novel length adventure that is really difficult to read even by die hard weird fiction readers desperate to learnof Pickman Hero of Dreams is reminiscent of Michael Shea s Nifft the Lean stories Hero of Dreams somehow makes reading about the First Ones and Eldritch Gods really easy Your tour guides are the waking world dreamers David Hero and Eldin and their woman side kick, and Dreamland native Aminza Ostensibly, by waking day, David Hero is really an artist and Eldin Leonard Dingle a professor these characteristics are shed in Dreamland They have superior strength and dexterity versus the native dream things, but are not as powerful as the god like First Ones or skilled in magic like the sorcerers they stumble upon There are plenty of call outs to Cthulhu and Lumley s own Titus Crow Lumley s weird fiction character, i.e., from The Transition of Titus Crow They come into direct contact with the elders and anthropoid termites as they quest for the three magic wands with ties to Cthulhu no less.My edition is a 1986 one from W Paul Ganley He printed was a conduit for Lumley into the US Market, printing mush of his work first before large publishers reprinted his works He also had them illustrated Jean Corbin illustrated this one and the dozen illustration do add to the adventure, with compelling renditions of night gaunts and Ter men Lumley s Dreamland Series 1 Hero of Dreams 2 Ship of Dreams3 Mad Moon of Dreams4 Iced on Aran Lumley s Khash series, Tales of the Primal Land The Compleat Khash Volume One Never a Backward GlanceThe Compleat Khash Volume Two Sorcery In Shad reprinted later in a series starting with Tarra Khash Hrossak Tales of the Primal Land

  2. says:

    Digging through my book shelves looking for something is never a good idea or if it is then at least I should be prepared to accept the consequences which in this case was finding the Dreamland books by Brian Lumley and then having the urge to read them, again.Yes the curse I have is that I have to doubt stack my book cases means I have double the space but I am always having to dig behind the first layer to find the book behind Whichoften than not means I have to move the books out Digging through my book shelves looking for something is never a good idea or if it is then at least I should be prepared to accept the consequences which in this case was finding the Dreamland books by Brian Lumley and then having the urge to read them, again.Yes the curse I have is that I have to doubt stack my book cases means I have double the space but I am always having to dig behind the first layer to find the book behind Whichoften than not means I have to move the books out the way and you know how it is ooh that looks interesting I will just read the cover of it and bam they are open on my desk being read Anyway these books date back to the 90s while I was just starting at uni and I will discovering all the wonderful new genres and sub genres out there and the in the process the works of Brian Lumley now of recent years he seems to be focusing on releasing new anthologies to exclusive publishers which are beautiful books but I do wish he would release something substantial.This book and in fact the series are based in the mythical world of H P Lovecrafts Dreamlands yes there are many and I mean MANY references here to both Lumleys other books so far the adventures of Titus Crow and obvious Lovecrafts as well but Brian Lumley has added his own twist to the dreamlands Now I am not going to go in to detail as its a subtle part of the plot but I can imagine some will love what he has done others maybe not so However for me it gives a greater depth to the whole Cthulhu mythos and a slightly different perspective There is also the fact its a thoroughly fun yarn which is very reminiscent of some of the classic wandering hero fantasies The question now is do I readof the series or do I go back to my original book

  3. says:

    This was a fairly strange book Previously unpublished before this volume was put out close to 30 years ago, this is the story of two people who are heroes in a dreamworld they share even though they re perfectly mundane in the real world The heroics they go through int he dream world have a lot of Lovecraftian angles to them, and go full blown by the end.I enjoyed this well enough, but I suppose it s just strange in that the story itself just happens There doesn t feel like there s a lot of a This was a fairly strange book Previously unpublished before this volume was put out close to 30 years ago, this is the story of two people who are heroes in a dreamworld they share even though they re perfectly mundane in the real world The heroics they go through int he dream world have a lot of Lovecraftian angles to them, and go full blown by the end.I enjoyed this well enough, but I suppose it s just strange in that the story itself just happens There doesn t feel like there s a lot of agency to any characters, and perhaps that s intended with the dreamlike state in place for a setting, but so much of the plot is this happens, and then this happens that it becomes less about engagement with the characters andabout the overall setting.I will absolutely keep running with this series, but it s just one of the weirder things I ve read recently, and I don t think anyone but hardcore Lovecraft philes like myself might get much out of it

  4. says:

