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review 2020-02-14 14:22
The Art of Lucid Dreaming
The Art of Lucid Dreaming - Johnson Maureen, Res-Brennan Sarah Clare Cassandra

by Clare R. Johnson, Ph.D


I've been aware of lucid dreaming for years and even done it spontaneously a few times, but could never stay asleep for long once I realised I was dreaming. I immediately tried some of the first techniques explained in this book and got instant results on the first night for checking I was in a dream! Then several nights followed when I didn't have a lucid experience to test.


As the book points out, it takes practice. I started practicing with the techniques for 'programming' your mind to become lucid while falling back to sleep in the early morning hours, but not the full bladder one as that wakes me up quickly. I've had luck so far at the time of writing with trying to induce lucid dreams while falling back into a morning doze, but this is one of the things that takes practice. I fall into deep sleep too easily.


I took this one slowly, reading a few exercises and stopping to assimilate and experiment. I expect I'll be giving it a second reading as well. One of the unique things about the book is a 'quiz' to give you self-analysis about what sort of sleeper and dreamer you are in order to guide you towards the exercises that will be most effective for you. This gave me a lot of insight and some great suggestions to work with.


I have had multiple lucid experiences while reading the book and have been able to try the techniques for taking control of the experience and for trying to stay asleep for a while at least to enjoy it. I suspect this will get easier over time, but I'm definitely having some results.


The one thing I would take issue with is in a meditation, the author suggests staring into a candle flame. NEVER DO THIS!!! It can cause retinal damage! In any candle ritual or meditation, you look just above the flame, not into it. The rest of the advice on that one, to look around the periphery of the flame and see different perspectives, is fine. Just don't stare directly into it.


In the later chapters, the author gives advice for working any meditation or Yoga practice you might be using into the exercises, but she acknowledges that it isn't required if that's not your thing. The last chapter was about healing through lucid dreams, both psychological and physical. Despite being a natural sceptic, I know the mind can have tremendous effects on the body and I think it would be interesting to experiment with this. There were some apocryphal stories about people identifying and even eliminating tumours through lucid experiences, which I keep an open mind about.


In any case, the exercises to develop control of lucidity in your dreams are good and make perfect sense. My own early successes are enough to convince me that it's worth the practice and the author knows her stuff.

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review 2016-04-18 00:00
The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton
The Lucid Dreaming - Lisa Morton

GR Cleanup Originally Read in 2010


Spike is a 20 something violent paranoid schizophrenic who was locked away when she forgot to take her meds and went a little crazy with a knife on a homeless man. Her life consists of living in a medication muted haze surrounded by other various levels of disturbed folks. Recently her predictable world has been interrupted with an increased number of inmates and the place is getting terribly crowded. One day things are ominously quiet, her favorite nurse never arrives with her meals or meds and she ventures out to find blood smeared walls and to discover that the world has indeed gone crazy. She stockpiles her drugs to retain her sanity and fears she may be the only one immune to the “dream” epidemic.

This is a unique take on the apocalypse. People are dreaming when they’re awake and doing terrible things and you don’t have your typical cast of heroes. Spike is mentally unstable without her drugs, with them she’s a bit off kilter but not as dangerous. She hooks up with a hunk suffering from the dream sickness but she likes him because he has sweet dreams and he seems to like her too, even during his few moments of lucidity so she takes care of him. Danger looms, however, when Spike has a run-in with a band of baddies (and there’s always a group of baddies in a book like this) who are using people as slaves and/or breeders to continue on their quest to rule the new planet.

This was a well written little story that held my attention all the way through. It wasn’t overly gory, just purely entertaining mainly because of Spike’s observations. Sure, there were unanswered questions, and I’d love to read an expanded version of this story someday, but I enjoyed it for the tightly written little novella that it was.

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review 2016-01-10 04:40
Lucid Dreaming
Lucid Dreaming - Cassandra Page

Melaina's dad is an Oneiroi. Mom is human. She's a hybrid. Her birth was highly unusual because the Oneiroi aren't able to physically manifest. Her mom is in a facility because she is only able to be with Melaina's dad when she is asleep. So, she sleeps a lot. Which of course, is selfish because she has a kid. So, Melaina was raised by her uncle.
Melaina has the ability to walk in other's dreams. In this way, she helps and provides a service. She helps an individual by removing a blight (a malicious creature that causes nightmares, sleep walking, etc). Things go to hell from there, and Melaina is almost strangled, things happen with her family. She must figure out what is going on.
I enjoyed this. This was nicely different, I think, because of the Oneiroi (Greek mythology) and an Australian author and setting. The Oneiroi have the power to shape/alter dreams. It is an ability that can be used positively or negatively depending on the individual.
This is mostly a complete story. There are a handful of lose ends that lead me to think this might be the first book of a series. Nice twist on her parentage (potentially answering a question, but adding at least 2 more that need answers).
I would recommend to those that like urban fantasy and want a different supernatural group.

