||Jan 1, 2004
Boyd Thomas London, a distant cousin of Jack London, shows the pain and hurt caused by a DUI accident, as a young man is hit by a drunk driver and is left in a coma, in his new novel Dream Wanderer. Each year, 18,000 people are killed and millions more are injured because of people driving while intoxicated. London’s first novel, Creeton, published in April of 2003, makes a statement for worldwide peace. Dream Wanderer, following in London’s style, also makes a strong moral statement.
“Dream Wanderer is a heartwarming story about the glory of life. It is also a heart-pounding adventure to a new and strange world.”
Joe Blake is a college football player and has a loving family. He has been living a fantastic life until he has a horrible car accident that puts him in a coma and holds him at the verge of death. As his family sits by his side, pulling for him to make it, they don’t realize that he is trapped in a dream world. A world where he must fight with every ounce of strength to survive, a world where there is only one way for him to return to his life on earth. Be prepared to be drawn into the realm of the Dream Wanderer.
Boyd’s books, Creeton and Dream Wanderer, are now available in a paperback version for $9.95 at http://publishamerica.com. Entering Creeton or Dream Wanderer at the online bookstore brings up the new paperback. The paperback is a large, great-looking book.
Dream Wanderer has mind-boggling, unique animals, creatures, swamps, deserts, volcanoes, plants, dinosaurs, castles, robots, a robot city, daring adventures, and very distinct, vivid landscapes as Joe Blake tries to escape the dream world that he is trapped in.
Times-News Newspaper Story (online):
your Signed copy today!
Buy your copy!
Barnes & Noble.com
To sleep, perchance to dream...
4.0 out of 5 stars To sleep, perchance to dream..., November 22, 2004
By FrKurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (Bloomington, IN USA)
(TOP 10 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE)
This review is from: Dream Wanderer (Paperback)
In author Boyd Thomas London's first novel, 'Creeton', he addressed the stresses of the post-9-11 world, and looked for visions of hope in the midst of stress and terror by developing a classic tale of friendship and cooperation with a task of saving the world - that story begins and ends with two friends, John Brown and Dave Miller, two young men who have an adventure of interplanetary dimensions inadvertently thrust upon them while out on a hiking trip. They are transported to a different place, one where many of the lessons of earth, and many of the failings, have not come about, but where some of the experiences of the human race are now needed.
In this second novel, Boyd Thomas London keeps the youth-oriented focus on the people represented in the novel - the main character here is Joe Blake, a college football player with a life that is almost too good to be true, and a very promising future. This would seem to be cut short when he is involved in an automobile accident that leaves him comatose. This would seem to be the end of the story, but in fact is not, for it is in the dream world that is generated by Blake's comatose condition that the real story of this novel is played out.
Boyd Thomas London lives in Idaho; a distant relative of the famous American writer Jack London, the ideas of adventure and the geography of the West are always implicit if not explicit in the younger London's writing as it was in the elder's. The idea of dream wandering and dream journeys holding importance for young people is a significant one among many Native America peoples, which has influenced London's writing style here.
In the narrative, we encounter Joe Blake's real family, and the real-time events occurring after the accident (the trip to the hospital, etc.) as well as the dream-happenings that Blake's subconscious/unconscious mind navigates. It is a vivid and eventful imagination, with creatures live and created, colourful and exotic, often surreal, but always leading Blake forward.
There are some lessons here. The first is of the importance of family and community that transcends lesser concerns in life - one can imagine that Joe Blake's awakening is similar to that of the unconscious Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, having learned much on her imaginative, dream-wandering journey to carry back home, too.
Perhaps the best audience for this tale would be young people - mid-to-late teenagers, to be precise. Like his earlier novel, the language here is easy to read and understand, without too many technical terms. The plot development is for the most part linear, with some bouncing back and forth between hospital/real-world and dream-sequence. Despite the dream-land aspect, it is without too many psychological twists or subtle aspects to confuse the reader. While this might limit its appeal to those looking for a higher mark of literature akin to the elder author Jack London, it does get the younger London's message through rather more clearly about the important things in life.
This is the second novel for Boyd Thomas London, who is still hard at work both on his college degree (as well as another novel, perhaps?). London is a writer of promise.
Want to review or comment on this
Click here to login!
Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!
Reader Reviews for "Dream Wanderer"
|Reviewed by Boyd London
|Will Joe be trapped in the land of the Dream Wanderers? November 19, 2004
Reviewer: Allbooks Reviews "Shirley Roe" (Canada)
Genre: Teen/ Fantasy Adventure
AUTHOR: BOYD THOMAS LONDON
Joe Blake is a typical teenage American. He plays football, loves his family and is active in his community until a drunk driver changes all of that. As Joe's family sits an anxious vigil by his hospital bedside, Joe is tossed into a dreamlike state in a world of strange creatures, robots, purple and red vegetation and monsters. In this dream state, Joe must make his way through the seemingly never- ending dangers to Princess Joni's castle and the portal. If he doesn't make it in time, he will remain in the land of the Dream Wanderer.
This book will have great appeal to young people. It reads like a video game, action packed, exciting and a constant battle of hero versus evil. The plot is fast paced and holds the readers attention. Vivid descriptions of the scenery place the reader firmly in the land of the Dream Wanderer. The characters are colorful and unusual. The author uses simple sentence structure and vocabulary, making it an easy read for most youngsters.
Creeton teen sci-fi novel, the first by author Boyd Thomas London, promoted world peace and unity. This second novel demonstrates the pain and agony an innocent victim and his family face as a result of a DUI accident. It is his hope that these two novels will make their way into the Accelerated Reading Program in high schools. Allbooks Reviews is a great supporter of all programs that encourage reading and literacy in our schools. We wish him much success with this venture and would like to add our personal endorsement. Highly recommended for the young people in your life. Reviewer: Shirley Roe
Title: Dream Wanderer
Author: Boyd Thomas London
Publisher: Publish America