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  • ISBN-13: 9780007100453
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Series: Abarat Series, #2
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Clive Barker
Clive Barker
A diversely talented and always chilling writer-artist, Clive Barker creates worlds that turn humanity's baser qualities inside out, hold them in front of a funhouse mirror, and transform them into the stuff of nightmares.

Biography

Nothing ever begins....Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden among them is a filigree that will with time become a world.

It must be arbitrary, then, the place at which we choose to embark.

Somewhere between a past half forgotten and a future as yet only glimpsed."

And here is as good a place as any to begin with Clive Barker, the author of strange and scary stories such as the novel that begins above, Weaveworld. Barker is probably best known as the creator of the Hellraiser franchise -- which began with the novella The Hellbound Heart; later became the 1987 horror classic that Barker directed; and was then a comic from 1989-1994. He accomplished the print-to-film-to-comic trifecta again with Nightbreed, the film version of which was released in 1990.

Barker drew attention with his early '80s story volumes, Books of Blood. His first novel, The Damnation Game, not only put him on a par authors such as Stephen King but earned praise from those same authors. He is widely admired for weaving into his scary stories complex themes about human nature and desires.

In addition to crafting his signature novels, a chilling amalgam of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, Barker is an accomplished artist. (His comic Ectokids is in development as a movie project at Nickelodeon.) He has also written for children -- a fact that surprises readers familiar only with his disturbing adult oeuvre. But, in fact, his children's tales (The Thief of Always, Abarat, etc.) are among his most imaginative.

No matter what his audience or medium, Barker's stories are effective because it's clear that he takes his work, and his genre, very seriously -- and expects the same from his audience. In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, he told us "[Fantasy and horror] liberate us into a world in which our frustrations and our repressions can take an exoticized form, rendering them more safely and also, if we dare, more approachable."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      Liverpool University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Abarat felt like an old fashioned travelogue, a book written sol

    Abarat felt like an old fashioned travelogue, a book written solely to
    describe the people and the places that Candy encountered in her
    travels. Instead of advancing a story, the focus of each new chapter was
    seemingly to top the one before in terms of magic, weirdness, and the
    surreal. I found that I could put it down for weeks at a time (something
    I've never been able to do with a Barker book before), pick it back up,
    and effortlessly resume mid-paragraph. Not only that, but it felt . . .
    well, childish. I realise it's meant as a young adult read, but so was
    The Thief of Always, and that was an all-night, single-setting read for
    me. Fortunately, it seems Barker got the `Disney' out of his system
    with Abarat, and is back to doing what he does best with Days of Magic,
    Nights of War. It's still a story of magic, weirdness, and the surreal,
    but it's just that - a real story. Here, we get into the thick of the
    plot, exploring who Candy really is, what brought her to the Abarat, and
    what role she has to play in its future. Things actually happen in this
    second volume, and there are consequences for all of it. What's more,
    this is a much darker story than the first, allowing Barker's
    imagination to shine. The first book hinted at the evils of Christopher
    Carrion, and showed us glimpses of Mater Motley's cruelty, but really
    restrained them. Here, Barker lets them loose, exposing their plans for
    the Abarat, and confronting us with the depths of their hatred, their
    cruelty, and their selfish vindictiveness. There's a very real tension
    to this volume, a palatable sense of dread and danger that was missing
    from the first. As a result, I felt an emotional attachment to the
    characters that I hadn't been able to form in the first, compelling me
    to read on, to cheer their triumphs, and to mourn their losses. I also
    liked the fact that we returned to the `real' world in this book. I
    think it was the development of events outside the Abarat, and the
    progression of the stories there added something to the book I didn't
    realise was lacking. Maybe it's the contrast, or maybe it's the
    connection, but returning to Chickentown turned this from a good read to
    a great one. There's still a wonderful fairy tale of fable feel to the
    Abarat, especially with the developing backstory and the new aspects of
    the mythology, and I hope Barker never loses that. However, I like this
    darker turn towards events of significance, and I really hope Absolute
    Midnight carries that forward. Of course, if you've read the series then
    you understand that the title alone promises things aren't about to get
    happy any time soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Great!

