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Dreamstone Paperback – Mar 15 2009


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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439216274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439216279
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g

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In the Classic Tradition of Star Wars . . . March 23 2010
By Benjamin Potter - Published on Amazon.com
If I continue to accept review copies of science fiction, I may have to re-think my position about not really being a fan. I recently finished a fine read by P.A. Hendrickson that had me turning pages.

The story tells of Joebin Vassiter, the Dream Lord unawares (until, that is, that he's told of his status) as he leads an unlikely group of adventurers on a quest to save his world. Prothia is a little-known, less-desired planet inhabited by the descendents of war criminals who determine that for the purposes of survival they will set up a society of peace. Unknown (a lot of that going on on Prothia) to these inhabitants, there is an entire society of peace-loving Atlomians who have hidden themselves from everyone, all the while pulling strings to guide humans in the settlement across the river into doing their own "projects."

In order to save his own society, Vassiter learns that he must also save the Atlomians, and he must do so without violence. All is not lost, though. The Atlomians have created to Dreamstone to aid him in his task; and only a Dream Lord can tap into the power of the Dreamstone to, for lack of a better phrase, make dreams come true.

The book has several positive features - it is a compelling story, with heroes facing seemingly insurmountable foes, it is written in language that paints moving pictures in the mind of the reader, and the characters themselves are believable (even the alien life forms). Even so, there are some things that might discourage the average reader--the book is lengthy, almost to a fault. Passages in the middle of the story have a tendency to drag. But don't let that discourage you, the fast-paced reading encountered at the beginning of the story which attracts you to the story itself, returns in flying colors in the last chapters as Vassiter battles for the safety of all of Prothia.

Because the story itself is so good (even with the occasional slow spot), and it is relatively free of foul language and explicit sex scenes so often appearing gratuitously in modern fiction because "you have to include it" I heartily recommend this book and look forward to picking up another Hendrickson title to escape in. For now, I'll just leave Dreamstone with 4.5 out of 5 reading glasses.

--Benjamin Potter, March 23, 2010
thrilling sci-fi fantasy story June 1 2009
By grumpydan - Published on Amazon.com
Moltaire, the greedy want- to-be ruler, Klonda, the slaver whose only interest is himself, Dahlia, the queen of the Atlomians, Joebin, the Dream Lord and his wife, Maldia are among the characters in P.A. Hendrickson's "Dreamstone", a sci-fi fantasy novel that is exciting. The people of Prothia live in a world of peace, until the slavers threatened to destroy their lives. Unknown to the people of Galnar, there are other inhabitants (the Atlomians) sharing their world. Together, they try and save their planet by strengthen and using the powers of the Dreamstone. Can dreams become reality? Is Joebin the true Dream Lord? With many plot twists, delightful characters and surreal worlds, the is debut novel is quite a ride!
Looking forward to Hendrickson's next project too! Oct. 17 2009
By Liberty Speidel - Published on Amazon.com
Weighing in at 500+ pages, it was a bit lengthy, but a very well done story. I found the characters believable, the plot full of twists and turns, and the ending satisfying. As a writer, I can't think of any scenes I would cut to improve the story, though I would have liked to see some small scenes scattered through the middle of the book with the hero's wife, Maldia. There are a few scenes that are not for the weak of stomach.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to others, especially fans of science fiction or adventure stories.
Trouble in Paradise Oct. 11 2011
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
Joebin Vassiter seems like a typical resident of the planet Prothia. He is married to a beautiful woman and has a cozy house. Joebin makes a reasonable living as a miner. While he is hardly a poster child for excitement, consider that Joebin's society has no war and relatively little crime. Prothians have no army and very few weapons. Though Prothian society has little in the way of technology, it is possibly about as close to paradise as humans can get.

Unfortunately, without any military and with little in the way of weapons, Prothia appears to be a perfect target for slavers or anyone else looking for a small, out-of-the-way, planet. Also unfortunately, no one on the planet knows slavers and other planet conquering types are on their way to create havoc in Prothia's peaceful society. Fortunately, Joebin has been having dreams telling him that he is the Dreamlord. All Joebin needs to do to repel the slavers and other would-be planet conquerors is find the Dreamstone.

The heart of this book is a classic fantasy motif, the quest. In many ways, this book reads like a fantasy book. However, it is science fiction and anything that appears to be a fantasy the author is able to explain in terms of science as the book evolves; well, almost everything, but that is for a reader to discover.

The book follows the progress of assorted individuals approaching planet Prothia and those involved in the quest. While Joebin tries to find the Dreamstone the slavers approach Prothia. Once Joebin finds the Dreamstone and tries to learn how to use it, the slavers are rounding up the largely defenseless population. The book asks many questions and it appears that author Hendrickson has painted himself into a corner, more than once. Fear not, Hendrickson creatively works his way out of any apparent corner using devices every bit as creative as the devices used by Isaac Asimov, who frequently painted himself into corners and then just as creatively worked his way out of them.

As with many books having a quest, this one has some slow spots. However, author Hendrickson uses the slower spots to develop his characters and his story. Even so, Hendrickson could have eliminated some of the prose and the story might have been tighter.

The real question is whether the story is interesting. It is. Hendrickson throws in some entertaining and surprising curves along the way that I found interesting. Hendrickson kept close to standard quest elements, but added enough new elements to keep his readers focused on the story. I was unable to guess where this quest was going.

One thing puzzled me a little. I got an anti-war sense for much of this novel. It seemed like all was peace and love conquers all. Yet, this novel ends up being quite violent. Many people die, are maimed, and otherwise harmed in many ways. There are "nonviolent" resolutions that are quite violent. I guess one way to get revenge on a violent individual is to hurt them in a way that is continuous, painful and extended. Think torture raised to a new level. I leave it up to the reader to learn what I mean by this explanation. In my mind, death might have been better.

This book was interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed the characters and the story. The writing was clear and coherent and the story was easy to follow, which is marvelous given that Hendrickson switched points of view regularly. The inevitable slow points were used to purpose and made the exciting ending even more exciting. Hendrickson should write more books, because he has a talent for it.

Enjoy!

My thanks to the author's representative for providing me with a review copy of this book.
What an ending! July 22 2011
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book and while it is long, it is well paced and the ending is better than I could have imagined. I kept thinking, how can this end, and meet all the requirements from the characters? Well done! Looking forward to more from this author.

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