As Dreams Are Made On by Faberge Nostromo

DREAMS
As Dreams Are Made On by Faberge Nostromo
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (55 pages)
Other: F/F, M/F/F, Ménage,Toys
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A stricken starship, a captain lost in space; a beautiful alien girl, marooned and adrift in time; the perfect robotic servant. Can he help them come together and find the space and time for love?

Her starship, Prospero, out of control and hurtling toward an uncharted world, Captain Jane Ferdinand takes to the escape pods. Finding herself alone on an island, the last thing she expects to find is love.

Miranda, marooned since a baby with only her father, Jacques-Pierre, and their ultra-adaptable android servant, R.E.L, spends her time exploring her father’s books and dreaming of love. And on a night when a mysterious shooting star flashes across the horizon, she finally makes full use of R.E.L.’s adaptability to explore her emerging desires—desires that, with gentle guidance from Captain Ferdinand, help her discover her awakening sexuality.

But can her dreams and their love survive when R.E.L.’s gender adaptability threatens to come between them and Captain Ferdinand uncovers the secret that her father has kept from Miranda for twenty years?

Few things are more stifling than never-ending loneliness.

Mr. Nostromo is quite skilled at creating a richly detailed setting within the span of a few sentences. His ability to whip up such immersive backgrounds made this short story feel like it was part of a much longer piece. All of the most important plot threads were tied up satisfactorily, but there is definitely room here for a sequel if the author is interested in writing one! I don’t know if he has any plans to do so, but I hope he will consider it.

The perspective of this short story alternates between Jane and Miranda’s point of view. In the beginning I had some trouble figuring out who was speaking each time the perspective shifted because their names were used much less frequently than terms like she or her. Until I adjusted to the rhythm of the plot I found it a little confusing.

The chemistry between Miranda and Jane was sizzling from their very first meeting. How and when that took place was a little surprising to this reader, but it made perfect sense given everything else that is going on in the plot. My favorite scenes in this tale involve how these characters speak to one another. They seem to be on the same wavelength before either one of them even knew the other one existed.

As Dreams Are Made On is a delicious romp that begs to be reread. It’s a good choice for anyone in the mood for something lighthearted and futuristic.

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