As an editor, I read so many novels featuring achingly dull dream sequences that I was poisoned for years against such books. Believe me, if you've only got three chapters to show off your novel, think twice about wasting them on reheated nocturnal ramblings.But Stuart Evers at The Guardian Blog has found a few recent novels that have got it right.
My own favourite dream sequences are those in Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, particularly Tereza's dream about her lover Tomas' women parading around a swimming pool while he casually shot at them from above. So much is said about her state of mind, and her fears, and the dream itself is hauntingly surreal.
The worst ... well anyone who writes "But it was only a dream" at the end of a story deserves to be ritually disemboweled on the altar of the gods of literature! Did any six words create greater disappointment for a reader?
Anyway - what fictional dreams have stood out for you?