Seizing Dreams

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Within the dream of the dreamer, the one who was dreamed of awoke.

… Borges

“I exist in the sunlight, the wind, between the heavens and the earth, and also in dreams.”

One night, Yu Hao, a college student who was at his wits’ end had an unexpected encounter with a mysterious visitor – “General” – who had dream travelled. He led Yu Hao in solving the countless riddles that abounded in the realm of the conscious, and lit up the fire beacons on the meandering Great Wall.

Thereafter, the darkness retreated, the sun rose, and when the long night was thoroughly lit up, the him who existed in reality was reborn.

The black dragon that roared, the lighthouse and demonic eye on the coastline, the rain forest before Chichén Itzá, the fierce beasts that wreaked havoc in the Colosseum…the bizarre projection of reality in one’s consciousness reflected the hidden place that the sunlight in reality couldn’t touch – the innumerable sins of the human heart.

The journey of seizing dreams continues, and one can only hope that the sun will continue illuminating the human heart.

Fire beacons on the Great Wall were lit up to signal a border invasion.

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duo meng
SD
夺梦
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Miki_mxzk
New Miki_mxzk rated it
July 24, 2020
Status: Completed
The book is one of my all time favorites!!! It perfectly takes elements of Fantasy, wild bosses and action, a good helping of the most fluffy and serious romance, and sci-fi fun. It's written so beautifully and I'm so thankful for the amazing translators that worked on the novel. They perfectly keept the pacing on point and even worked well through many of the super complicated grammar points from cn-->eng. Of. The storyline was special and very interesting the whole way through the novel. There was a clear partition between... more>> the segments in the book but it also led to a smooth flow to deepen the characters relationship with eachother. The characters were not overly cheesy or boring but they had real feelings and character growth as the story progresses. The main romance and interesting fantasy plot is worth everyone picking the novel up for a good read!!! <<less
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seasaltblue
New seasaltblue rated it
July 18, 2020
Status: Completed
The book is a journey! Fantasy, adventure, romance, sci-fi, so many genres woven together seamlessly. The translators did such an awesome job at keeping the flow of the novel even when the sentences got technical. All the plotlines are unique, the characters feel real and grow as the story progresses. The friendship and romance is worth the read.
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namio
namio rated it
August 21, 2019
Status: c97
Okay, this might be an unconventional review, judging from the others I've read.

I wish I had this novel in my life 10 months ago.

I was having a rough few years (decade), and while not about to actually do it I thought about dying a lot. I liked dissecting my emotions and why I felt them-- why am I terrified of even being in the same grocery store aisle as other people? Why does the sound of people hollering at each other in dorms send me into a panic? What were... more>> the root events of all these different triggered responses?

Seizing Dreams is about dreams, but these dreams are about that. About trauma. About what shapes us, what made us associate this with that and react this way and that way. It doesn't take a surface look, either, instead fully on board with twists and turns that's at the core of how we became this way. Which person, event, thing is the one actually ruling over your life? And more importantly, can changing your perception of it alter its grip strength on your life? If your dream is the subconscious map of your soul, if someone lit up all the beacon towers in your Great Wall, could that illuminate a path in your darkest moment? If there is a dragon and that dragon is the darkness of the water your mother might've wanted you to fall into as a child, how does one slay it and would it make a change? Seizing Dreams ties incredibly compelling, intricate and fantastical settings to not just psychology, but also its application. It says, slay that black dragon, and tells you that the sword is coming to terms with a trauma you might not even consciously remember.

Yet despite this theme of recovery, it's not a novel that takes that journey for granted. Fei Tian Ye Xiang is an incredible author, their characters are all imperfect and flawed in such ways, with such details as to feel alive. Heroes are never infallible, nor do they need to be; to resonate with another soul you never need a perfect copy of experiences. Daily life is a major component of the novel, because reality is ultimately the lives we live. SD never shies away from morality questions, realities of poverty, domestic and childhood abuse and complex familial feelings, imperfect lives and solutions. Everyone is on a constant journey out of the dark, but the destination is never perfection.

