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Abarat: Absolute Midnight | [Clive Barker]

Abarat: Absolute Midnight

“'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.

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“'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.

Download the accompanying reference guide. And don't miss any of the magic in the world of Abarat.

©2011 Clive Barker (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 10-03-12
    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2009

    Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

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    "BARKER gets DARKER"
    What did you love best about Abarat: Absolute Midnight?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abarat: Absolute Midnight?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The guy's a chorus of voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    with out goiving a spoiIer - I enjoyed some characters surprise turn around in values.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 11-14-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Another Great Entry in the Abarat Series"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erika Scotia, NY, United States 04-15-12
    Erika Scotia, NY, United States 04-15-12
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    "Not at all what I was expecting"
    What would have made Abarat: Absolute Midnight better?

    If he had stayed true to the original story.


    What was most disappointing about Clive Barker’s story?

    It wasnt what I was expecting, it took us in a totally new direction. Who r these people behind the stars?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Abarat: Absolute Midnight?

    I would have handed him the entire book back.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I am being too harsh. I have waited so long for this book & I was so disappointed.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 05-20-14
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Clive Barker and/or Richard Ferrone?

    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.


    Would you recommend Abarat: Absolute Midnight to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    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 this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If I did I would be angry...........if follows the spirit of the book that is. There is just to much missing for me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Deedra United States 02-11-13
    Deedra United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    Where does Abarat: Absolute Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abarat: Absolute Midnight?

    Hmmn...when a head grew wings.I don't want to give away too much.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading of the story brings ecery character to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,but that is impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Start w/book 1

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    Mat Lincoln, NE 12-13-12
    Mat Lincoln, NE 12-13-12
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    Where does Abarat: Absolute Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Christopher Carrion in this one. He seemed much humbled by his prior experiences.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I Enjoy his portrayal of characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Alice's story upside-down and much much better.


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