Dreams, Fiction and Me by Agostino Scafidi

Dreams, Fiction and Me by Agostino Scafidi
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (127 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A collection of short stories based entirely on dreams the author recorded in his journal. Over a period of almost three months he used techniques learned from various sources (Castaneda, Thelema, Occultism) to record his dreams. The author goes into detail about this process in the Introduction. Mixing fiction with the journal entries, intent on entertaining the reader as well as heightening awareness of the role of dreams in our lives, here is Dreams, Fiction and Me. A paranormal fiction suitable for all ages.

We all have deeply private hopes and fears that sometimes pop up in our dreams, but not everyone is willing to reveal these things to the entire world.

All of the stories in this collection have dreamlike qualities that make it difficult to discuss them without giving away spoilers because they’re so short and often jump into the most important scenes right away. It was fascinating to compare their occasional haziness and plot twists with what I’d ordinarily expect from science fiction, though. It was the perfect genre to pick for such a unique method of storytelling.

Certain plots jumped abruptly from one scene to the next in ways that occasionally left me in the lurch. While this isn’t surprising given their origins, there were a few cases in which it would have been really helpful to have a smoother transition from one idea to the next. At times I actually wondered if I was reading about two separate dreams because their various sections were so different from one another.

I really appreciated the explanations that were included after each tale. Apparently some of the dreams were edited in order to make them flow more smoothly. The unconscious mind doesn’t always follow the same narrative structure one would expect from fiction, so these changes were necessary and good. It was helpful to know that the author made this decision, though, as I would have assumed everything was written exactly as it occurred otherwise.

Dreams, Fiction and Me is the most creative anthology I’ve read so far this year. Give it a try if you have any interest at all in dream interpretation or experimental science fiction.

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