Abarat

Abarat 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 yea

  • Title: Abarat
  • Author: Clive Barker
  • ISBN: 9780002259521
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 monstrousIn 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 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

    Abarat Clive Barker Books 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, than one hundred and twenty five of Abarat by Clive Barker Oct , Abarat book Read , reviews from the world s largest community for readers Candy lives in Chickentown USA the most boring place in the world, her h Abarat Absolute Midnight 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, than one hundred and twenty five of The Abarat Series The Official Clive Barker Website In Clive began painting huge dream images which were wholly unlike his previous paintings He began to think of them as the illustrations for a collection of tales a Book of Hours which would describe all the emotions of a day, hour by hour with an extra, mystical th hour. Abarat by Clive Barker, Paperback Barnes Noble 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, than one hundred and twenty five of Abarat The Abarat Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia Abarat is the first of five planned novels in the Abarat Quintet by Clive Barker It was published in by HarperCollins It is followed by Abarat Days of Magic, Nights of War, which was published in , and Abarat Absolute Midnight, which was published in Synopsis from U.K The Books of Abarat The Books of Abarat are a series of young adult fantasy novels written and illustrated by English writer and visual artist Clive Barker.The series is intended to contain five books, of which three have so far been published The series takes place on the Abarat, a fictional archipelago consisting of twenty five islands, one for each hour of the day and one extra. Abarat book by Clive Barker Thriftbooks ABARAT is Clive Barker s best and most consistent book in quite some time As with Barker s previous children s book, THE THIEF OF ALWAYS which he wrote long before the Harry Potter craze , there s a simple purity about ABARAT that makes for a truly riveting and satisfying reading experience. Abarat Absolute Midnight The Abarat Wiki FANDOM Abarat Absolute Midnight Book Trailer Trailer released shortly before the release of Absolute Midnight Abarat Absolute Midnight is the third book in the Abarat Quintet by Clive Barker.It was published by HarperCollins in .

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    About “Clive Barker”

    1. Clive Barker

      Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie n e Revill , a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department It was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986 Barker s second long term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards This award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.Fans have noticed of late that Barker s voice has become gravelly and coarse He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions.Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories collected in Books of Blood 1 6 , and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game 1985 Later he moved towards modern day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld 1987 , The Great and Secret Show 1989 , the world spanning Imajica 1991 and Sacrament 1996 , bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions He wrote the screenplays for Underworld aka Transmutations 1985 and Rawhead Rex 1986 , both directed by George Pavlou Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser 1987 , based on his novella The Hellbound Heart His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re released together to moderate critical acclaim After his film Nightbreed Cabal , which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations 1995 and Forms of Heaven 1996 , as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993 Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles set outside the Marvel universe were Ectokid,

    389 thoughts on “Abarat”

    1. This review is weird to write, because I liked this book. Really, I did! In fact, I shelved it with my "semi-favorites" - I enjoyed it that much. But then I thought about it, and realized that it's glittery, trippy exterior had masked its faults, and that Abarat is worse than it seems.Here's why I liked Abarat: Abarat is not a book. It's an experience.The whole thing is exquisitely bizarre and beautifully grotesque; populated by an odd cast of characters ranging from John Mischief (whose 7 broth [...]


    2. I think you have to want it to happen to you to open your mouth wide enough to swallow another land of magic, the best friends you'll ever have in your life, maybe you're more special than you realized and the funny feeling there's a movie of you going on is real (um, other people do do that, right?). All the eyes are on you and it's the nightmare that you're naked on the first day of Oops. It's delicious fear feeling. You're naked and it's the first day of class! Open wiiiiiiiide. But you WANT [...]



    3. I was never a fan of Clive Barker's. In fact, I find most of his movies laughably bad. So when my uncle gave me this book for Christmas and I saw Barker's name written across the top, I am sure my uncle received a very strange and questioning glare from me.But then he explained to me why he bought it. We are both artists, and the book is based upon a series of paintings that Barker spent 6 years creating. My uncle had read the book and wanted to share it with me.Boy am I glad he did!While the fi [...]


    4. Τι συμβαίνει όταν είσαι η Κάντι, ετών 15 και ζεις στη μικρή επαρχιακή σου πόλη που το μόνο αξιόλογο που έχει είναι το εργοστάσιο με τα κοτόπουλα και βαριέσαι τη ζωή σου;Πηγαίνεις στο δάσος, όπου ανακαλύπτεις ότι πέρα από την κοτοπουλο-παραγωγή η βαρετή Κοτοπουλόπολη είναι μι [...]



