Its Only a Nightmare! by R.L. StineI wonder if I was the only one who read this book sort of hoping it might be another Dream Trips by Edward Packard, just slightly darker and substantially longer. R.L. Stine at his best as a gamebook writer is a captivating force, drawing into existence diverse story opportunities that reach out and seize the reader by the collar, and its hard to imagine what he could do in a story veering back and forth between reality and the land of dreams, never leaving us sure what side of REM were on at any given moment. What fiendish originalities could R.L. Stine imagine in a world of dreams set in an atmospheric old hotel where youre sure nothing is as appears at first glance? The possibilities are virtually endless.
You awaken from a bad dream in the middle of the night, lying in a decidedly gothic bed in a creepy inn while vacationing with your parents. The sneering form of four gargoyles at the head of your bed isnt exactly helping you sleep well, and your nightmares have been particularly intense and frightening since arriving at the inn. The recurring presence of a strange shapeshifter in your nightmares who calls himself the Sleep Master only adds to your disquiet, and you arent sure what to make of his cryptic remarks about the nature of dreams in connection to reality. After awakening from yet another nightmare, youre hesitant about trying to sleep again, but theres no use staying up the rest of the night and getting no rest.
What should you do? If you attempt to ignoring the unsettling gargoyles attached to your headboard and go back to sleep, youll have hordes of new nightmares to handle, and more than a peaceful nights sleep at stake. Somehow, the inn is a conduit for alternate dimensions of reality that can intrude on your sleep without warning and morph perfectly harmless dreams into lethal ones. Theres no bailing out of these dreams by waking up at the last second. Even as you dive into fantasy scenarios you may have envisioned all your life, the fantasy can take a gruesome turn for the fatal at any moment, and with little provocation. Maybe it isnt so great to have everything exactly how you wish, after all.
If you wander the inn to calm your thoughts and get a bite to eat before returning to your bedroom, you may discover theres more that can do you harm in this place than sinister gargoyles. The inn is full of ways to set you drifting off into dreamland, and youll find no more rest outside your room than in it. Of course, who could expect to sleep well alone in the eerie corridors and offshoot rooms of a spooky old inn, especially when you already have nightmarish thoughts crowding your brain? Tread carefully in the dream world and try not to do anything too off the wall, and if you should run into the Sleep Master in your adventures, make sure to weigh all options carefully before deciding how to proceed. The way you handle the mysterious Sleep Master, more than any other choice you make in the story, could be the tipping point between whether you meet a violent End...or escape the nightmare inn with your parents and make it (relatively) unscathed back to your old life. Will you win out against terror?
While Its Only a Nightmare! may not have quite the charm, imagination or internal cohesiveness of Edward Packards Dream Trips, and I would have loved to see more action in the real world (as opposed to your dream landscape) since the scary old inn seems so wonderfully atmospheric, I did like this book. There are some clever twists to it, and a few of the endings are creative. For the devotee of the Give Yourself Goosebumps series, this book is, of course, a must read.
I Never Knew That About the River Thames
The Thames is the longest river wholly in England. It's also got more trivia attached to it than just about any watercourse in the world. For example: along its banks reside the largest inhabited castle on the planet Windsor , the Mother of Parliaments Westminster , the biggest dome in the world the O2 , the oldest university in England Oxford , the birthplace of three Tudor monarchs Greenwich , the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, and the place where the Magna Carta was signed. Oh, and Reading. Christopher Winn is the perfect choice to tease out the secrets of the Thames. I Never Knew That About London - his masterful miscellany of three years ago - is one of the most-thumbed books on the Londonist bookshelf.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover.
Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey out of London along the banks of the River Thames to discover the secrets and stories of England's most famous waterway. Explore Henley-on-Thames, where the first Oxford and Cambridge boat races were held, then marvel at Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world.
what does taint mean sexually
I Never Knew That About the River Thames Summary
From The Sky News Vault: Whale In The Thames
Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey out of London along the banks of the River Thames to discover the secrets and stories of England's most famous waterway. Explore Henley-on-Thames, where the first Oxford and Cambridge boat races were held, then marvel at Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. As he follows the river from source to sea, visiting its towns, villages and places of interest, Winn unearths a fascinating array of facts, folklore, landmarks and legends that are guaranteed to have you exclaiming 'I Never Knew That! Illustrated with line drawings this charming gem of a book is guaranteed to inform and delight in equal measure. Free Shipping In the UK. Consider changing the search query.