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The Two Worlds of the Mind
by Randall Brooks   

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Books by Randall Brooks
· Von Wyck Songbook Volume 2: 1988 - 1991
· Von Wyck Songbook Volume 1: 1986 - 1988
· Von Wyck Songbook Volume 3: 1991 - 1997
· Psychopath
· The Camera Eye
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Category: 

Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1462626734 Type: 
Pages: 

505

Copyright:  August, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781462626731
Fiction

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“The Two Worlds of the Mind”, a homoerotic satiric psychological mystery thriller set in 1987, set in Knoxville and Jefferson City.

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 The basic plot is that Brent Hart, a young gay man, and George Waldo, a young straight man, and the love of Brent's life, become "involved" with each other, becoming very close friends. Along the lines, Brent sleeps with a mutual good friend of theirs, and eventually another fling of Brent's starts to stalk the two, killing people close to them, and working his way up to killing them. The novel is told in a very nonlinear structure, weaving back and forth between dreams, reality, daydreams, reality, and thoughts and reality. 




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Nice Tapestry Of Comedy, Horror, and Tragedy...
This review is from: The Two Worlds of the Mind (Paperback)

By BadBoyBrett (February 22, 2012)

I had to read the other reviews on here before I wrote mine because I didn't want to repeat anything anyone else has already said, and plus they are all some very well written reviews. Anyways, here's my review for what it's worth:

I would call this a real page-turner, something that will have you reading until late into the night, not able to put it down for long periods of time. I know it held me captivated, and had me turning pages as fast as I could to see what was coming next.

Set in 1987, after one of the main characters, George Waldo, receives a mysterious phone call from a mysterious person (who we the reader soon find out is the other main character, Brent Hart), things spin out of control, and everyone is soon plunged into the world of dreams vs. reality; hence the title, "The Two Worlds of the Mind".

And, not to give anything away, but I'm sure it is easy to guess from reading the back cover info that Brent and George meet at Geno's, but how we get to that meeting (and everything that comes after) is one h*ll of a trip that held me mesmerized.

Not really knowing at any given minute which one is which, whether it is a dream, a daydream, maybe a memory, or in fact reality (or whose dreams, daydreams, memories, etc), this story interweaves between so many different perspectives, views, theories, and innuendos, it leaves the reader breathless.

From what I gather, this pays homage to everything from "A Nightmare On Elm Street", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", Peter Straub`s "Mr. X", to "The Shining". Very highly emotionally charged, ranging from tension, comedy, horror, and tragedy, this is an emotional roller coaster ride you won't soon forget. This is extremely well written, and brilliantly conceived, and I feel I can't recommend it highly enough.


Such a haunting dreamscape...
This review is from: The Two Worlds of the Mind (Paperback)
By Rebellious Book Lover (February 17, 2012)

I was lucky enough to hear about this novel on Facebook, where a couple friends of mine are friends with the author, Randall Brooks; and they HIGHLY recommended I read it. And now it's my turn to highly recommend it to others.

This is a dynamic book! Very intricately woven, and cleverly written, this is one book I will remember for a very long time to come. Yes, it starts off kind of "simple", and doesn't really go too much into character development, but then I realized that was done intentionally, because every single character in it -no matter how big or small- are so richly fleshed out later as the novel progresses; and before long, it is very complex and sinister.

The story seems simple at the start: George Waldo receives a phone call from Brent Hart, someone he went to high school with, -and had an immensely huge crush on him in high school- and invites him to meet the following day at a local pizzaria. And, from there, the whole concept of dreams, daydreams, and how they all interact with reality is explored in ways you could never have imagined.

One of my Facebook friends is also a fan of Randall Brooks' author page, and told me that Brooks said on there that he conceived the whole idea way back in 1995 to kind of write an erotic "Nightmare On Elm Street", but without Freddy Krueger and all the horror. And I think he suceeds in spades here!

And, as I said, yes, it starts off pretty simple, but before I knew it, it twisted and turned on me in ways I could never have imagined, and I found myself saying "WOW!" so many times I honestly lost count! And the ultimate revelation of who the stalker/killer is blew me away!!!! I did NOT see that coming at all! Wow!

I don't really want to say too much else about this novel in fear of ruining it, because every little detail is perfectly placed to later expose a plot twist, and to mention even one may spoil something else. All I can do is say READ IT YOURSELF!! Thank you.


An Odyssey Into The Ultimate Dreamscape!
This review is from: The Two Worlds of the Mind (Paperback)
By Darryl Clark (January 29, 2012)

I normally don't write reviews, but after reading this great novel, I feel compelled to let others know just how great it is! What starts out as a nice little homoerotic drama soons turns into the most intense, psychologically twisted, sinister mystery thriller I've read in a long time.

Weaving between dreams, daydreams, and reality, author Randall Brooks creates a wonderful spectral odyssey into the depths of the mind, and dares to challenge readers to try to distinguish between dreams and reality; never at any moment really letting you know which is which.

The style of writing even intensifies and gets richer and deeper as the story evolves. Think Jackie Collins meets Peter Straub and you get the idea of what this novel has in store for you.

Yes, this is very sexually explicit, as well as psychologically twisted, with more twists and turns than a pretzel, something to take your mind on a trip you won't soon forget. Not only is this one of the best psychological mystery thrillers that I've read recently, but it is also one of the greatest love stories I've ever read.

Basically, this is a 500+ pages love letter from Brent Hart to George Waldo. But the way that is so brilliantly disguised, infused with biting satire, interwoven with orgasmic sexual scenarios, and scenes of intense violence and murder just took my breath away. And the entire final act just blew my mind!

This was highly recommended to me by a friend, and I am now HIGHLY recommending it to all of you on here! Just don't expect anything concidered "conventional", because this is probably as unconventional as it could possibly be without being too abstract and incomprehensible. I guarantee you'll love it as much as I did!


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