"They're going to send you on a sales trip and it'll be the death of you — I know what's going on at Gippart. You're their guinea pig."The Dream Merchant is a 2002 Dutch fantasy novel by Isabel Hoving that has been compared to the likes of J. R. R. Tolkien. The original Dutch title is 'De gevleugelde kat', which means 'The winged cat'.
This book provides examples of:
- Chekhov's Skill: Teresa is good at telling stories, Baz/Bors is an amateur drummer, Joshua is... just a bit kleptomaniac.
- Door Stopper: While not as hefty as some other books, it still clocks in at a perfectly respectable 640 pages.
- Dream Land: Umaya.
- Dub Name Change: Bors becomes Baz, Joshua Tak becomes Joshua Cope, Giphart becomes Gippart, and so on.
- Britain Is Only London: And in the original Dutch book, The Netherlands is only Amsterdam.
- Half-Identical Twins
- Reality Warper: somewhat justified - they're in Dream Land. Joshua can change things by looking at them. Teresa also qualifies - she can change things by telling stories. These example are not a Game Breaker because 1) these powers are limited: Joshua and Teresa can't do everything they want; 2) they're are initially unaware of their powers.
- Time Master: Baz/Bors
- Theme Twin Naming: Joshua and Jericho
- The Storyteller: Teresa
- Time Travel: but in Dream Land.