Friday, May 7, 2010

Perchance to Dream by Denise Little

Released: 2000

Perchance to Dream is a compilation of stories that somehow incorporate dreaming and dreams into them. The editor, Denise Little, recruited several big players from the fantasy and science-fiction genres such as Andre Norton and Diane Duane to put this volume together.

It took me months to get through Denise Little's Perchance to Dream. Originally I sought this book because I am heavily involved and interested in all things dream-related. The premise of the book is a great idea, but fails to entertain because of how unappealing and somewhat boring the majority of the stories are. I struggled with it immensely, trying to read one story per day within the last week just to finish it.

The better stories are contained in the second half of Perchance to Dream. I enjoyed Dreamfisher for its innocence, A Butterfly's Dream for its time-travel element, and Marty Plotz's Rules For Success for its quirky humor. I realize Denise Little has edited and compiled similar books with different themes, so next time I will aim for something more entertaining and funny, perhaps not so serious a subject as dreams.

Best of luck to this book's next reader!

Other quirky compilations by Denise Little include The Magic Shop, A Dangerous Magic, and Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy (Daw Fantasy Anthology).

  The Magic Shop    A Dangerous Magic    Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy (Daw Fantasy Anthology)

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