The Host in the Attic by Rohan Quine, chapter IV “First cruelty of addiction”
The Host in the Attic by Rohan Quine, chapter IV
“First cruelty of addiction”
(This video is also on YouTube.)
The Host in the Attic by Rohan Quine is a hologram of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, digitised and reframed in cinematic style, set in London’s Docklands in a few years’ time. High-flyer Jaymi discovers a secret novel online called The Imagination Thief, written by a woman named Alaia; and they meet and fall in love. In his attic he hides the prototype of a new worldwide Web-browsing hologram, for whose appearance he was the model. While this hologram deteriorates into ever more terrifying corruption, Jaymi’s appearance remains forever sweet and youthful, despite his escalating evil … until the inevitable reckoning unfolds. A Distinguished Favorite in the NYC Big Book Award 2021.
For some short teasers (many of them less than a minute) excerpted from all of the above, see here.
Here are the basics of what the novella is all about.
Here are some great reviews of it.
The nine chapters of The Host in the Attic‘s Video-Book format are here too:
And in the YouTube playlist “THE HOST IN THE ATTIC (novella) – Video-Book format – Rohan Quine”:
I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX. (If playback of any of these videos looks at all fuzzy on YouTube, then you can quickly and easily adjust the YouTube video-player’s playback “Quality” setting, by doing the following: (1) if you’re on a mobile device, first touch the video image, then touch the three-dots symbol that appears in the top-right corner of the player, touch “Quality” and choose “1080p” (or the highest other setting available on your device, e.g. “720p”); or (2) if you’re on a laptop/desktop device, click the cog symbol on the lower edge of the video-player, click “Quality” and choose “1080p” (or the highest other setting available on your device, e.g. “720p”).)
The nine chapter title-cards of The Host in the Attic‘s video-book format are also in the Google Photos album “Rohan Quine – THE HOST IN THE ATTIC (novella) – chapter titles”.
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