Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

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Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchman to capture her. Why? she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?

There is a mystery here. And Carrion, along with his fiendish grandmother Mater...

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Overview

Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchman to capture her. Why? she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?

There is a mystery here. And Carrion, along with his fiendish grandmother Mater Motley, suspects that whatever Candy is, she could spoil their plans to take control of the Abarat.

Now Candy's companions must race against time to save her from the clutches of Carrion, and she must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.

A final war is about to begin. And Candy is going to need to make some choices that will change her life forever....

Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat continue as she makes a startling realization as to who she is, and the forces of Night begin plans for war.

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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
With more than 100 lavish full-color illustrations and a magical fantasy, the second installment of Clive Barker's four-part Abarat series lives up to every expectation. Excitement never slackens as Candy Quackenbush continues her feverish flight through the islands of Abarat with the fiendish Lord of Midnight in hot pursuit. A perfect gift for any fan of epic adventure, ages 12 and up.
Bill Sheehan
His heroine is a likable, credible figure who grows and changes under the pressure of events. Her presence provides the chaotic narrative with a stable human center. But it is the Abarat itself -- a protean creation overflowing with grotesque, beautiful visions -- that most engages Barker's febrile imagination. The 25 islands allow him to create an array of colorful landscapes and populate them with a gallery of creatures that are utterly sui generis. The Abarat Quartet is shaping up to be, among other things, Barker's bestiary. No other writer -- and no other artist -- could have conceived or created it.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
A girl is caught in an otherworldly feud between eight-headed John Mischief and the "Lord of Midnight," in this fantasy novel with "plenty of thrills and chills," according to PW. Ages 12-up. (Oct) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Carried away by a mysterious sea, the Izabella, from her home of Chickentown, Minnesota, Candy Quackenbush begins an adventurous and momentous life in the islands of Abarat, a magical archipelago where each island stands at a different hour of the day. Pursued for reasons she does not understand by Christopher Carrion, Lord of Midnight, Candy and her friend, the geshrat Malingo, stay just ahead of Carrion's minions. The second book picks up right where Abarat (HarperCollins, 2002/VOYA October 2002) left off, with Candy and Malingo on the run from island to island, always followed closely by Carrion's agents. As events in Abarat begin to affect the Hereafter, as Abaratians call the real world, Candy comes ever closer to an answer to the puzzle of her power and importance in the magical archipelago. Similar in construct to the first book, the action is part Perils of Pauline, part Hieronymous Bosch, and part how-gross-can-you-be. As Candy moves from place to place, disgusting phantasmagorias are followed in succession by locales with a decidedly Mardi Gras air or sleeping palaces of Circe-like reverie and enchantment. Characterization is not Barker's strong suit in these books, but he more than makes up for it in the swift and intricately intertwined plot. With the addition of many surreal color illustrations, this sequel again establishes Barker as the Salvador Dali of the fantasy set. Readers of the first book will be delighted with the second, as will those who like their fantasy whimsically original. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, 513p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Ann Welton
KLIATT
Second in a projected series of four books, this dark fantasy continues the adventures of teenager Candy Quakenbush of Chickentown, MN in a magical island realm filled with a multitude of bizarre creatures. In the first book, Abarat (an ALA Best Book for YAs; reviewed in KLIATT in November 2002), Candy received a key that the evil Lord of Midnight, Christopher Carrion, wanted, and in this sequel he sends his minions to try to capture her. Carrion wants to do away with Candy because she stands in the way of his goal to bring "Absolute Midnight" to the world. A secret in Candy's past revealed by her mother provides a clue to her special relationship to the world of the Abarat, as she tries to understand her role in the realm and survive the many dangers she encounters. Over 125 bright, bold full-color paintings by Barker accompany the text, depicting the many fantastic and often spine-chilling characters and settings. Fans of the first book will welcome this with open arms. (Sequel to Abarat). KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 204, HarperCollins, Joanna Cotler Books, 512p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Candy Quakenbush and her chum, Malingo, who first came to our attention in Clive Barker's Abarat (HarperCollins, 2002), have surfaced again in this sequel (Joanna Cotler Books, 2004). Candy is on the run from the Lord of Midnight, Christopher Carrion. Carrion and his evil grandmother, Mater Motley, are determined to begin a war that will bring absolute darkness to the Abarat forever. Believing that Candy has the power to prevent their wicked plot, they decide that she must die and Carrion relentlessly pursues her. Candy slowly begins to understand what is going on as she performs magic she hasn't learned and recalls memories of things she never experienced. Along the way, she encounters a succession of both helpful and unsympathetic characters. Candy and the dragon slayer, Finnigan Hobb, are drawn to each other and the shocking reason is revealed toward the end of the tale. The raspy voice of narrator Richard Ferrone serves the novel well. His interpretation of Carrion, in particular, is chilling. The book doesn't stand on its own-listeners should read or listen to the first book before tackling this one to fully understand the sometimes complicated plot. There are two additional titles planned for the series. The series has the potential to become hugely popular as Disney has optioned the story for both movie and theme park rights.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Bixby, OK Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Picaresque digression yields to plot development in this second entry about the archipelago of the Abarat, where each island is ruled by a different hour of the day. Candy Quackenbush and her loyal geshrat pal Malingo are on the run from Christopher Carrion, Lord of Midnight, still scheming to conquer the forces of Day. As Candy begins to uncover her hidden powers, Malingo joins allies old and new in searching for the lost hero Finnegan Hob. Meanwhile, back in our reality, the inhabitants of quotidian Chickentown are troubled by ominous portents. It's all fantastically complicated and dreamlike, sensations intensified by the elaborate sonorous imagery, constant abrupt transitions, and Barker's hallucinogenic jewel-like illustrations. Unfortunately, rather than trust his descriptive powers, he repeatedly tells readers how to feel, with a peculiarly flattening impact. Candy's personality is particularly drab, when contrasted with the frenzied phantasmagoria all around her. Scenes of chilling abuse and gruesome death cast dark, macabre shadows over the adventure. Yet when all the threads are pulled together in a splendidly apocalyptic finale of cinematic scope (film rights have been optioned by Disney), the satisfying resolution leaves plenty of room for sequels. Expect heavy demand. (Fantasy. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060596385
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Abarat Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 285,687
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Barker

