Review: “Dreamer” by Brandon Sanderson

4 of 5 stars.

This fast-paced, compact story makes efficient use of Manhattan to set a supernatural chase scene. Like a scene out of The Matrix, Dreamer jumps from one body to the next as he chases Phi, who uses the same body-jumping ability, all in an effort to keep Phi from getting to Longshot holed up on a highrise rooftop.

When Dreamer gets ambushed by Phi, and shot, Dreamer’s consciousness mad-scrambles its way into the next available host–unfortunately, the closest body is that of an elderly lady not physically able to keep up the pace of pursuit. Phi had lucked out in finding an armed body . . .

While not exactly a fresh scenario, the pacing and twists are fun and appropriate. The brevity of the story is also important, as a longer form could have dulled quickly without a deeper plot.

“Dreamer” appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015 edited by Paula Guran and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in Games Creatures Play.
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