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The magical tale of ill-fated lovers lost among worlds teetering on the edge of destruction, where their passion holds the key to escape. There has never been a book like Imajica. Transforming every expectation of fantasy fiction with its heady mingling of radical sexuality and spiritual anarchy, it has carried its millions of readers into regions of passion and philosophy ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by HarperTorch (first published 1991)
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Lisa Murphy I think this edition is the split publication. I have the original undivided book, it is a little hard to find anywhere new.
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Beatriz
Jun 03, 2016 Beatriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Lo primero: qué agradable cuando se comienzan esas novelas tan bien escritas que su sola lectura es un placer, y donde para los lectores que preferimos el español, se descubre una traducción igual de cuidadosa.

Ahora la historia: el relato es realmente excepcional, de una originalidad extraordinaria, no repite ninguno de los tópicos del género. La evolución de los acontecimientos y los personajes son de una fluidez realmente fascinante, adentrando al lector en un entorno místico y sensual, con u
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Debbie
Oct 20, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
For some reason, Clive Barker always takes me forever to read. I think he gets a bit lost in descriptives for my taste. Which isn't to say I don't like his writing, it just doesn't speak to me as much as others. This particular story was apparently chopped in half because of the size of the paperback and print involved in the whole story. Oddly enough, it seems as if the plot could easily be summed up in the next hundred pages from the end that part one had. But I guess that brings us back to th ...more
Rachel Pollock
Sep 11, 2015 Rachel Pollock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grim
I first read Imajica maybe a dozen years ago, and i remembered liking it a lot at the time, but you know, sometimes tastes change. However, i was in the mood for a huge freaky epic reading experience, so i thought i might give it a second whirl, and i'm SO glad i did. I'm enjoying it just as much this time around as i did the first time. Barker's imagination is vast and bizarre in all the best ways. And we need more mystifs here in the Fifth Dominion, or maybe we just need to love the ones we ha ...more
C.
Sep 14, 2014 C. rated it liked it
My impressions trim to this: vast talent strained against overkill. “Family Guy” cartoonist Seth McFarlane leaps to mind. Both are boundlessly creative. Minute intricacy of settings is astounding. Vocabulary is elevated, with thought-stirring eloquence even in a bizarre concert of words denoting squalor. I grant three stars because the portions in which Clive excels, are staggeringly original. Both men amount to visionaries but topple the tower of cards with grotesque missteps. I was outraged wh ...more
Brianne
Jul 02, 2016 Brianne rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into it because I had trouble making sense of it. The plot is very complex, yet fascinating. And I've come to learn from reading Clive Barker's books... When you're confused, just go with the flow and keep reading, and it will make sense eventually. This book is a prime example of that.

The environment he created is absolutely enormous. I'm glad there's a glossary in the back or I would be lost.
Zak Johansson
Apr 13, 2013 Zak Johansson rated it really liked it
The language made it difficult to read but it was interesting nonetheless. And the jesus imagery is interesting as well. I look forward to the reconcilation
Kristen
Sep 24, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Imajica is the best of Barker's books! One of my favorite books of all time. Imaginative fantasy worlds are his specialty.
Piotrek
Dec 07, 2011 Piotrek rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and mesmerizing :)
Nikos Sekeroglou
Jun 23, 2013 Nikos Sekeroglou rated it it was amazing
His best work. Read!
Lori
Aug 07, 2007 Lori rated it it was amazing
essential clive barker
Gabe S
Jan 12, 2015 Gabe S rated it it was ok
wanted to like this after all the time I put into these two books but I just found the whole thing banal in the end, full of most of the clichés I started to read these books to avoid. original in a way I guess, Clive's a world builder extraodinaire, but I found the whole ******SPOILER ALERT ****** "men are evil and innately destructive and of course irrationally hate women and are so scared of their reproductive capabilities and capacity to love etc...- only poor, put upon goddesses and their e ...more
Coyle
Mar 31, 2012 Coyle rated it it was ok
I am exercsing my (rarely used) right not to finish a book. I've read Clive Barker before, and routinely been unimpressed. After 150 pages (which is about 80 pages more than the hundred page rule- if you don't know, that rule says you should read 100-your age of a book before deciding not to read more of it), I've decided that I don't care if I finish this 500+ page monster, especially given that this is only half of the overall story that just wouldn't fit in one paperback edition.
The place I
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Marc
Jan 26, 2014 Marc rated it liked it
A great distinction lies within this book. As the cover so boldly states, it is a "bestseller." A bestseller appeals to the universal, to the commonality among all of us. It is a buffet with something for everyone. Herein too lies its fault. The narrative in its rush to tell, to be a bestseller, to keep moving and appeal and tantalize loses itself and in the process devalues itself. The writing seems rushed, as do the events and somethings seem to make no sense whatsoever other than they NEED to ...more
Mike
Jun 04, 2014 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3 stars - I liked it. I loved it. BUT, somethings annoyed, enough to drop the rating to 3. The writing is VERY long winded. Every sentence that is written is done painstakingly so. And I'm not exaggerating when I say every sentence. If I read "In the fullness of time" one more time... well, I will have lost some precious seconds, that could have been recovered by simply saying, "eventually", or "all the time". That's just one example that has stuck out to me as it's one that gets repeated a few ...more
Eric
Jan 21, 2014 Eric rated it liked it
So far this highly imaginative story is just good enough to keep me going onto book 2. The writing is intelligent and compelling and the storyline similarly well-crafted. The novel's greatest weakness, however, is the characters. They're inconsistent, irrational and at times nearly incomprehensible in their judgment and motives. It's hard to become too thoroughly invested in a story in which the characters are not relatable. They shallowly cooperate with or contradict one another when it is conv ...more
Ian
Jul 06, 2013 Ian rated it it was amazing
a strange and intriguing tale, breaking from a lot of the standard tropes and keeping the reader guessing at what mysteries will come next. at times the line of the plot is a bit disjointed, with surprising turns in events that sometimes seem to derail established directions in the story. overall though, I think the book is excellent, with the rare, slight disturbed feeling of "wait....what?" either supplanted by or adding to the surprising twists and turns that are smoothly written.
Eric
Jun 02, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
(This review is for the whole of Imajica , since it really is a single story.)

