Review: The Dustman – S. M. Blooding
Dreamland . . . a place of magic and wonder, powered by the hopes and dreams of those who believe. For years, Dreamland has existed mostly within the dreams of children and their beliefs that magic is truly real. Their love and memories of fairies, dragons, and everything fairy tale has been the sole force behind Dreamland itself. Yet that power is waning. People have stopped believing and little by little, parts of Dreamland have ceased to exist.
Meg once believed in Dreamland. She poured her heart and soul into the stories she wrote about it whenever she had the chance to, detailing the everyday lives of those living within the realm itself. She captured their hopes, their dreams, their triumphs, and their losses. She made their stories as real as possible to those around her in real life. To some her stories about Dreamland were more than just stories, it was a world as real as Earth itself.
Yet the day reality caught up with her, everything changed. She stopped believing in the magic that was Dreamland. She stopped believing that fairy tales ever came true. To her, she had no reason to continue living within a world that only existed in her dreams. A dream world she really didn’t belong to, or so she thought. She chose to close her mind off to a world that had once meant everything to her, never once thinking about the consequences.
When her beloved dustman, Luk, shows up in her world, Meg wonders if she’s dreaming. He’s everything she remembers him to be and yet, he’s changed. Part of her wants to believe he’s the real thing. Another part of her wants to deny the fact that he and Dreamland ever existed. It’s the only way she’ll be able to cope with the hardship she calls life, but deep inside she knows Luk will never let her forget.
You see, Dreamland is dying. Something is draining its life source and it’s up to Luk and Meg to discover what’s behind it before the entire realm is lost completely, once and for all. Taking matters into his own hands, Luk’s intent on reminding Meg about everything she left behind. He wants her to remember their love and the life they shared before everything changed. Her memories are needed into order to restore the balance between both worlds, a feat that’s only possible if she’ll allow herself to truly believe.
This was such a delightful story. I enjoyed every minute of it. So much so, that I had a hard time in putting the book down in order to get things done in real life. I think S. M. did a beautiful job in creating Dreamland, basing certain aspects of it around known fairy tales and kid’s story that we know of in this day and age. A truly and refreshing take on all things fairy tale – totally recommend it!
S. M. is also having a giveaway on her website for The Dustman’s recent release. To enter for a chance at winning some of the prizes go HERE. GL to all those entering!
Dustmen are useless.
Meg has two kids, one of which is hell bent to land himself in jail. She’s about to lose her house, her home, her ability to support her children. Her aunt tells her to publish the story of her childhood friend, her dustman, her Luk.
Dreamland is empty.
He’s watching his world shrink, his friends blinking out of existence. Children no longer call for him. He’s watched his fellow dustmen disappear while their lands are eaten by a ferocious void.
There is no cure.
About The Author:
S. M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, their new addition, Mr. Bird, who’s a real bird. She likes to hike the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and is learning to play the piano and guitar. Currently, she’s trying to MURDER them both. Friends call her Frankie.
She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.
She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!
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