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The Thief of Always (1992)

by Clive Barker

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After a mysterious stranger promises to end his boredom with a trip to the magical Holiday House, ten-year-old Harvey learns that his fun has a high price.
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This book is pure genius. This book is the first I have read by Clive Barker, and I love the book. The story starts innocently, about a young boy given some chores by his mother. Like all mothers, she tells him to use his time well. This must sound familiar to all parents. Then, a strange creature takes him on a ride, and into a fantasy land where everything is beautiful and happy.

Soon, however, he realizes that all is not well in this little heaven, and the fairy tale becomes a horror story.

The fable is enjoyable, and works at many levels. There is some deep psychology at work here, and does not intrude into the serious job of telling a superb tale.

I read the book in one sitting. It is that good. ( )
  RajivC | Nov 3, 2022 |
Read in one sitting. I literally could not put it down. What a beautiful, dark, fairy tale. This will be an annual Halloween season read from now on. ( )
  sublunarie | Oct 28, 2022 |
The "Great grey beast of February" has gotten a hold of Harvey Swick and it's really bringing him down. When he meets a strange man named Rictus who tells him of a place where he can escape the gloom and experience all the seasons and all the holidays in one day and each and every day, Harvey wastes no time in joining him. Not all is as it seems at Mr. Hood's Holiday House, however, and not long after the excitement wears off, does Harvey realize there is something darker going on with the children that are brought there. Once Harvey makes his escape to return to his family, he realizes that his 31 days in the magical house were really much more than that. Who is Mr. Hood and what really happens to the children in his home? This book uses magic and fantastical elements that sweep Harvey away from his own safe world, into that of the Holiday House. There is a fight between good and evil and surprising twists. This is a great book for ages 12 and up and includes some very unique illustrations by the author that bring Tim Burton to mind.
  anicol83 | Jul 22, 2022 |
There was no excuse for this book being that good. Damn. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Jul 5, 2022 |
Some books force you to create their own categories.
This is one of them - in a good way.

It's so vivid.
It also reminded me of Neil Gaiman's [b:Coraline|17061|Coraline|Neil Gaiman|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1443798739s/17061.jpg|2834844].
So. Good. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
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Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive. Here he was, buried in the belly of that smothering month, wondering if he would ever find his way out through the cold coils that lay between here and Easter.
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