I liked this book tremendously. It has a very unusual take on the messiah story, and many likable characters. The language is absolutely inspired in places. It does sprawl a lot, which counts against it, but I didn't mind too much.
Tara
Mar 28, 2007 Tara rated it liked it
Favorite Quotes

A man kills the thing he loves, and he must die a little himself.

His body and his mind went about their different businesses. The former, freed from conscious instruction, breathed, rolled, sweated, and digested. The latter went dreaming.

We’re too much ourselves. Afraid of letting go of what we are, in case we are nothing, and holding on so tight, we lose everything else.
Stevie
Apr 09, 2015 Stevie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Book one gets a solid 4. I stayed up when exhausted wanting to fine out more about these strange & fully created worlds, and I loved the link between our world and the rest. The second book dropped it to a three...still amazing on the worlds front... something about the pacing started to make it a little hard to get through. The end had some nice moments.
Geoffrey
Jul 21, 2013 Geoffrey rated it it was ok
I really had to force myself to finish this, and just barely. I did not like any of the main characters, and their motives for doing anything just seemed forced. I get that the author was going for a mystical, mind-bending reality thing here, but, it didn't work for me. Highly doubt I'll read the second half. Mayhap if I cared for the characters at all I would.
Howard Kistler
Feb 22, 2015 Howard Kistler rated it it was amazing
Second only to Weaveworld in my estimation, this two-novel epic once again takes us into the vast universe of magic and horrors that populates Barker's mind. With diverse characters and worlds to explore, the drama still hinges on the human nature of the characters, something which Barker excels at balancing while still dazzling us the incredible.
Strattondo
Jan 29, 2015 Strattondo rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely my favorite book of all time. I have read it twice. It, Weaveworld, and the Great and Secret Show are complex, epic journeys in worlds so complex and detailed one could read them multiple times and discover new details every time. Clive Barker is a brilliant author. Not for the fainthearted (none of his books are).
Strider Jones
Jul 25, 2012 Strider Jones rated it it was amazing
Barker's poetic prose and convincing characterisation parachutes the reader into his imagination. You become part of his landscape and plot and don't desire the return to your own realm until the adventure is over. I prefer Weaveworld and The Great And Secret Show..but all are different and all unique trips into believable fantasy.
Shawn
Mar 06, 2015 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Can even give you a better review, other that that it's a five star read - read this now! It's fantastic. This story is so well told, I feel like a Maestro myself. (you'll get it, once you read it). Some days I go outside and wonder when the reconciliation is going to happen - hurry up Gentle!
Vít
Mar 10, 2016 Vít rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Tuhle knihu jsem četl už alespoň potřetí nebo počtvrté a pořád mě baví.
Stejně jako Stephen King, i Clive Barker umí napsat nejen vynikající horror, ale i nápaditou fantasy. Zvlášť při prvním čtení mě to naprosto dostalo, je to originální, plné fantazie a výborně napsané.
Wrey Fuentes
Dec 23, 2012 Wrey Fuentes rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to wax rhapsodic. It was a good read, and this from someone who rarely enteres into the realm of fantasy (in this case, an urban fantasy). What I will say is that, Clive, poppet, you dangle prepositions like fruit from a most laden tree just before harvest!
John Jackson
Feb 05, 2014 John Jackson rated it really liked it
This book is extremely imaginative and interesting, and the plot will hold your attention throughout. Some readers might find some of the very strange twists and turns too much to follow, but I have enjoyed it thoroughly and will rush to read the second part.
Emily
Nov 28, 2007 Emily marked it as to-read
i picked this book up at a flea market in wisconsin. last night i was trying to decide what book to read and i decided to wait on this one until after christmas b/c as i understand it, this is book is giant and daunting and time consuming but it sounds awesome.
Benny
May 23, 2010 Benny rated it it was ok
Really good story but something that I can't explain is missing - maybe that something that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next, I'm not really sure, just can't put my finger on it... Worth reading though...
Maria
May 21, 2007 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Awesome book. I loved this one and can't wait to continue in book 2 (which I have actually already started). It's an excellent story. It took me about 90-100 pages to get into into but once I was there was no stopping me. Thanks Dave!
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm. Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department. It ...more
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