The Astronaut Dream Book
by William Pauley III
Narrated by Connor Brannigan
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 24 Mar 2023
A poisoned man dreams of astronauts.
A poisoned man dreams of astronauts.
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Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 13 members
ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.
The narrator was fantastic as always and I love the they had Connor Brannigan as a constant through the series! This story was probably my least favorite out of The Bedlam Bible series, but I still enjoyed it immensely! You can’t really go wrong with any of these books if you’re a horror fan! It was definitely original and graphic at parts, with descriptions so intense you feel like you’re right there in his crazy astronaut dream. I am definitely a fan of this author and will continue to read whatever else he puts out!
The Bedlam Bible really starts to come together nicely in this insane work. Eight Block is still just as terrifying as in the first volume., ‘The Tower’. What seem like disconnected short stories start to congeal into an awesome work of gory, bizarre literature. Though, each story could stand alone on its own like a modernist Lovecraft nightmare. Title seems strangely appropriate. As I mentioned in my review of the first volume of the series; this a wicked fever-dream. Looking forward to reading more!
I have read the first two books in this series and I loved them both. They are delightfully weird and completely engaging. So when I saw the audiobook available for review on NetGalley, I knew it was time to revisit Eighth Block Tower. And while I do own the kindle version, my kindle suffered an accident yesterday and no longer works. Seeing this book on NetGalley almost felt like a sign from the cosmos reminding me that even though I did most of my reading on that kindle, it’s going to be okay. So I’m sitting here in my office listening to the audiobook and following along on the kindle app on my phone.
I’ll start with a note about the narrator. I found Connor Brannigan’s narration to be quite enjoyable. His voice is deep and smooth and just really pleasant. I could listen to him speak far longer than the two-ish hour run time of this book. Fortunately for me, he narrates several of Pauley’s books that are already on my tbr.
If you’ve read the first two Bedlam Bible books, you are familiar with the strange things that go on in the Eighth Block Tower. Each book is a bunch of stories that are not one cohesive story, but they are intertwined. Everything that goes on in that tower is interconnected. This book is much the same. In the beginning, we learn of the prison deep within Eighth Block Tower that has only one prisoner. The stories that follow are his dreams about astronauts. The chapter called Apokalypsis. Wow. It’s a letter of warning to anyone who may find themself at the Church of Death and Nothingness detailing the astronaut’s journey leading up to the point where he is writing that letter and waiting for death. I found the letter to be quite moving.
But are these stories really dreams? Part 2 will have you wondering as the over arcing story comes full circle. The boy who encountered the prisoner in the beginning is back and his mother is ready to confront the “dog man” who bit her son. But in the words of the astronaut in his letter or warning, their journey didn’t stop there. Instead, things got weird. What the hell is going on in that tower? All I know is that I want more.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me. If you’re into the weird and absurd, you’ll love William Pauley III‘s doom fiction. He’s a fantastic writer with the ability to write stories that are sometimes absurd, horrifying, and touching.
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A man is poisoned, and he begins to dream terrifying dreams of astronauts. It's a creepy, adventurous book. Each chapter feels like its own story. I was drawn into the story constantly, and I'd be interested in reading more from this author.
Just like any of Pauley's books, the Astronaut Dream Book is wild as fuck. I really love the psychedelia in this book, the atmosphere and weird but ethereal images,, ough it's just so beautiful in a way. This book is pretty different from the first two, but it still has that Eight Block Tower feel and that fucking whirlwind of an ending sent me reeling. Again (positively). But there was just something about this book that I can't put my finger on, and I got bored at times. I love the descriptions though, and I still enjoyed reading this :D
I got a audio version of this book because I’ve listen to many other books from this author and the stories are good, creepy, strange and weird and somewhat scary, and actually, all at the same time, is like you’re having a nightmare that you really can’t stop wanting more hahah I know it is weird but it really sums this well.
From all the books this one was my least favourite, I mean, I still enjoyed it, (I will officially give it a 3,4 stars to the stories but with Brannigan reading I will boost it to 4), I got really lost in how the stories came together, it started as a very strange tale of a man that was inside a cage and went far and beyond, the best of this book was like always Brannigan reading it, his voice really brings the story to life, even if in the end I get the feeling, what did I just listen to.
If you like weird horror stories, then this book and this author is for you, like always, the themes can get a bit for adults so I wouldn't recommend it for a young audience.
Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction for the free AAC and this is my honest opinion.
I wish I had known this was the third installment of a series and not a stand alone novella.
That aside I found the writing captivating. This is definitely a creepy story and while I did not read the two previous novellas, I could definitely gather the premise.
It seems a bit post apocalyptic, and it has hints of history repeating itself and individuals trying to break the cycle.
All in all, a good quick read especially if you’ve read Pauley’s previous work.
I received a digital copy as a good reads giveaway as well as an audio copy through NetGalley. Both are great options.
The Astronaut Dream Book by William Pauley III is delightfully weird and I enjoyed the ride. Pauley is an original voice in horror and this is my 4th book by this author, they are officially an auto-buy for me. This is a short story but it packs a huge punch. Storytelling at its best.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Another odd tale in Eighth Block, this time a strange astronaut and his dreams and warnings, followed by a mother's attempts to confront the dog-man who bit her son.
I can't really say much more than that about the plot of this book without spoiling the wonderful weirdness of the whole thing. I think (which is a bit dangerous to do while in the depths of Pauley's books) this is the first signs of the overarching theme of the series (which personally I am happy is currently taking a back seat in favour of mostly self-contained stories).
Great for fans of Clive Barker, Will Self and Franz Kafka (but with more accessible language than Self!)
I received an advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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