The Imaginary Corpse

The Imaginary Corpse

4.03 (595 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.03 (595 ratings by Goodreads)

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Most ideas fade away when we're done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?

Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl's imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they're too Real to disappear.

Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas - until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an Idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there's nothing left but imaginary corpses.

File Under: Fantasy [ Fuzzy Fiends | Death to Imagination | Hardboiled but Sweet | Not Barney ]
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 22.86mm | 272.16g
  • Angry Robot
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0857668315
  • 9780857668318
  • 723,045

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"I heartily recommend The Imaginary Corpse to any reader seeking a delightfully different book." "It's as if Pixar's Inside Out mugged Toy Story in a surrealist Raymond Chandler novel." "It's pure imagination on multiple axes - with a ton of heart." "The Imaginary Corpse is inventive, fun, and touching, in the most unexpected way." "a captivating new voice in the genre." "the most unusual SFF-mystery mashup you'll read this year." "Brilliantly playful and deadly serious at the same time" "For adults who want to recapture some of their youthful imaginings, while reading an excellent book about trauma, forgiveness, and acceptance, The Imaginary Corpse will definitely fill that niche." "This reminds me of Jonathan Lethem's Gun, with Occasional Music, plus the Brian Aldiss-inspired first act of AI, with splashes of Philip K. Dick and Haruki Murakami." "it's both a thrilling journey into an imaginatively crafted fantasy world, and a textured, character-based drama with real emotional stakes." "Readers will revel in this strange, fully realized world." "It's elegant, beautifully constructed, innovative, and true."
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About Tyler Hayes

TYLER HAYES is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are we not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online and in print in anthologies from Alliteration Ink, Graveside Tales, and Aetherwatch. The Imaginary Corpse is Tyler's debut novel.
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595 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 39% (234)
4 33% (196)
3 21% (122)
2 6% (35)
1 1% (8)
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