Publication Date: April 28, 2013
This is a story played out by way of excerpts from Michael Thorn’s journal. Michael and his friends share an interest in lucid dreaming. When they discover that medically induced comas enhance those dreams, they cannot anticipate the havoc their experience will wreak and the toll it will take on this tight group of dream explorers.
The author, Brian Sfinas, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for a review.
Have you ever read a novel and thought to yourself, “I appreciate this but am not smart enough to TRULY appreciate it”? [easyazon-link asin=”0615812902″ locale=”us”]The Sexual Adventures of Time and Space[/easyazon-link] has a depth of thought that I feel if I were perhaps more in tune with the philosophy, would have blown me away. I will assure you readers, you have not read a novel like this before. [easyazon-link asin=”0615812902″ locale=”us”]The Sexual Adventures of Time and Space[/easyazon-link] is unique and thought provoking and in a general sense a read that is visual to the audience.
The author was very careful to warn me when requesting a review that the work is not erotica. [easyazon-link asin=”0615812902″ locale=”us”]The Sexual Adventures of Time and Space[/easyazon-link] is an apt title for this novel if not a bit 70s’ porn. The characters hold the idea that the mind is where a person is safe. Shutting out all external distractions they are willing to sleep endlessly if need be to stay in a perfect place that they believe they can control. Their true connections with society are in their dreams. When Sfinas writes on page 54 that families don’t stay together and “The internet is our family now”, the stark truth of the comment took my breath away. In so many ways it’s not only our family but our inner circle and our companion. It allows us to stay within ourselves.
Michael is a good storyteller and comes off in his narrative as kind of a too cool for school kind of guy. He really gets how nonsensical life can be but in his first lucid dreams he’s clinging to a golden past in which he’s an adult so that the reader gets the sense that he always felt distant from his childhood experiences. He’s a generally a bit of a slacker. He tells the audience that he’s complacent. While his fellow adventurers in dream world are somewhat like him, he sees lucid dreaming as a safe place. He controls what he sees, so dreaming isn’t going to hurt him the way that substance abuse might. Sfinas builds through his character a subtext of tension. Michael doesn’t trust the drug dealer. Terrible things will happen. The narrative provides the reader with spine chilling warnings that propel us further into the novel. The humor will make the reader like Michael but the tension will keep them reading.
Despite my feeling that perhaps some of what was going on soared over my head, [easyazon-link asin=”0615812902″ locale=”us”]The Sexual Adventures of Time and Space[/easyazon-link] was a five-star read in my eyes. That two of the characters are named after and perhaps in part, based on real people. It led this reader to wonder how long it took them to start talking to the author again despite the very skilled exemption at the end when Sfinas says that they’re nothing like the characters.[easyazon-link asin=”0615812902″ locale=”us”]The Sexual Adventures of Time and Space[/easyazon-link] is [easyazon-link asin=”0800177789″ locale=”us”]Flatliners[/easyazon-link] for a new generation. If you like thought-provoking work that covers love, loss, humor and mystery, this is the novel for you. The ending is beyond words. Pick this novel up today and let me know what you think.
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