By Kate E. Stephenson
In this third week of January 2013, I hereby call to order the 13th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. (Hurrah for the first new book of 2013!) Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, you’ll want to get caught up.
There are moments in your life when you are changed irrevocably. I have just experienced an event that is crystallized in my mind forever. Thank you, Kate Douglas, for this breath-stealing moment.
I should preface this with I am a huge sci-fi, fantasy, romance book lover. I thought I had experienced much of the best of this particular genre. I was wrong! But then, romance isn’t exactly the right descriptor for the lush, sensual world that Kate Douglas evokes. Erotica is perhaps more appropriate, but even that term doesn’t fully encompass the literary space that Douglas inhabits. Maybe I should at least tell you what I read…
Usually, I would start with a sneak peak excerpt of the book. Not this week. Instead, if you need to, you can find an excerpt on the Amazon page as you order the book. Because I cannot think of any reason that you wouldn’t want to own this one. (You might hide it in the bottom of your nightstand drawer, but you’ll want it!) You can find an excerpt of the third installment of the series Dream Unchained in my previous interview with Ms. Douglas, but my favorite passages of Dream Catcher and Dream Bound are just a bit more than my editor wants me to share here. But I can tell you this much…
Dream Catchers is hot, Hot, HOT!
I find myself desperately searching for my critical objectivity in this post, but I can’t seem to find it. The first ten pages of Dream Catcher were a bit slow to me as my brain tried to figure out if it really wanted to get into the story. Douglas starts this intriguing saga en media res, right in the middle of things. I was a bit lost at first, but right smack in the middle of page 10, I decided I didn’t care that I was lost anymore. I was quite happy to let Kate take me along for the wild ride. So you don’t get stuck in “Huh?” mode like I did, here’s the quick rundown:
Mac is an IT student on the verge of something big when a fellow student somehow steals his idea, notes and all proof that Mac’s was the brilliant mind behind the new technology. Mac is thrown out on his ass—banned from his graduate program and stripped of his scholarship. Dink is Mac’s best friend (and in some ways his soul mate). The two are trying to figure out how to exonerate Mac and get him reinstated. Enter Zianne, a mysterious figure who seems to appear out of nowhere. She is Mac’s exact idea of the perfect woman, who seems to be able to read his mind, and she’s decided to help him clear his name.
“Why?” you ask. So did I. Frankly, so did Mac. And that is exactly the central question of Dream Catcher. But the answer to the question leads to an even greater problem and an immense (and probably impossible) task that Mac has to solve in Dream Bound. Zianne’s life is at stake. And although Mac doesn’t realize it, so are the lives of those he will recruit to help him accomplish this out-of-this-world mission.
So there it is. That’s the basic plot outline. But the devil is in the details. Douglas fills the pages of these books with such rich, complex detail, giving realistic texture to the rough terrains of sexuality, identity, prejudice, love, and the balance of good and evil. Her story forces you to stretch the limits of your imagination, contemplate the boundaries of prudence, and question your own understanding of normal. Dream Bound ends of the verge of what could be called the last stand, the moment of truth that will decide whether Mac, Dink, Zianne and the recruits called the Dream Team have been successful or if all is lost.
I am literally at the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to dive into the final installment of Dream Unchained. As of this moment, I am totally invested in the success of this mission; I am a believer in the transcendent properties of love; and I intensely yearn for my own Mac. Book clubbers, go grab these books so you and I will be on the same page next time. I want to make sure that I haven’t been in the monkey house too long. Send me your thoughts.
Kate’s Book Club is a column on Kate-book.com featuring interviews with authors named Kate, as well as reviews of books starring Kate characters. It runs on Kate-book.com every other Wednesday at 10:30am, and is written by the self-admitted bibliophile Kate E. Stephenson, who you should follow on Twitter here. Oh, and write to Kate to suggest authors and books we should read for future columns.