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  • Paperback
  • 290 pages
  • The Architect of Sleep
  • Steven R. Boyett
  • English
  • 19 May 2016
  • 9780441029051

10 thoughts on “The Architect of Sleep

  1. says:

    Here's the full wraparound cover art by Jim Gurney for the 1986 Ace mass marketJim's just a regular Joe living in Florida who works the night shift at the local 7 11 But before he heads to work one day he decides to go spelunking his favorite hobby at a nearby cave he likes to freuent But this time he finds a new passageway in the cave one that overwhelms him with an extremely odd and nausea inducing feeling When he finally finds his way out he discovers that his surroundings are totally different Everything is wilderness and there's no one around to speak of that is until he runs into a humanoid sign language talking raccoon who takes him under his wing in this strange new world Initially believing he's just extremely lost somehow and that this talking raccoon is some escaped experiment from a lab he soon finds that raccoons are the dominant species here with a civilization and technology on par with the American wild west era And they all think he's just some African ape that they'd heard rumors of But he's to play a fateful role one that has been foretold in the great war to comeThis was a uniue and sometimes enjoyable fantasy adventure and the world Boyett has created is both fascinating and fully realized But his somewhat unengaging writing style though perfectly serviceable was hard for me to fully connect with which in turn made it difficult to connect with the characters though they were all pretty well drawn There are also long stretches where nothing much is happening other than Jim moping and feeling sorry for himself and the lack of Jim's knowledge of the raccoon sign language means the reader is left in the dark for a good long while Just when I was finally starting to get into the groove of the story it sort of just ends No resolution at all Yes I knew going in that there was supposed to be a seuel that never came about but I didn't realize that that second volume was actually part two of this story It's like one novel released in two parts and we only get to read the first That totally blowsStill this is worth checking out for those who are looking for something a little different in their fantasy and it seems I'm in the minority with my 3 star rating Just don't go in expecting any sort of satisfying ending30 Stars

  2. says:

    A pleasantly surprising story A hidden gem very well written and very interesting Jim Bentley goes about his business on a typical day feeds his dog makes plans to see a movie with his girlfriend checks in with work at his nightjob at a 7 11 and then goes spelunking for the day Then his life is turned upside down when he goes through some kind of weird portal in the cave Everything looks different species almost extinct on Earth are plentiful and he can't find a sign of his vehicle or anyone else And then he meets a raccoon who is much larger than raccoons he knows and who is much intelligent able to use sign language to communicate Jim says Need I say it? I was Charlton Heston This was Planet of the Raccoons I recommend this story because it was very well written Jim's emotions are believeable and the pace in which he learns about the culture and assimilates the language and what has happened feels real This is written from the first person objective of both Jim and Truck the first raccoon he meets A great deal of thought has gone into explaining the sign language of the raccoons and their verbtenses which I found to be fascinating Their hierarchy and the tale of civil unrest and intrigue was fascinating as well One warning this book is the first part of a planned series and because of a disagreement with the publisher there were no books published But Steven Boyett's website indicates that he is working on the seuels and on publishing itthem More on that here My full review is on my book blog here

  3. says:

    This book is amazing I bought it used after being a huge fan of Boyett ever since reading his contribution to the awesome zombie fest anthologyBook of the Dead from the late 80's His short story Like Pavlov's Dogs still holds up after than 20 years so I finally decided to track of this author's work Enter The Aruitect of Sleep to me the title was a bit vague especially after seeing a raccoon humanoid on the cover but trust me the story is fantastic the characters and action all very entertaining and well written I'm really not a hardcore sci fi fantasy fan and you don't need to be in order to enjoy the book It's very eighties a lot of fun and brings me back to my youth daydreaming of escaping class into some far away landIf you can track a copy down I totally recommend I'd love to get a hard bound version but for now I'll treasure my worn out paperbackAlso suggested from this authorAriel Easy to get on and totally worth it Again 80's sci fifantasy nostalgiaElegy Beach Ariel's seuel The thinking behind this one is so awesome makes me wonder how this hasn't become mainstreamMortality Bridge A mythical Rock and Roll descent into Hell for love and redemption Get it now