Our MC Yu Hao is poor and a closeted gay. When he was quite literally saved from the brink, he ended up accidentally falling for his savior-- a straight man, with a bad temper, and confidence, and fighting skills, and a violent, broken home. His General isn't perfect, but that's never a problem-- he never needed to be. And Yu Hao never fully, easily, automatically puts behind lessons learned from his entire life's journey, but that's never a problem. A problem is something that stops you from living a fulfilling life.

This is such a good novel. It's absolutely hilarious, the descriptions are amazing, it's insightful, and the MC and ML are in love and the translation is topnotch with lots of funny comments. If you can handle the subject matter I honestly can't recommend it enough. It doesn't need to be something you 100% agree with-- you don't need it to be perfect to have it have an effect, after all.

After their first meeting they end up working together to help others regain control over their subconscious by helping them defeat their demons. I can't help but feel they might've accidentally entered mine, and maybe took down one or two of its monsters. <<less
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Zryuu
Zryuu rated it
March 19, 2019
Status: c86
Translator’s Review:

SEIZING DREAMS IS SO!!!!! GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a perfect mishmash of both fantasy and reality as it interweaves stunning dreamscapes with its corresponding representations in the real world.

We start off with our MC (Yu Hao) facing an unfair conviction of stealing his student’s watch. Sadly, it wasn’t the first time Yu Hao had been accused of such a crime. But because of an accident and everyone’s distrust of him, he could not rid himself of the first accusation he faced in junior high. Coupled with the death of his grandmother,... more>> his only family that was left in his world, Yu Hao had lost all hope and thus decided to end his life. However, after he fell into a deep sleep during his suicide attempt, he woke up in a foreign place that looked... a lot like the Great Wall. And it was in this place that he met the one who brought light (sort of literally) into his world again — General.

What I like about this novel:

1. The dreamscapes are visually stunning and can stand alone as worlds of their own with all kinds of funny places/creatures that reflect the dreamer’s fears in the real world. In each dreamscape is a totem that signifies the dreamer’s future hopes and dreams, and is the nucleus of the dreamscape. Thus, the main task of Yu Hao and General is to seize the totem back from the one who had taken it away (usually a manifestation of their biggest fears would have stolen the totem). When they successfully retrieve the totem, the sun will rise and everything in the dreamscape will be born anew. Meanwhile, they need to be careful not to die or be chased to the borders, or they’ll be at risk of falling into the unconsciousness and will never be able to wake up again.

2. Action. Yu Hao and General has to face all sorts of weird creatures in dreams that they’ll have to defeat in order to retrieve the totem. I almost died of asphyxiation cause I was holding my breath so much during their fights.

3. Interweaving dreams and reality. Whatever appears in the dreamscapes are intrinsically tied to the experiences and thoughts of the dream in real life, which makes for some very interesting links.

4. It tries to go deeper. There’s a lot of talk on psychological disorders and the human psyche in this. As someone who studied Psychology for my Bachelor’s, it’s interesting for me to see how the author tries to incorporate such elements into the novel (I don’t necessarily agree with the novel’s standpoint though). So this is also a trigger warning for people who can’t stand to see stuff related to suicide, personality disorders etc.

5. The characters. All the characters in this novel were represented very realistically and I fell in love with Yu Hao and gang. I especially adored the character development of Yu Hao as he courageously faced new challenges head on throughout the novel, and he's such a cinnamon roll that it makes me want to hug him through my screen. I freaking love ML too because he's actually a really perceptive and attentive person. Around the end of vol 1, I found out just how many of his 'insignificant actions' were actually done on purpose to help those around him, which was a pretty mind-blowing moment for me.

