Dream Houses

Dream Houses It takes a certain type to crew a ship that drops you seven years at a time into the Deep Kite class cargo ships like Menkalinan get burned out veterans techs who ve been warned off planet medics wh

  • Title: Dream Houses
  • Author: Genevieve Valentine
  • ISBN: 9781936896066
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It takes a certain type to crew a ship that drops you seven years at a time into the Deep Kite class cargo ships like Menkalinan get burned out veterans, techs who ve been warned off planet, medics who weren t much good on the ground The Gliese D run isn t quite the end of the line, but it s getting there No cachet, no rewards, no future their trading posts get Kites fIt takes a certain type to crew a ship that drops you seven years at a time into the Deep Kite class cargo ships like Menkalinan get burned out veterans, techs who ve been warned off planet, medics who weren t much good on the ground The Gliese D run isn t quite the end of the line, but it s getting there No cachet, no rewards, no future their trading posts get Kites full of cargo that the crew never ask questions about, because if it s headed for Gliese D, it s probably something nobody wanted.A year into the Deep, Amadis Reyes wakes up Menkalinan is sounding the alarm something s wrong The rest of the crew are dead.That s not even what s wrong.

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    1. A haunting and harrowing exploration of loneliness, madness, family, and survival in deep space. Valentine excels at writing convincing characters -- especially ones that are deeply scarred in some way -- and then putting them in compelling, often intense situations. With Amadis Reyes she has created one of her best characters yet. Amadis is a loner, albeit a reluctant one; she's tough, but more fragile on the inside than she thinks; she has an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music but has n [...]

    2. Today I finished reading Genevieve Valentine’s SF novella, Dream Houses. You may recall my mentioning that Ms. Valentine read from this work at Capclave ’14 a couple of weeks back. It’s a bit eerie reading a story someone wrote, and hearing the words in her voice wowsers! A note: You can get Dream Houses in eBook format. Mine is an inscribed trade hardcover edition.I really liked this story. From the opening words straight through to the end, I was hooked – if it had been as long as this [...]

    3. An SF horror locked room scenario and a lovely character meditation. For a novella with a single character on a long distance spaceship, there's a remarkable amount of world-building. Good stuff.

    4. I had really high hopes for this novella; I've read the author's non-fiction work and enjoyed it greatly, hoping that would transfer to a similar like of her fiction; the premise is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite to read (or see): an interstellar traveler wakes up from cryogenic sleep to find that things have gone terribly, terribly awry. And to be absolutely fair, the reasons this story was not more enjoyable for me are entirely personal. I can look at it and recognize that it's well written while [...]

    5. What's that saying "In space no one can hear you scream", If they could, It would be a really noisy place.Here is a quote from the author "DREAM HOUSES, my first-ever novella, was first offered as a standalone book at Capclave 2014. It’s about space, survival, motets, and deer.Or, more technically:It takes a certain type to crew a ship that drops you seven years at a time into the Deep. Kite-class cargo ships like Menkalinan get burned-out veterans, techs who've been warned off-planet, medics [...]

    6. Dream Houses is a limited edition novella written and published for this year's Capclave, a SFF convention in Washington D.C. The story is about a woman who works as a grunt on a freighter run to a nearby star system, but wakes up early to find her crew dead and she faces a long voyage alone with only the ship's A.I for company. It's basically a tale about what happens to a person when they face madness from a long time alone. The story is well told, though it didn't feel like anything that I ha [...]

    7. Dream Houses is a separately published (something I have been reading a lot of recently) novella, and while it is comparatively short, Genieve Valentine manages to pack a lot into the small number of pages. The set-up is almost classical – Amadis (and I doubt the name is quite coincidental, in spite of the gender swap), our protagonist and first person narrator wakes up from cold sleep on board of the starship she is a crew member (or, more precisely, an auxiliary) to find out that everyone bu [...]

    8. This was a haunting story, a kind of family narrative told in flashbacks during a rather tense and unconventional space voyage. I picked this up because I enjoyed Ms. Valentine's writing in "Eighty Miles An Hour All The Way to Paradise " from Robot Uprisings, and there are definite similarities - a kind of reluctant sentimentality, an indirect storytelling through flashbacks/ruminations, and an underlying premise that social connections are fundamental but fleeting.This was 76 pages on my ereade [...]

    9. A melancholy, lovely and horrifying meditation on loneliness, family, and artificial intelligence, set to Thomas Tallis. Valentine has a beautiful mastery of language and character, and it's used to great advantage in this short piece. Amadis awakes in the spaceship she's crewing, with everyone else dead and five years to go before next landfall - and the ship's AI may or may not be plotting against her. It's also her only friend. The ruined world she's left behind is subtly conveyed in flashbac [...]

    10. I was EXPLICITLY WARNED not to finish this book at night. I did it anyway, for reasons known maybe to someone but for sure not to me. It's gorgeous and terrifying and it hurts from start to finish and I don't know why I do these things to myself, other than that in some ineffable way it feels right.A good book.

