Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie "oh" pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.
That dimension is one of five in the great system called Imajica. They are worlds that are utterly unlike our own but are ruled, peopled, and haunted by species whose lives are intricately connected with ours. As Gentle, Judith, and Pie "oh" pah travel the Imajica, they uncover a trail of crimes and intimate betrayals, leading them to a revelation so startling that it changes reality forever.
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"The Full Imajica"
After having read this book several times over, I nevertheless discovered new intricacies, finally hearing every word rather then scanning every line.
The epic story is difficult to summarize and that is not what I want to impart. Instead I want to praise the highly imaginative storyline that is enveloped in such beautiful details that it is not difficult for the reader to see all the new alien worlds, or dimensions clearly.
One of my favorite fantasy/magic stories since I first read it about 25 years ago!
Barker hit his high water mark with this text. In Imajica, you have a novel who's text and world and characters all create a circular telling of myth in imagery. If you give yourself over to the journey, you will be shown wonders and horrors and wonders again. As in all of Barker's fiction, the author doesn't shy away from the grotesque or the profane, but instead stands them right up next to the sacred and divine. He makes them part of the circle and hands it to the reader in a koan of an experience. Simon Vance does an excellent job of carrying the voices of the text. For the first time, Crossroad gives us an unabridged full telling of the tale. However, I will offer a word of warning. If you're looking for simple horror, look elsewhere. This is not a tale of monsters, though it contains them. It's a love story for imagination.
Author Clive Barker has this talent for writing and creating a story that will absolutely blow your mind. He has created worlds, characters that will blow your mind, adventure, philosophy, and intrigue from start to finish. It took me quite awhile to get through this story but I'm thrilled I did, after all it is a Clive Barker story. I think it was over 37 hours long but I could be off by an hour or two. The story was filled with plot twists and the majority of the characters are far from what you think.
Simon Vance did an outstanding job with bringing this story to life. He breathed life into it from start to finish. I was amazed at his vocalization and his ease for distinguishing accents and voices of each character. He did a great job! Overall, a perfect 5 🌟 rating. I received this audio from the author/narrator in exchange for an unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.
"Damn strange" is how one of the characters responds when he hears a tale recounted to him and it is certainly applicable to Imajica itself. This story is ambitious, complex, and bizarre on many levels. Our world is known as the fifth dominion and it is the one that remains unreconciled. The Tabula Rasa has existed for centuries keeping the powers of the other four dominions at bay but the time for another possible reconciliation approaches. They will prevent it at all costs as the other dominions are full of strange and powerful creatures.
Imajica covers the long series of events that lead up to this possible reconciliation attempt. It is a story that slowly, and I do mean slowly, peels back the onion to uncover one secret after another. Almost every character is more than they first seem and each step of the way there is guaranteed to be a sexual encounter of some kind between some or all of them. Sexuality is core to this story and it is ever present throughout and sometimes it gets as bizarre as everything else.
For me this story definitely outstayed its welcome I was ready for it to be over long before it was. The characters never grabbed me nor did I care if they succeeded in their endeavors. In fact the listener does not really know which outcome is better for the dominions until the very end. Simon Vance did his usual excellent job on the narration but he wasn't enough to carry the day. You can see from the other reviewers that my opinion is in the minority here but Imajica just didn't do it for me. If you want a long, strange, bizarre adventure and you don't mind a lot of sexual encounters then go ahead and pick this up but I can think of many other audiobooks I would rather spend 37 hours with before this one.
"Imajica is full of adventure, love, lust, power, g"
This sweeping novel takes the reader on a fantastical ride through dimensions and the lives of intriguingly genuine characters.
Elegantly told, Barker's larger than life characters enchant and entertain.
Imajica is full of adventure, love, lust, power, greed and betrayal.
I listened to the audio-book and although getting through the book was an arduous task because of the length, the narrator did an excellent job conveying the characters, inflections, and keeping the story flowing.
I would recommend reading a physical copy just for the ease of referencing a previous chapter, reflecting and so on.
I did get distracted by the scope of this novel at times.
"Not just a book but a ticket to another world"
Some books are more than the sum of the words that create them, its the dimension created without words that set your imagination soaring beyond those limits and leave you feeling bereft when it is done. The characters can be slightly predictable but the substance of the worlds and tale could not leave room for much more complexity or you'd be wandering the Imagica for the rest of time...
"Light out for the territories"
I read this book when I was twelve ( nobody called cps) it is a very good example of a complex story told as if the things left out are common knowledge it's so many things but ,
I loved the world(s) and the people ?
If a writer can make goat piss sound even a little appetizing then he's telling a good story.
Clive Barker has said it is his favorite of all his books and it's easy to see that in the meat of the book.
It's no scooby doo paint by numbers
I love it and couldn't recommend it more
Absolutely, this is by far the greatest book I've ever read in my entire life. Clive Barker's imagery is so abundant, it's as if watching a movie play in your head.
There is no comparison, Imajica is almost a sentient being. Completely unique in its own right.
Too many to choose from.
Yes, but I wouldn't want to give away an important part of the novel to someone who hasn't read it.
"Better Than I Remembered"
I read this book about 20 years ago and loved it. I was hoping it would hold up and it did. Clive Barker has always been one of my favorite writers and Imajica could possibly be his best work. It's description of the fantastic is so floral and vibrant. I really fell for the characters all over again and his deft ability to describe the differences between men and women is subtle and nuanced. There's fantasy, horror, love and adventure here mixed with magic and religion- I love this book and Simon Vance's narration was excellent.
It was daunting at first, being over 37 hours of listening, but I quickly became immersed in the world and the lore. The tale is an epic - sans the poetical layout, the stars of the tale complex and yet well described, and the whole of the story comes full circle for an ending that coaxes out the good tears. The narrator was as wonderful; using as many diverse accents and tones as the narrative possessed. Before I was 15 hours in, I had already insisted that all of my friends read this, as I will now suggest to anyone who happens upon this review.
This is a great book that will live with me forever
Very well written timeless classic
Great narration which is perfectly suited to the book
This is one of my favourite stories and this adaptation does not disappoint. Loved it.
I got bored the man takes you around and around,and around. good for going to sleep though.
"Wonderful first act, then directionless"
I tried reading this 20 years ago, and struggled. Having laboured through all 37 hours of it, I remember why. Like most of Mr. Barker's work, the first act is wonderful. Sadly, IMAGICA quickly becomes directionless and muddled. It's world's better than GALILEE, but weak and bloated beside THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW.
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