This novel has one of the most unique premise that I've ever seen, and everything ties together really well too. Definitely one of my top 3, would highly rec it. Feitian <3 <<less
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WalerZ
WalerZ rated it
April 4, 2019
Status: Completed
I am studying in Canada, and my English teacher told me to give up Chinese bl fictions and read in English. I said no I need them because it is the source of my power. We tried to search online, but we didn't have so much time. Now I find this. Fei tian ye xiang is my favorite author. I have read many of his fictions. Everyone is special, especially Seizing Dreams. It talks about your dreams and hope, pass and future. I finished this book for many months, but... more>> now I am still influenced a lot by it. For the translator, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! YOU SAVED MY LIFE!!!!!! <<less
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yuukine
yuukine rated it
April 20, 2020
Status: Completed
Rating: 4.75

> "Life is like a play, it all depends on your acting skills. "

Finally finished this masterpiece! It's captivating, it's fulfilling, it has everything you ever want and need.

... more>> Feitian deals with traumas, with suppressed emotions and with self harm tendencies by introducing General - a mysterious entity who can go through dreams and help their tenants fight against themselves and their fears.

There is a lot of psychology in this one - not in a way that one would be confused with many terms, just that it has a huge amount of dedication and effort and time spent into side characters alongside the main.

Who and what is the General? How can he travel through dreams? Why can he solve other people's problems by fighting for them?

The answer is simple. The General is someone who wants to help and save people from others and from themselves.

Yu Hao, a college student on the verge of suicide is one of his cases. Yu Hao has already been accused of theft, and now it happened again. And of course - no one believes him.

◙ He's depressed

◙ He is an orphan and can't depend on anyone else

◙ He literally has no money

◙ and he's gay

All of these combined made his life hell, but General noticed. But so did Fu Liqun and Zhou Sheng from the basketball club (and no, this is not a book about basketball!). He also meets Chen Yekai and Huang Ting - the only people who believe in him and who are willing to listen.

There is so much accent on side characters. There is so much mystery, every arc deals with one person and EVERYONE gets to meet General eventually.

How it affects the dreams - affects their minds in the present.

All the set ups, all the places, everything is so well done. You can literally spend hours analyzing why there is Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Zombie apocalypse, Great Wall and what they represent. But you don't have too because there are people in book who will.

Everything is so beautifully written, there are so many wonderful moments, there are so many funny things, funny ideas, gut wrenching sob stories, and THE FINALE IS GRAND AND MAJESTIC.

There is a part of a particular arc around 120-130 that bored me a little, but the end of the book was as mind blowing as the first 115 chapters of it. The last 25 chapters are such a wild ride you won't be able to stop.

Go with Yu Hao and General on adventure of Seizing Dreams!

OVERALL:

Characters: 5 - Zhou Sheng and Yu Hao and Chen Yekai get so much attention. Their characters are stunning and realistic. (No, this is not love triangle). Side characters: 6 - I have never seen side characters that are developed as these, that have so many scenes and where all of them will hold a special place in your heart).

Story: 5 - impactful, wonderful, fantastic story.

Emotional impact: 5 -I cried a lot, but it gets better!

Humor: 5 - I laughed so many times I think my ribs hurt. <<less
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MicasLenny
MicasLenny rated it
February 4, 2020
Status: Completed
This is one of the best BL novels ever written in my opinion. There are many aspects of Seizing Dreams that elevates it from other BL novels of it kind.

You would find that even though SD is a fantasy novel, it is one of the most realistic novels that you will ever find in this genre. Most of the BL I read were all novels where the ML is OP af and always protects the MC to the point where the dog blood plot is not very exciting since you... more>> know the ML would win anyways. However, in SD, you can actually sees the psychological vulnerabilities of all the characters with the novel have to deal with.

The novel touches upon many topics from sensitive ones such as suicide, homosexuality, poverty to other ones such as not knowing what to do after you graduate. Each character within their novel have their own issues and they rely on each other to solve them. That is where the fantasy elements come in.

ML had obtained an item which allows him to traverse into the surface subconscious world of other people, throught this the ML, and later the MC as well, will traverse dreams in order to try to solve these psychological issues of other characters and themselves. All characters in the novel is very well-fleshed out, with their own personalities and quirks that are easy to distinguish.

