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The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

The Thief of Always (1992)

by Clive Barker

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With this book Mr. Barker has proven that he can cater to any literary crowd. Probably the most tame of anything he has written but with that signature Barkeresque touch. Barker is known for his extreme violence and explicit sexual tone. But this is truly a children's book. Just remember don't go and grab something like Coldheart Canyon or Everville and attempt to read it to your children. THOSE are not children's books. ( )
  Hymlock | Apr 24, 2017 |
I read this book to my beautiful wife. Will always be a favorite. A wonderful, creepy tale. ( )
  bpeters65 | Jul 16, 2016 |
I loved this book as a kid and I still can't get enough of it now. A true classic in every sense of the word. ( )
  vecampudoni | Jun 6, 2016 |
sought for at least nine times in What's the Name of that Book?... and deservedly so...
Brilliant. I normally don't like horror, but this is more literature/fable/fantasy. In fact it reminded me quite a bit of Neil Gaiman. And tbh, I actually liked it better. I am handing it to my 19 yo son to read, and he's excited given that comparison, and given the bit I read aloud to him, and given the fact that the author drew pix for the book. And, highest praise of all, I am looking for more by the author (even though I don't read the genre)!

Btw, the cover is different, and spookier, on the edition we're reading: http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/photo.goodreads.com/books/1407107017l/2823611._U... ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The Thief of Always starts out by introducing Harvey Swick. Harvey Swick is a 10-year-old kid who finds himself bored of school, uninteresting teachers, homework, and his day to day life. One day he meets Rictus who comes to tell him about a kid’s paradise, the Holiday House, by casually flying outside of Harvey's window. At the Holiday house there are all of the sweets a person could ask for, the four seasons in a day, Christmas every day, Halloween every night, and everything else you could dream of. Harvey reluctantly goes to the house after a week of thinking. A man named Mr. Hood had made it all. After going through a mist wall he arrives at the Holiday House. Harvey comes to love it and stays for a month, becoming friends with Wendell and Lulu, two other kids at the house. He starts to get suspicious that the house is not as perfect as it seems. After Mrs. Griffin tells him that he is trapped in the house, Harvey and his friend Wendell try to escape and succeed narrowly by following a cat named Blue-Cat through the mist barrier that constantly surrounds the property of the house at night. After returning to the real world they find that for every day they spent there, they lost a year. They both decide they have to go back to the Holiday House. Harvey and Wendell went back to the Holiday house and with a plan to get their lost time back. He knew that Hood ran the entire house on magic and that everything he saw was an illusion, simply dust and ashes. Harvey defeats Hood by tricking him into using up all his magic effectively destroying the house. He does this by wishing for as many things as he can think of as fast as he can to exhaust Hood. However, Hood rebuilds a body from the debris of the house. Hood remarks at the courage of Harvey since by this time his friend Wendell has succumbed to the House's lures and wishes to stay forever in a trance. Hood then offers Harvey, whom he calls A Thief Of Always, to be a vampire with him and be eternal. This results in a final confrontation in which Hood is knocked into the lake, which has turned into a vortex (or whirlpool) and sucks him in. The children all leave the remains of the house to go back to their respective times.[1]
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
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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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Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the house shows its darker facewhen Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadowsthat he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...

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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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