    Sword and Mythos fiction too Entertaining to be HorrificBrian Lumley s Hero of Dreams is an overt mashup of Lovecraft s Dreamcycle and Leiber s Fafred and Gray Mouser series The premise is great and reinforces Lumley s Khash series written in a similar vein i.e fun Sword Sorcery adventure in a Weird Fiction, Cthulhu esque world The stories are too fun for a reader to feel horror or tension, but the milieu is enjoying to explore Like Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories The Sword and Mythos fiction too Entertaining to be HorrificBrian Lumley s Hero of Dreams is an overt mashup of Lovecraft s Dreamcycle and Leiber s Fafred and Gray Mouser series The premise is great and reinforces Lumley s Khash series written in a similar vein i.e fun Sword Sorcery adventure in a Weird Fiction, Cthulhu esque world The stories are too fun for a reader to feel horror or tension, but the milieu is enjoying to explore Like Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories The Swords of Lankhmar, the Scooby Doo vibe emanates from the story there are horrors show, but the story is too fun to be scared One could argue that horrific landscapes need to be fun or they can t be enjoyed at length i.e H.P Lovecraft s The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath comes to mind, a rare novel length adventure that is really difficult to read even by die hard weird fiction readers desperate to learnof Pickman Hero of Dreams is reminiscent of Michael Shea s Nifft the Lean stories Hero of Dreams somehow makes reading about the First Ones and Eldritch Gods really easy Your tour guides are the waking world dreamers David Hero and Eldin and their woman side kick, and Dreamland native Aminza Ostensibly, by waking day, David Hero is really an artist and Eldin Leonard Dingle a professor these characteristics are shed in Dreamland They have superior strength and dexterity versus the native dream things, but are not as powerful as the god like First Ones or skilled in magic like the sorcerers they stumble upon There are plenty of call outs to Cthulhu and Lumley s own Titus Crow Lumley s weird fiction character, i.e., from The Transition of Titus Crow They come into direct contact with the elders and anthropoid termites as they quest for the three magic wands with ties to Cthulhu no less.My edition is a 1986 one from W Paul Ganley He printed was a conduit for Lumley into the US Market, printing mush of his work first before large publishers reprinted his works He also had them illustrated Jean Corbin illustrated this one and the dozen illustration do add to the adventure, with compelling renditions of night gaunts and Ter men Lumley s Dreamland Series 1 Hero of Dreams 2 Ship of Dreams3 Mad Moon of Dreams4 Iced on Aran Lumley s Khash series, Tales of the Primal Land The Compleat Khash Volume One Never a Backward GlanceThe Compleat Khash Volume Two Sorcery In Shad reprinted later in a series starting with Tarra Khash Hrossak Tales of the Primal Land

  5. says:

    Basically this is 70s 80s era Sword and Sorcery Moorcock Leiber set in HP Lovecraft s dreamlands.While there are Lovecraftian horrors in a few places and some back forth into the real world, the majority of it occurs in the Dreamlands so it plays out like a Conan Elric Grey Mouser tale with familiar anddifficult to pronounce place names If you re looking for Lovecraft or Mythos writing style, forget it This is mostly Sword Sorcery writing style, occasionally delving into some of Lo Basically this is 70s 80s era Sword and Sorcery Moorcock Leiber set in HP Lovecraft s dreamlands.While there are Lovecraftian horrors in a few places and some back forth into the real world, the majority of it occurs in the Dreamlands so it plays out like a Conan Elric Grey Mouser tale with familiar anddifficult to pronounce place names If you re looking for Lovecraft or Mythos writing style, forget it This is mostly Sword Sorcery writing style, occasionally delving into some of Lovecraft s writing that sLord Dunsany, not much.But, if you enjoy that era of Sword Sorcery books and like the Lovecraft references, it s worth reading and is short

  6. says:

    Lumley should stick to vampire horror books This is his attempt at a fantasy SiFi man transported to another world story While not bad it s doesn t stand out in any way Not recommended

  7. says:

    I ve literally had this particular novel and the associated three books sitting on a bookshelf for years Why I couldn t quite get past the first chapter, but now having read and finishing Hero of Dreams, I can say that it s, Okay The story is set in Lovecraft s Dreamlands, but if the reader is familiar with The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, Brumley doesn t use the Dreamlands backdrop to great effect As a pastiche the story doesn t quite pass muster because he goes so far as to re create I ve literally had this particular novel and the associated three books sitting on a bookshelf for years Why I couldn t quite get past the first chapter, but now having read and finishing Hero of Dreams, I can say that it s, Okay The story is set in Lovecraft s Dreamlands, but if the reader is familiar with The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, Brumley doesn t use the Dreamlands backdrop to great effect As a pastiche the story doesn t quite pass muster because he goes so far as to re create the Dreamlands introducing a science fiction element.David Hero, the connection to the title, and his Dreamland friend, Eldin, have met in the waking world, and in the dreamland, they are on a quest, running into a few coincidental problems Dreamland locations are dropped to remind the reader that this is supposed to be Lovecraft s Dreamlands The first chapter starts off reasonable well Lumbley has tried for a Lovecraftian feel, but after Part One, the novel being constructed in parts broken into chapters, but after the first part, the novel moves from the dark and mysterious intoof a high adventure by the time the final chapter is read So, if you re looking for that Unknown Kadath feeling, it s not here.The writing is okay, the story is okay, with a few unexpected turns, but the truth is the story could easy exist on its own A critical issue is I didn t find the major characters particulary interesting or even likable Still, three novels remain, and I will forge ahead, possibly there will be a turn around and make the rest of the reading fulfilling

  8. says:

    There were a few interesting nuggets and some creative bits I enjoyed but ultimately this wasn t for me I expected a book based in Lovecraft s dreamlands to beI don t know Lovecraftian There weren t really that many horror elements and the book feltlike an old school Robert E Howard sword sorcery novel I also wasn t a huge fan of the characters and the dialogue felt a bit wooden to me I m sure this might appeal to others, but unfortunately it just wasn t my jam There were a few interesting nuggets and some creative bits I enjoyed but ultimately this wasn t for me I expected a book based in Lovecraft s dreamlands to beI don t know Lovecraftian There weren t really that many horror elements and the book feltlike an old school Robert E Howard sword sorcery novel I also wasn t a huge fan of the characters and the dialogue felt a bit wooden to me I m sure this might appeal to others, but unfortunately it just wasn t my jam

  9. says:

    I went into this thinking it would beCthulhu than Never Ending Story or Wizard of Oz I was wrong It felt a bit YA for the most part minus the scenes with the Termite Men and their Queen I think I would have enjoyed it to a greater extent had I known the style of book I was going to be listening to I will be giving the rest of the series a listen but with the knowledge of the content beforehand going in.

  10. says:

    DNF Reminded me of a LITRPG book I recently read My first foray into the genre, and I expected it to be my last This isn t that, I guess, but it might as well be.

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