The Houses of Time
by Jamil Nasir
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765306104
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Jamil Nasir's fourth novel Houses of Time lumbers along following David Grant, a late-middle-aged man, in his search for a meaningful life. Grant, a womanizer and successful lawyer, lives a rich dream life with a young, beautiful woman. In his waking life, unable to sustain a relationship for long, he flits from one young woman to another seeking fulfillment. Eventually his search leads him to the Trans-Humanist Institute, Dr. Thotmoses, and the doctor's beautiful daughter/assistant Katrina. They help Grant shape his dreams. From official release/information:
From back of book: David Grant has a singular talent--he can affect the course of his dreams. Quite by chance, he discovers the existence of the Trans-Humanist Institute and their lucid dreaming lessons. He discovers that under the tutelage of Dr. Thotmoses he has more control over his dreams. However, his talent soon runs away with him and he visits dreamplaces while awake. The waking world and the dreaming world collide. Grant ends up sedated in a hellish mental institution...but escapes through his lucid dreams, which he is beginning to control.
Grant discovers, to his horror, the Dr. Thotmoses belongs to the Caucasus Synod Western Orthodox Church, and that they have been grooming him because of his fantastic dreaming talents. Only someone with his talent at manipulating reality and dreams can bring their prayer to the Divine Presence in the universe. Many have tried this journey, few have succeeded. Those who have returned successfully are rewarded beyond their wildest dreams.