Part I—Film & Video-Book
The Imagination Thief, Part I “Ghost town arrival: spotlight with Alaia”
SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE and click the below titles 1-17, to view the Video-Book versions of mini-chapters 1-17, which comprise Part I of the novel.
Above is the Film “ALAIA 34”, which is embedded on the title page of Part I of The Imagination Thief’s ebook format. In it are coloured shadows for Part I as a whole, being just one lens’s suggestion of Alaia Danielle and Jaymi Peek.
Click the below titles 1-17, to view the Video-Book versions of mini-chapters 1-17
|1. “A funny turn at the office”—click here for Video-Book
“Are you ready for this?” calls Raven to me from the corridor outside my office. “Don’t forget we’re pressing the button tomorrow!”
|2. “The hunt for what my eyes can do”—click here for Video-Book
Within its flash, aeons feel nested in complex compression, as if I am seeing a collapsed version of the whole duration of human civilisation.
|3. “So now I’m on a mission”—click here for Video-Book
I reach the half-smile. “Hi!” I twinkle sweetly, “I’ve come to see Marc Albright.”
|4. “Sneak peek into a mogul’s mind”—click here for Video-Book
No, you weren’t too hard for me to pinpoint from the street downtown—a very big fish, on which to test my fishing line.
|5. “How to slap a mogul around”—click here for Video-Book
This has the feeling of a shark swimming right through me; those tripod legs have streamlined into fins…
|6. “My absent default personality”—click here for Video-Book
“Hey,” she says, and at the sound of her sleek familiar voice I feel a touch of sanity.
|7. “Telling Alaia what’s hard to believe”—click here for Video-Book
Her dark eyes flash with defiance for an instant, of course; then they grow serene and widen, as I take control.
|8. “The statue of black sugar”—click here for Video-Book
You can’t coil around the hovering Jaymi viewpoint, because it is just a viewpoint and you are just sugar; yet it seems that you want to.
|9. “Alaia gets excited”—click here for Video-Book
The pipe is next to me, so her face is suddenly right in mine and our gazes latch onto each other from very close up in a split-second’s freeze-frame that hits us both, with her eyes asking Where are you taking me, Jaymi?
|10. “Angles of glamour”—click here for Video-Book
“OK Jason, picture me a face like the sound of the slinkiest and coolest pulse of electronic music, with space between the cheekbones of its high flicks of treble and a wet bass weight within those lips I want to kiss upon a poster on my bedroom wall!”
|11. “Lunch with a shark”—click here for Video-Book
I notice that I’ve been waving the small gherkin around on the end of my fork, rather dangerously, and I stop this.
|12. “Relentless wakefulness in the belfry”—click here for Video-Book
“Nonsense. This is show business, Jaymi, you have to crank it out!” He cackles raucously.
|13. “The silver van to the ghost town”—click here for Video-Book
We turn our heads to opposite sides, as daylight fades away, an underpass slants up in streaks on left and right, and the van swoops down to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
|14. “The smashed violin”—click here for Video-Book
I slip my vision out of her and open my eyes. That was dangerously addictive, but I’m not going to spy on her again, because I promised her I wouldn’t. That was the last time.
|15. “Evelyn’s tour of the ghost town”—click here for Video-Book
A road sign tells me this is Ocean Avenue, and there indeed is an ocean. Coincidence? I think not.
|16. “Ready for our close-up”—click here for Video-Book
He would have the right stuff as an astronaut, I think. I could also imagine him walking over with authoritative calm to take the gun out of a gunman’s hand.
|17. “Sound & Vision”—click here for Video-Book
Here it is, then, Sound & Vision…
The above Video-Book mini-chapters 1-17 of The Imagination Thief are also linked to from inside the novel’s ebook format. They are here too:
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 possibilities of human imagination, personality and language, exploring the darkest and brightest flavours of beauty living in our minds.