[Read] ➯ Imajica By Clive Barker – Gsagency.co

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 DimensionThat 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

10 thoughts on “Imajica

  1. says:

    Buddy Read with my brotha from anotha motha The only good part about this book was reading it with a friend I honestly can t write a review because I have no fucking clue what happened, to whom it happened to, nor what dimension I was in when it occurred I m thinking that in about 10 years when my brain has recovered I would like to pick up a physical copy of the book and give it a better try I love audiobooks and especially ones that are long Stephen King s It is over 44 hours and I ve listened to it several times But for some reason, this one was just a bit out of my reach I have not sworn Barker off for this, as I am sure a second reading would help, but I think I am going to be a while before I pick up another book of his Thanks to one of my favorite people in the world for reading this with me D

  2. says:

    The world is not quite what we always thought it was But this is a Clive Barker book, so that goes without saying.The Imajica is the whole of creation, the true world, four fifths of which we ve never seen Earth, the Fifth Dominion, has long been separate from the other four How it got split away, held back from the other Reconciled Dominions by the horrible netherworld of the In Ovo, no one knows But throughout history there have been Maestros, men of great and terrible power, who have tried to unite the Fifth with the other Dominions, finally making the Imajica whole The last of these was the Maestro Sartori, a raconteur and man of power in 18th century London With his acolytes and his apostles he tried to Reconcile the dominions, and his efforts ended in disaster.Two hundred years later, the time has come again to try the great work of bringing the Imajica together But there are no Maestros the Tabula Rasa, descendants of the former Maestro s surviving followers, have done their best to wipe Britain clean of all things magical.Some things, however, are too great to be stopped The Imajica longs to be whole, and its long road to reconciliation begins again.Between this and Weaveworld, Barker has proven himself to be the master of what can be called, for lack of a better term, the multiple climax Characters and events are drawn to a head with all the tension and excitement that you would expect from the climactic finale People live, people die, others barely escape with their lives But the story isn t over, oh no.This is a hell of a read, too Barker s playing with some heavy themes men versus women, parents versus children, acceptance of the numinous versus the reflexive rejection of that which we don t understand There s something for everyone, in other words.This is a big un Some paperback editions split the book into two volumes, which was probably a good idea The single volume paperback that I have is damn near falling apart I don t know what the practical page limit is on paperbacks, but I think 1,136 is stretching it Still, it s an enjoyable 1,136 pages, so I recommend it.

  3. says:

    It was the pivotal teaching of Pluthero Quexos, the most celebrated dramatist of the Second Dominion, that in any fiction, no matter how ambitious its scope or profound its theme, there was only ever room for three players Between warring kings, a peacemaker between adoring spouses, a seducer or a child Between twins, the spirit of the womb Between lovers, Death Greater numbers might drift through the drama, of course thousands in fact but they could only ever be phantoms, agents, or, on rare occasions, reflections of the three real and self willed beings who stood at the center And even this essential trio would not remain intact or so he taught It would steadily diminish as the story unfolded, three becoming two, two becoming one, until the stage was left deserted Thus begins what many consider Clive Barker s masterpiece, and though I ve only read Weaveworld which I highly recommend, and this one, I am inclined to agree From the epic tome s opening pages, we re introduced to Charlie Estabrook, and the story quickly unravels from there Not that this is light reading, because it isn t Barker s prose is dense, verbose and concerned with many details, some of which are minute, but there are many which inform the reader of character development and plot, subplot, themes, et al At the same time, this Liverpool, UK, resident possesses the ability to churn out some genuinely beautiful and breathtaking prose, which kept me flipping pages for its aesthetic alone As I got deeper into the novel, the shocking twists and turns occurred frequently, thus amplifying the plot and scope and complexity in ways which did not feel orchestrated in any way whatsoever Imajica is not solely concerned with its world and life altering plot, either As all consuming as my words might or might not imply, there s a heart and a strength at the center of everything, and Barker seems to revel in his large cast, and the world s they inhabit It is because of their fullness that I grew to love and admire them I will not forget them any time soon In fact, I finished this in December, 2015, and they resonate still I loathed some of them and I gradually loved others, despite such strong emotions And then there are individuals like Gentle, Judith Odell, Celeste and Dowd, and of course, the alien assassin, Pie oh pah, who are nothing short of magical, for various and unfathomable reasons It s as though Barker possesses some ancient and undefined ability, which he sprinkled his masterpiece liberally with He s very methodical in that respect I want to advise anyone thinking about giving this 1991 offering a go, please do so blindly, or with as little information as possible This is simply one of those books that rewards the reader for her his ignorance Despite this warning, I feel compelled to mention the denouement, because it did satisfy me on multiple levels, yet somehow it also disappointed me I think that there s excessive buildup throughout its eight hundred and twenty seven pages, which naturally heightened my expectations to an unhealthy level When something is riding on that level of pressure, it s almost always inevitable to both fear and expect the very worst view spoiler And there was a sick part of me that wanted badly to see mass destruction Sheer annihilation An invocation of an apocalypse Sadly but also thankfully, that does not happen hide spoiler

  4. says:

    I have to admit, I had tried Clive Barker s work once before this, and didn t like it Then, I checked out The Great and Secret Show, and fell in love with it I ended up getting Imajica from my public library, thinking it was a fifty fifty chance that I could like it When I first started reading it, I got bored in the first hundred pages and dropped it for a few weeks Then, I didn t have anything else to read, and ended up picking it back up I didn t put it back down Imajica is a very beautiful book Barker has a wide scope of imagination, and is very good at what he does He s very good at creating weird and interesting scenes, and throw in spectacular plot twists that you d never expect I fell in love with the characters, felt the pain when some of them died, and burned with anticipation as the secrets were revealed and the Reconciliation was getting closer to happening I highly recommend this book to anyone who s looking for inspiration as far as writing broad fantasies like this, or who are looking for a good read.

