Lincoln's Dreams

Lincoln's Dreams For Jeff Johnston, A Young Historical Researcher For A Civil War Novelist, Reality Is Redefined On A Bitter Cold Night Near The Close Of A Lingering Winter He Meets Annie, An Intense And Lovely Young Woman Suffering From Vivid, Intense Nightmares Haunted By The Dreamer And Her Unrelenting Dreams, Jeff Leads Annie On An Emotional Odyssey Through The Heartland Of The Civil War In Search Of A Cure On Long Silenced Battlefields Their Relationship Blossoms Two Obsessed Lovers Linked By Unbreakable Chains Of History, Torn By A Duty That Could Destroy Them Both Suspenseful, Moving, And Highly Compelling, Lincoln S Dreams Is A Novel Of Rare Imaginative Power

Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground August 2008 She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science

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  • Paperback
  • 245 pages
  • Lincoln's Dreams
  • Connie Willis
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9780553270259

10 thoughts on “Lincoln's Dreams

  1. says:

    I have a few issues with this book I enjoyed it but it is probably my least favorite Willis Things she did right The historical research, as always, was top notch The Civil War scenes felt real and immediate and personal Of all of the characters in the novel, it was Robert E Lee that resonated with me the most And Traveller, of course.The book is well written and has a fascinating semblance of action despite the presence of the usual Willis running back and forth business and the usual ships passing in the night Willis mis communications I ve come to expect those things in her novels and enjoy them for the way they circle toward a goal in a way that makes yo think they may never get there.The book within the book was used cleverly, as were the research passages that started each chapter.Things that didn t work for me this time around 1 A number of the characters felt a little thin to me Annie was a little too waifish and too willing to be cared for by whichever man happened to step into the creepy father husband role Jeff s and Broun s and Richard s motivations and obsessions were a little too circular and convenient 2 A little too much of the novel occurred via answering machine message.3 In real life, the man who sold Robert E Lee his horse Traveller was named Broun If Jeff were really doing all this Civil War research for his own boss Broun, he should have been bowled over by this coincidence or at least acknowledged it I m sure it s just Willis s tip o the hat, but it feels a little obvious to me view spoiler Though OK, it s kind of clever when you look at the fact that Traveller s original name was Jefferson Davis, and the protagonist is Jeff, and as he says in the end, he is sold to Annie the Lee stand in in a way, which gives the ending further echoes But still Too clever, too obvious hide spoiler

  2. says:

    I usually love Connie Willis, but this novel failed to click for me I had several problems first, Willis asks readers to sympathize with Robert E Lee, a lot But even though Americans of my generation are kind of trained, from elementary school on up, to think of Lee as not such a bad guy, my sympathy, frankly, cuts off after a certain point Totally different debate here, but blah blah blah duty, yeah sure but basic morality trumps duty, okay More significant, probably, was how underdeveloped the characters in this felt by the end I had no idea, really, of what type of guy Jeff was, and Annie I found mostly annoying The parts of the narrative I found the most interesting were the bits about Lee s horse Traveller I m willing to go out on a limb here and say that the main narrative draw should pretty much never be the horse Certain children s novels excepted The whole book almost feels like a warm up for Passage, and if this is what Willis needed to get out of her system in order to write that book, fine, because Passage is amazing Lincoln s Dreams, on the other hand not so much.

  3. says:

    I read this book out on the strength of its reviews I was sadly disappointed Perhaps it s just that I don t find anything about the Civil War particularly compelling Perhaps it s that the female character was too much of a shadow figure Perhaps and I favor this explanation it s just that this book wasn t well written The main character is a researcher for a man who writes novels about the Civil War He meets a young woman who is having the dreams of Robert E Lee and is immediately in love He tries to help the woman escape from her dreams even though she feels compelled to go on dreaming them The only character that seemed well drawn was Robert E Lee in the dreams None of the other characters had understandable motives or real personalities The plot itself was sketchy, and there were odd inserts of sections of a book that the civil war author in the novel had supposedly written which foreshadowed happenings in the lives of the characters It felt artificial and contrived The dreams are really the only compelling part of the novel They were described in all their grisly detail and I was struck by how awful it would be to suffer from PTSD All in all quite disappointing.

  4. says:

    So this broke my heart It has left me thinking of many things, of Robert E Lee and Traveller and the horror of a war that ended 153 years ago and still eats away at the American psyche now I read this many years ago, my copy is from 1992 and back then I didn t have money to buy books and then never get around to reading them the way I do now Or maybe I just had time I don t think that first reading left me as emotionally wrung out as reading it now did I m not sure why it did, although the present day political situation might has something to do with it Maybe I m just getting old and weepy for no reason Connie Willis books are often amusing This one is not.

  5. says:

