I love the imagined worlds created by Barker This is another one For Barker, a lighter read than usual But entertaining and fun. Published in 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers, this is the second installation to the Books Of Abarat quartet of novels Following on from the imaginative and beautifully magical first book of the Abarat, Barker has delivered a longer and just as inspiring novel running for a total of 491 pages Within these pages are literally hundreds of oil paintings done by Barker himself, to illustrate the novel as the story unfolds These illustrations are again printed in full colour on thick, glossy pages for the hardback version With such beautifully painted illustrations it is very advisable to purchase this hardback version, rather than waiting for the release of the cheaper paperback Barker s impressive imagination shows no bounds as you are taken on a journey through the wonderful world of his limitless mind His characterization is superb, delivering such vivid and well presented characters in the ever unfolding twists and turns of the novel s plot The storyline is layered with many depths to each character involved, bringing out an overall richness to the book as a whole The novel is suitable for adults and a younger audience who will both take a lot from the story in their own unique ways It is advisable to read the first book of the quartet before undertaking this adventure, but it is still possible to enjoy the book as a novel in its own right. All Things In Their TimeCandy Quackenbush S Adventures In The Abarat Are Getting Stranger By The Hour Why Has The Lord Of Midnight Sent His Henchman After Her Why Can She Suddenly Speak Words Of Magic Why Is This World Familiar Candy And Her Companions Must Solve The Mystery Of Her Past Before The Forces Of Night And Day Clash And Absolute Midnight Descends Upon The IslandsA Final War Is About To Begin 3 stars for the great story, writing, and characters.1 star for the beautiful illustrations. The second installment in Barker s YA series is, for me, a bit of a step back Still wholly enjoyable, and far better than most of the drivel that passes for adolescent literature these days, Days of Magic, Nights of War nonetheless didn t impress me as much as its predecessor did There are too many problems sprinkled throughout the narrative for me to shrug off or ignore, and so, while it pains me, I didn t feel it accurate to give this book a perfect ratingThe Good This section will be, essentially, a copy and paste of the positives that I detailed in my review of the first book Don t misunderstand me, however I m not repeating myself out of laziness.Okay, so I might be A little But that s the lesser reason Mostly, I m doing this because I really don t feel as though there s any new ground to cover here All of the things that I loved about Abarat are present in the sequel As such, my listing of the best parts of this book would simply be a rehashing of already stated opinions, only phrased in a slightly different way.And so, I now present you with a simple reposting, as I know that you re likely too lazy to actually go and find the review that I m referring to The WorldbuildingThe worldbuilding in this book is just bizarre, and I mean that in a good way Barker has a very potent imagination, and this story just bleeds creativity from every page It s beautiful and head scratching and confusing and unique I absolutely loved it.The WritingThe writing is practically flawless It has such a poetic and dreamy quality to it that you feel as though you re reading a fairy tale All I had known about Barker up until this point was that he writes surreal horror Finding out that he has such a way with words was a wonderful surprise.The ArtworkThe artwork just sells this book Crafted by Barker himself, the bountiful illustrations may not have the most detailed or realistic of styles, but are gorgeous nonetheless Having some new surreal splash of color every few pages was a real treat, and helped me envision the author s world in a unique and gorgeous way. The Problems Moving on to the not so good stuff These are issues that I couldn t brush off or ignore as I read There are quite a few, unfortunately Repetitive PlotA fair amount of the story consists of the same sequence of events, repeated several times before the cycle is finally broken near the end for the big finale This is the pattern that much of the book follows 1 Candy arrives at some new location Much time is spent describing the many wonders that she stumbles upon.2 One of several villains arrives, hoping to kidnap maim murder Candy.3 The aforementioned evildoer proceeds to chase Candy around whichever island she happens to be on at the time Several pages are dedicated to the fiend either shouting or whispering ominous things to our heroine as she flees.4 Candy manages to escape through some crazy method, allowing her to avoid certain bodily harm as she travels to another island.5 Rinse and repeat.If this same sequence wasn t also used extensively in the first book, I would be forgiving of this The fact that Barker decided to employ it for most of the sequel, however, does not sit well with me Here, it grows tiresome very quickly Irksome RomanceWhile there has yet to be any clear romantic interest between Candy and another character, signs are undoubtedly present in this book, due to the introduction of two new characters.The first