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The Imagination Thief [Kindle Edition]

Rohan Quine
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Describing Rohan's previous fiction, Iris Murdoch wrote "I have now been reading Hallucinations with great pleasure ... you are indeed a star"; acclaimed American novelist James Purdy said "He has no equal, today or tomorrow"; the New York Press wrote "Sometimes Quine succeeds with things you wouldn't think language could do"; and Wayne Sterling in the New York Web wrote "one of the chic-est, most provocative things we have read in years ... one of those seminal works that goes on to be accorded the status of a classic".
 
Rohan's new novel THE IMAGINATION THIEF takes him to the next level upwards--not only in its writing, but also with the inclusion of a Video-Book and an Audio-Book version of The Imagination Thief inside the e-book itself.
 
The Imagination Thief is about a web of secrets, triggered by the stealing and copying of people's imaginations and memories. It's about the magic that can be conjured up by images of people, in imagination or on film; the split between beauty and happiness in the world; and the allure of various kinds of power. It celebrates some of the most extreme possibilities of human imagination, personality and language, exploring the darkest and brightest flavours of beauty living in our minds.
 
For more information see rohanquine(dot)com.
 
Alone in his skyscraper office one night, Jaymi undergoes a transformation that will change his life: he acquires the power to see into others' minds, and then to control and project their thoughts.
 
Realising the power of his new gift, he hypnotises a media mogul into agreeing to broadcast an electrifying extravaganza of sound and vision emanating from Jaymi, the like of which has never been witnessed before, that will captivate millions worldwide. However, one of the mogul's underlings has more subversive plans for milking Jaymi's talent, involving the theft of others' imaginations and most intimate memories for commercial gain.
 
The broadcasting of his visions takes Jaymi and his friend Alaia on a journey that plunges them into the underworld of Asbury Park--a seaside town once full of life and fun, but now half-forgotten. The half of this town beside the ocean itself is now almost a ghost town: ruled by ruthless gangsters and drug dealers, headed by Lucan, it is populated by lost souls and the beautiful who have fallen on hard times. Blackmailed into thieving the most private and primal memories and experiences from their imaginations, Jaymi discovers a web of secrets and provocations simmering beneath the surface of the town, about to explode.
 
When a waxwork of Lucan's decapitated head is planted anonymously in his own bar, the fear bubbles over, as everyone becomes a suspect in this unforgivable challenge to his dominance. Then when another provocative waxwork appears--a naked full-body modelling of Angel, Lucan's beautiful but tortured lover--then Jaymi knows the only way to save his friends will be to use his own gift to discover the perpetrator before Lucan does...
 
Delving into and celebrating the most beautiful and extreme possibilities of human imagination, personality and love, The Imagination Thief is mainstream literary fiction that also draws upon magical realism, horror, fantasy and humour. It explores the universal human predicaments of power, beauty, happiness, hopelessness, good and evil.
 

About the Author

I grew up in South London, spent a couple of years in L.A. and then a decade in New York, where I ran around excitably, saying a few well-chosen words in a handful of feature films and TV shows (see www.rohanquine.com/those-new-york-nineties), modelling in a few places, and drinking deep in many more places. I’m now living back in East London, as an Imagination Thief, with my boyfriend and a rabbit named Clytemnestra. The novel "The Imagination Thief" was published as an ebook in 2013 by EC1 Digital and the Firsty Group (see www.RohanQuine.com/press-media for more info and some nice reviews in "The Guardian" and elsewhere), and will be published as a paperback in 2014 by EC1 Digital. Four novellas will also be published in early 2014 by EC1 Digital, entitled "The Platinum Raven", "The Host in the Attic", "Apricot Eyes" and "Hallucination in Hong Kong", as four separate ebooks and also collected in a paperback entitled "The Platinum Raven and other novellas". Further tales are in the pipeline.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10173 KB
  • Print Length: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Firsty Authors (20 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A76RUPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rohan's novel "The Imagination Thief" was published by EC1 Digital and the Firsty Group in 2013, as an ebook that includes film and audio and photographic content in conjunction with the novel's text. It was then published by EC1 Digital as a paperback in 2014. See http://www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-imagination-thief-reviews-media/ for interviews and some nice reviews in "The Guardian" and elsewhere.

Four novellas by Rohan, entitled "The Platinum Raven", "The Host in the Attic", "Apricot Eyes" and "Hallucination in Hong Kong", were published by EC1 Digital in 2014, as four separate ebooks and also collected into one paperback entitled "The Platinum Raven and other novellas". See http://www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-novellas-reviews-media/ for reviews and interviews relating to these novellas.

All five are literary fiction, with elements of magical realism and a dusting of horror.

Rohan grew up in South London, spent a couple of years in L.A. and then a decade in New York, where he ran around excitably, saying a few well-chosen words in a handful of feature films and TV shows (see http://www.rohanquine.com/those-new-york-nineties/), modelling in a few places and drinking deep in many more places. He's now living back in East London, as an Imagination Thief. He aims to push imagination and language towards their extremes, in order to explore and illuminate the beauty, horror and mirth of this predicament called life, where we seem to have been dropped without sufficient consultation ahead of time.