    Another great CliveBarker book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Something you've never seen before

    This book is amazingly unique. Barker's ability to create and to inspire the imagination makes for a thrilling book. The language may start out a bit simple, but once the story gets rolling you find yourself lost in this book. I would recomend it to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Makes you use your imagination

    Its nice to get away sometimes and be a part of a different world, the books of Abarat definitely do that, strange worlds, strange combinations in animals and some people, just read and let your imagination do the work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Great

    Love it! The whole series is captivating and imaginative. I read all three books in a weeks time. I can't wait for books 4 and 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Jake Walton Part 21

    Heya guys. My nook is cooperating a little bit better. Qotp (question of the post) : What is your favorite sport if you could pick one? Mine probably soccer, its my passion. Alrighty you know the deal, comments at gods res. 2! Also next book at book 3!!!!!! I thank you all for your paitence. These next parts will get better i promise. Its been slow in the previous ones.---Hiss, hisss, hissss. We hear from Medusa. She unwrapped her head. I can feel her walk towards us. The hissing becomes louder. I grab my dagger in my pocket and keep my hand on it. A tear runs down my cheek again. I grip the handle harder on my dagger as my tears grow angrier. I open my eyes. Everything was fine until she saw i had my eyes opened. I quickly shut them before i could see her. I started to tremble and Sienna hugged me. I thought this would be the end so i kissed her for a long time. She understood it might be a goodbye kiss so she held it. I could feel she was trembling and crying. I felt bad that she was here. I should have gone alone. It was all my fault. I had my arms around Sienna when we heard the hissing stop. I wondered what was going on. We had all opened our eyes. I held up my dagger above my head and saw Medusa in the reflection. She was lying on the ground. With something stabbed in her heart. She layed there lifeless. "Its ok to look." I tell them. We see two guys standing behind her. Its Percy and Grover. We stare t them ad they stare a us. "Funny meeting you here." Percy says. "Yeah same." "Why are you here?" Grover asks. "I had a dream about Annabeth... so we are on a ques to gt her." I say. "So are we." Percy says. Silence comes between us. Then i guess we can all work together to gt her. But first lets find a way out of here." John says. "Good idea." Sam points out. We eventually find a back door to get out of. We step outside. "Ok what now?" I ask. "I have an idea!" Sienna says. "Follow me." We follow her to another hotel. My moms friend works here abd we could stay the night. We open the door to the hotel and step inside. "Sienna!" We hear a vpice. "Jessi! Hey can we stay here for a night?" "Shureeee!" Jessi says. "Thanks." We go upstairs to a room. We all get situated. There are two king beds and two couches. "Grover and i will sleep on the couches." Percy says. "Alright," Sam says. We all got ready for bed. John and Sam went to one bed. Sienna and i were left with the other. We got under te covers and started whispering. "Hey Sienna." I say to my new girlfriend. "Yes Jake." She responds. "I'm really glad you like me." I tell her. "Im glad you asked me out." Her sweet voice says. We meet in a kiss. I wrap my are around her. "I love you." I tell her. "I love you too." Se whispers back. We grab the tv remote ad turn it on silently. We watch for a little while until i realize she fell asleep. Then i start to drift off, with her in my arms, and thinking that i have a good life. Because of my new girlfriend, Sienna.---hey guys i will post really soon after this thanks for reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! •JW :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Sam to Sophie

    Done but can u hurry with the next part? - :) Sam

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Sophi

    Yes thanks!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    SDA

    Great part! Please try to hurry on the next one!--- SDA ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    An Addicting Magical Adventure!

