22 Aug
Joanna Cotler Books - an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2002

Joanna Cotler Books – an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2002 paperback

“……….. The Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of the island of Midnight, ruled by Christopher Carrion.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she has been brought 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.” Goodreads

I first read Abarat in a paperback edition a few years ago. I don’t recall much of the story, but fleeting moments are returning as I continue to reread. Only three Abarat books have been published thus far in a series of what are to be five books. Unlike this paperback, the hardbacks are illustrated with Barker’s drawings, which I just couldn‘t resist – so whilst I wait for their arrival, I’m immersing myself once again in the paperback.

Aaron Boone first introduced me to Clive Barker in 1988. For those who don’t know, Boone is the mentally disturbed character in Barker’s novel, Cabal. Cabal was my first foray into Barker’s freakish mind, spurring-on a friendship between us for over three decades, and still going strong.

This book is a Gothic fantasy. I’m about 100 pages into this 431 page book, and it is already giving me the heebie-jeebies.


4 Responses to “CURRENTLY (RE)READING”

  1. thewanderingbookmark August 22, 2014 at 8:59 p08 #

    Never heard of this, sounds like something that should be added to my TBR list.

  2. Verity August 22, 2014 at 8:59 p08 #

    Sounds fantastic! Will have to see about getting a copy

  3. WORDMAN August 22, 2014 at 8:59 p08 #

    The best copies to get, if the two of you (wandering and verity) are of a mind to, are the hardbacks with Barker’s illustrations. They’re really awesome and add so much to the story!


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