"Dream Wafer ? so unfamiliar but instinctively familiar and I feel I know what it means but it is the title of a new novel by Dr. Han Soo Lee, available at Amazon. "
Dream Wafer is a device, a patch, one can apply on one's neck like a bandaid to affect one's dream content.
If the dream is disturbing, affecting sound sleep, with unpleasant consequences in one's behaviour, unhappy life, efficiency at work as one can imagine after unpleasant dream. It is tailored to fit to individual, after much of preliminary vetting, questionnaires, genetic studies of patients(clients), by Acmeon Lab", directed by Dr. Jupitren, a kindly figure who has benefit for all mankind in mind.
In other words, Dream Wafer purports genetic modification of brain chemistry to induce modification of dream content for therapeutic purpose but Dr. Jupitren noted that it's not curative but compares to splinting of fractured bones to aid healing.
Overall idea is intriguing, provoking further curiosity, making easy to turn pages. Whole story was built in detective fashion since bad characters are at work to steal the idea for monetary purpose. Any good work always invites bad characters who want to profit from other's creativity. Their defense of their facility and protection of their good ideas, intellectual properties, requires careful works among good staffs, elaborate cooperation with local law agencies, and ingenious scheme to protect their work from evil characters. Protective work requires some tense moments, involving many contemporary understanding of cyber security.
In due course, our good doctor discuss and explains dream formation, his understanding of dream interpretation, and unconscious determinants. Some of his discussion seems educational, didactic in his explanation to neuroscientists, physiologists and medical students rather than a novel but it was revealing of the author's understanding of the subject. One can come away acknowledging much learning as a science students.
Most of the characters in the novel are well meaning, respectful and friendly. even one bad character, Dr. Sobien Molton, who started as a assistant to Dr. Jupitren, turned out, in the end, to be redeemable person.
I felt advancing to electronic age as a person who grew up in mechanical age, getting more familiarized with contemporary devices and ideas.
Some interesting human interaction are evident as a spice in good foods in due course and romance are interspersed, which enhanced more interest as the story of human being. Though eventual outcome of the story is a triumph of reason and good people, the process is still thrilling.
The novel is constructed in a way that the story is wide open in the beginning, introducing many characters, creating incentive to know more about the plots though readers know who are bad characters and how the story will end.
It feels some conversation wordy, less than current, and more consistent with a text book at times but overall mastery of his English is rather impressive.
At the end of the novel, lists of characters and terms are listed, kindly gestures in accordance with the science story book.
I struggled to guess the specificity of the origin, race, time and place of the story, and character description which will lead to logical conclusion of the plots but it might have meant to be the way as futuristic events.
I am eagerly waiting for next novel by Han Soo Lee.
At the end of the novel, the author wishes ¡° good night and happy dreams!¡±
I thank to Han Soo, who explored a new territory and recommend to spare your time to read it through.
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After Reading The Novel ¡°Dream
Wafer¡± by Han Soo Lee, M.D.
By Chang-Wuk Kang, M.D.
By the title my immediate impression was that this is either
science fiction that a psychiatrist with wishful dream can concoct or something
else. By the time the Acmeon Lab was broken in I imagined the story was turning
to a techno-thriller. Then the story
began inserting very kind explanations of several scientific facts including
psychiatry, physiology, history, some technology such as nanotechnology and
even theology. Still it was tantalizing as this reader wished to see some
excitement. So much technological jargons are there, some are real and some are
neologisms. I imagined that the author can open a business of inventing ¡®trademarks¡¯
because he invented so many fancy and clever names of tools and places. One can
see that all the new invented tech jargons have certain meanings. They are very
cleverly associated with real figures. When some long enterings of describing what
took place between the characters with such niceties is more than expected and
I was beginning to wonder where the story goes which causes page flipping. The
thrill, actions, excitements, and mysteries are covered on several chapter out
of 56 of them only when Ajnin Hsilomed came into the picture.
The story is filled with very nice warm human relationships.
Everyone is nice and courteous to everyone else. One imagined that Dr. Molton
with manic sociopath was the villain but toward the end even he became nicest
selfless human. There was the real villain but he died so quickly after a very
brief encounter and it was covered no more than about three pages. For some
times, Akandro was thought to be the main villain but he did not really sound
so bad as a middle man. I expected to read something similar to the books of
Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, but I end up finding more about human affairs like
how one should treat each other.
I started to think that this is a story of how civilized
human should behave each other. Then I found I was right. All the characters
close to the protagonists, whoever that is (it was difficult to pinpoint one
hero in the early stage), are so kind and thoughtful each other. No wonder, all
are found to be from Christian families. Initial characters all close to the
Dr. Jupitren, are members of the inner circle of sort; they are Helen, Jenny
and then Steve. I just could not help but to imagine that this inner circle is
similar to that of Jesus Christ, like Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. I was reminded
with the ancient Christian communities that true Christian fellowship was
practiced. I believe I was right. In the story about Christian tradition the
author inserted the word ¡°The Ways¡± that was the early Christians were called, ¡°people
of the Ways¡±, before the word ¡®Christian¡¯ became fully accepted. It means
anyone who is noble and good as true follower of the Anointed One, Jesus. The
word ¡®mutual admiring society¡¯ stayed in my head for a long time. May be
because I must have imagined there would be some dog-eat-dog sort of vicious fighting.
I am wrong. The author did not fail to tell us about some New England Christian
Of course it is very hard to imagine anything but happy
ending and readers can imagine how the end is going to be. If it is thriller
there are not too many unpredictable twists. But every turn of events is very
rationally constructed. The author turned the primary villain, Dr. Sobien
Molton, the manic sociopath, the cantankerous evil doer into a noble person
with knowledge of sacrifice. This reminds me Saint Paul who was the arch-enemy
of the Christian as Saul who turned to become the twelfth Apostle. He offered
his blood to Dr. Jupitren who was shot and lost great deal of blood at the end.
The scene reminds me of a saintly sacrifice when Dr. Jupitren became the
sacrifice as one who suffered most. Again I cannot help but to akin the
Biblical story in this. I was wondering if the author was thinking this
consciously or in his preconsciousness(not unconsciously). It seems that he have
been thinking about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus as Dr. Juptren hit by the
bullet shot by evil by inserting himself between the arch-villain and his
beloved betrayer, Dr. Molton. If I have
gone too far in this please forgive me.
The Dream Wafer is a very desirable contraption that psychiatrists,
psychologists, and counselor-psychotherapists might dream to have in their
armamentarium of treatments for mentally ill. It is a very clever idea. The author used the genes as the basic
structure that could be manipulated. I was thinking if the author ever thought
about the new idea of the neuronal connections called Connectome (theorized by
Sebastian Seung). The idea of the virtual brain is the same concept of the
Connectome (book of the same title available in most libraries as this was in
the New York Times best seller). That is the proof of depth of the author¡¯s
technical knowledge. That is truly enviable.
I should say that author¡¯s master of English is such that
this book looks very much that is written by native English speaker with
polished word craft. So many idiomatic expressions, colloquial, and choice of
words and phrases are so nicely and proficiently used in such a way that only highly
educated experienced native speaker can use. If I did not know the author I
could have been completely fooled.
I enjoyed reading and I believe it is page flipper. Most of
all, I congratulate Han Soo for successfully completing this gigantic task and
I pray that many read this book. Oh, I should not forget that I call this a Christian Techno-Thriller.