This is the Dream

Category: Fiction - Literary

Author: Owen Thomas


  • Publisher: OTF Literary
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2021
  • Page Count: 492
  • ISBN-10: 1-73463-037-X (Kindle)l 1-73463-034-5 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-7346303-7-4 (Kindle); 978-1-7346303-4-3 (paperback)

John, a bus driver, has spent ages trying to avoid this one person, but his encounter with Andromeda brings them together at last. Peter discovers escapism from reality as he is forced to spend Christmas in Hawaii with his family and his father's friend. Cali's haunting dreams about a dead classmate bring her to contemplate crossing the razor's edge to the other side.

Exploring the intricacies of our psyche, hidden desires, and the search for ourselves and meaning, This Is the Dream features ten unique tales about people's internal and interpersonal struggles. Pulling back the curtain from our illusion and perceptions, this book shows us the unadulterated reality about the truth of who we really are. This Is the Dream by Owen Thomas is a remarkable collection of stories about normal individuals exploring the concept of dream vs reality. Focusing on the gray areas that make up our everyday lives, Thomas's prose calls readers to pay close attention to the universe, ask deeper questions, and keep digging beneath the surface to uncover the threads, even fragile ones, that tie us to life. He deals with heavy subjects but maintains a humorous and easy-to-read tone that is sure to keep readers engaged through every page.

This book is a highly intelligent collection of fiction that captivates you from the start with well-paced stories and three-dimensional characters. It caters to a large audience with an exceptional narrative that moves readers to explore the hidden import of the tales. The stories are strangely familiar, unveiling emotions and feelings that haunt the human spirit in the gray moments of the day. Owen Thomas's straightforward approach about profound topics eases the readers into realizing the misunderstood subconscious  —why we do what we do, why we crave who we crave, and how our perceived self-identity differs from our real one. This book is a brilliant composition of literary pieces that are a gem readers will revisit after their first read. 

Reviewed by Bertin Drizller Review Date: November 25, 2021

Category: Fiction - Literary


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