    In my opinion, this was the best book of the series so far. I ate the whole thing up in a week (which is the speed of light, reading wise for me). Although I recommend that as you read this copy of the book, try to find the illustrations somehow (although coming up with your images as well is fun). I believe they are on Clive Barker's website. (***Possible Spoilers***) The Good: -The Pacing—all the events happen with just the perfect amount of detail, dialogue, and action making the book a delightful breeze to read. There isn't ever a time when the book drags. -Characters—If you read the first book, which is sort of mandatory to understand some detail in the book, such as Candy, Malingo, Christopher Carrion, Kasper Wolfswinkel, The Mischief Brother's, and all the other great character's, are brought to life on the page and their stories carry on so to me they were sort of like long lost friends. -Plot—the plot flows flawlessly and most questions are answered, but others aren't which will in upcoming books. -Writing Style The Bad: The only bad parts of this book is sometimes during some scenes like when Candy is fighting The Criss-Cross Man with the monkey Filth or when she is fighting the dragon like-creatures (I forgot their true names) on the boat can get rather confusing. Beside that I couldn't find any other bad things. I HIGHLY recommend you BUY THIS BOOK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Great sequel!

    The journey into the fantastic world that Abarat is continues! This book was an excellent continuation. I highly suggest that you buy and read!

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Great book

    I have read many books by Clive Barker and picked this series up thinking it was his usual "Adult" novel. While it is geared toward teens and young adults, it is just as good as his hard core stuff. Definately worth the money and I will be getting Book 3 shortly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    LOVE IT

    The Abarat series is one of my favorites, made many friends read them and not one was let down. I also recommended them to some of my students who also fell in love. Its all about the paintings!! they are really amazing. cant wait to read the next 3 books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Beautiful

    It really is a beautiful book. All of Clive Barkers paintings that are about the story are in it as well as his poetry. The characters you will just love to love and love to hate. Barker created a very stunning world and it really is hard to put the book down.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    AWSOME!!! book to read!!!

    Clive Barker has written many great books but by my opion, this series is the bets work hes done! I absolutely love how he made Candy's personality so independant and strong minded and fierce! Gorgossium's residents dont stand a chance!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

    Abarat spins a beautiful tale

    I absolutely loved this book! I fell in love with the characters and the world of abarat. They are described so well that they seem to really exist. While reading, I found myself wishing I was Candy and experiencing all the amazing adventures and people she encounters. I was never a true fan of Clive Barker's work because it didn't call to me in the past, so I was surprised to come across this series. Barker's writting style is there, but as far as content goes this is a whole new genre and he masters this genre as he did horror. I would recommend this series to anyone age 11 to adult, appropriate for young adults as far as content but definitely enjoyable for adults! You won't regret this wonderful story!

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    amazing

    This book will keep you at the edge of you chair! it's just one of those books you cant put down!

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    extravaganza!

    the wonderful arabat books are amazing! i was pleasantly surprised to see that the very dark (to say the least) clive barker wrote these incredible books that children can read! nothing dirty in them, just pure unadulterated fantasy & i recommend it for young & old! plus, the editions w/barker's paintings going along w/the story are just fantastic--he is a great artist & depicts his characters so that one can stretch his/her imaginination even more than just reading a description of the characters. and the characters are so diverse, it's unbelievably charming. one blurb i read about the books stated that they were like a cross between the wizard of oz and the chronicles or narnia. i would agree w/this but arabat is packed w/even more fantasy than both those awesome books combined! i have read almost all of barker's books & i know of no other author in my lifetime that has achieved the originality he displays in his writings. no two books are alike & i can't see that anyone could stamp barker as formulaic! i wish every voracious reader would check these books out. i think it's going to be a quartet, too, so that means two more editions of this spectacular adventure series. also, you will adore the heroine, candy...she is a very interesting character. enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was truly fantastic. Clive Barker thins the veil between good and evil, allowing speculation and doubt on the integrity of every character. His attention to detail created an unforgetable picture of a world seemingly so different but oddly the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    Clive Barker's Abarat.

    Incredible. Absolutely amazing, one of his best works, appealling to younger readers but still has some of his earlier works quirkyness. I've read some of his earlier books, and even in those you can see how he takes a little from each story and puts them together sometimes in a completely different way to what you were expecting. I've found that all of his books finds you asking yourself, 'How come I didn't think of that? It's such an easy image to concoct, so why didn't I see it first...?' Clive Barker has a way of seeing through our modern lives, pulling a in front of (or away from) his eyes and writing what we all WANT to see, but have just outgrown the ability to see it. Praise to Clive Barker! X

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