Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review 37: Dream World

Dreamworld. William Charles Krebs. Year 2015. [March] Publisher: Outskirts Press. Pages 536. [Source: Bostick Email]

First sentence:

On her seventeenth birthday, Liz Anderson was thrilled and hopeful; on her eighteenth birthday, she was resigned but still hopeful; on her nineteenth birthday, she was furious and determined.

From Amazon:

The Anderson's are in Ocorlampa. Florida to look at the college for their daughter, Liz. They saw their daughter move into a family home of the Wilson's At the same time a young man, Willie, has come to Florida to settle in so he can go to the local college. He finds a room with an elderly widow. Both of these young people find jobs at "Dream World" where they are destined to meet. Therefore, Liz and Willie, and begin dating. Neither are very experienced in dating, so it is new for them. They fall in love, but Willie gets scared as he is not ready for marriage yet, so he drops Liz without any explanation. Sue, who fancies herself 'the complete woman' pursues Willie. She does not think Liz is right for Willie and they have heated relationship. Liz is puzzled. Willie does not love Sue, and by Christmas has broken up with her, and then sets out to get Liz back. This takes some maneuvering to get Liz back, and signs up to be in the same class in the new term. Another young man, Mike, who is in the class becomes competition for Willie. The three of them end up going to lunch together. There is much lively discussion in class. Mike also got to know Sue. Willie & Mike got into a fight, and Sue claimed they were fighting over her. Read the book to see how it turns out.

My thoughts:

This is the first offering by William Charles Krebs.  The novel was very long and rather drawn out.  I finished reading it however it took me almost a third of the book to actually start caring about what happened to the various characters present in the story.  It was well written but, the pace was inconsistent and choppy, for most of the book it was relatively slow and hard to keep up with due to the slowness.  The story is that about a group of young people in what ends up becoming a love square instead of just a triangle.  The back if the book indicates that there are future novels possible, this would not be a bad thing unless they are over 500 pages as this one was.  I feel like it could have been about 200 pages shorter and left with a minor cliffhanger so to speak and it would have been a much smoother enjoyable read.  I know this seems to be a rather negative review and I do not mean for it to, I just was unable to derive nearly as much pleasure as I had anticipated.  I will gladly read another book by this author especially if it is a continuation of this story.

The Good:  The characters, the premise of the story as a whole.

The Not So Good:  The pacing of the story at times.

The Bad:  The overall length of the book.

Rating 6/10

Recommendation:  Literary fiction fans that like a little bit of romance thrown in for good measue.

*I received a digital review copy for free from the author via Bostick in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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