Elysian Dreams, by B.J. Neblett and from Brighton Publishing, has two stand-out elements: the setting and the historical detail. I love seeing these two things done well in fiction, since they do much for the authenticity of the book, so I was pleased to see them put to good use in Elysian Dreams.
The story is one of people brought together across time and space- an imaginative stitching together of tales about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I was immediately impressed with the level of historical detail Mr. Neblett wrote into his novel. From his detailed descriptions of the cars of the ‘20s to the speakeasies, the research he put into this novel shows. This level of research adds complexity and interest to each event, as well as an enjoyable glimpse into the past.
All this grounding detail transitions into a tangible setting for each section of the story. Setting is immensely important for a memorable read, and Mr. Neblett weaves together his research, a clear sense of time, and plenty of description to give the reader a tangible, visible setting. Especially interesting to me was the culture and world he created on Mars. While it felt appropriately non-Earthly, it was also recognizable in its humanness, which strikes on one of the central ideas of the novel: though separated by space, time, and experience, people from all cultures and ages are still very much human.
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