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The House of Discarded Dreams

Dream-logic is a tricky thing. When handled poorly, dream sequences can spell death for a narrative. When they’re given structure and related linearly, too often dreams merely become a convenient way for an author to dump information on the reader. On the other hand, realistic dreams are usually a complete mess. Alice becomes Bob, and the picnic that started out in the countryside is suddenly in a shopping mall. There are unapologetic jumps in space and time, and the reader is left scrambling to make sense of a hopelessly tangled thread.

But the spirit of a dream, handled skillfully, is a beautiful thing…

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