on April 22, 2011 :
It took me a long time to get to this book, and I wish I had earlier. Thing is, this book came out in 2009, but people will immediately think the author used Inception as a basis. Well, they'd be wrong. The book pre-dates the movie. So, this is more of a "great minds think alike" deal.
Still, Walking Like Morpheus, is in most ways completely different from the movie. Both are about lucid dreaming, which is when the dreamer can control what's going on in his/her dream. Mr. Cox has taken that idea another step (which is where it coincides somewhat with the movie) of having the lucid dreamer able to control other people's dreams.
Aidan is a lucid dreamer, called an Oneiroi (in myth, the sons of Hypnos), hired by the Hypnos Corporation, which has discovered a way to use lucid dreamers to give clients what they want to dream, rather than being stuck with that random weirdness we all experience in dreaming.
During one session, something goes very wrong. Aidan loses control of the dream and is confronted with his own worst nightmare. He reports the problem to the company, realizing something is wrong with the apparatus that allows the Oneiroi to control the dream of another. Rather than looking into what is wrong, the Corporation immediately fires Aidan. After a bout of self-pity, he seeks to find out exactly what went wrong and why.
Any more and I'd be clicking the spoiler box, so I'll leave it at that.
Mr. Cox is an excellent writer and I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction and fantasy.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2011 :
An intellegent and energetic story. With engaging characters and an imaginative plot/story world it left me wanting to read more from the author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)