Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Dream within a Dream

Sleeping Patterns by J.R. Crook

What is the relationship between the writer and his audience? J.R. Crook’s debut novel investigates this through a group of characters – himself included – living together in student accommodations in London. The main story here centers on an artist Annelie Strandli, known as Grethe to her friends, and a writer Berry Walker. As the book opens, Grethe tells of the death of Crook and how she received the book – chapter by chapter, and out of order. She also explains why she decided to publish it exactly as she received it. What may be confusing here is that although Crook is a minor character in his own novel, it is Berry who is writing the chapters, and allowing Grethe to find them one at a time (and again, out of order). Yet the overall premise here is that Crook sent the chapters to Grethe before he died, despite the fact that he is very much alive in real life (thank goodness).

"Sleeping Patterns" by J.R. Crook published in 2012 by Legend Press is available from Amazon, The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), as well as new or used from Alibris, and Better World Books. I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review via Curious Book Fans. This review also appears on Dooyoo (under my username TheChocolateLady), which also appeared on {the now defunct} Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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