Links to the major retailers, for purchase of "The Imagination Thief" and the four novellas in ebook and paperback formats, are at http://www.rohanquine.com/buy/. Further tales are in the pipeline.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Just so you know, when you open this book you will not be asked to love each character. It is neither discouraged nor encouraged. No other novel I can think of in recent times has so successfully portrayed its characters so transparently and so without guidance as to the feelings its audience should have towards them. Their skulls are prised open, as Jaymi burrows into their minds and blasts the contents out for us to dissect with no editing and nowhere to hide their darkest urges and most depraved imaginings. To love some of these characters would be to doom yourself, you are simply asked to observe them; to see them as deeply, as thoroughly as you see yourself, such is the all-encompassing clarity of Quine's descriptive abilities. These characters are not mere sketches; they are Rembrandts with a touch of Picasso's madness.

We open with Jaymi enjoying an innocuous CreamiChoc until the "last boiling drop of red sun sinks away", and then he is suddenly, inexplicably endowed with the power to see into people's imaginations, right down to the most primal aspects of us all; he can tune in without our knowledge, and can even record and project each mind, subject to his control, his hypnotic gaze. Initially Jaymi might be seen as a passive character, perhaps explaining why he is so easily able to accept these new-found abilities. He is the translucent lens through which we view our cast, the blank canvas splattered with the neon colours of our thoughts, and as he tests and hones these abilities we see him discover his ego through his unleashed power. Indeed, without his experiences in other people's imaginations, would he come to the life-changing realisation he eventually reaches?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complex, cubist novel 10 July 2013
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The Imagination Thief is one of those books that has originality stamped across it with a pair of size 12 DMs. An incredibly dark yet full and balanced with shafts of light picaresque through the recesses of the human psyche, it is an uncomfortable, troubling immersive experience that mixes text, audio and video taking us into places we would rather not go. It could be described as a cubist novel, taking each aspect of the torn mind and laying them out on separate planes through the different media.
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An intriguing book that addresses many big issues (love, sex, death, power, the nature and reliability of human memory, history, culture, human potential, the constraints of 21st century society, and more) within an unusual structure of mini-chapters punctuated by audio and video clips.

The contrasting settings of busy, businesslike Manhattan and the ghost town of a nearby decaying seaside resort are only the backdrop to huge flights of fancy into the minds of the characters, explored by the newly psychic hero Jaymi. As he delves into their memories, sights and sounds from all over the world - real and imagined - spill forth, from war-torn Vietnam to idyllic classical gardens, beneath the oceans and into outer space. All of these experiences are described with a larger-than-life intensity that put me strangely in mind of Coleridge's Kublai Khan - and occasionally its drug-induced origins too!

It's not an easy or comfortable read, particularly when closely examining mental and physical cruelty and violence between some of the characters. I read with a constant sense of foreboding. However even the most shocking passages are underpinned by the compassion, pity and tenderness of the narrator for all but the most brutal characters. There's also some very welcome, very British understated humour to offset some of the horror. The brevity of the "mini-chapters" was well-judged - I felt I needed to come up for air after some of the short episodes, and to assimilate the latest action before moving on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 21 Sep 2013
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A good read, albeit perhaps a little indulgent from time to time. Is that the author whose face keeps popping up? I'm sure he has a career ahead as a model. Good luck to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, inventive, extraordinary - and it works! 26 Nov 2013
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An intriguing book that addresses many big issues (love, sex, death, power, the nature and reliability of human memory, history, culture, human potential, the constraints of 21st century society, and more) within an unusual structure of mini-chapters punctuated by audio and video clips.

The contrasting settings of busy, businesslike Manhattan and the ghost town of a nearby decaying seaside resort are only the backdrop to huge flights of fancy into the minds of the characters, explored by the newly psychic hero Jaymi. As he delves into their memories, sights and sounds from all over the world - real and imagined - spill forth, from war-torn Vietnam to idyllic classical gardens, beneath the oceans and into outer space. All of these experiences are described with a larger-than-life intensity that put me strangely in mind of Coleridge's Kublai Khan - and occasionally its drug-induced origins too!

It's not an easy or comfortable read, particularly when closely examining mental and physical cruelty and violence between some of the characters. I read with a constant sense of foreboding. However even the most shocking passages are underpinned by the compassion, pity and tenderness of the narrator for all but the most brutal characters. There's also some very welcome, very British understated humour to offset some of the horror. The brevity of the "mini-chapters" was well-judged - I felt I needed to come up for air after some of the short episodes, and to assimilate the latest action before moving on.

The immediacy of the story is more keenly felt because it is written in the present tense - always more demanding on the reader, I find, and even more so in this case because although most is in the first person, there are also many second-person narratives, where Jaymi is reading the minds of other characters and addressing them: "You move closer..." That the author is able to keep the reader not only engaged but tantalised by this difficult mode of storytelling indicates the power of his prose.

Though it's very much a modern book, with the constraints of modern life as one of its themes, there are touches of the classic about it too, reminding this reader of Johnson's Rasselas (at risk of sounding pretentious and also doubting my own memory, as it's about 30 years since I read that book!) Jaymi is really in many ways an innocent abroad, though he thinks he is so knowing. He may be able to read people's minds in details, but some of the simplest conclusions pass him by.

As I turned the pages, I found myself puzzling how on earth this intense tale would end. Without spoiling the plot, I can say I found the conclusion surprising, redemptive and satisfying.

My Kindle wasn't able to cope with the audio and video files, and the prose was compelling enough to make me want to skip those and get on with the story, but it was an interesting idea to include them - more evidence of the author's prodigious creativity. So, here we have not so much an imagination thief, but, to the reader, an imagination expander. Great stuff - thank you, Rohan Quine.
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