Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thoughts On: The Dreamer's Thread

The Dreamer's Thread

By:  Starla Huchton

Genre:  Fantasy

Format:  Podcast, Ep 1 ~ 1hr 13 mins

Chapters:  Prologue, Ch 1, Ch 2

Book Synopsis:
Everyone Dreams.  But what would you do if you suddenly found out that you were one of the few who creates dreams for the whole world?  Would you use your power to harness the light and weave it into beautiful tapestries of magic and wonder, or would you fall prey to the seductive siren song of darkness and nightmares?  For artist Aura Mayville, this becomes a reality as she is ripped from her life.

This Episode:
Aura Mayville is a tattoo artist in Seattle living a normal life when Strange things start to happen to her...

My Thoughts and Summary:
Aura Mayville is a young woman enjoying life as it is.  Nothing serious.  She's seeing a hot lead singer of a local band, drawing tattoo art and learning the inking trade.  When she lays her head down at the end of the day, she loves her sleep.  Not for the rest but for the glorious dreams she has, and remembers.  However, this day things start to change; she struggles with a current art design, Steven - her on/off man has news ,she has a strange feel in her home as somethings off, and her dream isn't all the loveliness she remembers.  The next day, Aura starts seeing strange things...

By the end of the first chapter we have a strong feel for Aura's personality and touch on her dreams.  She loves sleep, almost addicted to it.  Not for the sleeping part but for the dreaming.  Ever since she was little she's drawn to her dreams.  They sound so vivid and amazing.  She keeps a mishmash of notes from them, and remembers the dream instantly from one word or picture she's drawn.  We witness a dream that starts strange, goes to the lovely peacefulness she has, then is swept away with a darkness.

The next day as Aura goes through her day, she spots strange things and hears the woman's voice from her dream.  Somethings start to iron out, but what she sees at the end of chapter two will most likely change things.  And had me wanting to go into the next episode.

We meet the people around Aura, and who are her friends.  She seems to have a pretty relaxing and enjoyable life going.  Her bosses, Franco and his brother Antonio are like family, Mac the bouncer is cute to meet, and Steven... What can I say about Aura's man.  He is the hot lead singer of a band.  When Starla described his voice, for some reason Queensryche popped into my head.  We do hear Steven's deep voice with the voice actor she has, and he comes close to fitting what I thought.

This is a calmer read for me.  One I can sit back and relax with after a long hard day.  Starla's voice makes that all the best as well.  Starla has a lovely voice for telling the story.  She gives a comfortable dreamy feel, but when she does the characters voice and needs a different tone, she makes it happen.  The man Starla picks for Steven has a rich baritone sound.  The more I hear it, the more I fall for what he says.  Very nice voice on the recording.


Format:  Podcast, Ep 2 ~ 43:23 mins

Chapters:  Ch 3 & Ch 4

This Episode:
Aura Mayville wakes up in a strange place surrounded by strange people.  But it's all just a dream, isn't it?

My Thoughts and Summary:
Aura wakes in a fantasy fairy dream land.  Aura finds herself in a what they call a Waking Dream as she takes in the rich fantasy beautiful world.  Land where Dreams Live, known by many names.

There is mention of Spirit guide, Legends, Elf clan, and a kingdom.  I'm taken right away with this world!  Oh, I loved the talk with these people.  Aura feels at peace and safe her.  She creates the form of her Spirit Guide in this world when she meets her, along with infusing a touch of her personality and humor to her.  The creatures we see here!  Beautiful fantasy setting.

Aura learns some new things here.  There is magic, and an ancient powerful magic brought her here to help them.  She can't return until the need is done.  Drawn by the peaceful feel and friendliness, along with not being able to leave and mention of food and her love for it, she is convinced to stay.

Pixies come to help Aura get ready, reminding me a tad of a Cinderella feel moment, then when we get to dinner I get the feel of Narnia from the many different creatures surrounding the banquet hall for the feast.  However, the kind and some others are skeptical of Aura.  Being a Dreamer she holds a magic and Dreamers all dream differently.  After all, nightmares are created by Dreamers as well.

Ena, Aura's Spirit Guide, explains what some of what she's experienced the last few days.  And we learn a bit about Dreamers and how they create dreams for others to visit.

These two chapters captured my attention immediately   I love the fantasy world created here and now.  Aura is taking this in stride and creating a beautiful sight for us to take in.  Aura even makes me smile in her embarrassment of being asked to dance by the king, she doesn't know the dance, and his gentle kind response.

I'm curious.  What is wrong in this world for Aura to be summoned here?  What will she need to do to help them?  And the King...could he be a touch taken with Aura?  The council meeting is called, so maybe we'll find out more in the next chapters.

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***I am listening to this book/podcast for my own enjoyment.


Melliane said...

Oh some new great ones! I really like the first cover. really nice!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh new podcast for me to add to the list. Love the sound of the dreams, art and music! Queensryche will totally be in my head now. LOL

Unknown said...

I think I'd be distracted but a print book would be really cool. I had never thought of it that way, someone creating the dreams. That'd be awesome

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Must add this to my wish list, thanks for the recommendation.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Melliane, :) Great to hear you liked the cover. :) And thank you.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh Melissa (B&T) lol!! So glad Queensryche is stuck in your head. lol. Great band. :D

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Rivie Bleu, that is perfect! There is a print book for you to look into. :) I always try to add the links to the books as I know listening isn't always the way with time and all. So hope you get to look into the book. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hi Petty Witter! Do hope you enjoy this one whether you listen or read it. :) Thank you!