- File Size: 136 KB
- Print Length: 27 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Speakman Press (October 31, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00629AUZS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Imaginary Friends (Word & Void series) Kindle Edition
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Thank you for the magic, Mr Brooks.
Jack lives on the edge of Sinnissippi Park, where his imaginary friends Pick and his owl Daniel return to him from earlier in his childhood and lead him on an adventure to save the park from an evil imprisoned in a massive tree. Not only is he supposed to save the park, but Jack is led into a struggle to save himself.
Imaginary Friends is a short story first released twenty years ago in the anthology Once Upon A Time, and is the inspiration for Running with the Demon, the first book in Terry Brooks' Word and the Void series.
Themes: In Imaginary Friends, Jack is forced to face his adversary head on. This is a story about overcoming adversity and what someone can achieve when they have the will to fight for their lives.
We also learn in this short story how friends can give us encouragement to go on, whether real or imaginary. Imaginary Friends tells us that good friends will be there whenever we need them regardless of time spent apart. Friends also challenge us, believe in us, and encourage us to better things.
Pros: Running with the Demon is one of my favorite books by Terry Brooks. This short story was written before the novel and was the inspiration for that story. Pick and Daniel were as I remembered them in the book, especially Pick's cranky personality and curmudgeonly language. I hadn't read this short story before and it was to my pleasure that this was made available because it gave me some insight into Terry working out the details for a new world. The biggest pro for me is that for a short period of time Terry is giving all the proceeds to his webmaster and friend Shawn Speakman to help him pay for his cancer treatment bills.
Cons: Pick is described differently here than in Running with the Demon. In this story he is a tiny elf with a red beard. In Running with the Demon, he is described as a sylvan made of twigs knitted together with a mossy beard and leafy head. Without giving away either story, the thing trapped in the tree is different between the two stories as well. The ending was a little predictable, at least for me.
Recommendations: Imaginary friends is a heartwarming story about overcoming cancer and the inner battle for survival. It is fitting that for a short period of time Terry has made this story available for sale in ebook format to help his webmaster and friend Shawn Speakman pay for his cancer treatments. Not only will you get a story that helped set the stage for one of my favorite of his novels, you will be helping someone else in the process. On those grounds alone I could recommend this story, but Imaginary Friends is a nice short story with characters and setting inspiring one of my favorite Terry Brooks books, Running with the Demon, and is a testament to the power of the human spirit.
I originally purchased this ebook to help out Terry & Shawn, but the story won me over all on its own. The story takes place in the Word & Void setting. It's about a boy, the magic of the park, the magic within, and a battle with cancer. The story is beautifully layered and the boy's adventure with the magical creatures in the nearby park have both literal and figurative meanings.
If you haven't read this ebook, please consider going out and buying it. It's only $2.99 (right now) and will probably only be available for purchase for a limited time. And if you don't own an ebook book reader, or a phone with an ebook reader app, there is the option to purchase the book to read on your computer. You should check it out. It is a really touching story.
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