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Once upon a world

where time is place

a journey beyond imagination

is about to unfold....

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown,U.S.A. Candy Quackenbush lives in Chickentown, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.

When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

Where? To the ABARAT:a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening, to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the Prince of Midnight himself, Christopher Carrion.

As Candy journeys from one amazing place to another, making fast friends and encountering treacherous foes — mechanical bugs and giant moths, miraculous cats and men made of mud, a murderous wizard and his terrified slave-she begins to realize something. She has been here before.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she is here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than Time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.

She's a strange heroine, she knows. But this is a strange world.

And in the Abarat, all things are possible.

Review:

"The rendering of the Abarat's locales, cultures, and mythology...allows readers to become quickly immersed in this beautiful and frightening world....This first book in a series of four sets the stage nicely for what is sure to be a rollicking, epic ride." School Library Journal

Review:

"Skilled at fantasy, Barker throws plenty of thrills and chills at readers....The author's imagination runs wild as he conjures some striking imagery...and cooks up a surreal stew of character portraits..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] somewhat shapeless but memorably lunatic fairy tale....Abarat is a pleasant diversion, a novel with the unabashed eagerness of a good children's book and the mythopoeic depth of an adult novel." Tasha Robinson, The Onion A/V Club

Review:

"You're eager to love this beautiful, heavy, richly coloured slab of a book. And, thankfully, it is easy to love....Above all, this is a deeply lovely catalogue of the strange....Abarat is a sumptuous and lovely thing. With beautiful pictures of monsters." China Miéville, The Guardian (U.K.)

Synopsis:

Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., is about to embark on an epic journey that will change her boring life forever. Fate thrusts her over the magical threshold of a forgotten world, as she dives from a barren field in Minnesota into the enormous Sea of Izabella. From there she is swept to the twenty-five islands of the Abarat, a world like nothing she has ever seen...or has she? Candy encounters sorcery, mystery, and fantastical characters — both friend and foe — as she tries to piece together why she has come to this place, and why the evil Lord Carrion desperately wants to track her down.

Abarat is the first installment of the unprecedented The Books of Abarat. Over a hundred full-color images painted by Mr. Barker illuminate this remarkably imaginative text.

Synopsis:

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

About the Author

Clive Barker is the best-selling author of eighteen books, including his first book for children, The Thief of Always.He is also an acclaimed artist, film producer, and director. For four years Mr, Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books Of Abarat,over one hundred of which can be found within this first volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California with his partner, the photographer David Armstrong, and their daughter, Nicole. They share their house with four dogs, five goldfish, a parrot, fifteen rats, innumerable wild geckoes, a cockatiel, and a parrot called Malingo.

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ThemHooligans, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by ThemHooligans)
Too long have we lingered among the elves, orcs and fairies of Tolkien-esque fantasy. THIS is what a modern fantasy novel should be; imaginative, compelling, and irresistible.

Don't let the young protagonist deter you either, adults, this one is a strong contender. You will find enough content to engage you.

The hardback version is heavy, filled with paintings that the author himself created. The illustrations are fantastic and colourful, well rendered and interesting. I found myself going back to them over and over again, and I often found new aspects I had overlooked.

Read this. You will enjoy it.
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sweets4mimi, November 21, 2007 (view all comments by sweets4mimi)
It was very imaginative and I quickly became enveloped in the storyline. I would recommend it to both young and old alike.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060280925
Subtitle:
Days of Magic, Nights of War
Author:
Barker, Clive
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Voyages, imaginary
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Abarat
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
10.06x6.50x1.29 in. 2.35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 432 pages Joanna Cotler Books - English 9780060280925 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The rendering of the Abarat's locales, cultures, and mythology...allows readers to become quickly immersed in this beautiful and frightening world....This first book in a series of four sets the stage nicely for what is sure to be a rollicking, epic ride."
"Review" by , "Skilled at fantasy, Barker throws plenty of thrills and chills at readers....The author's imagination runs wild as he conjures some striking imagery...and cooks up a surreal stew of character portraits..."
"Review" by , "[A] somewhat shapeless but memorably lunatic fairy tale....Abarat is a pleasant diversion, a novel with the unabashed eagerness of a good children's book and the mythopoeic depth of an adult novel."
"Review" by , "You're eager to love this beautiful, heavy, richly coloured slab of a book. And, thankfully, it is easy to love....Above all, this is a deeply lovely catalogue of the strange....Abarat is a sumptuous and lovely thing. With beautiful pictures of monsters."
"Synopsis" by , Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., is about to embark on an epic journey that will change her boring life forever. Fate thrusts her over the magical threshold of a forgotten world, as she dives from a barren field in Minnesota into the enormous Sea of Izabella. From there she is swept to the twenty-five islands of the Abarat, a world like nothing she has ever seen...or has she? Candy encounters sorcery, mystery, and fantastical characters — both friend and foe — as she tries to piece together why she has come to this place, and why the evil Lord Carrion desperately wants to track her down.

Abarat is the first installment of the unprecedented The Books of Abarat. Over a hundred full-color images painted by Mr. Barker illuminate this remarkably imaginative text.

"Synopsis" by , New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
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