    11. I'm completely in love with this book!Haunting, disquieting, beautiful.It has that creeping, paranoid ambiguity that I absolutely love in horror, along with a kind of heartbreaking sentimentality that grounds the story even as things get weirder and weirder out in space.

    12. Extremely creepy novella set in the depths of space. Is Amadis crazy? Is the AI? Both? Plenty of shivers to go around

    13. Well that was really weird. In a good way? It was a really good character-focused story but also, you know, really creepy and intense. Kinda wish I hadn't read so much of it while I was eating, haha.

    14. I’m hesitant to say much about Dream Houses, because the unknown aspects of the story are what give it much of its dreadful (in a good way) atmosphere, but in terms of pure quality, this might be the best thing that I’ve read for my Halloweentime Spook-a-thon. It’s beautifully written both stylistically and technically, packing what could be pages’ worth of exposition into one or two sentences, creating a whole world in negative space. It sits at just the right junction of reflective cha [...]

    15. I don't think this is quite what I was looking for when I bought it. I was hoping for a different sort of story, and there's a part of me that's a little disappointed the novella went this direction instead. That being said, it's extremely well-written -- I mean, I was just pulling out quotes left and right -- and a particularly effective piece of psychological horror. (Psychological horror is interesting. It's not normally my favorite flavor of horror, but I can like it when it's very well done [...]

    16. I'm enjoying short novellas lately. Yeah, it's less commitment, but also because the form nudges the writer towards getting on with things and away from dwelling on explanations and world building. Or at least the masturbatory laying out of all the world building they did, look at my world building, isn't it great. Aren't *I* great.Anyway.I enjoyed how when it does pull back and show you what happened before the plot it was completely not what I expected. I enjoyed how when the plot comes to an [...]

    17. It takes a special type of person to carve out an existence on a frontier. Many are running from something or have left everything and everyone far behind. In this novella, that frontier is space. The 5-person crew of Menkalinan does the long haul to remote, tiny Gliese and back at 5 years each way. All but the final 6 months of each passage is meant to be in hibernation.An act of sabotage destroys the hibernation pods and kills the crew except for Amadis Reyes early in the trek, pulling her int [...]

    18. A woman stuck as bonus crew on a long haul freighter wakes from cryosleep to find the rest of the crew is dead and the computer apparently chose to save only her. She’s alone, years from their destination with not even calories worth of food to make the trip even alone.Through the course of the story, we learn that the computer is (probably) crazy and the protagonist is slowly getting there herself, though flashbacks tell us that her problems began far earlier in life trying to survive in what [...]

    19. "Capella, are they all like you, in secret?""I hope so." Soft. Proud.You would, I think; hope is the curse of love.Wow, I may never sleep again after this. This was intense and layered. I've enjoyed a lot of Valentine's short SFF and thought Persona was good if not for me. But I wanted to read this because I wondered if it'd echo my very favorite of her stories, "A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones", which is about space travel and survival and connection and loneliness and home. And, well, Drea [...]

    20. Not quite what I was expecting, but still an interesting read. Dream Houses is a densely layered story that's part bleak survival narrative, part psychological horror, part musing on family and love and loneliness, with some nice sci-fi world building sketched in around the edges. It feels rather like a dream fragment itself, really: the imagery is beautiful and the plot more or less makes sense while you're in the middle of it, but on finishing you realize you still have fistfuls of questions a [...]

    21. Dream Houses is a well written story about surviving in space. It has some great moments and I liked the parts about music a lot. The horror slowly creeps in and by the way how Amadis reacts to her surrounding I felt a deep connection with her. The characters and the language are the greatest strengths of the novella and kept me hooked until the end.I can't say that I fully understood what was going on and the inevitability of the events puzzled me. I wish the author had given Amadis the freedom [...]

    22. A shaggy HAL story. A traumatized protagonist gets a groggy awakening into a nightmare that will stretch years into the future--when all the time she's almost always been running to escape the past. This first-person portrait of deep-space aloneness ends up a little busy and imbalanced, though along the way there's a considerable amount of skill displayed in the characterization and world-building.

    23. The story of two creatures capable of cruel things locked in a standoff. Hard to put into words the rest of it without giving it all away. The writing is haunting and bleak, all of it making it difficult to rate. This story is not a favorite but it is definitely skilled and credit should go where it is earned.

    24. An interested and well written novella about an auxiliary crew member being alone in space for years at a time after a mechanical malfunction causes the rest of the crew to die in cryo-sleep. The only draw back to the story is the Occam's-razor-esque ending/solution to one of the story's biggest questions.

    25. Amadis woke up alone. At least, she thinks she did. Claustrophobic novella set onboard an intergalactic spacecraft with a psychotically needy AI. It’s great and goes and then it ends and you’re like, fuck. I recommend it.

    26. Deeply, deeply creepy, in the way that being alone in the dark is creepy. I started reading before bed and had to get up to shut my door. It's the quiet horror of time and the self-- of the terror of love and hope. And it's in space!

    27. I loved this novella, and nominated it for the Hugo.It's a dense read that rewards close reading. Also, delightfully creepy.

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