Imagination Picks Up Hitchhikers

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I swear, it’s the last time I’ll mention it (well, except at the bottom), but Her Cousin, Much Removed is free through the end of today, April 10th. OK, on to the afternoon book.

Once I started to consider books in terms of imagination, my brain nearly short-circuited. Whether they take us back in time, or shoot us forward into the future; whether they’re about regular people or aliens who use tesseracts to travel to other words, imagination is the heartbeat of fiction. So singling out books is nearly painful.

Nearly.

Because this one is one of the most beautiful, hilarious things an imagination ever created from nothing. Towel not included.

What do you think is the most imaginative book you’ve ever read?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Amazon for $5.12. “IRRESISTIBLE!”
–The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!
“[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY…Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Imagination Builds All

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Imagination is the world inside of ourselves, the one over which we have complete control. We can color the sky and the sea, the trees and the flowers. Any thing is impossible, if we choose it. Anything is impossible if we say it is so.

Internally, imagination is magical, but something happens when have the opportunity to share it. When something existed only within the confines of your skull, but you can take that vision and make it real for someone else, it’s a feeling unique to itself.

You don’t have to be a writer to share your imagination, there are countless ways to do it. Artists do it though visual media, through paint and sculpture and other materials, and I envy their ability to do it all so directly. I’ve often wished I could paint.

But so do people who build things with their hands, they take an image in their heads and turn it into something tangible. Knitters, crafters, inventors. Anyone who makes something from what never was.

Imagination is the seed of progress. It is the essential ingredient of new.

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I Is Pure Imagination

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The letter I can only mean one thing to a writer of fiction. If you’re inferring that I, today, is all about imagination, then you are correct! And before we get on with I, you’re not imagining it: my cozy mystery, Her Cousin, Much Removed is still free today, April 10. Snag a copy and solve a murder.

This morning’s post features one of the most imaginative books from one of the most imaginative authors who ever graced us with his presence. As the song in the original movie adaptation says, “Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.” It all sprang from the brain of Roald Dahl, an entire universe too fantastic to forget, giving us the concept of a “golden ticket.” And If you haven’t read his short stories for adults, you should. They’re really creepy.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Amazon for $3.86. Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

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