Short Stories and Canine Companions Entertain Readers in New Book

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Author M.J. Quinlivan Shares About Life’s Miracles and Mysteries Through His Collection of Short Stories in “Tales of Wonder & Imagination”

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“Wisdom begins in wonder,” Socrates once said. “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” added Albert Einstein. M.J. Quinlivan’s newly published book, titled Tales of Wonder & Imagination, is an inspirational collection of short stories, mostly about man’s canine companions, that leads readers to what these brilliant men in history have often alluded to—the pursuit of wisdom and cultivation of the gift of imagination.

Mick Quinlivan never intended to publish a book at the beginning. Upon retirement, he simply began writing short stories and emailed them to friends. With their encouragement, he began to compile these stories and put them in a book that reflected his exercises in imagination, trying to show what is possible in an entertaining way.

Tales of Wonder & Imagination is a varied collection of about four dozen short stories intended to tickle the readers’ imagination, lead them to reflection and call them to action. Its overall theme is speculative fiction, showing in general, the good side of man and man’s best friend.

Each story is a unique tale all its own. Some speak of youth and a quest of self-discovery, others speak of old age and self-assurance. Many centre on people and relationships, jobs and experiences, nature and travel, things and events.

However, somehow one thing seems to surface – Mick Quinlivan’s fascination for dogs. The collection begins with “Job For a Dog.” Then throughout the book, he mentions such canine companions many times. He claims that roughly a third of the writings are about dogs. The book even has a picture of one.

As there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder, readers will freely explore the world around them and beyond in Tales of Wonder & Imagination. With its conversational tone and amusing narrative style, it attracts readers with its references to life’s mysteries and miracles, and of course, hope.

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Tales of Wonder & Imagination * by M.J. Quinlivan
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$20.00; 207 pages; 978-1-4797-8812-5
Ebook; AU$7.99; 978-1-4797-8813-2

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