Abarat: Absolute Midnight

Abarat: Absolute Midnight

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by Clive Barker
     
 

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Clive Barker, author of The Thief of Always, delivers an epic battle filled with fantasy and adventure that readers won't want to put down!

Candy Quackenbush, her allies, and her enemies are back in Abarat: Absolute Midnight, the third book in Clive Barker's New York Times bestselling Abarat series.

"The waiting is over.

Overview

Clive Barker, author of The Thief of Always, delivers an epic battle filled with fantasy and adventure that readers won't want to put down!

Candy Quackenbush, her allies, and her enemies are back in Abarat: Absolute Midnight, the third book in Clive Barker's New York Times bestselling Abarat series.

"The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal." Mater Motley, the Old Mother of Darkness herself—following the events of Abarat and Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War—has crafted a scheme that may destroy the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every hour is an island in one eternal day.

When Candy discovers Mater Motley's secret plot, she realizes that only she can bring an end to the destruction. Only she can stop the complete darkness threatening to abolish all hope and happiness from the Abarat.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

The long-awaited third book of Barker's series has finally arrived.

This middle volume has the strengths and flaws of its predecessors. Heroine Candy Quackenbush and evil Mater Motley continue to take center stage, and both continue to be vehicles rather than fully fleshed characters. Mater Motley furthermore turns out to be a pawn for the Nephauree, a Lovecraftian race of tentacled creatures from elsewhere who have in mind the utter destruction of the Abarat. Candy gets a love-at-first-sight subplot devoid of emotional resonance, based as it is in neither conversation nor interaction. The sometimes lovely, often purple prose is peppered with corny dialogue (declarations of love while facing death; "comic" bickering between John Mischief and his brothers, who are heads on his antlers). True moments of terror (Candy's alcoholic father as the preacher of a church powered by Abaratian evil) vie for attention with the flora and fauna of Abarat and the adventures of a chosen one who conveniently always has the right spell, in what is either an homage to fantasy tropes or a glaring example of the stereotype. Barker's powerful, often unpleasant illustrations continue to play off the text, sometimes confusingly—captions and more careful placement of images would help readers make the connections.

All in all, fans will revel and newcomers will be baffled. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060291716
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
Abarat Series, #3
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.56(h) x 1.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Clive Barker is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children. He is also a widely acclaimed artist, film producer, screenwriter, and director. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1952
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Education:
Liverpool University
Website:
http://www.clivebarker.info

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Abarat - Absolute Midnight 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 45 reviews.
cctheprof More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read this book! I'm a huge Barker fan and have loved the first two installments of this series. One of the huge draws of this series is that it is filled with illustrations from Clive himself. The electronic Nook version is void of said illustrations. That is too bad being that Clive himself has said that the illustrations are there to help immerse us in the world he has created and to give us the visual representations of what he saw as he created it. I do not know if this will be rectified in future editions of the ebook but for now, if you want the full experience; go for the hardcover version. I say this with a sad heart as my nook has become a part of me and I love the convenience it has afforded me.
pblover5 More than 1 year ago
I waited 7 years for this book and it is NOT what I expected. If you've followed the series, then everything you think will happen, doesn't. Clive Barker completely blindsides the readers many times and I'm not sure how I feel about that. So many things happen so randomly and abruptly, that the book just seems...confusing sometimes. I found myself flipping back to see if I missed something because some developments were just so fast. Also, I'm completely unsure of how I feel about the ending... A fantasy book is fantasy, but the author needs to stick to the rules they laid out in their fantasy world, and I really don't think Barker did that. Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book. But beware of some very odd, unexpected, and mind-bending things to happen. But, you have to read it to judge for yourself.
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
fantastic read. I enjoyed reading this one.
smcronin13 More than 1 year ago
This series, though aimed at the "young adult" age group, is wonderful even later in life. The dark and twisted villains that plague our heroine bring a creep factor, while her friends bring a lighter, quirky side to the story. With inventive world-building and excellent characters (none of which are fully developed, giving them all an aura of mystery and plenty of room to grow), the third book is sure to be as delicious as the previous two.
TBerri119 More than 1 year ago
So happy to final continue on Candy's journey. If you read the others, you will NOT be disappointed!! One note....DO NOT buy this for your Nook. Spend the extra $1.00 and change. NO illustrations, which fill the Hard Copy, are included in the Nook download. VERY DISAPPOINTING, should have been a warning BEFORE the download. BLAH!
FeliciaM More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for ever for this!!! You know this series has to be good if there are people sitting around waiting about 8years for book three to come out in the series!!! I started reading the Abarat series when I was 15years old and here I am 22years old still super excited after all the wait. These books are amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the series, I really do. It is exciting, unique, and has a very Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it, in the sense that Candy, the main character has tumbled into a world of magic and madness that is completely extraordinary. And this third part in the series completely lives up to the previous two. So I like it, but there are to things stopping me from "loving" the Abarat series. One, that for some reason I haven't really formed an emotional attachment to the main character(s). I can't explain that, and it might be just me, so don't let that stop you from reading the books. My second complaint, though, is the ending of each book. Don't get me wrong, I love that there is an overarching plot for the whole series, tying the books together, and I enjoy a good cliff-hanger now and again, but it would be nice to actually glean some satisfaction from finishing each of these books. Each time I complete one I am left frustrated and unfulfilled. Which wouldn't be so bad, I suppose, if they had all been published. But regardless, there is no sense of finality or accomplishment. It just feels like the story will NEVER end. And by the third book I was starting to really wish that it would.
Nicodaemon More than 1 year ago
I am so pleased this book is finally out! This is a wonderful series and it has been too long since volume two. I hope (and imagine it would be so) that this volume is filled with the paintings Clive Barker did for the illustrations as were the first two volumes. They added so much to the feel of the story. Considering Clive Barker is so well known for his skin crawling horror novels like the Books of Blood and the Hellbound Heart this is more a fantasy with horror elements, closer to the Thief of Always. This is totally worth getting if you haven't already started the series!
Windling More than 1 year ago
Really looking forward to anything new by Barker. I already know it will ROCK!!! Barker will write on HIS schedule, not some demanding reader's...
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If violin counts as a sport, VIOLIN!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I have been in a lot of sports, ranging from dance, soccer, basketball and figure skating, to martial arts and volleyball. I hate Kung Fu even if I have a natural talent at it and my parents won't let me quit (I've been in it over four years). I like soccer but I love volleyball. I am pretty good and it never gets old.--- SDA ;-)
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Volley ball definitly - Sam
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Like many others, I am sure, I spent many years awaiting the release of this book, and it most certainly did not let me down. Clive Barker pulls the rug out from beneath our feet with each new page. I can promise you that this book is not like the others, but it still captivated me. This story brings us to an Abarat filled with darkness, despair, the Hag, Candy, and all of her friends.
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I absoluty loved the first and second book, but this one goes off that track. Its somewhat poorly written with a bunch of places that left me confused about how something happened. Also, scenes are stretched out much too long, which gets boring, while other scenes happen much too fast and dont give enough information! Wonderful series, but i was greatly disapointed by this book....i hope book 4 is better.
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