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.

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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Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War


By Clive Barker

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Clive Barker
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0064409325

Part One

Freaks, Fools and Fugitives

Nothing

After a battle lasting many ages,
The Devil won,
And he said to God
(who had been his Maker):

"Lord,
We are about to witness the unmaking of Creation
By my hand.
I would not wish you
to think me cruel,
So I beg you, take three things
From this world before I destroy it.
Three things, and then the rest will be
wiped away."

God thought for a little time.
And at last He said:

"No, there is nothing."
The Devil was surprised.
"Not even you, Lord?" he said.
And God said:
"No. Not even me."

-- From Memories of the World's End
Author unknown
(Christopher Carrion's favorite poem)

Chapter One

Portrait ofGirl and Geshrat

Let's get our photograph taken," Candy said to Malingo. They were walking down a street in Tazmagor, where -- this being on the island of Qualm Hah -- it was Nine O'clock in the Morning. The Tazmagorian market was in full swing, and in the middle of all this buying and selling a photographer called Guumat had set up a makeshift studio. He'd hung a crudely painted backcloth from a couple of poles and set his camera, a massive device mounted on a polished wood tripod, in front of it. His assistant, a youth who shared his father's coxcomb hair and lightly striped blue-and-black skin, was parading a board on which examples of Guumat the Elder's photos were pinned.

"You like to be pictured by the great Guumat?" the youth said to Malingo. "He make you look real good."

Malingo grinned. "How much?"

"Two paterzem," said the father, gently pressing his offspring aside so as to close the sale.

"For both of us?" Candy said.

"One picture, same price. Two paterzem."

"We can afford that," Candy said to Malingo.

"Maybe you like costumes. Hats?" Guumat asked them, glancing at them up and down. "No extra cost."

"He's politely telling us we look like vagabonds," Malingo said.

"Well, we are vagabonds," Candy replied.

Hearing this, Guumat looked suspicious. "You can pay?" he said.

"Yes, of course," said Candy, and dug in the pocket of her brightly patterned trousers, held up with a belt of woven biffel-reeds, and pulled out some coins, sorting through them to give Guumat the paterzem.

"Good! Good!" he said. "Jamjam! Get the young lady a mirror. How old are you?" "Almost sixteen, why?"

"You wear something much more ladylike, huh? We got nice things. Like I say, no extra charge."

"I'm fine. Thank you. I want to remember this the way it really was." She smiled at Malingo. "Two wanderers in Tazmagor, tired but happy."

"That's what you want, that's what I give you," Guumat said.

Jamjam handed her a little mirror and Candy consulted her reflection. She was a mess, no doubt about it. She'd cut her hair very short a couple of weeks before so she could hide from Houlihan among some monks on Soma Plume, but the haircut had been very hurried, and it was growing out at all angles.

"You look fine," Malingo said.

