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Abarat: Absolute Midnight (Abarat #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,067 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Clive Barker, author of The Thief of Always, delivers an epic battle filled with fantasy and adventure that readers won't want to put down!

Candy Quackenbush, her allies, and her enemies are back in Abarat: Absolute Midnight, the third book in Clive Barker's New York Times bestselling Abarat series.

"The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolut
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Hardcover, 569 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rebecca Lunny
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Kim
I can't tell you how painful it is to give this book only 3 stars. I love the previous books in the series, but after waiting SEVEN YEARS for this one, I'm disappointed. The plot is ok, the developments fine, but it doesn't really feel like that much happened, especially considering the relative length of this book. Plus, there's one story in the first half regarding one villain, that then TOTALLY disappears for the rest of the book while a second plot and villain take over. I'll admit that I'm ...more
Jen3n
Well.

Huh.

Okay. So I'm used to disappointment. It happens. And it's very easy to be hurt by something that you've been waiting for for .... I could look up the exact amount of time between the last book and this one, but I don't feel like it. Five years? Seven? Three? Enough that hope and expectation became so inflated that it would be almost impossible for this book to live up to it.

So, apparently, Clive Barker didn't even try.

It's not the same world. It’s not the same mood or tone. No: it doesn
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Katie
I was very disappointed with this book. I loved the first two, and I was very excited to read this one, but it just did not hold my interest. If it were not for the fact that I am curious to see what happens to Candy and all her friends from the previous books, I would have stopped reading it about half-way through.

I have three major issues with this book. The first is that it was hard for me to relate to Candy. I think that in the first two books, she was still somewhat connected with the Herea
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Bob
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I have been waiting for this book FOR. EVER. Will be putting this on the "to purchase" list since I own the first two, and they are gorgeous!
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I waffled on 3 and 4 stars for what I consider the final book in the Abarat series. This was a good solid conclusion as far as I am concerned, though the end of the book seems to indicate there are more to follow. Not sure I feel the need to pursue the further adventures of Candy and her band of friends and warriors. Beautifu
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Leela
Jul 05, 2009 Leela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I CAN'T WAIT.
MoonTea
Why, it's like listening to a child unwind the very innards of his imagination into the willing ear he's been waiting for.

I had an on-going internal battle while reading over weather I liked being pelted with so much CONTENT. The layers upon layers of unspeakably catastrophic events I found a tad over-dramatic at times....and then downright ridiculous!! It felt like being soaked in endless color of the strange, stranger, and grotesque in order to distract from his worst nightmare: stillness. I
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Emma
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JC
After seven years of anticipation, I wish I could say it was completely worth the wait. From cover to cover, the book was not that impressive. Of course there was the same stylish string of inconsistencies throughout this book as there has been for the last two, as expected, but this time, it was as if each chapter, instead of adding to the existing chronology, lost it altogether and forced an entirely new one. There is no flow to any of the chapters, as if they had been written occasionally on ...more
Miriam
Either my memory of the first two books is really faulty, or my personality changed, or Barker's writing did, or something. I remember really liking Abarat, and thinking the second one was not as great but still good. For sure I don't remember them having this weird misogyny, or religious elements. And while I remember the whole setting being pretty crazy (in a good way) I don't remember the characters' behavior not making sense. I'm thinking particularly of the section with the witch on the isl ...more
Amy Lynn
Oh, I was so very disappointed in this effort, #3 of the Abarat series. I love the first two offerings, but this was so lacking in continuity and adequate or logical characterization (both in new characters and ones we thought we knew) that I came close to setting it aside before I finished it. It is hard to go into greater detail without giving away spoilers, but needless to say I'm hoping that numbers 4 & 5 both come sooner than this did and also return to the quality of the charming and q ...more
David Skies
This is just some bad fan fiction, right?
April
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

As overjoyed I was to finally get a chance to read this, I was also incredibly apprehensive. On one hand, darkness taking over is something Barker does well. On the other, I wasn't sure really what could possibly happen to Candy or Abarat to warrant three more books. Happily, re-reading the first two books assuaged most of my fears and Absolute Midnight itself was more than worth the wait.