is Letheo His situation is very similar to Malingo s in Abarat, and I find this rather annoying We ve already had this situation 1 Candy saves a slave servant boy from his cruel master.2 Said boy becomes close and loyal companion, who may or may not end up becoming a love interest at some point.Consequently, Letheo being thrown into the mix seems repetitive Intrusive as well, as it threatens the wonderful dynamic that s been established between Candy and Malingo Of course, Barker may be setting up a love triangle or worse , and I pray that that isn t the case This story does not need one.The introduction of Finnegan Hob presents these same problems His circumstances are different from the other two, yet still leave him as a very plausible future wooer.Granted, I have no idea what kind of relationship these two characters actually end up having with Candy, but I get the feeling that at least one of them may very well be romantic in nature Neither appeal to me Why Because, in regards to Letheo, his predicament plays too much into the typical bad boy who s tortured, but hot trope that is used in YA far too often I don t want to spend the rest of the series reading about how Candy is attracted to him, but he is repeatedly telling her that it s too dangerous to be around him.A relationship with Finnegan, meanwhile, would feel much too easy Finnegan s view spoiler undying love for Princess Boa hide spoiler Woah The second installment in the Abarat series Candy is still in the Abarat, running from villains left and right The most notable and scariest are Christopher Carrion and his grandmother Mather Motley We meet some new characters, and some of our favorites come back together again, to fight dragons, and rescue Candy from life threatening situations We also travel back to Chickentown, to check in with her family There are a few secrets revealed in this book that were nice to know I think I liked this one better than the first, probably because I know the characters It didn t fall into the sequel slump that many books do I believe it carried the story really well Clive Barker doesn t disappoint with the artwork It is absolutely amazing His imagination is a crazy place And boy, can this guy write a suspenseful ending I can t wait to read the next one. This is book number 2 of the Abarat booksWhen I read the first book, I had the non illustrated version and its text was filled with imagery The second however I managed to get a copy of the one illustrated with Clive Barker s paintings It was amazing to see the characters come to life on each page, it was such a treat to have such a sensory mix of words and images in this strange world known as Abarat The characters have very distinguished characteristics and colourful personalities, even the much darker ones The plot is rich and full of very interesting surprises You get to meet alot of species of things in the world of Abarat It reminds me of when I was reading Dr Seuss books, except you get a thorough image of what it looks like in your head even if it wasn t painted on the page I also enjoy the little bit of poetry at the beginning of every section.It was an amazingly fast and enjoyable read and I can t wait til the third book comes out next winter I love the sequel as much as the first book It s full of adventures, very intense even though I can guest the twist since the beginning of this book XD Candy is a cool heroine and her character is developed in this sequel I can finally read the last book now I love Clive Barker s Abarat series A young girl named Candy Quackenbush a name you have to love from Chickentown, Minnesota is the heroine and the books detail her adventures in another world The book is a fun read and has extraordinary art work done by Mr Barker himself. The final war is about to begin In this second book of the Arabat series, Candy Quackenbush, with the help of the forces of Day, must use all their special powers to stop Christopher Carrion and the Army of Night s plot to establish a Permanent Midnight throughout the 25 islands that make up Abarat Barker lends a dark shadow to what would otherwise be a kind of Dr Seuss book The bad guys, Christopher Carrion and Mater Motley are incredibly deep I found myself wondering is Christopher was really evil or was he like Jessica in Roger Rabbit, I m not bad, I m just drawn that way Was he thrust into the role of bad guy by still stronger forces I liked this one better than the first, the story seemed to flow smoother, perhaps because I already had some level of familiarity with many of the large cast of characters developed and brought into to this second book The ending left many threads dangling in the air like leaves on a tree in late fall I will no doubt begin the third book in the series to learn where those leaves might fall. A fantastic sequel And I for one cannot wait to sink my teeth into book 3 in this ongoing saga Absolute Midnight here I come Only this time I must have a physical copy so I can take in the beauty of Clive Barker s artwork ETA I read this beautiful story on my Kindle sans artwork I feel I should mention that the story clearly stands strong on its own, no artwork needed to move the story along.
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
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- Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War
- Clive Barker
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