  5. says:

    This was a buddy read with Dustin.Impressive in its scope and imagining, Clive Barker has created a marathon epic, with sprawling worlds, dozens of wonderfully strange and outlandish characters straight out of our nightmares, incredibly complex confrontations, deep philosophy, high adventure, and staggering tension, all thrown at the reader from the excellent beginning to the satisfying end.This is not a light read by any means, but the prose is fully developed There are many unusual words in his writing, yet the story flows perfectly I listened to the entire book, over 37 hours, and found that losing concentration for just a few minutes caused me to lose the storyline everything weaves together into a huge web of incredible proportions The book has frequent plot twists and most of the characters are far from what they seem.Oh, the characters There are so many characters, on five separate worlds, with sub plots intertwined between them all At first, all this may seem intimidating, but Barker does a fantastic job of keeping the story moving forward It must be noted that the reader MUST pay attention reading or listening Failing to do so means the story s core will be lost.There are things in this book that might make some readers uncomfortable some of it is offensive and downright blasphemous It is, after all, a book in which Barker creates a religion with a rich and full history, then ties that religion with the views and beliefs of common men of the Fifth Dominion Earth who have no idea that the Imajica even exists.Ultimately, Barker has crafted a tale that takes the reader on a long, dark fantasy journey that trips the mind and is awesome in its scope He gracefully paints this epic in all the graphic detail that s come to be expected, and the reader is thrust from the mundane into an adventure of awful worlds, euphoric desire, horrendous gore, and heart wrenching love.

  6. says:

    It seems to be fashionable for modern horror writers to assume that, in order for a book to be edgy scary, every detail must be depressing, disgusting, or some combination thereof, even when such detail borders on crass and does nothing for the plot There is no need, for example, to include a scene where the main character watches television naked and picks the crumbs of his late night snack out of his nether regions No need But Imajica is one long extraneous detail, an 800 page behemoth that could have easily been accomplished in 200 pages with the amount of actual material here The motivations for the characters make no sense and are in fact often counter intuitive And thank God this version came with a glossary otherwise, I d have given up about a fourth of the way through It s not godawful Clive Barker s prose is well constructed, and I did manage to get through it During the parts where things actually happen, you might even have a hard time putting it down But those parts, sadly, are few and far between.

  7. says:

    If you ve read his Books of Blood, the Damnation Game, the Great and Secret Show, and Weaveworld but haven t gotten around to Imajica yet, turn off your computer right now and get out there and get it This is Clive Barker s masterpiece Earth is part of a dominion of five other worlds, and the only one unaware of the others This novel is about the reuniting of Earth to the other four worlds Again, this is horrific, beautiful, mind expanding.An incredible feat of the imaginationthis is one of the few novels I will read over again Am I gushing over this You bet.

  8. says:

    Though one of my all time favorite books, when I set out a little over a month ago to re read Clive Barker s Imajica, for the eight or ninth time in the fifteen years I ve owned my now slightly battered hardcover edition, I didn t know if I d include a write up about it in my blog It s not only difficult for me to sum this book up in a few words, it is a very lengthy volume at 824 pages, but it is extremely difficult to do so without giving way too much Almost literally every aspect of the storyline is a new discovery.What I can tell, without fear of spoiling it for anyone, is that it s a book about other worlds and our connection, or rather lack of connection, to them It s also about love, the duality of nature, and god But mostly it s about inner turmoil, the difficult choices we make, and what we discover about ourselves through our mistakes and our journeys.Now all that might lead the reader to think that the story is purely spiritual and inspirational and a real departure from Clive Barker s early splatterpunk days, but far from it Imajica is violent and erotic even comical in places You are given ample time to get to know, understand, and love hate the characters before they re ripped apart.Though the story does have some minor flaws, both in plot and untold back story, the pace is such that a reader is soon caught up in the wonders of it and willing to forgive it a few trespasses I d strongly suggest it as a good read for anyone with a love for horror or fantasy More then that I d put it on my personal must read list.

  9. says:

    I wish I were a college professor of gender studies This would be an awesome text about One Artist s Perception of Gender Duality What, you never got assigned 800 pg novels Or maybe I could assign my hapless students to read it in opposition to His Dark Materials At least those come in smaller packets This is a big, epic book, with big crazy sex, and divinities familiar and alien I find the central love story a little unconvincing, but the crazy details are richly ornamental It s like a Fabrege egg of a story, or like one of thone huge crazy sugar Easter egg dioramas where you look through this tiny hole and keep seeing and , and one of the things you see is a tiny sugar egg. and in it is a dog in a chef s hat carrying a can of dogfood on a tray I like this book It is not for everyone If you never made it through long tedious fantasy novels which we could mention, don t bother If gnosticism bothers you, say no There are rapes, dead children, and dead gods It is, to me, a compelling story If you get that reference, you get a biscuit.

  10. says:

    I truly love Clive Barker s work, but this is BY FAR his worst, most indulgent novel It s confused, confusing, pompous, silly, boring, lumbering and just bad The characters act in seemingly random fashion, the pacing is long stretches of nothing followed by some infodump and then an act of violence It s just an incoherent mess with neither plot, character or language to keep it interesting Barker relies too heavily on his world building to sell the novel, but quite frankly, Imajica is much less interesting than he thinks it is The author wrote that he came up with this story from dreams he was having and it shows It s a hodgepodge of vague ideas and images that no one but the person who dreamt it would find interesting Avoid at all costs and pick up any other Barker book.