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After a series of dreams where he relives a female espionage agent’s 1972 missions, slightly overweight, slightly narcoleptic, slightly middle-aged, chronically single and gay James is shocked to learn the shadowy events really occurred. When operatives with dream-related powers show up in his life looking for him, he needs to find someone who can teach him to use his blooAfter a series of dreams where he relives a female espionage agent’s 1972 missions, slightly overweight, slightly narcoleptic, slightly middle-aged, chronically single and gay James is shocked to learn the shadowy events really occurred. When operatives with dream-related powers show up in his life looking for him, he needs to find someone who can teach him to use his bloodline’s supernatural abilities.His strange dreams lead him to unlikely help – a young reaper who fancies herself a Valkyrie. Halldora’s a closeted gamer-chick who grew up in the half-hidden world of the Outré. She’ll show him how to survive if she can get over her own baggage. With a little luck, and a lot of help, James might just figure everything out.Right after he gets these Sandman agents off his tail....

Title : Slumberscythe (Outre War, #1)
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ISBN : 9780991280681
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Slumberscythe (Outre War, #1) Reviews

  • Jayne
    2019-03-21 12:44

    First, a heads up. In the present day, James, an otherwise normal young man begins to relive the life of a female espionage agent, circa 1972. She extracts information and power from the dreams of others and through his dreams, teaches him that he has supernatural abilities of his own.Whilst awake, he begins to experiment and as a result attracts the unhealthy attention of a shadowy organisation who have been trying to find him since he was born, in order to experiment on him. As he is pursued by sinister men in black suits, he is joined by an aggressive gamer-chick whose motives seem suspect, and his Aunt Margaret, easily the most engaging character in the book after James, who is rather sweet and wide-eyed and hapless as he figures out what the hell is going on.I loved Vance Bastian’s writing style. From the jaw-dropping first line to the glorious, gory description of what happens one when evil bastard’s dreams are infiltrated, I loved the sense of humour. The observations he makes about American life are, especially to an outsider who has experienced some of it, are hilarious, especially the Wal-Mart chapter. “No-one leaves Wal-Mart unscathed” is comic genius.The story is pretty complex, and for a first in a series, there was a lot to set up and explain. For the most part, this was something I could follow but not all the time. I found myself thinking, “right, I get it” when actually I SO didn’t. There is an enormous cast of characters, all of whom had a relevant role to play, but that made it quite a lot to take in. You couldn’t read this book with TV on in the background. There’s too much to concentrate on.But in the end, that was why I loved it. It was an immersive experience, a book to lose yourself in. I rarely say that about a story. Because of the complexity of the plot, it was not a book to be easily put down and left for a couple of days. If I had one criticism, it would be that James seemed to bumble through these extraordinary events, kind of taking it in his stride a little too easily. I would be, like, “aaahhhhh!!!” and trying to read peoples’ auras all over the place, dipping in and out of dreams and being insufferable about it but he’s just, “it’s so cool,” and that is it. When things get difficult, all he has to do is dream and his mom would give him the answer. Also, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them as mother and son, but conversely, I loved the way she “edited out” parts of her life that he really wouldn’t want to know about (the night she and Jame’s father created him, being one example.) The book was very well-written, with an evenly-paced plot, sharp dialogue and observations. I loved the cover and the title (which is explained in the book). All in all, it was a pretty damned classy affair. I can't wait for the next one.

  • Brigitte
    2019-03-17 09:28

    Heroes can be found throughout all walks of life, but none quite like James Gardener. Author Jere Foley turns the spotlight on this lovable underdog as he jumps headlong into the nether realms of a world just outside of our own. In his universe, Foley sharply illustrates its parameters as a sort of 3-D version of ours; the sensations more visceral, the threats and stakes, all heightened in the world of the Outre. Just as Gardener is thrown into the fray of this new life, the reader quickly follows suit; Foley places us at the heart our protagonist’s first journey, already within striking distance of this otherworldly chaos.The first in his series, Slumberscythe delivers a fast and cutthroat introduction to the world of the Outre and the nature of those things that go bump in the night. Foley has shown us that he can break through the boundaries established by traditional heroic origins stories, and showcases his knack for pulling the reader into his world of supernatural intrigue, leaving us wanting more.

  • Shawn Wickersheim
    2019-03-10 10:47

    An amazing read. Two interesting stories told from two different times and perspectives to create a truly original 'origins' story. Part spy-thriller, part adventure, part chase - and all these parts and more wonderfully mashed together to create a unique reading experience. I enjoyed the altered real world Jere created and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

  • Chris
    2019-02-26 05:20

    Slumberscythe was a fast-paced, fun, modern fantasy. Set in both the present and the past, it was a quick read, and a thoroughly enjoyable book.

  • David Berger
    2019-03-12 12:23

    When I saw the title, I knew I'd be interested. Bastian has woven an intriguing, labyrinthine story that captured me from page one. Right away, I found myself wanting to know more about James and his life, and as the novel progresses, the curves and twists become even more compelling. Any book about Sandmen and Reapers has my eye, and Bastian doesn't disappoint at all. I can honestly say I have never read a book told in the same way that he tells his. Agent Sopora leads a life that I didn't expect, and the sequence of events she relays just builds in its intricacy. I look forward to a sequel!

  • Ann Andrews
    2019-03-21 07:29

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The blurb was intriguing and the cover is fantastic, but honestly, the book itself far surpassed what I thought I might find. Great plot, fantastic action scenes, and lots of mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I love the main character and am looking forward to seeing more of his story.

  • Chris
    2019-03-07 06:21

    Slumberscythe was a fast-paced, fun, modern fantasy. Set in both the present and the past, it was a quick read, and a thoroughly enjoyable book.

  • F.E. Jr.
    2019-03-15 05:27

    This was an outstanding book. This was , God where do I even begin, it was a madhouse of so many different elements. all of them great. all of them a gentle assault on the senses. Bastian's book is sci-fi, and horror, and Mad Max with a pinch of angst of a man looking looking for his family and coming into his own. I usually fly through novels, but I had to sip this one like a fine wine to taste the bouquet of everything offered here. If you're in the market for something fresh, with wild ideas, and a great imagination, Bastian delivers with Rowling-like finess. BTW- I'm totes and Elven Wizard. :-)

  • Jere II
    2019-03-07 05:24