His name is Charles Render, and he is a psychoanalyst, and a mechanic of dreams. A Shaper. In a warm womb of metal, his patients dream their neuroses, while Render, intricately connected to their brains, dreams with them, makes delicate adjustments, and ultimately explains and heals.
Her name is Eileen Shallot, a resident in psychiatry. She wants desperately to become a Shaper, though she has been blind from birth.
Together, they will explore the depths of the human mind and the terrors that lurk therein.
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About the Author
Most famous for his science fiction series The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was a prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer. Zelazny’s books have won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards. He frequently depicts mythic characters attempting to succeed in the modern world, and his stories often feature absent father figures.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The plot was thin. We followed characters that had absolutely no bearing on the plot. Some of the prose, while stylish and full of images, seemed random and sometimes confusing. This story had a lot of potential, but it feels like a 3 page short story stretched to make a novel.
Charles Render is a new kind of psychiatrist, who uses a machine to enter his patients' dreams and shapes them using myths and archetypes to help cure their neuroses. But it's a dangerous business, and the technique can't be used on patients suffering from psychosis, as they may be strong enough to pull the therapist into their madness. When Render starts to treat a blind psychiatrist who wishes to become a shaper herself, he is warned that the shock of being able to 'see' may have a similar effect, but ignores the warnings. This is the second book this year where dogs have had their intelligence enhanced and been physically altered to allow them to that speak (the other being "Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling). In neither case would I say that it has been a great success; the dogs seem sad and pathetic and have lost more than they have gained.It rather reminded me of a Jennifer Lopez film called The Cell" about a therapist who entered her patients' subconscious minds in the same kind of way.