    Lincoln s DreamsThis is book with a divided fan base On GoodReads most of the reviewers love Connie Willis but few seem to love Lincoln s Dreams This review is the result of a second read for me Like many others Connie Willis is one of my favorite writers I ve read six of her other novels, five of them part of the Oxford time travel series, and all were entertainingly brilliant Part of Willis s great virtue as a writer, especially as a science fiction writer, is that her works are deeply humane Indeed, the Oxford series seems to use the time travel device as of an interesting convention to get characters into even interesting situations Lincoln s Dreams was Willis s first novel and it is, to my mind, a even greater achievement than the succeeding novels which have won so many Hugo and Nebula awards I don t mean with this comment that it is a better novel than the ones that followed but rather that it is, in my opinion, hugely imaginative The time travel stories are, in one sense, merely time travel tales, however, they are brilliantly rendered with deep characterizations and a real sense of the past times presented Lincoln s Dreams is a strange and different kind of tale concerned with the nature of dreams, of who dreams, and what if someone else was dreaming your dreams.The story begins with Broun, a successful writer of Civil War fiction and his researcher Jeff One night Jeff s college roommate Ricard, now a doctor of psychiatry, shows up with Annie, a young woman in his care Jeff is immediately attracted to her even though there is clearly something wrong with her As the story develops she tells Jeff that her problems are her dreams She then describes them to Jeff and, strangely enough, he recognizes people and places she has dreamt The two then go on the run, escaping from Richard, who wants to treat the dreams so that they will go away What results is a tour of several Civil War historic sites and some very wild dreaming It s presented in an accessible but mysterious style so that the reader is never sure exactly whose dreams they are this is not really science fiction in a strict sense but there are elements here that will appeal to both science and literary fiction fans.

  6. says:

    I genuinely have no idea what this book was about First of all, there was a baffling assumption throughout that I, the reader, knew a lot about the American Civil War Given that many Americans think former slave plantation houses are a great place to have a wedding which would be like a European getting married in Auschwitz , it s a big leap to assume that, and an even bigger one for non American readers I had to stop halfway through to google Robert E Lee I assumed any self aware book written in the twentieth century wouldn t romanticise the bad guys, and even I know the Confederates are the bad guys That was also a pretty bad assumption on my part Baffling is a word I must reuse because I am baffled that I should be expected to side with the leader of an army whose side upheld slavery Caveat I know there was far to the war than that, but it IS what it s come to symbolise The Confederate flag spells racism the same way a swastika spells anti semitism, no matter the origins of the symbols Morever, the book was called Lincoln s Dreams, but it was all about Lee s dreams view spoiler I am also baffled that Jeff s character bought in so quickly to Annie s theory that she is dreaming a dead man s dreams I am pretty meh about the use of dream tropes in general, because dreams are meaningless brain trash Jeff immediately embraces the madness that is not only putting stock in dreams having some extraneous meaning , but that all the supernatural shit was a runner as well Once Annie goes off to die or whatever the novel reaches supernova level of bafflement Is Broun supposed to be the evil reincarnation of Lincoln, using his powers to inflict dreams on Annie and turn Jeff into a horse I JUST DON T KNOW.I m also really disappointed in Willis, whose To Say Nothing of the Dog remains in my top five favourite books, for letting the hero Jeff having rape y thoughts about Annie I got a nasty shock reading those Overall it was a weird insight into how hard finding out ANYTHING was before the internet, but that was about it hide spoiler

  7. says:

    Willis first novel won the John W Campbell award.Jeff is a research assistant to an historical novelist The novelist, Broun, has just barely finished a book on the Civil War, and thinks his next book will be about Abraham Lincoln He is somewhat fixated on analyzing Lincoln s dreams to try to gain insight into the man So he invites Jeff s old college roommate, Richard, a dream researcher and physician, to a reception Reluctantly, Richard shows up with a young woman, Annie, in tow Jeff is immediately drawn to Annie, but can tell something is wrong she seems upset, and the dynamic between Annie and Richard is odd He suspects his old friend may be exploiting a patient When Annie tells him of the odd dreams that have been plaguing her, things get even stranger because all the historical details are correct and from the viewpoint of Robert E Lee, during the Civil War.This is really a great book though emotionally harrowing, and not at all funny, as some of Willis later works are Great use of literary parallelism with the plot of one of Broun s novels, historical details of the Civil War, and current events all reflecting off each other themes of the book are duty and loveI have definitely become a big fan of Willis work

  8. says:

    I found the premise of this novel to be incredibly fascinating, and dove right into the book Dreams have always been fascinating to me, and reading about what others think they mean, and why they have them is also if you ll pardon the overuse of a single word fascinating.I enjoyed this book throughout it and I liked the characters and the storyline just enough to keep reading through the night, until it was finished And while the characters were pale imitations of others that Willis has written in other novels, they still struck a slight chord for me Yes, even Annie, who needed someone anyone to take care of her Mostly Braun and Traveller, but that s ok with me It was a nice, rainy night s read, it expected little to no agonizing thinking feeling about anything difficult for me, and I enjoyed it.the ending was way too vague for me, though I have NO idea what happened to Annie at the end, and then Jeff s announcement at the end was confusing to me, and the novel or author didn t elucidate If you know what happened to Annie, or what Jeff meant by his pronouncement, please let me know I d appreciate that a lot.Meanwhile, I will give this novel 3.5 stars, and recommend it to those who adore Connie Willis and everything she writes.

  9. says:

    This is the first solo Willis novel, but is so polished and fine tuned that one would never know that without being told The historical research seems impeccable and the characters are quite convincing though perhaps not as engaging as the ones from her later, longer novels There isn t as much light heartedness either The American Civil War, for some reason, has always been a popular and successful setting for modern science fiction, and this is one of the better examples.

  10. says:

    I had just come from To Say Nothing of the Dog as was vastly dissapointed Too many bland characters Too many unexplained motives or actions what was the deal with Richard Why did he do what he did And Annie had no life at all Very flat Jeff was good He redeemed the book Well, Traveller actually redeemed the book I caught on to the sentiment and shed a brief tear at the end, but it could have been told much better I think the concept would have been better portrayed in a poem I understand though that she needed to give a lot of historical background and explain the importance of Traveller and what he eventually represented, but truthfully By the end I didn t care at all about Annie I felt no love there If maybe Jeff had been married for 20 yearsthat would have made sense Annie just wasn t real.

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