Wake Up and Dream

Wake Up and Dream Winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History Nineteen forties Hollywood is dazzlingly transformed and recreated in this alternate history fantasy noir about former screen actor turned private ey

  • Title: Wake Up and Dream
  • Author: Ian R. MacLeod
  • ISBN: 9781848631946
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History Nineteen forties Hollywood is dazzlingly transformed and recreated in this alternate history fantasy noir about former screen actor turned private eye Clark Gable who investigates a deadly conspiracy in a neo fascist Tinsel TownIn a different 1940, with Europe in flames and an anti Semitic America creeping towards fascismWinner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History Nineteen forties Hollywood is dazzlingly transformed and recreated in this alternate history fantasy noir about former screen actor turned private eye Clark Gable who investigates a deadly conspiracy in a neo fascist Tinsel TownIn a different 1940, with Europe in flames and an anti Semitic America creeping towards fascism, movie making has been revolutionized A wondrous technological advancement made possible by the discovery of the Bechmeir field now transmits actors emotions directly into the minds of the audience effectively ending the acting career of a cynical loner named Clark Gable.No longer a handsome screen idol, Clark now makes his living as an unlicensed matrimonial private eye When gorgeous April Lamotte contacts the low rent gumshoe, he sees a golden opportunity to make some quick and easy cash All he has to do is impersonate April s wealthy,reclusive screenwriter husband, sign a contract for a new biopic, and then slip back into the shadows But when someone tries to assassinate Clark and pass it off as a suicide, he realizes he s gotten too deep into something deadly And as and of the Hollywood elite start turning up dead, Clark must race to uncover the shocking truth behind the Bechmeir field s origins, and expose a terrible secret that someone s all too willing to kill for.

    One thought on “Wake Up and Dream”

    1. A creepy noir set in 1940 Los Angeles, with a crucial difference. A technology to project feelings leaves 'the industry' and the star struck populace ready to follow their worst inclinations at a crucial point in history. For all that, and a good plot, the mood wasn't moody for me, the grit too easy too wash off and ignore, the prltagonist too ambivolent. Like the man said at the end of Buckaroo Banzai "Great hero. Big deal."

    2. What The H--- Is Going On?I'm sorry, I'm probably the only one who couldn't STAND this book!!! What a waste of time and energy. I don't know if it's because I'm an old black and white movie buff or what? I read the whole book hopefully thinking it had to get better but it was the same trash over and over again, and to add Gable's name to it as a fluke or fun I guess stunk! (It didn't even sound like him.)

    3. I'm a big Macleod fan and this book is probably the best thing I read this year. So many of my favorite things come together here, LA and film history, Howard Hughes, noir, alternate history (in a way continuing what was started in Summer Isles). Fantasy and science in hard boiled detective story. Macleod has been publishing his books himself for a while and it means his books are not available on Kindle. They are more expensive, yes, but at the same time I am happy about this, because now I can [...]

    4. Bardzo ciężko mi się czyta Macleoda. Tą książke czytałem pare miesięcy. Jest gruba i autor ma bardzo rozległe opisy. Jego opowiadania można przypisać prawie, że do roli powieści. Co by tu nie mówić jednak zapadają w pamięć. Może drugi raz je warto przeczytać? Jednak czytanie tego to była dla mnie męczarnia. Chciałem jak najszybciej skończyć. W międzyczasie przeczytałem chyba z 5 książek ;) Wiem, że niektórzy uwielbiają Macleoda. Ja nie za bardzo. Co do powieści [...]

    5. I'll accept that feelies replaced talkies fairly early in Hollywood history. I'll not accept that, even in this alternate world, British English replaced American on the noirish streets of 1940s L.A. "Gone"? "Sorted"? "Postie"?! The mostly A-to-B-to-C, single-POV storytelling doesn't help to create a convincing, immersive fictional experience, either. I want more people to read MacLeod -- just not this MacLeod.

    6. Very good alternative history starring Clark Gable as a down at heel private eye after his Hollywood career crashed when "feelies" pushed out the talkies. Heavily influenced by Philip K. Dick.

    7. This fun detective thriller is set in an alternate history about Hollywood in the late 1930s. The final climax was a bit of a "deus ex machina" and the epilogue dragged a bit, but otherwise it was quite inventive.

    8. What can I say? i am a sucker for alternate histories and this one is quirky and just that bit different.

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