Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: The Rules of Dreaming by Bruce Hartman

Thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for allowing me to read this book as part of Bruce Hartman's virtual book tour. Leave a comment for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or gift card.  You have more chances to win by checking out the other tour posts here: and leaving comments as well.


The Rules of Dreaming

A novel of madness, music — and murder.

A beautiful opera singer hangs herself on the eve of her debut at the Met.  Seven years later the opera she was rehearsing—Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann—begins to take over the lives of her two schizophrenic children, the doctors who treat them and everyone else who crosses their paths, until all are enmeshed in a world of deception and delusion, of madness and ultimately of evil and death.  Onto this shadowy stage steps Nicole P., a graduate student who discovers that she too has been assigned a role in the drama. What strange destiny is being worked out in their lives?


The Rules of Dreaming is not your ordinary mystery.  There are stories within stories--and just when you think you have it solved, the author throws you a twist that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew. I like this in a book--I don't normally re-read books, but this is one I think I will revisit--if only to see if there are clues I missed the first time around.

Kudos to Mr. Hartman for creating a world and characters you will think of long after the last page has been read.


Bruce Hartman has been a bookseller, pianist, songwriter and attorney.  He lives with his wife in Philadelphia.  His previous novel, Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead, was published by Salvo Press in 2008. 


  1. Very short and to the point review. I'm glad the story's complexity is so great. Keeps you on your toes I bet.

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  2. what a great review. This sounds like the kind of story I will love to read.

  3. Judith...That's very high praise to me...If someone says they'll read a book again. As a librarian, that's my benchmark. The best books are ones that I keep because I may want to read them again. Excellent!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  4. I do re-read books and love re-visiting books that have held my fixed attention the first time around.


  5. Thanks for your review today. I don't normally re-read books but I liked your observation about picking up on points previously missed.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. I love to reread books! i have read the harry potter books at least 5 times each and so many other series i just love! i like to visit my book friends when a new book in the series comes out too!