    5. This is one of those books that I adored in a way that I can't really describe. I'm sorry, I just can't. It was amazing in ways that I can't tell you.If you like fantasy or science fiction or horror or anything along that particular slant, read. this. book.If you're going to BUY Abarat, be sure you pay a little extra and get the version with the full color illustrations throughout. It would NOT be the same without them.


    6. I had decided, prior to my reading of even the first page, that I was going to give this book an entire star purely for the illustrations, which I briefly skimmed beforehand. As such, my score breaks down as follows:4 stars for the wonderful story, writing, and characters.1 star for the gorgeous and enchanting artwork.AnywayMy very first Barker book! A marvelous novel, one that starts what is assuredly to be a fantastic series.I really liked this book. I almost find it hard to believe that it's [...]


    7. OKAY.HOLY-OKAYHHH I CAN'T NEVER MIND.I NEED DAYS OF MAGIC, NIGHTS OF WAR LIKE FIVE YEARS AGO.I will go purchase that RIGHT THE FLIP NOW. YOU CAN'T STOP MEEEE.


    8. Ένα όμορφο παραμύθι του οποίου οι τόποι, τα πλάσματα τα πάντα ειναι φτιαγμένα απο έναν υπερρεαλιστικό κόσμο που μόνο στα όνειρα γίνεται να υπάρξει. Αμα δεν διαβάσει κανείς το Άμπαρατ δεν γίνεται να καταλάβει. Η απόλυτη μαγεία.


    9. I read this book some time ago, so my memory of it is fading, but the thing I remember the most about it is that it failed to ever develop a plot that drew me in and held me there. I love the illustrations, and some other details about Abarat, but the admittedly whimsical descriptions of this foreign land were not enough to fill 500 pages. I even read the second book but I was so unimpressed that I don't remember anything about it. Still, three stars for the awesome illustrations and imaginative [...]


    10. I always tell my students that if Clive Barker weren't so talented, he would be eating people for a living. Though this is a young adult novel, it still has elements of the macabre. Occasionally Barker becomes enthralled by his own imagery, but overall, the plot moves quickly, and you really care about what happens to Candy and what will become of our world once the fate of the Abarat has been decided. I was eager to start book two and have not been disappointed with what I've read so far-about [...]


    11. Upon rereading this teenaged favorite, present me enjoyed this less. A lot of the mystery in this first book is revealed in the third, so knowing the secrets made this read less exciting. Remembering correctly, teenager-me loved guessing at who Candy would fall in love with, which has never been the point of this book, really, but that's where a lot of my past excitement came from. I have loved the sequel to this book more than this one in the past, so I'm interested to see if that is still so!


    12. At the time I am writing this review, I am in the 1% of those who have given Abarat a 1 out of 5. So, yes, it is safe to say that I am in the minority on this one. This book so wanted to be Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, and the Chronicles of Narnia all in one amazing package. Maybe throw in a little Harry Potter for good measure. Unfortunately, I believe the author became so engrossed in creating his world (which is "meh" at best) that he forgot the necessity of plot and characterizatio [...]


    13. Epic fail for Mr. Barker. Here is a review I wrote in 2006:"And now, let's hop alltogether to our third heroine of the day, Candy Quackenbush. If we should hop on top of the book she enacts in, I wouldn't care less.This might come as a surprise, at least to me it was, but the new Clive Barker book was not good. What a big dissapointment from my favourite fairy-teller. Abarat by Clive Barker adds up many weaknesses of a bad written book and I will put them here in a few words.*Few things happen i [...]


    14. Чел съм 4 тома от "Кървави книги" и новелата "Прикован към Ада", с които Клайв Баркър ме впечатли доста, но именно "Абарат" ме "отвя" и затвърди убеждението ми, че това е един брутално добър писател, чието въображение няма граници. "Детска" книжка ли, дрън-дрън, ха-ха, нека всички д [...]


    15. I remembered reading Clive Barker’s classic story, “Abarat” years ago when I was in high school and I remembered really enjoying the story when I first read it. Now, I have taken the time to re-read this book again and lo and behold, I love it just as much now as I did years ago! “Abarat” is clearly a truly creative and exciting for fans of Clive Barker’s novels and exploring surreal fantasy worlds!Candy Quackenbush was just a normal girl who lived in a boring town called Chickentown [...]


    16. I have found that there are certain things one can expect when reading a Clive Barker novel. Mr. Barker is not only an author, but an artist as well and he brings this artistic eye to his writings. His descriptions of scenes and characters are designed to create an artists’ picture in the readers mind. I have found this to be especially true in his Young Adult novel Abarat: The First Book Of Hours. Mr. Barker’s best skill is the visuals his writings create. He is able to breathe life into th [...]