  4. says:

    After a near mishap while exploring a cave Jim Bentley emerges to find a humanoid raccoon using a fishing pole What strange world has he stumbled into? And will he ever find his way home?Since we're both dorks my lady friend and I have had multiple conversations about which animals would be likely to evolve once humanity is dust in the wind Raccoons are said to be one of the most adaptable species so they get my vote When this book complete with humanoid raccoon cover popped up on my Goodreads feed it was a no brainerThe Architect of Sleep is told in alternating chapters ones from the point of view of Jim Bentley and ones from the point of view of the intelligent raccoon he has nicknamed Truck Bentley is a fish out of water learning the sign language of the raccoons while he explores the world in Truck's company Truck has her own reasons for wanderingThe world Steven R Boyett has created is well thought out If primates stay in the trees and raccoons step up lots of things change The raccoons ride llamas for instance They have pre Renaissance level technology and have carved up what would have been the United States into their own territories each with a spiritual leader called The Architect of DreamsLots of time was put into the crafting of the culture of this world raising it above the sword and raygun adventure it easily could have been The plot turned out to be pretty intricateThe only complaints I have are that the writing was a little dry and much major the book just ends and the second half was never published What the hell happens to Jim Zorba and Fagin? And does Truck get her throne back? Son of a damn bitch 3 stars Just don't expect any sort of closure

  5. says:

    LOLI've had this on my book shelf for many a year since the mid'80s and after a few false starts went ahead and read it It had been so long couldn't for the life of me remember why I had bought it and not read it all the way I don't know but I think the whole school year experience this time around has particularly drained me of any rational independent or creative thought processes Any way of course just about 45ths of the way through an enjoyable read I realized why I hadn't read it it's unfinished For damn near two decades plus Boyett has not written the seuel I checked out his site and a few others looking for a hint or two concerning the next part I found rumours mostly the second book is written but creative differences with the publisher has led to he manuscript being shelved it's at the bottom of his closet or he's at wardisagreementodds blah blah with a group of plushtoy lovers called furries? and won't publish bizarre Shrug Whatever the real reason maybe the second book is written but he can't figure out how to end it in a third or he's just not interested in the story any it's a damn shame Oddly because I read it in good faith of an ending I feel a bithmmmsuckered? I mean the book doesn't even end with a conclusion that feels anywhere near a stand alone story It's like a cancelled TV show that had an main overarching plot that powered it Anyway cool book; big disappointment

  6. says:

    Since I originally bought this book I've lived in four cities two countries had two husbands and one son It's stayed on my shelf because I remembered liking it a lot So I thought almost 30 years later I would reread it and see if it stood up to my memories It didThink of this book as an updated version of John Carter of Mars except starring a loser 20 something who ends up on a planet of evolved raccoons and our hero is never going to get the girl she's a raccoon not a hot green lizard woman like Dejah Thoris It's by turns funny sad and always fascinating I love what Boyett did with gender and language and found the politics interesting I continue to feel that the book's major defect the fact that Boyett is never going to write the damn seuel And that's why I've been carrying around packing it and repacking it living in hope that someday someday he'll return to raccoon world

  7. says:

    I enjoyed the journey of this science fantasy There are two narrators in the story who are different in every way They become friends and allies in the conflict for the new worldLike other reviewers I wish the seuel were available I found the world and struggle in the alternate world to be compelling and interesting The most interesting feature of the story to me was the beginning of learning the signing language of the raccoon people The author was very clear and realistic in explaining the difficulty in learning communication between the human and raccoonThis book is very erudite educated and sophisticated I had to look up a few words in this story which is very unusual for me This book is probably best for very educated readers Readers who are looking for a simple action story would likely be disappointed The most detail in the story is the psychological relations between the different characters There is some fighting armed and hand to hand raccoon fighting but this is just incidental to the plotI enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone looking for a deep look at alternate raccoon society

  8. says:

