DREAMS INC.: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark – Vol II

February 4, 2019

 

T. E. Mark delivers with his new anthology of Novelettes offering five fresh, thoughtful and engaging stories.

Employing rich themes and the unique story design he has pioneered, Mark reaches deeper into character and extends himself with more compelling and complex plots.

In a world where dreams are administered artificially by Dreams Inc, and no one sleeps, people are losing interest in reality – opting instead for their manufactured dream worlds.

A woman unleashes a demon when she follows the recommendation of her sentient machine companion by installing a revolutionary AI programming language. A profound story with a dark and refined grittiness to it.

Bobby Bright is 17. He’s remote, a gifted design student and a puzzle to everyone. When Annabeth Bachman, a passionate young therapist, uncovers what Bobby’s been working on, her world, his and ours will change forever.

A neuronthologist is tasked with extracting the memories of a 17-year-old resistance fighter who can hyper-accelerate – move through solid matter when he’s caught inside a Pentagon general’s house stealing a top-secret war plan. Pinnacle is the future.

A future where art and music are unlawful. An austere future where people only see in black and white. And in this tragic future, Douglas and Oulette Fischer have gone on the run to protect their daughter who sings, draws and sees colours.

 

REVIEW

 

A first-class collection of sci-fi fantasy stories!

Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews

Author T. E. Mark weaves a first-class collection of sci-fi fantasy stories with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader from the first page to the last. The author paints a series of engaging stories from artificial intelligence to hyper-acceleration in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity.

All the elements for a good story are found here: intriguing and exciting plots, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the stories, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘…In a world where dreams are administered artificially by Dreams Inc, and no one sleeps, people are losing interest in reality – opting instead for their manufactured dream worlds.

A woman unleashes a demon when she follows the recommendation of her sentient machine companion by installing a revolutionary AI programming language. A profound story with a dark and refined grittiness to it.

Bobby Bright is 17. He’s remote, a gifted design student and a puzzle to everyone. When Annabeth Bachman, a passionate young therapist, uncovers what Bobby’s been working on, her world, his and ours will change forever.

A neuronthologist is tasked with extracting the memories of a 17-year-old resistance fighter who can hyper-accelerate – move through solid matter, when he’s caught inside a Pentagon general’s house stealing a top-secret war plan.

Pinnacle is the future. A future where art and music are unlawful. An austere future where people only see in black and white. And in this tragic future, Douglas and Oulette Fischer have gone on the run to protect their daughter who sings, draws and sees colors…’

Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.

I enjoyed the stories, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of a particular story in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well written sci-fi fantasy collection with perfect pacing. Not much is as it appears here, which is just the way fans of this genre will want it!

This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The stories flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mesmerizing journey!

There is something very magical about reading fantasy fiction. It speaks to the very thread of my imagination, jolting it to life and transporting it on an exhilarating journey. This book did exactly that. Fans of the sci-fi fantasy genre will not be disappointed. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

T. E. Mark is a Freelance Writer, Screenwriter, Language Teacher and Violinist. He has studied Music, History and Literature in the UK and in the US and has been penning stories since childhood with his first full novel, Fractured Horizons, written at the age of 12 (Rewritten in 2015) in the wonderful city of Bath, England – also where the story is set.

Mark has written novels for young and adult readers and a selection of science articles for national and international magazines.

 

 

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