Trapped between the real world and the lands of dream, John Cassidy is a WWI fighter pilot with no memory of his past. He may not even be a real person. Rescued from a dream by a mysterious airship captain, Cassidy is thrown into a chaos he can't begin to fathom. Forced to flee Armada agents, bounty hunters and the demons of his past, he searches for a meaning to life and the man who dreamed him in the first place.
Storm Dreams is a fantastic existential adventure and the first published novel of an author who may prove to be one of the strangest writers in the industry.
Storm Dreams is a fantastic existential adventure and the first published work of one of fantasies strangest writers to date.
Evocative of Fever Dreams
By D. Muchow on March 2, 2016
First, let me be transparent. I am the former editor of Would That It Were, a SFWA-recognized professional market for SF&F. I was also one of the early reviewers of Storm Dreams.
The very first time I came in contact with this piece, it was in need of some very minor typographical editing, but nothing that compromised narrative lucidity. It has only gotten stronger since.
It's hard to describe Storm Dreams. It's part The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, part Indiana Jones, and all surrealistically gothic but not remotely overdone.
Keep in mind that as an editor I had to pay considerably more than the $7.95 paperback or $0.99 Kindle download price for a story. I had to pay $0.05 a word, a number that runs up into the hundreds pretty quickly for just a short story. If I were still in the publishing business, I'd buy this book at those prices.
The narrative of Storm Dreams at times can seem weaving and non-directed. The pace can vary greatly, zipping jaggedly across vistas and encounters, then slowing as the focus on the narrative settles down. I believe this is intentional. The overall effect is stunningly brilliant. I have never read a book that more truly invoked a greater mimicry of the senses of dread, claustrophobia, and vague, impending doom that one experiences in a fever dream; and much as in such dreams, one awakens to brief periods of hope, sunshine, and normalcy before falling back into sweat-soaked sheets and continuation of the dream in a semi-conscious state.
The characters are mostly empathetic and strongly drawn, and the drama is plausible, given that we're dealing with the dream world, after all.
A cross between "What Dreams May Come" and "Bicentennial Man."
By GD on March 3, 2016
I received an ARC ebook in exchange of an honest review.
Excellent—4.75 out of 5 stars.
Dreams flying Zeppelins and WWI airplanes, a hint of noir, whiskey on the rocks ... Phew. Where to start?
Being a dream has his problems, and in Storm Dreams they focus on the main character's quest to find his real identity. To do so, the story takes us on an unforgettable trip full of one-of-a-kind visuals. And although most characters are dreams, they feel very real, or perhaps they're soul figments--who knows.
The originality of the story creates an unique novel that's difficult to put down. It's like a cross between "What Dreams May Come" and "Bicentennial Man."
Highly recommended, just fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Jeb Sherrill has an oddly disjointed background. Having stumbled through everything from performing stage magic and kinetic juggling on French television and in Las Vegas casinos, to teaching martial arts and circus techniques, to competitive sabre fencing, film and stage acting, dance, songwriting, and his ongoing stint as a popular YouTube personality, Jeb has the ADD of a 10 year old. Writing, however, has remained his greatest passion since early childhood, having also written a barrage of short stories and poetry.
Pinning down his style is difficult, however. His liquid, psychotropic images, philosophical undertones and pure unabashed strangeness have made fans across the Fantasy and Science Fiction spectrum. A great example of this was his first published work, a Victorian science fiction piece about a man slowly melding with an alien intelligence featured in the e-zine Would That It Were. Best known for insane worlds, over the top characters and sometimes heady subject matter, his work may not be for the faint of heart, but reading it is always an adventure. Many of his novels exist in a loosely connected universe which will only be complete at the end of several series. Be warned, you may never look at reality the same way again.