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Dreamers by Sarah R. Suleski

Life is but a dream... 

To sleep, perchance to dream . . . or wake again in a different world.

This is the dual life of Muse, Love, and other Immortals like them. Split between two lives in two worlds, they never sleep, never dream, and never die. In one life they walk among us, unknown, in the other, they are worshiped as gods.

But they are not immune to the troubles of life — love, loneliness, loss, and the eternal question of where they came from and what their purpose is.

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Some beautiful writing

By Chris Poirier, editor

Jul 4, 2008: Dreamers is exactly my kind of story—quiet, thoughtful, full of loneliness and longing; a romance, in a way, but more about the myriad ways damaged people fight off the intimacy they so desperately want, than it is about warm and fuzzy romantic love.

Dreamers follows Muse, a young immortal who lives her days in our world, teaching music to whoever will pay her enough to get by, and never quite feeling that she fits in. She may be the greatest musician the world has ever known, but she hates the idea of fame, preferring a life of anonymity and quiet desperation. In fact, she often lives in her worn out car. But when Muse goes to sleep, she wakes up in the other world, a world where she is an eccentric demigod who blesses musical instruments, sends inspiration in response to prayers left in her mailbox, and lives off the generosity of her worshippers.

When the story opens, Muse has just moved to a new town—perhaps fleeing attachments she was forming in the last one—and shows up for work at a music store, where she is to teach piano to children. To her surprise, she recognizes the man behind the counter, and he her, even though they have never met before. In our world, at least. For he is Love, another immortal. And one she has no time for. In the other world, he is showy and gregarious and popular and throws grand parties every night and is constantly surrounded by adoring fans. All things that Muse finds very unseemly.

She thinks she has him all figured out. And when he invites her over for lunch, she accepts only because she is hungry. She hardly expects it to become a habit.

But Love isn’t as simple as Muse thinks. To her surprise, in our world, he’s patient, and kind, and unassuming. And a friendship begins to grow. Before long, Muse begins to wonder exactly what it is she and Love want out of their relationship. But she steadfastly avoids him in the other world, and he never leaves his estate to come visit her cottage, either.

Unlike some of her stories, Ms. Suleski does not write Dreamers ahead. As a result, the writing can be a bit uneven from chapter to chapter. However it’s never bad, and when it’s good, it’s very good: clean, elegant, and often beautiful. The characterization is careful and subtle, and the relationships develop in interesting and delightful ways, over time.

If you like quiet, beautiful writing, and can handle the slow pace and the lack of a strong plot, you will find Dreamers to be a rare gem. It’s one of my favourite stories, and I don’t think you should miss it.

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Once Upon a Dream

By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Jul 26, 2008: Dreamers is a quiet story, softly lilting from place to place, person to person, character to character.

It follows the story of Muse who never sleeps, but is in either our world or in the immortal world. Sometimes her action or thoughts reminds my own troubles as a writer, how my own muse is distant, wandering.

But mostly, I think, the story is about bits and pieces of life. And I love [more . . .]

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Certainly a character-driven piece.

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Jul 25, 2008: When I first read this story it was before I set my chapter limits so for this, I kept reading until the end (at the time 9 or 10 chapters) mainly because I was hoping for something to happen. While I really do like Sarah’s writing, I think this is one of the weaker pieces she has that I’ve read.

Yes, it’s a character-driven piece, something that she makes very clear but I read it because the concept of the duality [more . . .]

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A beauteous tale

By moodeyloveydovey, member

May 21, 2010: This fiction best any fairy tale work i’ve ever read. The characters are all the invisible yet ever-so-present forces in human life. It is particularly ingenious of the author to show the characters are gods/ goddesses in one world which show how humans esteem such forces and how they are seen as ordinary people in the other world which prospered the truth that they are invisible to human eyes yet present. Each characters’ words and actions cum appearances match what they are called, which are the axioms accepted everywhere in the human society. My favorite line was when Love said to Muse . . . But you must understand Muse, I’m Love not Lust. I marvelled at the creativity from start to finish, and who wouldn’t?

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