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Imaginary Friends epub ebook

by John Marco,Martin H. Greenberg

Imaginary Friends epub ebook

Author: John Marco,Martin H. Greenberg
Category: Humor
Language: English
Publisher: DAW (September 2, 2008)
ISBN: 0756405114
ISBN13: 978-0756405113
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 378
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John Marco, Martin Harry Greenberg

John Marco, Martin Harry Greenberg. When you were a child, did you have an imaginary friend who kept you company when you were lonely or scared, or who had the most delightful adventures with you? For anyone who fondly remembers that unique companion no one else could see or hear, here is a chance to recapture that magical time of your life. Join thirteen top imaginers as they introduce you to both special friends and special places in thirteen spellbinding tales.

John Marco, Martin H. Greenberg. Thirteen original stories about friends conjured in times of need. In addition to his work as a novelist, he is also a technical communicator, an enthusiast of military history, and a student of psychology. He often spends his free time biking through the parks of his native Long Island, where he lives with his wife Deborah and his son Jack.

Imaginary Friends book. If you give a gaggle of authors a single topic to write about, you'll get a gaggle of completely different stories. This is true for the most part in this anthology, although I was surprised at how many of the stories seemed to have the same "twist" in the end.

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He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen. He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Martin Harry Greenberg (March 1, 1941 – June 25, 2011) was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. As well, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel. Greenberg was also a terrorism and Middle East expert. He was a long-time friend, colleague and business partner of Isaac Asimov.

Thirteen original stories about friends conjured in times of need We?ve all had them. We?ve all needed them. In this fun fantasy anthology, readers are given thirteen variations on what kinds of friends come in handy indeed in times of need. From a toy Canadian Mountie who suddenly comes to life, to a boy and his dragon, to a young woman held captive in a tower and the mysterious being who is her only companion, these highly imaginative tales entertainingly explore the nature of what constitutes a ?real? friendship.
Reviews (5)
Oh dear....I had such high hopes for this book.

I'm a big fan of short story collections such as this--i go out of my way to add them to my library simply because they are a fantastic way to both sample a large swath of styles and to get exposure to a bunch of different stories. The premise of this particular collection was on, as you might expect, imaginary friends--those imaginary companions you had as a child that kept you company and shared your secrets. This is a very different focus than many others and so I was excited to give it a shot.

I wish I'd saved my money. Out of 13 stories there were exactly TWO that I liked ("A Good Day for Dragons" and "Justine and the Mounty"). The others (for me) wandered from foolish self-introspection to nearly unreadable stuff that just found very--wanting.

As always your mileage may vary, and the stories I loved you may not and vice versa. Still I feel that overall the quality of these types of collections has gone down in recent years. I don't know why this seems to be the case; maybe I've just been unlucky in recent selections.

Recommended only for the completest; otherwise I'd give this one a pass.

When I was younger I had a lot of imaginary friends. In Kindergarten I imagined that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (plus April) were my friends on the playground, calling me for help whenever they were in the area. Then it became the Ghost Busters and later when we moved to a new town I imagined that I had a girl friend named Jacie. My younger sister, for years upon years, had an imaginary friend named Maria--we still tease her about Maria because she insists she was real. I think its a normal childhood thing to have an imaginary friend, just like talking to your dolls or pretending to play War with your friends.

Of the 13 stories in this volume I think I only really enjoyed 3 of them: 'A Good Day for Dragons' by Rick Hautala, 'Stands a God Within the Shadows' by Anne Bishop and 'Walking Shadows' by Juliet E. McKenna. Hautala's, though I guessed the twist fairly quickly, was just a cute story. Dragons, Pirates and choices when growing up--what's not to love? Bishop's is, as I've come to expect from her fiction, twisty and dark with small rays of sunshine poking out. I was genuinely surprised at who the imaginary friend turned out to be and the end, while sad, is speaks highly of the main character.

McKenna's was another sad story of choices when growing up that I would have enjoyed so much more if there hadn't been a niggling editorial lapse. In first 2/3rds of the story a character's name is Rasun--he's never actually seen, only spoken of by various characters as a 'lesson learned move on' sort of thing, but still he's important at the end. So I couldn't understand why, in the last third, his name suddenly becomes 'Rusan'. Not just once, which I tend to overlook, but at least four different times! It ruined the story for me a bit because I had to consciously remember who that was supposed to be. As for the story itself--the twist at the end is intriguing and I wouldn't mind reading more in that universe.

The rest of the stories fell rather flat for me, or just bored me. There's really no other way to explain it. Marco has an introduction that made me excited--he explains that for a college paper he was going to academically discuss Imaginary Friends influence, but couldn't find enough academic material to draw from (apparently no one does studies of this nature?). Years later the idea kept niggling at him until he finally decided to call upon fantasy writers to explore the idea and the ramifications. Some of the authors I think took it a lot looser than he meant while others I think didn't grasp why imaginary friends are important.

I would say to read this if you happen upon it at the library or a friend lends it to you, I'm not entirely certain its worth its cover price.

I really adored the story by Anne Bishop in this anthology. Very different and creative and magical. Wonderfully fit the theme.

Most of the rest, however, were forgettable and bland. Many seemed to have confused imaginary friends with ghost stories, or relied too strongly on the same twist of...slight spoiler....having it being a 'surprise' the character you were meant to assume was the one imagining was in fact the imaginary friend.

The theme of this fine anthology is just what the title advertises, IMAGINARY FRIENDS, but with a fantasy or Twilight Zone twist that widens the scope of the collection. The compilation of all new tales is superb as each entry is well written with some being excellent. Personal favorites include "A Good Day for Dragons" by Rick Hautala that kept me thinking of Pete's Dragon, "Best Friends Forever" by Tim Waggoner stars Biff the stuffed animal, "Images of Death" by Jim C. Hines as the title character is a best friend who reminds the little girl of a Muppet, and the moving tale of sibling love "Greg and Eli" by Paul Genesse. The remaining tales are all fun reminding readers of their own IMAGINARY FRIENDS.

Harriet Klausner

This was a fairly good selection of short stories with an interesting theme to tie them all together. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book for me was seeing how each author put a different spin on the imaginary friends idea and made it his/her own. Some stories contain the traditional idea of an imaginary friend, some twist it totally around, while still others go on an entirely different track altogether. Stories that stood out the most for me were: A Good Day for Dragons by Rick Hautala, Best Friends Forever by Tim Waggoner, and The Big Exit by Bill Fawcett. Overall, the stories included in this collection are decent, but it's not as strong as "Army of the Fantastic" also edited by John Marco (who I might add also writes a very strong introduction in this book explaining the idea behind the theme of the book.)

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