Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

by Matthew Dicks | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1250024005 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAzukiwing of Miami, Florida USA on 4/15/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, April 15, 2021
My Name is Budo.
I have been alive for five years.
Five years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive.
Max gave me my name.
Max is the only human person who can see me.
Max's parents call me an imaginary friend.

Reading this book makes me long for an imaginary friend. Did I ever have one? I remember making up stories with characters but not friends that hang around. Maybe they popped in and out of existence only for a short while. If so my apologies they didn't get to enjoy a long life like Budo.

Also, I realize that try as I may, it appears that I cannot imagine up a friend, which does make me feel melancholy, that it's an ability we lose as we grow up.

It's a beautiful story with much depth. I brought my first copy to Mainz's BC Con, and this second copy is for sharing at the Virtual BC Con.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
This book is now going to GoryDetails, who claimed it at the Virtual BC Con virtual book buffet table. There's not much gory details in this book but hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, June 7, 2021
The book arrived safely on this very hot day - many thanks! I don't recall having an imaginary friend myself, though I did have a very active imaginary play-life - it's just that I usually imagined myself as the hero, whether I was a horse or a cowboy or Ilya Kuryakin {wry grin}.

Later: Intriguing story, with a dark twist. The story's told from the perspective of Budo, supposedly-imaginary friend to young Max - though when Budo is the viewpoint character it's unclear just how imaginary he's supposed to be! He can converse with other children's imaginary friends, and these chats convey how different Budo's experiences are from theirs; he doesn't sleep (or dream), and observes the adult world when Max is sleeping. And so he's the one who is all too aware of what might happen when a teacher, disturbed by what she perceives as Max's neglect by his own parents, decides to take him to raise on her own...

The book ends with a childhood-ends/passing-of-the-torch scene that to me signaled Budo's transition to a new child; reminded me of the (very different in tone) imaginary-friend movie "Drop Dead Fred".

[There's a short TV Tropes page on the book, with some interesting tidbits.]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, October 17, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (10/18/2021 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm sending this to BCer AlterEgoZoe to fill a wish, as a tag-it-forward in the US/Canada wishlist-tag game. Enjoy!

*** Released for the 2021 Keep Them Moving challenge. ***

Journal Entry 5 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, October 21, 2021
Received thanks for fulfilling a wish.

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