Dave Stone, raised in the town of Ingersoll, has been intimately involved with Long Point and its shipwrecks for over 35 years. As an experienced diver, not only has he researched these wrecks, but he has visited them in their watery graves. Over the years he has shared his knowledge of Long Point through numerous slide presentations, TV documentaries, and published articles.
Reviews - What do customers think about Citadel of Dreams (Doctor Who)?
doctor who masterpiece Mar 24, 2004
I won't give a summary of this book, i will only suggest that you read it. After reading 'citadel of dreams' i have become a dave stone fan. I'm now reading 'the slow empire' which is also quite excellent. But 'citadel of dreams' is very special, its odd to find a really good writer in the world of serial fiction but dave stone is the exception. i personally loved the mad hatter tea party scene, with the doctor camped out under an umbrella behind the tardis...perfectly in character with the sylvester mccoy doctor!!
Cartmel Of Daves Jan 13, 2004
It seemed appropriate that Dave Stone's CITADEL OF DREAMS would have a foreword by Andrew Cartmel, as a number of elements in the novella reminded me of the latter's own Doctor Who books. The Seventh Doctor is used quite sparingly, and is only really onscreen for a handful of pages. The book deals with psychic powers, something that Cartmel was fond of employing (in his fiction, I mean). Ace has a house, not totally unlike the dwelling at Allen Road that serves as her base of operations. And, of course, there's the old Cartmel standby: people soiling themselves. Oh dear; maybe some things would be better left unstolen.
But superficial comparisons to Andrew Cartmel's work aside, I really found myself enjoying this. Of the Dave Stone books I've read so far, I would rate this as probably his strongest work. It contains a lot of the sort of thing that we've seen before from Stone, but it feels fresh and not at all tired. I get the impression that the shorter size of the novella format caused Stone to rely on his strengths. And as I'm someone who appreciates those strengths but fears his self-indulgences, I was grateful for that.
The story concerns a city -- a city that we see from two separate time zones. At first, we aren't sure exactly how far apart temporally these two eras are. In one time, labeled "before", we see a run-down, decaying inner city, with random crime and brutal, unfeeling authorities. In the "after" zone, there exists a utopia of sorts. But the people there seem to possess whacking great holes in their knowledge. The reader is lead through the mystery via a character named Joey Quine, who lives in the "before" time and has strange psychic abilities.
I really enjoyed the parts of the story told from Quine's point of view. The sections concerning him coming to terms with and then taking advantage of his own unique mental abilities are told with sensitivity and style. This sort of thing could easily have been hooky and clichéd, but Dave Stone did a really good job, and frankly, I'm surprised; I didn't think he was capable of pulling it off.
It's extremely well paced; I managed to read the entire thing in one sitting while looking to kill some time before (what turned out to be) the final Baltimore Ravens game of the 2003 season (sob!). The plot is not easy to follow, but rewarding when it all comes together at the end. I thought I was clever by spotting the book's Big Surprise by the midway point, but looking at reviews on the 'net, apparently everyone else figured it out too. I should mention that guessing what the twist was didn't diminish anything, as seeing how the story got there was still fun.
Of course, some of Dave Stone's more annoying authorial tendencies are also on display here. He has a habit of throwing italics around with abandon to emphasize particular words, rather than structuring the sentence in such a way that the word is highlighted by the grammar instead of the font. (You know the type of thing I'm talking about. Pg 34: "...it was hard to even *think* about it in terms of description..." Pg 31: "...there were certain obvious things he *could* do..." Pg 77: "...certain things that she *liked* about this world...") Although I find this annoying, repetitive and lazy, I'm not usually bothered by it when used in moderation. But here Stone seems to rely too heavily on this voice, using it sometimes three times a page. And, I swear, if Stone ever again describes an alien as being "too different to describe" or "something which the human brain cannot possibly understand", I'll jump out the window. Okay, so Stone obviously can't describe an "otherness" concept without falling back on the same stock phrases. But can't we create some new stock phrases? Please?
Overall, I enjoyed CITADEL OF DREAMS. It tells a good story quickly. Although the beginning is slow to get started, by the end the plot is bouncing along. It's a great way to spend a few hours; I just hope it brings you better luck than it brought me.
Huh!!! Jan 24, 2003
The second Telos book is a poor follow-up to the opening adventure of this range Time and Relative. I have never been a fan of Dave Stone since I thought his stories are too weird for my taste. Like Time and Relative, the Doctor hardly appears at all in this book. While Time and Relative focussed heavily on Susan, Citadel of Dreams does not give the same treatment to Ace. Citadel of Dreams instead focusses on a character called Joey Quine. After reading the book I was completely baffled on what the story is about. If you had better luck understanding the story then congratulations.