>Bonnie Rozanski – Todd the Dreamer

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Lucid dreams are dreams in which the dreamer knows they are dreaming.  This is the subject of Todd the Dreamer.  Todd is a 23 year old with a crappy job, a nagging girlfriend, and a mom who refuses to let him grow up.
Todd the Dreamer is a kindle book, but since I don’t actually have an e-reader the author was nice enough to send me a copy on word document.  I wonder if the word document is the same as the kindle version because there were a number of tiny errors like a missing letter here, an extra letter there, etc.  Not really a big deal, just something I noticed.
If Todd the Dreamer was a fantasy novel I would say the author didn’t spend enough time on world building, but since it isn’t, I’ll just say that it’s lacking some setting.  For example we know the book takes place in Maddison, but where exactly is Maddison?  I assume it’s someplace in New York, United States, because of some references to the Mets and Giants (the baseball team and football team respectively) near the middle of the book.  I would have also liked to see some more description of the characters.  Mary Beth is supposedly the love of Todd’s life, but all we know is that she has blond hair and is prettier than his girlfriend.
One thing I found extremely odd was Todd calling his “Ma and Pop” by their names, Esther and Sam.  The entire book was written from Todd’s point of view, so it was rather inconsistent for the narrator to be calling Todd’s parents by their first names.  Here is an example of this inconsistency,

“His father would be somewhere in the back of the house.  Sam couldn’t stand Kahlua anyway; a shot of whiskey would be more his style”.

In my opinion a lot of scenes were way too short.  The author relies heavily on dialogue to get through the scenes and through the story; not necessarily a problem in itself, but it did make for some real short scenes.  There would be instances where a scene ends and then it is picked up again ten minutes (book time) later.  Those were instances were I think exposition would have come in handy to “pass the time” so to speak.
Alright so enough about the negatives of the book and onto some positives.  Though this is only a guess, but I assume the author did her research and all her talk of EEG, REM, limbic systems, etc. were accurate.  There is enough scientific jargon in this book for anyone interested in the workings of the brain, but at the same time you don’t need to know it to enjoy the book.
I’m sure we have all had that dream where we fall off some tall building and wake up just before you spill your brains out on the concrete floor below.  If you die in your dreams do you die in real life?  According to the author, you can’t hurt yourself in a dream because your body is paralyzed, but only if you don’t know it’s a dream.  So what are so good about dreams?  Well in a dream you could do anything, even go on dates with girls who normally would not go for you.
Todd the Dreamer moves away from lucid dreams to out-of-body experiences.  Are they also another form of dreaming?  Follow Todd’s life to find out.
I am one of those readers that don’t go looking for symbolisms in books unless I am smacked directly in the face with it.  Had I been, I may have noticed all the references to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
If you’ve ever wondered what dreams are, why we dream, or imaged that dreams are better than reality, then this book is for you.  The kindle version can be obtained here.  Thank you Bonnie for sending me this free copy to read and review.

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