Another point I like to make is the symbolism and the descriptive details that are enoted within the novel itself.
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I feel like the author wants to try to reflect the reality of the modern day world as much as he can. You can see that he often uses different symbols such as the sunrise and the moon to not only denote the ML and the MC, but also saying that no matter what hardships you go through, no matter what happens, the sun will rise and a new day will come forth again.

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Another theme that the author relies heavily on is what is the meaning of life? What is success?
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A lot of times you can see the younger characters such as the ML and Fu Liqun always clashing with the elders (Zhou Laichun and Gege's father-in-law) where the elders always say that a successful life is one where a person gains money and fame at the cost of everything else, whereas ML and Gege feels that there are more things to life than that, such as love, and that where there is love, life is fulfilled. I feel this very much highlights not only the differences in opinion between parents and their children but also the different ideologies that change over time.

At the end of the day, I think the author is trying to say that no matter what type of ideologies that you believe in or how difficult your childhood is, it is only up to your own self how you decide what to do with your life. It is also up to your own self what the meaning of success it.

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Consequently, I think that the fantasy elements of SD is just an undertone for the psychological elements of the novel, meaning that I think SD is more of a reflective novel of the modern day world and the difficulties that each person will go through and how to deal with it, whereas the many battle scenes in the novel just serve as a pretext to that.

Overall, I think SD is much more like an actual novel than a webnovel. I don't think it should be compared to other novels of its genre (BL) since it can literally stand out on its own. This psychological drama deserves to be treated like any other actual novels (BL or not) out there and I hope that many people will read this series.

I find this novel heavily relatable as I'm a second-year university student with no idea what to do with his life, and this novel allowed me to contemplate on my difficulties and helped send me a message that no matter what happens, there is hope at the end of the tunnel, and the sun will rise again. Treasure your true friends dearly as they will help you get through tough times; and no matter what there is always a way out.

Endnote: I felt a heavy reluctance to part with the novels as I felt heavily invested and felt the many different feelings of the main characters in SD. It feels like gaining new friends even though they are entirely fictional (I need real friends). I hope the translator will translate the remaining extras! <<less
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Avrohom
Avrohom rated it
February 11, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't know what this novel is doing here on NU, even though here I found many novels and stories that deeply impressed me and translators that I admire greatly. This one is real literature and the quality of translation is simply off the charts. It is so good that I had to reread the first chapter right after I finished reading it and this I now do with each following chapter. Un-freaking-believable. This is pure goodness! Despite that scary and off-putting summary of the novel and so very many... more>> intellectual or analytical reviews that made my head spin, I managed to start reading Seizing Dreams and it is actually simple and kind and invites me to continue reading it not because it is interesting and entertains my mind but because it does something beautiful to my soul. It describes people and what makes life worthy of living it unlike any other novel I have read before. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
September 25, 2019
Status: c118 part2
This is a slice-of-life/romance/BL/comedy with occasional splashes of supernatural/action thrown into the mix. The romance develops in a reasonable without anyone suddenly going yandere, and it's believable. The story development runs smoothly. The writing quality of this series is excellent.

The main characters have complete personalities with depth and character development, and so do the side-characters. Everyone comes across as fairly realistic. For once, the main couple is not abusive toward each other, and this is not a rape-romance series. The ML sometimes calls the MC s*upid, which I dislike, but... more>> it's not enough to constitute emotional abuse. They help and support each other. Although the ML pampers the MC, the MC also pampers him. They enjoy taking care of each other and building a life together as they struggle to plan out their futures. This is something many college students or even high school students could sympathize with. These characters screw up plenty and definitely take the wrong turns in life, so they're not OP protagonists who automatically have everything given to them without any tension.

The setting is modern-day college mixed with the occasional mystical dreamscape.

The psychology in this series isn't necessarily the most accurate thing, but that doesn't matter as long as it's interesting. There must be meaning and metaphors with the dreams as well. As long as the reader interprets this series as a alternative world, it's easier to accept the events. The dreams have interesting settings and their own unique dramas as characters face off against their hidden fears. Unfortunately, the action in the dreams is rather vague and over-the-top at times. The battle scenes in the dreams are written in a more vague manner with ridiculous abilities, which reminds me of why I dislike Xianxias. However, dreams are abstract, so this may be intentional on part of the author. The action in the real world is more realistic, even if it could be written in a more exciting manner.

