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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

What you should be reading now that Harry Potter is over.

To be honest I don't understand why The Books of the Abarat haven't become the next big thing in the book world. I am a huge Harry Potter Fan and this was my Fantasy fix after I was done with HP. The first Book of the Abarat was beautifully written and was so colorful t...
To be honest I don't understand why The Books of the Abarat haven't become the next big thing in the book world. I am a huge Harry Potter Fan and this was my Fantasy fix after I was done with HP. The first Book of the Abarat was beautifully written and was so colorful that you really feel like you are in the story with Candy. I read the paperback version that didn't have any of the art in it but that was a mistake because when I read the second one (Days of Magic Nights of War) it was so thrilling to see where Clive Barker was getting all these great characters and places from. In fact I did a little looking and the paintings came before the book!! Clive Barker is one of the greatest writers of our time and takes inspiration for The Books of Abarat from two of the greatest fantasy writers in History, J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and combines his own creative genius to make a world that is so completely different from our own that it is almost hard to conceive, but is so well described and detailed that it stands out vividly in your mind as though you have been there. A must read for EVERYONE.

posted by Charli_Girl on July 9, 2009

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

my opinion on the Abarat

Abarat
Clive Barker
Genre: Fantasy

The book Abarat is about a girl who discovers a world outside our own. The girl, Candy, leaves home with a mysterious man named Mischief while trying to escape an evil man named Shape by diving into the Sea Izabella. Once she dive...
Abarat
Clive Barker
Genre: Fantasy

The book Abarat is about a girl who discovers a world outside our own. The girl, Candy, leaves home with a mysterious man named Mischief while trying to escape an evil man named Shape by diving into the Sea Izabella. Once she dives into the sea with Mischief, she knows that she is no longer in her home town but instead in a completely new world called the Abarat.

The main character in this story is Candy Quackenbush. In our world, she is strange and doesn't fit in. But in Abarat, she feels like she's been there before. In the book, the author shapes her into a girl who has strong feelings for people she hasn't even known for that long. She tries to help out other people more then she helps out herself. There are plenty of other characters in this book but Candy is the main one.

In this book, setting is everything. The story wouldn't be right if it was in another place. The Abarat is made up of twenty five different islands that all symbolize the twenty for hours of the day and also the twenty fifth hour. All of the islands are very different because there is an island for every hour of the day. The setting of this story creates major conflicts for Candy and her companions that help her along her journey. The different islands are all very mysterious to her and danger hides around every corner.

The point of view in this story is probably first person. Throughout the book, the point of view changes between the different characters. Usually the narrator is very reliable and gives us a lot of insight when it comes to their actions and what they are thinking. I think that if the point of view was any different it might lose some important information that is needed to understand the book well.

I like how the author created a entirely different world from our own. He made everything completely different for our world. I also liked how he described the people in the book so well and he also included some pictures to help make them real. But I didn't like how the author left things untold in the end. I would have liked it if he at least wrapped up a few things at the end of the book. Also, I didn't how he made the main character kind of unbelievable. She seemed too worried about other people instead of herself and most people aren't like that. But in all I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the mysterious, fantasy, and action type of books.

posted by blah-blah-blah on March 26, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    None of the pictures!

    The print version of this book is replete with graphics. The ebook has none. The eboo is, thus, pretty much a waste of money.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Book needs graphics

    This is one of my favorite books of all time, I was so dissappointed to see that the graphics DO NOT come with this e-book version.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    an experienced reader

    A terrible, terrible book. People need to realize that just because a book captures you dosen't mean it's written well!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    terrible book

    I thought this book was terrible. It ended right wher e the story actually began. It is a terrible example of a good book.

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    Posted September 5, 2011

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