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Book Review: "I'll See You in Your Dreams"

Sep 23, 2014 03:21PM, Published by Cen Cali Life Magazine, Categories: Today, Arts+Entertainment




Book Review: “I’ll See You in Your Dreams”
by Jeffery Williams

Take a good old-fashioned Fresno ghost story, add a quantum dose of physics and reincarnation, then blend it with a fast-paced mystery and love story. Those are the components of Tony Miller’s intriguing first novel “I’ll See You in Your Dreams” (CreateSpace). 

Miller, a Fresno hairstylist with a passion for history and metaphysics, crafted the novel to express his fascination with the possibilities of time-travel consciousness, his frustrations with psychiatric abuses and his love for a good story. 

“I once read that Stephen King said you learn to write by writing and it’s best to write what [you] know about,” Miller said. “To make sure I had my information accurate, I asked a physicist to review my ideas.”

“I’ll See You in Your Dreams” introduces two buddies who experience time-travel adventures and romance – Charlie, the free-spirited, quick-witted sort, and Stanley, a scientifically-minded genius who focuses on the possibilities of the parallel universe. The two have a penchant for throwing bantering barbs at each other to amusing levels that reach the edge of promised threats, but then they slough off the sarcastic jabs and get down to the business of ghost hunting.

The pair unlocks a legend connected to the historical Meux Home and end up being catalysts to righting a few ancient wrongs. A tragic, cautionary tale is transformed into a redemptive, reincarnation story. 

For Miller, broken dreams are not necessarily to be hopelessly forgotten. And past crimes that appear to have gone unpunished can be revisited. 

Miller deftly spins his narrative between the present and the past with the hope of creating a better future for the characters, living and spectral. A fair amount of dialogue, at times stilted, is devoted to describing quantum physics, metaphysics and parallel universes. 

A secondary focus of the novel underscores Miller’s exposure to the historical abuses in the field of psychiatry, particularly revolving around early mental health “miracle” drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Some readers might be put off by his depiction of those touting the miracles of psychology during the era of Freud, but Miller would be unapologetic. 

Miller’s story has clearly defined, yet one-dimensional heroes and villains, and though the protagonists of the past face tragic injustices, Miller creatively wraps his narrative on a positive note. 

If you like Charlie and Stanley’s adventure into the paranormal past, there is good news. Miller is at work on a new set of adventures for them. 


Book Review I'll See You in Your Dreams Tony Miller Jeffery Williams


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