Dreamer : A Novel

Dreamer A Novel Santa Fe dream scientist Dr Jody Nightwood becomes a beautiful pawn in a deadly contest when she receives a generous grant to conduct a study in her own sleep clinic a grant that unbeknownst to her

  • Title: Dreamer : A Novel
  • Author: Jack Butler
  • ISBN: 9780679446651
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Santa Fe dream scientist Dr Jody Nightwood becomes a beautiful pawn in a deadly contest when she receives a generous grant to conduct a study in her own sleep clinic a grant that, unbeknownst to her, has been funded by the CIA.The chief of a covert operations subgroup believes he has discovered the key to artificial intelligence if computers can be made to dream like huSanta Fe dream scientist Dr Jody Nightwood becomes a beautiful pawn in a deadly contest when she receives a generous grant to conduct a study in her own sleep clinic a grant that, unbeknownst to her, has been funded by the CIA.The chief of a covert operations subgroup believes he has discovered the key to artificial intelligence if computers can be made to dream like humans, they can be made to think like humans But his nemesis within the agency is secretly running a competitive operation, and will stop at nothing to see him fail.Jody s painstaking research into the nature of dreams reaches a dead end until she turns to less conventional investigative techniques Looking to the mystics and shamans of Santa Fe for help, she enters the nightmarish but finally healing realm of the subconscious, drawing closer and closer to the most elusive mysteries of the human mind.When she meets in daylight the darkly handsome figure who has appeared in her dreams, she begins a dangerous love affair that will catapult her into the highest levels of government conspiracy and intrigue, and leave her fighting to protect her lab, her career, and her life.Written with Jack Butler s trademark intelligence and style, Dreamer is an electrifying novel in which nothing is what it seems and even the mysterious operations of government are less dazzling and powerful than the hidden mechanics of the subconscious a gripping new work from one of America s most original and inventive writers.
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    1. From encyclopediaofarkansas Jack Armand Butler Jr is a poet and novelist known for structurally experimental writing, usually dealing with the development of a religious self awareness transcending orthodox views His work is often sexually charged and humorous.Jack Butler was born May 8, 1944, in Alligator, Mississippi, to Jack Butler, a Baptist preacher, and Dorothy Butler, a homemaker He attended high school in Clinton, Mississippi He was ordained a Baptist minister in Sedalia, Missouri, in 1965, and pastored the Bethlehem Baptist Church briefly in 1966 He received a BS in math and a BA in English from Central Missouri State College now Central Missouri State University in 1966 That year, he married Lynnice McDonald, with whom he had two children, Lynnika and Sarah they divorced in 1977 He earned an MFA from the University of Arkansas UA in Fayetteville Washington County in 1979 In 1983, he married Little Rock Pulaski County native Jayme Thomas Tull, a purchasing manager, and became stepfather to her two daughters They divorced in 2004.Butler has won several awards, including one from the Boatwright Literary Festival in 1971 for his story, Voices He won first prize for fiction from Black Warrior Review in 1978 for Without Any Ears and in 1981 for A Country Girl Butler has written eight books, including three novels, a short story collection, a recipe collection, and two poetry collections, West of Hollywood Poems from a Hermitage August House, 1980 and The Kid Who Wanted to be a Spaceman August House, 1984 His poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Best Poems of 1976, edited by Joyce Carol Oates Ozark, Ozark, edited by Miller Williams and Arkansas Voices His poems have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, and New Orleans Review.Butler s first novel, Jujitsu for Christ August House, 1986 , told the racially charged story of a young man who opens a martial arts school in a predominantly black area in Jackson, Mississippi Nightshade, a science fiction novel, followed in 1989 from Atlantic Monthly Press His next book, Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock Knopf, 1993 , was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize It tells the story of a lawyer, Charles Morrison, whose wife, Lianne, is a former Miss Little Rock Ostensibly a love story, the novel also captures a portrait of Little Rock and Arkansas It uses collage, newspaper excerpts, cartoon reprints, and unusual arrangements of dialogue It features an omniscient narrator who claims to be either the Holy Ghost or perhaps Lianne s deceased dog to tell the love story that becomes a murder mystery The novel received national notice for its unconventional style and helped Butler rise from the ranks of regional writer.In 1997, Algonquin Books published a cookbook, Jack s Skillet Plain Talk from a Guy in the Kitchen, and in 1998, Knopf published Dreamer, a novel about dream research and set in Santa Fe, New Mexico.Butler was a writer in residence for the Joint Educational Consortium in Arkadelphia Clark County from 1974 to 1977 an English instructor at UA from 1977 to 1979 a science writer and public relations director for the Cancer Cooperative Group of Northwest Arkansas from 1979 to 1980 an actuarial analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas in Little Rock from 1980 to 1983 and a rate analyst at the Arkansas Public Service Commission until 1988 He became an assistant dean at Hendrix College in Conway Faulkner County in 1988 but left Hendrix in 1993 to be co director of the Creative Writing Program and an associate professor of creative writing at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico He retired in 2004 for health reasons and now lives in Wyandotte, Oklahoma.

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    1. Alas, I had this out of the library too long and had to return it I reached page 110 before letting go Pretty good so far, but I much prefer Butler writing about the South rather than the Southwest.



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