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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  18,082 ratings  ·  655 reviews
Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world --- and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror -- a tour de force from one of today's ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by Voyager (first published January 1st 1987)
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Weaveworld is one of the very few books that I can claim to enjoy from the first page to the last, all 700+ pages of it. Even the introduction is great, normally I skim through lengthy intros to get to the story, but Clive Barker puts his heart and soul into this one, including this beautiful passage about the genre fiction:

“I have been, I think, altogether disparaging about the ‘escapist’ elements of the genre, emphasizing its powers to address social, moral and even philosophical issues at th
Once, there was magic. There were sacred places and secret spots, and beings that held magnificent raptures. They were the Seerkind, and they were the magical children of the world.

Then the Scourge came. A being of magnificent power and mad obsession with a singular purpose - to utterly destroy the Seerkind. Its reasons, its motivations were completely unknown and brooked no argument or negotiation. And so, with their numbers being burned down, the Seerkind hid. They used their best magics and t
Ever since I read it in the late 80s, I have loved this rambling, indefinable book, which may make me a hypocrite. But I’ve learned human beings are nothing if not contrary in taste. I tell people I dislike science fiction and fantasy books, and that I have very little taste for gory horror (as opposed to psychological horror, which I love). Weaveworld wanders around a LOT in its 700+ Odysseus-like pages, but there’s something phantasmal and strange about this mystical world Clive Barker has cre ...more
No way can I rate this book.

Yesterday I noticed that one of my friends here had added this book to her to-read stack. The author’s name hit me like a brick, the title less so. I looked Barker up on Wiki, scanned the list of novels, and decided that yes Weaveworld must be the Barker that I read.

Pretty sure I Liked the post, (ironic really) and left the comment below, that resulted in the rest of the exchange.

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Me: I think I read this many years ago. It horrified and frightened me
Barker lets loose his imagination as he takes you on an unforgettable trip to fantastic and incredible worlds of pure fantasy. His writing style engrosses the reader deep within the pages, immersing you into a dark and wonderful land of the unbelievable. He takes you on a trip of the magical and macabre and celebrates the potential of the human imagination.

The novel will grip you from the start and keep you desperate to keep reading. It is a book of dark fantasy that leaves you breathless after
Jan 03, 2015 Erika rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loved China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and Stephen King's The Talisman.
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This book is not for the faint of heart. If you like weird, wonderful and grotesque imagery in your books, feel free to join us.

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One of my absolute favoritest-est-est (yes I make up words) books ever. I love a good dark fantasy/horror novel and this one is one of the best... I'd give it 10 stars if I could. It's filled with grotesque, bizzare, intense, unique, weird, titillating and magical imagery and I love everything a
Sep 03, 2007 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: uber-books
This is one of my very favorite books. I don't usually reread books, but I do with Weaveworld. It is so imaginative and fantastic - imagine the coolest, craziest rug you've ever seen. Then imagine that it's actually a world, whose magical inhabitants wove themselves into the rug to hide themselves from The Scourge, which seeks to destroy them.

A rather silly British fellow has a few of these magical people appear from a torn segment of the rug, and he's off on the most intense adventure...
Aug 18, 2011 Tina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
I have never done this before. I was at page 669 out of 722, a fairly negligible amount of pages left to read, but I just couldn't continue. This book was SO BORING. The concept was cool and the characters were alright (kind of wooden, really), but the writing was just... it was lacking... FIRE, I guess. I was just so hum-drum. There was nothing that drew me to read it.
When I first started it, I was into it enough to keep going. I gave it a good hundred pages and it started getting interesting.
*I decided to edit my review (from 4 stars to 5 stars) because after 2 years, I cannot get this book out of my head. It goes down in my life as one of the most memorable, intriguing, and stimulating books I have ever read. A must-read for Barker fans, or anyone who likes cross-genre books (horror, fantasy, action). Great book. Read below for my original review................

The best thing about this book is that it is able to cross genres seamlessly. With elements of fantasy, horror and science
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
The book grew heavier; warmer, like a living thing in her arms. And yet, so full of dreams. A thing of ink and paper in which another world awaited release. Not one world, perhaps, but many, for each reader reimagined the stories for themselves. There were as many Wild Woods as there were readers to wander there. And what can be imagined, need never be lost...

It seemed like this book took me ages to read, but that was only because I didn't want it to ever end! This book is pure, unadulterated, m
I feel this is one of the finest pieces of Clive Barker's work.
Admittedly I had trouble getting through the first chapter and started/stopped four or five times before I got past it. But when I did, it takes you on an amazing ride.

Plot ***Spoilers***
The novel revolves around the world of the Fugue, a magical world which lies woven within a rug.

Many decades ago the Seerkind (creatures of magical abilities) decided to hide themselves through a spell or "Rapture" in a safe haven after being hunted
May 21, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror fans/fantasy fans/Barker lovers
I read this book when I was in high school and I wanted to see how much it had changed in my mind. Because let's face it, a story we hate or love as a young adult can be totally different when we read it later. Plus, I really wanted to revisit the works of Barker. He's a great author in the horror genre, and a very entertaining read if you can get into his imagery and follow his bizarre story lines.

"Weaveworld" attests to Clive Barker's strange imagination. When a young man Calhoun takes off to
I love this book! It took me awhile to read because it's soo big, but it was worth it.

