“'I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour,'” Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. 'The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal.'”
And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of 16-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.
Candy travels through the Abarat from island to island and across the sea with an unlikely band of friends: the escaped prisoner Malingo the Geshrat; the quarrelsome John Brothers, who all share the same body but never the same opinion; and the many other colorful characters they meet along the way.
The problem is that trouble finds Candy wherever she goes. And soon she discovers a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming Empress of the Islands. Her method is simple. She will darken the skies, putting out the suns, moons, and stars. She will bring absolute midnight.
©2011 Clive Barker (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Having been a Clive Barker fan since I read his Books of Blood as an early teen, I am always eager to dive into one of his book. This is the third book in his Abarat series, and it does not disappoint. The story builds on the events in the second book of the Abarat, and it becomes increasingly darker as Mater Motley achieves her goal of Absolute Midnight. In addition, she becomes more and more evil and closer to becoming the Empress of the Abarat. Candy Quackenbush--who continues to be the central character--has to rely on more than just her intuition to step up to these new challenges.
The unique characters & the vastly strange and mind bending cosmic evil - all put into motion by one of the most evil witches in all fantasy/horror. Clive once again creates a totally alien fantasy world with so rich with so many things you've never seen or heard of before - yet again. He seems to be a door way to alternate realities. His visions are starting to rival H. P. Lovecraft for sheer "otherness". Something 99.9 % of all horror writers can not do. How does he come up with this endless dark fantasy? Makes one wonder... and more than wonder.
The great evil witch battles the great evil sea creature form the darkest depths of the ocean. Sheer insanity in it's power and unique strange visions. This takes a fantasy novel way beyond a children's book. Harry Potter seems like a dull uninspired old re-do of such tired old over-told stories compared to Clive's brain warping alien worlds. The scene actually makes you doubt your sanity it's so bizarre.
The guy's a chorus of voices.
with out goiving a spoiIer - I enjoyed some characters surprise turn around in values.
Is this a children's story? Is this a replacement of Harry Potter? Perhaps it is the next step into deeper magical worlds not nearly so tame as Harry Potter. It may start in a more safe fantasy world, but by the time we reach this book, Clive has taken us far far down the dark rabbit hole... into H. P. Lovecraft like cosmic darkness. I would not let small children read this book. But it brings out the best in childhood nightmare worlds in adults.
If he had stayed true to the original story.
It wasnt what I was expecting, it took us in a totally new direction. Who r these people behind the stars?
He was terrible. He mispronounced many names, & gave the characters new voices. It sounded like he forgot or maybe just ignored the 1st 2 books. Malingo & the John Brothers were the worst.
I would have handed him the entire book back.
Maybe I am being too harsh. I have waited so long for this book & I was so disappointed.
Yes to both! Clive Barker let me down some on this one. His heroine Candy makes me want to slap her through out this book. I try to remind myself of her age. However I raised a daughter and she was not as spineless at Candy is on several occasions. One minute she's competent the next simpering. The one time that she seems set on a course (anger fulled after a friend is killed)she just fizzles out. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.......well as a mother of a teen ager I would say Hell hath no fury like a hormone fulled teen ager scorned. I enjoyed Richard Ferrone's reading of the books. I've read other Clive Barker books and was swept away into one of most unique worlds that I've ever experienced. While I see hope and promise for the isles, they didn't deliver in these books. Sorry Mr. Barker........I wanted more, I expected more.
If you're between books, and you want something to kind of fill the gap. These books are entertaining. It's not that they are horrible and I apologize if my rant earlier gives you that impression. They just didn't in my humble opinion, live up to the potential of the characters or the setting.
I really enjoyed the depth, feeling and presence Mr. Ferrone brought to the Carrion character. He really brought that character to life for me.
If I did I would be angry...........if follows the spirit of the book that is. There is just to much missing for me.
I've read several Clive Barkers and was enchanted and lost in the story. He is an author well worth reading. Not every book will be a hit with every reader......no matter how good an author is. That is the case with this book for me. I will continue to follow Mr. Barkers work with anticipation and enthusiasm.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
I have listened to all 3 Abarat books and I have loved every one of them.There is so much imagination going on in this writers mind!It does sometimes get confusing but the storyline is full of adventure,feelings and new understandings of ones place in 'his' world.
Hmmn...when a head grew wings.I don't want to give away too much.
His reading of the story brings ecery character to life.
Yes,but that is impossible.
Start w/book 1
I would rank it high enough to make it a worthy purchase. I will listen again to the entire trilogy. It will be a good one for my kids when they are teenagers.
I liked Christopher Carrion in this one. He seemed much humbled by his prior experiences.
Yes. I Enjoy his portrayal of characters.
Alice's story upside-down and much much better.
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