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Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for 1,000 years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles and blissful rounds 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 it's darker face - when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows - that 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….

©1992 Clive Barker (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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every time!

I have read this book probably 10 times, and I love it more and more every time!

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I love this book!

I love the story, the narrator was not boring at all. I was able to finish the book in one day! I highly recommend this book for ages 10 years and up!

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Great story

Loved it! My 4 year old daughter also enjoys me reading this to her at bedtime. Great for Adults and kids

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Ok story, poor narration

I didn't like any of the character voices performed by this narrator. I don't want to listen to any other books with this narrator either. The story itself was ok. It reminded me a bit of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. It would have been better without the audio.

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Good children's story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Thief of Always to be better than the print version?

I read the book first, and heard this years later. The performances weren't the same as I heard in my head, but it's not really fair to assume everyone knows what's in my head. Half of the time I don't even know what's in my head.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Hood is awesome. You can hear the sharp teeth.

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

...In a world...

Any additional comments?

Good, short, fun, story. The only thing I didn't like about it, was that I wanted it longer.

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Sweet and pleasant!

This is a quick but very entertaining book! Not shabbily written like some short stories tend to be. I listened to it in one afternoon while baking, and saw myself as the hag in the story and could imagine the little children running about. It has a dark tone to it, perfect for a dreary day. I'll have to listen to it again come February!

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Just as good as I remembered

I love this book, I read it only once before in high school. I could never remember the name of it, only the story so I had to Google it haha. After years of not reading it, it still grabs me and keeps me locked in for the ride. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Sara
  • Manitowoc, Wi., US
  • 05-30-17

Clive Barker

Great story adults and teens alike. Definentally has the Clive Barker twist to it! Wonderful!

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One of my favorites

If you could sum up The Thief of Always in three words, what would they be?

Enjoy every day

What other book might you compare The Thief of Always to and why?

Perhaps Neil Gaiman's Coraline

Which scene was your favorite?

I often think of Lulu becoming one of the grey fish in the pond and retrieving Harvey's Ark Figure. The pond represents deep despair.

If you could take any character from The Thief of Always out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mrs. Griffin- she seems like a wonderful woman. She lost so much time to Mr. Hood, and tried to love all the children who came to Holiday House, even though she knew what it was and it had taken her childhood and her life.

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A beautiful tale which encourages to celebrate every day of life, and take it one day at a time. There might not be perfect days, but there are some amazing moments in each one, and each one that we live is special, for they are all we ever get.

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A departure for Barker

A much different Clive Barker, this children's tale is scary without being gore soaked. Weird twists, strange creatures wrapped in a bow of mind-bending reality. Not bad.

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  • JD N.
  • 05-01-15

Brings back memories!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Thief of Always to be better than the print version?

No. One of my primary school teachers read this to our class years ago, I must have been 7 years old. The content was just as good, but the voices of the characters, (especally Wendell), were very annoying! I prefer the way my teacher read it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thief of Always?

It was all about reminiscing. I loved the Halloween parts, they remind me of Halloween as a child.

What didn’t you like about Adam Verner’s performance?

Annoying voices, Wendell reminded me of Patrick Star from Spongebob

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really.