    17. If you look in my copy of Abarat there is a label in the front that reads "This Book is Donated by the Friends of the Burbank Public Library to Kelcey Soderstrom for the Burbank Public Library Middle School Book Club". So doing a teeny bit of math, I have had this book for at least 13 years. It has survived many purges and a move or two (when most of my books from this book club did not) so that should tell you what you need to know, but here's a drabbley review anyway.I love the experience of A [...]


    18. I was nine years old. Me and my parents were going to China and mum had bought me two books to read on the plane. The first one, Lord of the Ring, did not capture my interest at all. Therefore, I only had Abarat left.Although I was sceptical about it, I opened it and started reading.The second day in China and I had finished it. I cried because it was over.Almost six years later, this book and its sequel still has a special place in my heart. I don't know if it's my favourite any longer, but it [...]


    19. It’s been a few days and I’m still unsure what to think of this novel. Clive Barker is not one of my favorite authors, but when I saw the gorgeous hardcover of Abarat on my brother-in-law’s bookshelf, I simply had to pick it up. At first this was only because I couldn’t decipher the damn title on the spine. It’s done in the Illuminati style:I had a hell of a time figuring out what the title was. I finally found it on and promptly decided that this is one book that shouldn’t be read [...]


    20. This book reminds the reader (if they are older like me) what it's like to have a childlike imagination again. Very dreamlike and surreal, reading this book is like riding shotgun during the road-trip through a child's night-time dream, instead of listening to the child the next morning trying to tell you about it. "And then there were robot ninjas!" the kid might tell you while you shake your head incredulously and appease him with the occasional 'uh-huh' or 'yeah yeah.' "And then those robot n [...]


    21. Wow. This was not a good novel.Have you ever had an author that you loved so intensely, so completely, then, you read something and you felt that intensity just dissolve? I loved Chuck Palahniuk. For a period of time, he was actually my favourite author--above Stephen King, which, for those of you who know me, is really saying something--and I'd rejoice each time a new novel of his came out. I devoured his first ten books, fiction and non-fiction, thinking only two--Invisible Monsters and Haunte [...]


    22. I needed an imaginative fantasy romp, so I just finished Clive Barker's Abarat. It's sort of The Thief of Always (darkish kid's book) meets Weaveworld (for awesome otherworlds). And the thing that makes this book extraordinarily special: color drawings by Barker interspersed throughout the text. In a fantastical world like Abarat, it's immeasurably cool to see a piece of art depicting, say, a Sea-Skipper, sort of an elegant cross between a human and a sea horse, or a crazy island shaped like a m [...]


    23. I wanted to like this book. I really did. I've enjoyed everything else I've read by Barker. Alas, not so here. The story revolves around Candy Quackenbush,an adolescent girl who leaves school one day in a huff at her teacher and shortly finds herself transported into the Abarat - another dimension where there are islands in a great sea and every island represents one hour of the day. Plus a 25th mystery island. Here's the thing. I love nostalgia stories where the protagonist is a child or early [...]


    24. This is truly an innovative book. Clive Barker has an imagination unlike anything I've encountered, so if you're looking for a book that throws you head first into the world of your wildest dreams, this is the book you've been looking for. This is my favorite book of the series because it introduces you to Abarat and its wonders. The actual plot line is in it's infant form but it offers up enough questions to keep the reader engaged. A lot of the "answers" given are vague and you don't really kn [...]


    25. I gave this two stars because of my deep-seated belief that is you publish a book, regardless of if it is part of a series or not, it should be an entire story. doesn't matter if the reader can understand everything that is happening if they haven't read the other books, but it should have a beginning, a middle, and some sort of conclusion. Cliffhangers are a cop-out. **spoiler warning**You should not end a book with your heroine being pursued across the sea by a ruthless evil being who can't de [...]


    26. I've never been particularly good with fantasy novels. Perhaps it's the--in many cases--absurd abundance of characters, creatures, environments, and plot-lines, but I've always found them hard to follow. In the case of ABARAT, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Clive Barker had created a giant, diverse world with an array of colorful charactersd made it easy to follow. Sure, there are one or two snags, but the entirety of it is so consuming and interesting that you ultimately don't [...]


    27. First things first: this book is not bad. I liked it, although it took me a lot of time to finish it.Why the low rating? Well, it doesn't really have a plot. We just observe Candy having adventures, getting in different kinds of trouble and getting out again. The world is wonderful, full of bizzare creatures and places, but this is not enough for me. A book has to have a plot or else I get bored. I'm going to finish the series because I bought the books. I hope the next book is better.


    28. Plain and simple: I love this book. I think because the story is so different, it just pulls me in and I want to keep reading until I'm done. I also love the illustrations. The colors are so vivid and perfectly match the story. I would leave you a warning though, there are some creepy elements in this story, and some disturbing pictures, this book isn't for everyone.


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