Copy received in exchange for review from Cassandra Page/Netgalley.

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review 2015-09-20 08:51
Review: Lucid by Jay Bonansinga


Lori Blaine is not your average seventeen-year-old high school student. Cool and iconoclastic in her dread-locks and natty thrift shop garb, with an IQ that’s off the charts, she is the ersatz leader of a pack of Goth kids that circle around her in the halls of Valesburg Central like a school of pilot fish. Lori speaks softly, but when she does speak, people have a tendency to listen. But Lori Blaine has one problem: The door. Lori’s dreams are haunted by this strange, recurring symbol. The door is always there on the periphery… beckoning to her, daring her to see what might be waiting for her on the other side. Finally, at the urging of an overzealous school psychologist, Lori Blaine decides to face her fears. The next night, she goes through the dream door… and immediately plunges into a shattered looking glass world in which nothing is as it seems and evil awaits around every corner. But when Lori fights back, all hell breaks loose.


***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***


Another example of Good Idea, Bad Execution.


The idea of lucid dreaming- being aware that you're dreaming, or at its extreme point even dreaming while you're awake- is a concept that's rife with potential and intriguing to explore. Storywise, think of Lucid Dreaming as a Matrix-style YA novel with Lori setting out on the path to become Neo. Along the way she'll discover new allies, new abilities and uncover a host of secrets that'll challenge everything she ever thought she knew. But at what cost?


Lucid hits all the typical YA notes- Chosen One, Highly Intelligent Social Misfit, Possesses Unique Talent That Marks Them as Special, etc- which is fine as far as it goes, but the problems here lie with the delivery.


From the outset you're treated to an endless stream of infodumps about everything- the characters, their backgrounds (which largely don't even matter) and of course the science and theory behind Lucid Dreaming. You'll know exactly when something's about to happen because right before it does you'll get a few paragraphs dropping the pertinent information in your lap so you'll know what's going on. The author really needs to find a better way to weave this info into the mix; after the third time I started skimming because it was all just getting in the way of the story.


There's also the classic problem of Show, Don't Tell. Author Jay Bonansinga is very good when he needs to TELL you what's going on- in fact, he always does it. He just doesn't SHOW it very well. Again, large portions of the book are relegated to infodumps and minutiae which jar you right out of the flow because now you have to stop and absorb a block of jargon and set-up material in order for the next scene to make sense.


Speaking of the infodumps, he also needs to learn when and why to bring information. A supporting character is going to play a very important role in the story, but from the moment they come on the scene it's revealed to the reader why they're so important. You're flat out told who/what they are long before you'd even need to know about it- destroying any possible tension and drama this could create in the story arc, plus Lori herself doesn't learn these details until two-thirds of the way through the book. Combined with the so cliched it's trite epilogue scene, and there's only one thing to say about it all: It ain't as good as it could've been.


There's a lot of potential within the story. A lot. It just needs a lot of work to bring out. A lot.


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text 2015-09-03 10:27
Cover Reveal # 4 - LUCID DREAMING






Lucid Dreaming by Cassandra Page 
Publication date: November 2015 
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy


Who would have thought your dreams could kill you?


Melaina makes the best of her peculiar heritage: half human and half Oneiroi, or dream spirit, she can manipulate others’ dreams. At least working out the back of a new age store as a ‘dream therapist’ pays the bills. Barely.


But when Melaina treats a client for possession by a nightmare creature, she unleashes the murderous wrath of the creature’s master. He could be anywhere, inside anyone: a complete stranger or her dearest friend. Melaina must figure out who this hidden adversary is and what he’s planning – before the nightmares come for her.

Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia's bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat -- despite being allergic to cats. She has loved to read since primary school, when the library was her refuge, and loves many genres -- although urban fantasy is her favourite. When she's not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?

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