Although this is one of the more professional and high-quality series I have read, it's not my cup of tea. More than 50% of the series is romance, which is a genre I can barely tolerate. Quite a significant portion of the series is also slice-of-life, which I'm only interested in if it's a tragedy. Although it's well-written, this is definitely not a series I could read in one sitting and could only tolerate a handful of chapters a day after the more exciting first arc came to an end. I like more action/suspense/adventure/horror/mystery series like Lord of the Mysteries, Thriller Paradise, and Quick Transmigration Cannon Fodder’s Record of Counterattacks. Of course, I like series like Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil as well, but I actually like to read danmei more for the plot than the romance.

That said, even if this series isn't to my tastes, it still deserves a rating of 5/5 for it's quality. I can't dock it points because I don't like the genres. <<less
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ChronoH0
ChronoH0 rated it
March 31, 2019
Status: Completed
I really like this story. There's a lot of psychology in this and they maybe not be accurate.

The creativity the author creates on the dreamscapes is very interesting. Not only that the characters are alive. Both MC's are designed to promote growth.

Yu was pressed by accusations that weren't true. He went into a coma and had a dream where he meets the general. He becomes the only light in his life. Coming back to reality where he regains the will to live. It's where the gears started turning and the... more>> moment where he becomes affecting other people's life.

The general is also begun to change because of it.

The dreamscapes are like arcs of world hopping genre where MC's go into the dreams of others. Those dreams are affected by the reality that those particular characters faced. The more impression or experience the characters faced in reality. The more danger the dreamscapes becomes.

There are 4 volumes in total. Each volume marks a new chapter where the MC's began moving towards a new phase.

The story is generally a mix of slice of life, action, mystery, and maybe depiction of cruelty. There is drama but it wasn't too much.

Really recommended if you want an interesting story. You won't find cp pairings tho here. <<less
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TimeToEscape94
TimeToEscape94 rated it
December 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Rating 4.8

This was my first "modern time" novel.

It's an amazing & interesting novel to read especially for people in their twenties. Mainly because it talks about different topics & struggles we meet at this time of our lives, such as: personal identity, friendship, love, dreams, professional future, etc. There are also some links made with (chinese) society and on the confrontation with current standards and expectations towards young people. In short, I think every reader can find himself in at least one of the characters.

Speaking of the characters, I... more>> think it's really the best thing in this story. Each one of them, main and secondary, is very well developed, especially through the dreams. We discover their fears, their dreams, their "safe haven", etc. The friendship between the side and main characters (MC/ML) made me cry a lot of times. It's so pure, so true et sooo realistic. There are different gay people in this group of friends. I also point out that there are some female characters in the story and they are amaziiiiing! No dumb-b*tchy-arrogant-... behavior. They are all good girls, very supportive, with their own development and background.

The MC and the ML are also amazing and interesting characters. The main character went through difficult trials, which led him to try to end his life. It was by meeting the ML that his new life began. He is a very intelligent character, who questions -a lot- himself and the world around him. He grows through his experiences with the ML, his friends and surroundings. We clearly see this "growth" throughout the whole novel. The ML is a little "rebel", who is also very intelligent, loyal, knows how to fight (savage & badass) and is very very very caring & romantic towards the MC, specially when they got together. He's the perfect hubby, there's no other word to describe him perfectly. He also has a particular family background that is both tragic and funny at times (yes I had a few laughs while reading the interactions between the parents ---> the coming out got me LMAO). In short, their relationship is amazing. It's built very naturally & realistically.

