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"The Imagination Thief" by Rohan Quine 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 possi ...more
Kindle Edition, ebook, enhanced with video and audio and photographic material
Published January 10th 2013 by EC1 Digital and the Firsty Group (first published November 20th 2012)
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Debbie Young
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 newl
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Dan Holloway
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 me ...more
Andrew Wallace
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the eve of a major career development, securities executive Jaymi Peek has an epiphany in his New York skyscraper that grants him a kind of multi-functional second sight. Able to read people’s minds, influence their desires and read their histories, his first act is to overwhelm a media mogul in order to use the man’s network to broadcast a message that will liberate the imaginations of everyone who views it. Jaymi’s noble ambition is to inspire people around the world to move beyond the narr ...more
Bookmuseuk
Another difficult to classify book, but that’s precisely why it works so well. Part literary fiction, part fantasy, it is a surreal experience which makes the most of its equally offbeat location. With a cast of unforgettable characters and a central premise both intriguing and epic, this is what indie fiction does so very well – breaks boundaries and takes risks. In this case, it pays off.

From something as mundane as a drink from vending-machine, Jaymi unlocks an extraordinary ability: he can m
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Cradeaux Alexander
A ferocious and sensual dose of imaginative intensity and inventiveness

This book packs many powerful items of weaponry behind the smooth flow of its surface, few of which are suitable for unsupervised children and many of which are downright dangerous even for adults. Whether exulting in the human imagination’s most ecstatic heights, scraping its terrifying cellars, lightly conjuring its gentlest loneliness or rattling out its most raucous joys, The Imagination Thief’s language is fiercely vivid
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Erin
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an exciting book that contains a lot of action. Jaymi gains the ability to see into other's minds. He can see their private memories and hidden secrets. He can also make them see things. He and his friend Alaia agree to do a simulcast, of sorts, called "Sound & Vision". Between recordings, Jaymi begins "spying" on people he has met in the area with this ability. This eventually gets him and Alaia in trouble and many unexpected things happen!

This book was exciting! The author is very
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Jeremy Trafford
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite brilliantly written. I have now read it twice and think it is full of amazing descriptions — especially those detailing the backgrounds of the various characters as divined by Jaymi in his magic insights. I am not on the whole a fan of magic realism, if one is to call it that, but your prose is so lyrical and beautiful that I felt quite seduced by it. The same applies to your dialogue which is richly colloquial. I am sure that the writing alone will arouse the admiration of the discriminat ...more
Rohan Quine
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Rohan Quine 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 various feature films and TV shows (see www.rohanquine.com/those-new-york-nin...), such as "Zoolander", "Election", "Oz", "Third Watch", "100 Centre Street", "The Last Days of Disco", "The Basketball Diaries", "Spin City" and "Law & ...more
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