The Dream Master

By Roger Zelazny

Rating: 2 stars

This is a story of a Shaper, Charles Render, who is part artist, part psychologist, as he shapes people’s dreams to try and cure psychological problems. His latest case is unique: Eileen Shallot, a blind psychologist who wants to become a Shaper herself but must be cured of her sight-neurosis before she can begin.

Being a book about dreams, this book had plenty of dream imagery, whole sections that didn’t seem to fit into the main storyline, but which made sense in their own dream-logic. The end was fittingly odd and suffused with dream-logic as Render’s fears started infusing his sessions with Eileen leading to a very strange and, for me, unsatisfying, ending, although it fits with the themes of the book very well.

Book details

Publisher: Ace Books
Year of publication: 1966

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