Others points:

  • There are a lot of references to psychology. I didn't always agree with what was said, but it remains very interesting to learn about differences, given the context in China and the fact that mental disorders are still very taboo in this region of the world.
  • There's a lot of action in the dreamscapes! Each dream is unique and linked to the emotions of their owner. There are beautiful metaphors of the life and many philosophical moments. I think there's a good balance between action and relationships developments (love, friendship, etc.).
  • The author is A MAN.
In short, don't hesitate to read this story! It makes you think a lot, it's funny, touching, it has a perfect pace, there are references to pop culture, all your questions are answered at the end of the story, etc. READ IT.

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Catzun rated it
October 19, 2019
Status: c126
What a great novel!!! I have no words to describe how immensely great it truly is. The author has instantly become one of my top favorite bl writers, near and dear to my heart overnight.

The translator is, also, near and dear to my heart for all the hard work and effort she puts into tl-ing each chapter. MARRY ME, please!! We (fans) are so very lucky to receive quality tl's that I am thankful and appreciative of her commitment to her standard.

The novel and translation are both a+++!!! Totally recommend.... more>> &Lt;3 <<less
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Ishikawa.chie
Ishikawa.chie rated it
October 8, 2019
Status: c79
The plot is honestly good. But the ML (SZ) chara really ticks me off. He kept dragging the MC's (yh) feeling. He rejected and even convinced the MC to find others yet he prevented the MC from dating afterwards. He's just a closeted scum. though he had circumstances he couldn't tell to MC, at least he could say "could you wait for a yr" to mc

I could accept that he did it because of his past experience, but he dragged it too long. And the MC's... I couldn't blame his... more>> feelings for the ML since yh really loves sz.

Will drop <<less
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fltstrt
fltstrt rated it
July 15, 2019
Status: c84 part1
5/5, the story deserves more than 5 stars. Our ultra lovable Yuhao and his adorable General beckons you to start this awesome journey with them!

5/5 to the translating team too! Buy them Ko-fi! They so deserve it.

I've not completed this story yet but 84 chapters in, I'm positive that no other story can replicate the uniqueness that is SD.

... more>> BL isn't SD's only defining genre, its a fantastical, psychological and romantic coming-of-age novel. Give it a try even if BL isn't your thing.

With SD, as the MC 'travels' to several vastly diff dreamscapes, it almost seems like a world hopping novel! But with every arc, and with every dream 'seized' the main plot thickens, and we see our MCs' glorious character growth.

The story is visual overload, got to read slowly as content is heavy and thought provoking.

The rich and complex design of every dreamscapes, the raw social commentaries in every arc, the action-packed adventures, the sweet sweet romance, the comedic dialogues... I shed so many tears that my eyes were puffy for 2 days, lol-ed so much and almost died of fluff overload- such an emotional rollercoaster.

I have so much I want to say about the story. Warning, from here on my review will probably sound like a long rambling personal anecdote.

This story touched me greatly as dreaming will always be a fascinating topic for me. Suffering from frequent sleep paralysis from a young age eventually pave my way to learn how to lucid dream.

I kept this little secret 'ability' to myself. I felt that absolutely no one would understand how exhilarating and liberating it was to not just transverse one's own dreamscapes but to be able to alter them too...

My dreams were often exaggerated mirrors or extensions of my reality. What I wasn't able to do in real life, I had no qualms executing them in my dreams. Naturally what happens in the dream, stays in the dream– nothing is translated to reality.

But I gained more than just visceral pleasure. I felt my dreams are my personal dialogues with myself. I 'converse' with myself to understand my complex inner world and subconscious better.

While lucid dreaming was initially fun, I came to realise that things I desperately wished to hide from and to forget in real life will show themselves in my dreams. My fears and anxieties magnified and take on tangible forms to haunt me.

Trapped in my vast and limitless dreamscape together with my inner demons only further perpetuates one fact– that I am the only conscious being here. I am alone.

The huge revelation is– while I think I have the ability to control the elements in my dream, the dream is also essentially me. Well, who wins then?

At this point I wish to talk about the first arc in SD. I will try to leave details out to not overly spoil the story. At his lowest, Yuhao our MC, meets a mysterious General in his dream who helped him. The general, an entirely foreign entity to his self manifested dreamscape was able to encourage dream Yuhao and change the tide. This victory became a changing point of sorts for real life Yuhao as well.