Wow. I am still reeling from the emotions, the darkness, the characters,
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Bob
The long awaited third in this wonderful series absolutely repays fans' patience. Barker does something that I'm not sure I've ever noticed a YA series do, and that is to grow in complexity as the original readers grow in age. The first book was a fun imaginative whimsical ride through the land of Abarat. The second continued the fantastic journey of Candy Quackenbush, but the storm clouds of war begin rolling in and the tone becomes much darker. Now with the third installment, Barker's writing ...more
Dog Ear
Love this series! Seven years is a long time to wait...but it was worth it!

And I hope all you fans will check out our new trailer for this third installment: you can watch it at http://bit.ly/p3q2Wd.

Enjoy!
Michelle @ Dog Ear Creative
Ashley
Sep 28, 2010 Ashley marked it as to-read
I've been waiting for this book for a very long time, and it makes me sad to see that it's been (yet again) pushed back. I'm not sure how much longer I can wait! I want it NOW!!
MLE
Amazingly different, this series has kept my on my toes, and I love the world he has built. The pictures have just added do much to my enjoyment of the book.
mia
Just as good and thrilling as the others.you learn about courage, love, and slef-strengh
Jc11king
4 stars

Unlike many of you, I didn't have to wait 7 years to read this book, for I first heard of this series a couple of months ago. I read the three books back to back, and now I cannot wait for book 4 which is called The Price of Dreams. I prefer reading paperbacks. However, since there are no paintings in them, I will definitely buy the last 2 books in hardcovers (anyway, I wouldn't be able to wait for the paperbacks to come out :P )

I love the pacing of the story and Barker's transitions betw
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Heather Bode
As with some other notable young adult series, Absolute Midnight makes it clear that this series is growing up and growing out, increasing not only in its imagination but its complexity as well. I have a few minor complaints, and sometimes Barker's prose is a bit hard to follow due to the way he splits up his sentences, but overall the book was a strong piece of literature. It read as much more than a simple fantasy novel, and his artwork for this third installment of the series was brilliant: d ...more
Karen
Oh Clive, what happened? There were parts of this book that were wonderful and in full spirit of the first two installments. But most of it was just.... too.... much. There's Christopher Carrion, the foulest most hateful being that has ever existed. But then wait, here is is grandmother, who is fouler and more evil still. But hold on, now there's the Requiax who are even worse, but then the Eight Families who are worse than that, but now there's these other beings that are even worse.... ENOUGH! ...more
David
Abarat has some things going for it.

First - it is wonderful to see Barker take another stab at Fantasy. His imagination is beyond compare and it is aways stunning to see the stuff that his mind creates. The man's brain just doesn't work like other people's brains.

Second - the artwork is amazing. It really sets the tone and mood for the story. Interestingly, the pictures in this volume are a bit more, impressionist? A lot more mood/tone setting pictures as opposed to portraits of charcters.

Sadly
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Miramira
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Kate
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Renee
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Anne
I was tempted to go 2 stars on this one out of sheer disappointment. The book is okay, but after the first two and the six year hiatus, I was expecting mind-melting awesomeness.
But this was a really fragmented work, where two plots evaportate mid-way and another takes over (dad? Boa and Finn?).
Old characters come back, but briefly and for many of them without a real purpose within this work, more just as reminders. New characters are introduced, and I have to agree that the love interest one l
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Kate
As much as I love the Abarat books, I was so, so disappointed in Absolute Midnight. Barker's fantastic sense of world-building is there, and the Abarat is more fleshed out (and darkly terrifying) than ever.

There is, however, precious little plot continuity. I found myself wondering, not once, but multiple times, if an entire section had been left out between "Days of Magic, Nights of War," and "Absolute Midnight." The characters make references to events that have never before been mentioned. Ch
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Jason
I was thrilled to receive this advance copy from the publisher as a part of the Goodreads / Firstreads program. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high..but i was rather disappointed with this book. I liked the first in the series alot - tho it seemed to be a bit all over the place, and loved the 2nd which was more focused and fun..and was glad to see the series was to have its big ending. But - sad to say, this one was a mess. Characters change or show up for no reason, things happen too fast w ...more
Alexander
This is not a 4 star book. It is a 2-3 star 2/3rds of a book and a 5 star 1/3rd (at the end, which gives it more weight). The first bunch of it is really not all that great - very uneven time/chapters ratio, Barker’s total lack of exposition, and no unique story arc just leave it hard to get through - yes, it’s the third in a larger saga, but even the obvious story arc was poorly structured and collected.

In my opinion, at least, the final third makes up for that - things smooth out, Barker’s st
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