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Celebrations! The Feelings of Festivus and Imaginary Holidays in Books

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Happy Festivus! Because you’re a person who lives in the world, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Festivus, of course, is the invented holiday ‘celebrated’ by George Costanza’s family (and my family, and maybe yours) originally seen on Seinfeld. In my last article, I wrote about the power of imaginary books–books that characters in novels talk about and read, but don’t really exist. (I suppose it must be said that all holidays are imaginary, in that someone, somewhere thought them up and told their buddies they had a great idea for a day off.) I thought about our human holidays, and how much of the trappings of Christmas, for instance, are just things we talk and sing about…

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The Power of the Imaginary Book and How Kim Alexander’s Became a Reality

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What are your favorite books within books? Since I’m a weirdo, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon springs to mind. Harry Potter has dozens of them. Frank Herbert’s Dune not only has pages of them, but references them liberally throughout the text. Fictional books have always appealed to me, as much, almost as books of fiction. They are the mystery that can never be solved, they impact our heroes (and villains) without ever showing their faces. They have great power. I wanted one. In my epic fantasy novel, The Sand Prince, my hero, the misfit demon prince Rhuun, finds just such a book–a marvelous story of the adventures of a human man and his friends and enemies on the other side of The Door, the…

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