Butterfly's Dream

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
"Once upon a time, I dreamed I was a butterfly."
A military brig, sailing the seas and oceans of the 18th century.
A place called "The Island" not present on any map.
A bridge through space-time connecting the two of the above.
Alternate realities spreading and multiplying like in Chuang Tzu's anecdote.
And yes, there are butterflies, too. But not in the way you normally think of them! More
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About Marian C. Ghilea

Marian Constantin Ghilea is a physicist (PhD. from University of Rochester) with research work in the fields of nuclear fusion, computational physics, particle physics, and exoplanets. Besides science and literature, he is also actively involved in martial arts, music, and the study of cultures and languages from around the world.

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Reviews of Butterfly's Dream by Marian C. Ghilea

reporter Z reviewed on March 29, 2020
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I have a question: you have 13 scientific articles mentioned on web, so your training is for a physicist. How do you describe shortly, in two phrases, your contribution in the field? Your activity has to be developed in that field, not in literature.
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Laura Tencaliuc reviewed on Dec. 18, 2018

This is a skillfully written novel where the plot is oscillating between two planes. One plane is the exploration of the strange realms Alberto is forced to tread on, the other is his own soul, where he learns to see reality and love in a new light.
Well-documented for the historical period described (especially about sailing ships items) and with a plot full of unexpected twists, "Butterfly's Dream" is an entertaining story that fuses science fiction with elements of fantasy, adventure, and romance.
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Vasile Ciotu reviewed on Dec. 13, 2018

Adventure and imagination find the best mix in this novel. This story is a bit atypical, not following a well-established pattern and keeping the reader's attention alert. Perhaps the most fascinating part in it is using the theme from the Chuang Tzu's anecdote, about the philosopher dreaming he was a butterfly, and transforming it into a fully-fledged story of epic proportions.
The writing style is expressive and pleasant to read, making the lecture very enjoyable. The plot evolves unexpectedly from the beginning to the end. The author has good knowledge of both the historical period described and the science ideas involved. A book definitely worth reading and recommending not only for the fans of the scifi genre but also for all those who would like to enjoy a great fiction book.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)
Luiza Buzenchi reviewed on Oct. 5, 2018

Butterfly's Dream" presents an original story, full of unexpected twists. Adventure, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and history blend in harmony in a novel that is both entertaining and deep. The writing style is at the same time fluid and expressive, keeping the reader alert and curious. Once you had the chance to dive into the text, it's hard to put the book aside.
The ending is at the same time spectacular and unexpected. Now I can't wait to read the sequel. Hopefully, it will be published soon.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
LiliFlorea reviewed on Sep. 14, 2018

You will not find here a typical sci-fi book. The account takes root from the famous Chuang Tzu’s anecdote about the philosopher dreaming he was a butterfly. Structured into two unequal parts, it begins like a typical historical fiction. Alberto, a navy officer on a military brig, is sailing towards a fort from the Southern Seas. Life looks peaceful and routine. However, an incoming storm sends him on a mystic journey of exploration and self-discovery. Besides adventure, an emotional love story also develops in the second part.

One could call the novel a historical fantasy that evolves into sci-fi. Most of the text comes from the first-person perspective found in Alberto’s personal log. The action takes unanticipated turns that surprise the reader every ten or twenty pages. The novel goes beyond simple entertainment. It made me think about fundamental questions related to personal existence and identity. A very enjoyable experience.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Sanftekuss reviewed on Sep. 12, 2018

This is a novel full of imagination, hard to describe in detail without spoiling it. It looks more like a fusion of genres. I would say it's a beautiful mix of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, history, and romance. The style is simple, fluid, and expressive, making it pleasant and easy to read. Alberto' adventures unfold naturally, taking many unexpected turns as the story goes on. The book is full of deep questions about the meaning of life and the sense of our existence.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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