It hurts thinking about it, but without the General's timely arrival, it is heavily implied that Yuhao will most likely face a bad and lonely end.

I am so envious of Yuhao for having his own General. It's a feeling that I am sure everyone who reads this book will feel at some point.

It almost feels that I was there together with Yuhao and his general, fighting to seize the totems together hand in hand. <<less
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Mai Mee
Mai Mee rated it
June 7, 2019
Status: c59
I will just say that I've never felt anything when I sometimes read/watch the Slice of Life genre except for this once. I have to say that this is my favourite BL novel so far (like, if you could only read one BL novel ever I would choose this one). I only found out what "heartwarming" meant when I read this.

The interactions are great. Characters are thought out. The romance is "slow", but if you binge read like me I'd say it's appropriate. More importantly it's great. Not every character... more>> is suddenly gay and not everyone magically develops a liking towards the protagonist.
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Except maybe the main love interest. But maybe the spark should be kind of sudden? IDK. It's kind of sudden (i.e. Can also be considered not sudden), and I just don't oppose it.

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The setting is set in the modern world and many [pop culture?] references (?) are very relatable. Societal pressure against homosexuality is neither downplayed nor overplayed. Etc. Overall, I would just say that things are very true to the current world. And that along with the interactions are what makes it so enjoyable. And so relatable if you're gay.

Usually I would rate things according to the ratings I think it should receive in the site, but for this one, I think it deserves an ~4.8 out of my perfect 5.0 for me. (For comparison, right now I would rate Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil an ~4.5 out of 5.0.) (Quick transmigration still wasn't a thing back then and that one was done pretty well.) (Of course, these are different genres and can't be compared that easily. But it's just to give you an idea.)

The synopsis was pretty confusing but just give this a try. It's really good. You won't regret it. <<less
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RiYueLingKong
RiYueLingKong rated it
March 3, 2019
Status: v1
Got into this through the audio drama. This is a work where you seriously need brain cells, dreams and the interplay with real life intersect too much here. Besides this, the lush scenery as depicted through the author's pen also deserves a mention! Glad that someone picked it up!
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passport
passport rated it
April 12, 2020
Status: Completed
5 stars, absolutely.

I can't remember the last time something I've read hit me this damn hard. The story really makes you think and reflect. It deals with some heavy stuff and the questions the characters sometimes ask might sound similar to anyones own ideas if they have gone through a rough time or if someone you know has BUT you get an answer to all the issues presented.

If you are looking for a light read that doesn't require any deep thinking, maybe save this one for another day. I still... more>> recommend it though 100%

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ylial
ylial rated it
October 8, 2019
Status: c102
4.7 ⭐ rounded off to 5.

Interesting plot!! Combination of slice of life and fantasy (dream)

MC's personality is consistent with the plot (and irl). Although he is improving, he's still timid and his decision is based on ML's want etc. Since, u could not really change the personality u grew up with in just a month or so. //I wish I could hit the MC with a newspaper; he loves the ML too much.

I like how the ML is written too. Concordant with the story, he has a temper and... more>> afraid to be in relationship/build a family. However, he changed to an overbearing, perverted ML since he got together with MC. I could understand his repressed self but, on what I could see, he looked like schizophrenic. Eventually, he became okay, and conceded everytime he argued with d MC. I still like his chara anyway XD

Also, kinda disappointed with ML. Due to his past, he closed his feelings. But, he shouldn't control the MC too much after he rejected him. It seems like he has this notion subconsciously "I could have you, whenever I like" since the MC is gung-ho over him. Although there are character flaws, it is indeed acceptable since, they are appropriate with the story and mc/ML are still students.
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The only flaw that is not really accepted to me is ML's chara is too controlling even after rejecting the MC. It took 81 chapters to make d ML confess 😅

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e1ysian
e1ysian rated it
August 11, 2019
Status: c68.1
The book is a slow burn on tbe romance and is actually realistic when portraying the romance between a straight guy and a gay person. The plot is also very well thought out and has a lot of knowledge on psychology.

The reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars is because the MC seemed like he relied on the ML to the point that even tbe MC going out to have drinks with someone has to be decided by the ML.

The ML also is very possessive of the MC even... more>> though they aren't in a relationship and the MC always apologizes for things he shouldn't! <<less
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veihakase
veihakase rated it
July 4, 2019
Status: c78 part2
(I just wanna punch myself for not reading this earlier although I'm on the latest chapter right now.) This novel is just one of the best out there. The plot is well thought, it doesn't have plot holes for me, I understood the why's and how's (there is still one unresolved thing but I knew the light is rreeaaallly near at the end of the tunnel now). The intricate fantasy being mixed by psychology was a very refreshing combination for me, and that is why I can't stop reading... more>> this. The problems were all rooted from society. Also, both the ML and MC had this slow burn of fluff that I really like. They tend to think things a bit deep so they wouldn't regret the things they do later on. I hope a lot of people can read this outstanding piece. The translation is also amazing (not to mention the extra effort they place on their notes and links). Aaaah~ this is really grreeeeaaatt overall, just look at the cover it screams FLUFF haha <3 <<less
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hiro14
hiro14 rated it
June 17, 2020
Status: Completed
This kind of novel is not really my cup of tea, but it has a fantastic world building. The different story arcs are almost divided by different genres, but because of the unique concept I stayed and binge read it till the end. I could also say that this novel is a pretty heavy read (because there's a lot of angst) and I think it's more a josei genre, focusing on maturer audience. The chapters are pretty long too, so instead of 165 chapters, it will feel twice as long.

This... more>> novel is really a hell of a rollercoaster ride. It has different flavors of genres. Like in the first 60 chapters, focusing on fantasy/action. The next 20 chapters are slow romance. Next 40 slice of life. And the rest are back to action. These are just estimated chapters btw, but throughout it has drama, comedy, mystery, and I supposed I should say sci-fi because it didn't revolved magic.

The title Seizing Dreams has double meaning too, which refers to both seizing dreams in the unconscious mind, and seizing their dreams in reality. Maybe that's why the arcs feels like it's divided by different genres.

I do recommend it for people who have strong of heart (because of the angst and real life scenario) and who likes analysis of mystery (a lot of psychology concepts). Beware to people who are used to reading novels that usually focuses on a single or double genre. It threw me off, but I persisted and it was amazing, lol.

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Just wanna say chapter 81 is my favorite chapter. You can really feel MC's feeling of going from hell to heaven. When you are ready to break off everything, then they suddenly got together. No words can really describe. If I'm in the position I'll also turn mute and cry tears of joy, lol.

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The part after might be pretty heavy dealing with LDR, busy internship, financial problems, and family problems (slice of life). But it all ends well 😁

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Next of the slice of life is back to mystery and action, where it concluded with the fight for the golden crow wheel and the reason what it was for.

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Note: They are devoted to each other after they got together, and no love drama between them after. It might help you to at least start reading it, lol <<less
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Yorokobiaaii
Yorokobiaaii rated it
June 3, 2020
Status: Completed
This is really a effing ROLLER COASTER RIDE and I wanna ride on it again!! I don't even know how to explain how I feel, I Love this Novel so much!! 💕💕 And I'm pretty sure that I will remember this novel for the rest of my life.

I don't wanna say anything about the characters and the story, cause I want YOU to discover it yourself. You really can't judge a book by its cover, bah!

Trust me, you will enjoy this one. But, you need to read this one... more>> carefully, okay? ☺️

Ah, right! Before I go to sleep cause it's 12:29 am already!! And I've been reading this novel since last night ~ let me give this one, to you.

. "There are some people who always hope that everyone would keep sleeping and never wake up for the rest of their lives. But unfortunately, there will always be people who will wake other people up assiduously, even if it interferes with their... dream of freedom.”

Good Night. <<less
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