"So do you. Here, see for yourself."

She handed him the mirror. Her friends back in Chickentown would have thought Malingo's face -- with his deep orange hide and the fans of leathery skin to either side of his head -- fit only for Halloween. But in the time they'd been traveling together through the islands, Candy had come to love the soul inside that skin: tenderhearted and brave.

Guumat arranged them in front of his camera.

"You need to stand very, very still," he instructed them. "If you move, you'll be blurred in the picture. So, now let me get the camera ready. Give me a minute or two." "What made you want a photograph?" Malingo said from the corner of his mouth.

"Just to have. So I won't forget anything."

"As if," said Malingo.

"Please," said Guumat. "Be very still. I have to focus."

Candy and Malingo were silent for a moment.

"What are you thinking about?" Malingo murmured.

"Being on Yzil, at Noon."

"Oh yes. That's something we're sure to remember."

"Especially seeing her . . ."

"The Princess Breath."

Now, without Guumat requesting it, they both fell silent for a long moment, remembering their brief encounter with the Goddess on the Noon-Day island of Yzil. Candy had seen her first: a pale, beautiful woman in red and orange standing in a patch of warm light, breathing out a living creature, a purplish squid. This, it was said, was the means by which most of the species in the Abarat had been brought into Creation. They had been breathed out by the Creatrix, who had then let the soft wind that constantly blew through the trees and vines of Yzil claim the newborn from her arms and carry them off to the sea.

"That was the most amazing -- "

"I'm ready!" Guumat announced from beneath the black cloth he'd ducked under. "On the count of three we take the picture. One! Two! Three! Hold it! Don't move! Don't move! Seven seconds." He lifted his head out from under the cloth and consulted his stopwatch. "Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. That's it!" Guumat slipped a plate into his camera to stop the exposure. "Picture taken! Now we have to wait a few minutes while I prepare a print for you."

"No problem," Candy said.

"Are you going down to the ferry?" Jamjam asked her.

"Yes," said Candy.

"You look like you've been on the move."

"Oh, we have," said Malingo. "We've seen a lot in the last few weeks, traveling around."

"I'm jealous. I've never left Qualm Hah. I'd love to go adventuring."

A minute later Jamjam's father appeared with the photograph, which was still wet. "I can sell you a very nice frame, very cheap."

"No, thanks," said Candy. "It's fine like this."

She and Malingo looked at the photograph. The colors weren't quite true, but Guumat caught them looking like a pair of happy tourists, with their brightly colored, rumpled clothes, so they were quite happy.

Photograph in hand, they headed down the steep hill to the harbor and the ferry.

"You know, I've been thinking . . ." Candy said as they made their way through the crowd.

"Uh-oh."

"Seeing the Princess Breath made me want to learn more. About magic."

"No, Candy."

"Come on, Malingo! Teach me. You know all about conjurations -- "

"A little. Just a little."

Continues...


Excerpted from Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker Copyright © 2005 by Clive Barker.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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First Chapter

Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

Part One

Freaks, Fools and Fugitives

Nothing

After a battle lasting many ages,
The Devil won,
And he said to God
(who had been his Maker):

"Lord,
We are about to witness the unmaking of Creation
By my hand.
I would not wish you
to think me cruel,
So I beg you, take three things
From this world before I destroy it.
Three things, and then the rest will be
wiped away."

God thought for a little time.
And at last He said:

"No, there is nothing."
The Devil was surprised.
"Not even you, Lord?" he said.
And God said:
"No. Not even me."

-- From Memories of the World's End
Author unknown
(Christopher Carrion's favorite poem)



Chapter One



Portrait ofGirl and Geshrat


Let's get our photograph taken," Candy said to Malingo. They were walking down a street in Tazmagor, where -- this being on the island of Qualm Hah -- it was Nine O'clock in the Morning. The Tazmagorian market was in full swing, and in the middle of all this buying and selling a photographer called Guumat had set up a makeshift studio. He'd hung a crudely painted backcloth from a couple of poles and set his camera, a massive device mounted on a polished wood tripod, in front of it. His assistant, a youth who shared his father's coxcomb hair and lightly striped blue-and-black skin, was parading a board on which examples of Guumat the Elder's photos were pinned.

"You like to be pictured by the great Guumat?" the youth said to Malingo. "He make you look real good."

Malingo grinned. "How much?"

"Two paterzem," said the father, gently pressing his offspring aside so as to close the sale.

"For both of us?" Candy said.

"One picture, same price. Two paterzem."

"We can afford that," Candy said to Malingo.

