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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namio
New 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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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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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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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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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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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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fltstrt
fltstrt rated it
July 15, 2019
Status: c84 part1
Help... I binged read in 2 sittings and caught up to the latest chapter like an addict. Argh I almost wished I found this later after the translations are fully done. I'm such a contradiction, I want to finish reading the story yet I don't want it to end too. TT

Im having withdrawal symptoms and have no desire to read other stories. Nothing can fill this huge SD void. I've read more than a hundred cnovels of diff genres and I think this might be in my Top 3. Danmei/yaoi... more>> isn't SD's only defining genre, it's a great fantasy and psychological coming-of-age novel. Give it a try even if BL isn't your thing (though heads up the romance is soooo good too.)

I read the summary and knew right away SD is right up my alley. Dreams/dreaming... has always been a fascinating topic for me. I'm always analysing my own dreams and aligning it w my own reality as I am a vivid dreamer and used to be able to lucid dream too. So it's been a blast reading and making inferences on the symbolism of each dream in relations to the dreamer and plot.

I'm not a huge fan of world hopping or quick transmigration novels for the sole reason that I prefer to go deeper into one solid storyline rather than reading a collective of touch-n-go repetitive short stories.

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 plot thickens, and we see our MCs' glorious character growth.

Many other readers have said plenty about the refreshing storyline that tugs at your heartstrings and I agree to all of them wholeheartedly +1

The rich and complex dreamscapes, the raw social commentaries in every arc, the action, the sweet sweet romance, the comedic dialogues... I shed so many tears, lol-ed so much and almost died of sweetness overload- such an awesome rollercoaster of emotions.

5/5, our ultra lovable yuhao and his adorable (lol) general beckons you to start reading!

5/5 to the translating team too! Buy them Ko-fi! They so deserve it. <<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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Victuuri Road
Victuuri Road rated it
April 9, 2019
Status: c16
As the story progressed, my love for the MC grew. The plot and character development are amazing.

This novel made me cry. Haha
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Ritu
Ritu rated it
June 19, 2019
Status: c68
This is such a gorgeous novel !! The romance is slow to come but the plot makes up for it ! Such beautifully interwoven plot. The romance is realistic too. I live how 3 dimensional the characters are. Gorgeous world building and plot. A+
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thatpinkfact
thatpinkfact rated it
May 26, 2019
Status: c49
The romance is slow but lovely. I like the character of both the leads and their interaction.... its a great read! I really recommend this to all those who like action with a dash of bl romance!!!
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Weylin
Weylin rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: c33
It's a slow burn so far. I like the dynamic between the main characters. They're on equal terms, and they learn and grow. Really interesting so far.

Edit: More people need to read this! It's so good!-at least so far.
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