    It begins like a sort of first contact story although an atypical one Bentley a Floridian and literature major college graduate goes spelunking by himself Something goes wrong and emerging from the cave everything's different He can't find roads buildings etc Eventually he encounters Truck an almost human size raccoon sitting on a river bank holding a simple fishing pole with the fishing line dangling into the water The book's chapters alternate between the viewpoints of Bentley and Truck The two discover that each is an intelligent being of an unfamiliar species They travel together and work at communicating We see the raccoons have an iron age society Raccoons lack vocal cords using hands in a kind of sign language Bentley must learn this as Truck can't learn speech Bentley isn't a scientist astronaut linguist or anthropologist as other first contact protagonists may beIt's an interesting look at another world and a meeting of strange beings It's also an adventure in which seizure of political power plays a roleBentley seems to be in an alternate timeline of Earth The raccoons' maps show the eastern North America But there are two moons in the sky Truck has a dream foretellng a huge rock falling into the ocean causing huge tsunamis affecting Florida I thought of the dinosaur killer asteroid That occurred 65 million years ago before there were raccoons or other large mammals in the story I wondered whether this was what Boyett had in mindThe book doesn't follow Bentley and Truck's adventure to its end By the last 2 chapters Bentley and Truck are traveling separately Bentley is captured ? by troops saying they're from a neighboring nation's leader who wants to help Truck but we don't see if that's true Truck is still traveling and has another dream with symbols she thinks she's interpreted We neither see the political nor the asteroid issue resolved The book was written in 1986 and I found no indication at fictiondbcom goodreadscom or isfdbcom that this book is part of a series Hard SF readers Prescient dreams are essential to the plot They're not presented with mysticism nor lingered upon Bentley does think over how such things aren't real for humans and wonders if they could be valid here

  9. says:

    RRgggghhhh I found this in the used book store in the 90's when I got to the end and realized a seuel had never been written I assumed the author had DIED I have to say that this is a great read but frustrating as hell It ends on a cliff hanger was meant to be part of a five part series that will never be written not because of a life cut short but because the publisher is too stubborn to let go of it and the author feels that the original publisher will cramp his style too much to get the vision he wants so it is deadhttpskayshaperolivejournalcom10

  10. says:

    I'm not sure how to give this a star rating because it is the first and only book in an unfinished series It is a good read full of good characters and wonderful world building and at times it explores some interesting philosophical uestions However near the end I found the philosophical detours detracted from the action I also found the last 50 or so pages difficult to read because by then I had realized the story would not conclude so it's hard to say how much of my impatience with the philosophizing near the end was real or tied to my disappointment and frustration Still the writing has held up since it was first written almost 30 years ago It would be nice to see it finished because it contains some interesting ideas but I'm not holding out much hope just a little hope

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The Architect of Sleep[PDF / EPUB] The Architect of Sleep Jim Bentley's plans for the evening were simple a movie and the graveyard shift at the 7 Eleven That was before he stumbled into another world Evolution has taken a very different direction on this pa Jim Bentley's plans for the evening were simple a movie and the graveyard shift at the Eleven That was before he stumbled into another world Evolution has taken a very different direction on this parallel Earth but The Architect PDF \ some things are constant Jim Bentley has fallen straight from his ordinary life into the most constant thing of all war Even as he struggles to learn the ways of a strange culture to make a place for himself in what seems likely to be his home for the rest of his life the tides of revolution are rising around him Jim Bentley has a part to play in this war for his coming has been foretold by True Dreamers His feet are already set on a path that leads to the heart of the crisis Like it or not he is vital to the war efforts of The Architect of Sleep.

About the Author: Steven R. Boyett

Steven R Boyett is the author of Ariel Elegy Beach Mortality Bridge Fata Morgana with Ken Mitchroney and numerous stories articles comic books and screenplaysAs a DJ he has played clubs conventions parties Burning Man and sporting events The Architect PDF \ and produces two of the world’s most popular music podcasts Podrunner and GroovelectricSteve has also been a martial arts instructor professiona.