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The AL-EX Project (ALternative EXistence)
by Pearl Barley aka C M Donaldson   

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Publisher:  C.M. Donaldson ISBN-10:  B00CIG49QA Type: 


Copyright:  March 21, 2013 ISBN-13:  9781291346824

The AL-EX Project (ALternative EXistence)is my first foray into light science fiction, written under the name of C M Donaldson, with a tale wherein the main character aims to explore the dream state and maybe manipulate his dreams and control them. Unethical and possibly dangerous, pushing the boundaries, Alex means to explore this other realm in his search for answers!

I want it noted that the dreams described in the story-telling are dreams I've actually had, so it made it easier not having to make them up. It adds to the fun-factor of the tale.

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Science fiction in its lightest form

With more fiction than science and more humour than was intended this is an amusing and whimsical tale about the exploration into dreams. One man, Alex, an ordinary clinical scientist's assistant embarks on a most unusual journey, one that takes him into a different realm - his subconscious while he sleeps.

Alex puts his name to a project based on experiments that soon become an obsession. Aside from finding answers to age-old questions into dream interpretation, The AL-EX Project (AL-ternative EX-istence) is all a great adventure. In his dreams Alex can be a lottery winner, a secret agent, he can talk to animals, and he even thinks at his darkest hour, that he looked into the face of God Himself. Quite literally he is testing the limits of dream control.

And along with his mentor, (George, affectionately dubbed The Scientist) Alex has discovered a way with advanced technology to record his dreams and play them back, enabling more accurate interpretation and total recall. But is Alex playing with fire on a mission; on a slippery slope to a huge calamity, and is he risking his very life in what can only be described as an unethical endeavour?

Smile at his antics, and shake your head in despair as he travels further into the unknown, encountering inexplicable situations and beings not of this world. It's all make-believe however...but it could happen. This light-hearted read contains a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of sci-fi, a touch of science thriller with a dash of romance thrown in.

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The AL-EX Project (ALternative EXistence) Testing the limits of dream control

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It had been a long night. It was now nearing dawn and the sleeping drug was beginning to wear off, although Alex still felt slightly groggy. In order to get into a deep sleep conducive to dreaming, Alex had been taking an experimental drug similar to a sleeping tablet, but infinitely stronger, and subject to the strictest rules regarding its use. Too much and basically it was all over! Exact doses meticulously monitored made sure there was never a ‘worst-case-scenario’. “We’re making great progress”, said The Scientist, still scrutinising the screen and making notes. “We’re getting clearer pictures every time.

We couldn’t control how long you slept before waking before, and now we can wake you with an alarm at any given point in any half hour after you’ve fallen asleep, and we can pin-point where you are in any given dream. We still can’t control who you can conjure up while you’re ‘out of it’ as such, but that will come and I’m truly amazed! And if it wasn’t for the recordings, you wouldn’t remember a thing” He was beaming as he continued. “This result goes straight to the board of directors as soon as possible, I’ll arrange a meeting, as soon as…and we can then start the next phase of the experiment with these findings and hopefully receive a big fat cheque in the way of badly-needed additional funding”.

Alex, still a little unsteady on his feet, nodded in agreement. He stared up at the screens, watching the hazy figures moving across on an equally hazy background, and immediately started to remember. Watching himself helped his recall enormously. It felt like when you’ve seen an old film but you can’t remember the ending until a few minutes in and then it all comes back to you.

Professional Reviews

Curious about your dreams?
If you have ever been curious about the power of the subconscious mind, how it works and how it plays a part in our dreams, this is the book for you. CM Donaldson is the author of a new way of seeing the existence of an alternate world in this story of a man who made his life’s work an investigation of the meanings of dreams and how they can serve him no matter how weird or impossible his visions became while in a dream state.

Ever wondered about your dreams?
I couldn't put the book down until I'd read it from cover to cover -- a fantastic read especially if you ever wonder about your dreams. I was laughing, sad, pitying and willing things to happen -- very well researched, and loved the Author's comical additions. Enough said, - READ IT - you will love it.

An amazing read
The characters are well developed and likable. Kayj, Alex’s wife is an amazingly strong female character and I loved her. I laughed and cried with them and at times I wanted to reach into the pages and slap them silly.

The subject of dream control is very intriguing and I imagine something that we all wonder about. Dreams have fascinated us since the beginning of time. Donaldson does an excellent job of mixing both the scientific and humanistic aspects of dreams. We are pulled into the dreams with Alex and it feels as if we are experiencing the dreams with him.

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Reader Reviews for "The AL-EX Project (ALternative EXistence)"

Reviewed by Helen Mc Nally 3/23/2013
An Excellent read, i could'nt put the book down untill id read it from cover to cover -- a fantastic read especially if you ever wonder about your dreams. I was laughing, sad, pitying and willing things to happen -- very well researched, and loved the Author's comical additions. Enough said, - READ IT - you will love it. It's a totally different book the Author has written in comparison to the first two. That, in my case, is why i think how versatile the Author is. Very refreshing in that we really don't know what the next one will bring -- which keeps things fresh every time. Well done on a Fantastic piece of work

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