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Abarat by Clive Barker

Abarat (original 2003; edition 2011)

by Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator)

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Authors:Clive Barker
Other authors:Clive Barker (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2011), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 528 pages
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Abarat by Clive Barker (2003)


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Read as a teen and reread as an adult and I am still in love with this book. It has everything I love wrapped into one: paranormal, underdogs overcoming, magic, "time traveling", unearthly creatures, fantasy, and different worlds. Every time I read this I am glued on the edge of my seat. ( )
  Jychelle88 | Oct 16, 2017 |
Clive Barker is amazing, I love the Abarat books. These books have beautifully weird art and a great story. Although the first time I read it it was a book with the art. I own a paperback copy of this book and your really don't get the full effect of the books if you read it without pictures, but its still really good. ( )
  Samantha_D | Jul 16, 2017 |
The Day is words and rage.
The Day is order, earth and gold.
It is the philosophers in their cities;
It is the map-makers in their wastelands.
It is roads and milestones,
Is is panic, laughter and sobriety;
White, and all enumerated things.
It is flesh; it is revenge; it is visibility.

The Night is blue and black.
The Night is silence, poetry and love.
It is the dancers in their grove of bones,
It is all transforming things.
It is fate, it is freedom.
It is masks and silver and ambiguity,
It is blood; it is forgiveness;
It is the invisible music of instinct. - C.B.

Ah, Clive Barker. He rarely disappoints. ( )
  KellyWolf | Aug 13, 2016 |
This book is the first book of the YA series "The Books of Abarat", written and illustrated by the brilliant Clive Barker himself.
The series includes the following 5 fantasy novels:
> Abarat (2002)
> Days of Magic, Nights of War (2004)
> Absolute Midnight (2011)
> Kry Rising (work-in-progress)
> Until The End of Time (forthcoming)

In the first book, we're introduced to Candy, a lonely bored girl who decides to explore a brand new world: the exotic and fantastical islands of Abarat, where each island in Abarat represents an hour of the day and is populated with the most different creatures.
There, she is hunted down by Lord Midnight, who has a mysterious interest on her, but she has no idea what kind of dark fate she just brought to herself.

Abarat is Clive Barker's "children's tale" that has very little of "children" and a lot of dark fantasy & exotic creatures in the colorful yet dark world of Abarat islands.
It's darker than Neil Gaiman's books, but can be placed together with his Coraline.
It's both Barker's play with Surrealism and his gift to younger readers who, after reading this, will surely want to get a taste of the real thing whenever they can. =D ( )
1 vote Hanike | Mar 17, 2016 |
Imaginative and surreal, this book somehow failed to capture my interest.
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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I dreamed a limitless book,
A book unbound,
Its leaves scattered in fantastic abundance.

On every line there was a new horizon drawn,
New heavens supposed;
New states, new souls.

One of those souls,
Dozing through some imagined afternoon,
Dreamed these words.
And needing a hand to set them down,
Made mine.

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Candy lives in Chickentown USA: the most boring place in the world, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future may hold. She is soon to find out: swept out of our world by a giant wave, she finds herself in another place entirely...

The Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of the island of Midnight, ruled by Christopher Carrion.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she has been brought here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.
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In Abarat, accomplished novelist and artist Clive Barker turns his considerable talents to creating a rich fantasy world for young adults.

Candy Quackenbush is growing up in Chickentown, Minnesota, yearning for more--which she finds, quite unexpectedly, when a man with eight heads appears from nowhere in the middle of the prairie, being chased by something really monstrous. And so begins Candy's epic adventure to the islands of the Abarat. Peopled by all manner of creatures, cultures, and customs, the islands should prove a fertile setting for the series that Barker is calling The Books of Abarat. Candy is an intelligent and likable heroine, and the many supporting characters are deftly drawn, both in words and in the full-color interior art that Barker has produced to give the story an extra dimension.

Abarat delivers the rich and imaginative storytelling that Barker is known for, with less overt horror or violence than one of his adult novels might include. However, Candy's path isn't an easy one, and young adult readers should appreciate the hard choices she must make along the way. --Roz Genessee

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:13 -0400)

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Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.

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