"Maybe you like costumes. Hats?" Guumat asked them, glancing at them up and down. "No extra cost."

"He's politely telling us we look like vagabonds," Malingo said.

"Well, we are vagabonds," Candy replied.

Hearing this, Guumat looked suspicious. "You can pay?" he said.

"Yes, of course," said Candy, and dug in the pocket of her brightly patterned trousers, held up with a belt of woven biffel-reeds, and pulled out some coins, sorting through them to give Guumat the paterzem.

"Good! Good!" he said. "Jamjam! Get the young lady a mirror. How old are you?" "Almost sixteen, why?"

"You wear something much more ladylike, huh? We got nice things. Like I say, no extra charge."

"I'm fine. Thank you. I want to remember this the way it really was." She smiled at Malingo. "Two wanderers in Tazmagor, tired but happy."

"That's what you want, that's what I give you," Guumat said.

Jamjam handed her a little mirror and Candy consulted her reflection. She was a mess, no doubt about it. She'd cut her hair very short a couple of weeks before so she could hide from Houlihan among some monks on Soma Plume, but the haircut had been very hurried, and it was growing out at all angles.

"You look fine," Malingo said.

"So do you. Here, see for yourself."

She handed him the mirror. Her friends back in Chickentown would have thought Malingo's face -- with his deep orange hide and the fans of leathery skin to either side of his head -- fit only for Halloween. But in the time they'd been traveling together through the islands, Candy had come to love the soul inside that skin: tenderhearted and brave.

Guumat arranged them in front of his camera.

"You need to stand very, very still," he instructed them. "If you move, you'll be blurred in the picture. So, now let me get the camera ready. Give me a minute or two." "What made you want a photograph?" Malingo said from the corner of his mouth.

"Just to have. So I won't forget anything."

"As if," said Malingo.

"Please," said Guumat. "Be very still. I have to focus."

Candy and Malingo were silent for a moment.

"What are you thinking about?" Malingo murmured.

"Being on Yzil, at Noon."

"Oh yes. That's something we're sure to remember."

"Especially seeing her . . ."

"The Princess Breath."

Now, without Guumat requesting it, they both fell silent for a long moment, remembering their brief encounter with the Goddess on the Noon-Day island of Yzil. Candy had seen her first: a pale, beautiful woman in red and orange standing in a patch of warm light, breathing out a living creature, a purplish squid. This, it was said, was the means by which most of the species in the Abarat had been brought into Creation. They had been breathed out by the Creatrix, who had then let the soft wind that constantly blew through the trees and vines of Yzil claim the newborn from her arms and carry them off to the sea.

"That was the most amazing -- "

"I'm ready!" Guumat announced from beneath the black cloth he'd ducked under. "On the count of three we take the picture. One! Two! Three! Hold it! Don't move! Don't move! Seven seconds." He lifted his head out from under the cloth and consulted his stopwatch. "Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. That's it!" Guumat slipped a plate into his camera to stop the exposure. "Picture taken! Now we have to wait a few minutes while I prepare a print for you."

"No problem," Candy said.

"Are you going down to the ferry?" Jamjam asked her.

"Yes," said Candy.

"You look like you've been on the move."

"Oh, we have," said Malingo. "We've seen a lot in the last few weeks, traveling around."

"I'm jealous. I've never left Qualm Hah. I'd love to go adventuring."

A minute later Jamjam's father appeared with the photograph, which was still wet. "I can sell you a very nice frame, very cheap."

"No, thanks," said Candy. "It's fine like this."

She and Malingo looked at the photograph. The colors weren't quite true, but Guumat caught them looking like a pair of happy tourists, with their brightly colored, rumpled clothes, so they were quite happy.

Photograph in hand, they headed down the steep hill to the harbor and the ferry.

"You know, I've been thinking . . ." Candy said as they made their way through the crowd.

"Uh-oh."

"Seeing the Princess Breath made me want to learn more. About magic."

"No, Candy."

"Come on, Malingo! Teach me. You know all about conjurations -- "

"A little. Just a little."

Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War. Copyright © by Clive Barker. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Sophi

    Yes thanks!

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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 August 17, 2012

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    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!

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    Ridiculously Good

    Wow. I won't go into detail about the plot for you have all the previous stuff to find it in but I will concur with a reviewer who came before me: this stuff is one of the most underated fantasy books in print and it should certainly garner more attention. Candy, the Islands of the Hours and the mystery shrouding the Twenty-Fifth Hour...the drama and horror and intrigue is all in this BOOK. I ate it up and now I own both and am waiting for the third. It is too good. Really, really good.

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