It's a little hard to explain, but I'll give it a go. It's definitely a fantasy book and it takes place in Europe. The general story is about a magic carpet that has a city weaved into it. The people from the carpet have special talents (powers if you will) and they had to weave themselves and their lands into this carpet to hide from something that is trying to destroy them. That's the nutshell version, but th
Damon Suede
Everything fantasy writing should be and rarely is:

* A fresh world that feels newly0-minted but instantly familiar.
* Passionate, believable characters who elicit sympathy and empathy almost from the moment they appear.
* A subtle, byzantine plot that knows exactly where it's going even when you do not, with surprises and irony aplenty.

A rich, magickal, complicated novel that bears reading and rereading.
aPriL does feral sometimes
I got to page 350, and then I skimmed to the end. What a waste of trees. I'm so sorry I started this. It's a fever dream journal written by a Christian. It's 700 pages too long.

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Wow this is book to me was quite a disappointment. I found this book to be very long winded while at the same time it did not reveal much and left you wondering many questions. I found Cal to be a likable protagonist but did not care for Suzanne,the other main character. I felt the book should have ended at the three quarter mark where much of the main story lines were resolved. The last quarter of the book was painful to me as I no longer cared. I am giving this two stars even though I will pro ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: horror
This is about another world that exists in the fibres of a carpet. It's wonderful. I didn't know if I should include this review in horror or with fantasy...let's just call it dark fantasy. Every novel of Barker's I've read has left images in my mind that spring up every time I look at the cover. Images of horror, and beauty...
Read this guy, folks.
Thea Guanzon
Utterly enchanting. Sensual and twisted. One of the most complex fantasy novels I've ever read, brimming with socio-political, moral and religious themes ingrained into a thrilling plot. A story where every character is given, not just a name and a face, but life as well. This is perhaps the only book where I've gone from hating someone's guts (in this case, Hobart) to fangirling the hell out of him. Weaveworld has no clear-cut villains, and that is partly what makes it such a powerful work. Vil ...more
Stephen Dillon
Weaveworld delivers us to a magical world like those we journeyed to in childhood. Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Fantasia, or many other fantastical imaginings by Tolkien and CS Lewis and the other great fantasists of the world. although very dark and sexual in places (and certainly not for children) It is a departure from Clive Barker's staple horror genre fiction of the time, and is a precursor to the children's fantasy world of Abarat that Barker now appears to be wholly consumed by, both i ...more
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Alex Telander
WEAVEWORLD BY CLIVE BARKER: A relatively early book in Clive Barker’s career when he was still living in England, it is set within his hometown of Liverpool. Starting out seemingly normal with normal people, it immediately jumps to the mundane and insane. Weaveworld is a book that will delight, appall, horrify, and leave you thinking about the meaning of place and belonging somewhere.

The main character, Cal Mooney, is a person going nowhere fast in a dead-end job, until he comes into contact wit
Justin Borek
First off, this wasn't what I was expecting, but in a very good way. After reading Barker's short story collections of horror (Books of Blood, Inhuman Condition, etc) and recently the excellent Mister B. Gone, I decided to delve into his fantasy catalog. From the introduction on, his gift for language shines, as it always does. What really struck me in this novel, however, was the tone of his writing. There's a sweetness to the story that really hasn't come through in any of the other works I've ...more
Tea: A truly wonderful cup.
Overall, this is one of my all time favorites, and my favorite from Clive. Its a great book to keep re-reading.
This story is a little different from his other books, almost a depart from his normal style, similar to King and Straub's "The Taliasman", with all the magic weaved into the story, with of course Clive's dark outlook intertwined into the story.
This story follows an average guy, who, by circumstance or bad luck, stumbles across another world, hidden in a carpe
Suggested to me by friend of the family, long ago. Got my hands on it at a bookstore in Buffalo, and have had it on my shelf for years.

This book was a bit long-winded. Maybe after having read one 700+ page book, I just wasn't ready for another one. But still, I just wasn't getting into this one as much.

There is some great imagery, and Barker is able to tap your senses in his descriptions of scenes and grotesque spirit characters. The evil creatures and spirits in this parallel dimension are qu
A huge snowstorm left me stranded this weekend at home with no libray books other than a Joseph Smith biography that I really didn't want to read. What's a girl to do? How about read some of the books I own yet have inexplicably not yet read? I've owned this since Eric moved to Canada, and man, that was a long time ago. This was well worth it, and I'm pretty ashamed I let it sit on the shelf for so long. For that matter, why don't I read more Clive Barker anyway? While this is no Imajica, the st ...more
I've bailed on this book. I wanted to like it. I read the introduction and the theme appeals to me. But Barker's statement that critics thought his imagination too dark for the genre seems just a little self-aggrandizing. There was plenty of dark fantasy even in 1987, and of course it abounds now. Unfortunately, I couldn't read about the sisters without visualizing something out of a Tim Burton animation. And I think the true problem is that Barker wrote a fantasy novel without being a reader of ...more
Read this first time when I was a late teenager. Been think about it ever since. Re-read it this summer and it was still great.

Complex story but a man and a woman finds them self caught in a fight between the good and evil. A world parallell to ours exist. And all it's good and bad sides connects to our world.

A more grown upp fantasy book. If they ever make movie about this one I will be the first in line for the theater. Love the conflicts they get caught in and the mix of magic and reality.
Ovaj Barker mi se neobično dopao, možda što je više koncentriran na fantasy umjesto na horror.

Pročitao jedno 3-4 puta - preporuka svim žanroljupcima.
Jednostavno nekad neka knjiga dugo stoji na listi za čitanje zaboravljena.Na moje veliko zadovoljstvo ova knjiga je dočekala svoj red.
Ako volite fantastiku iz pera pisca horora onda je ovo knjiga za vas.Nešto malo drugačije od kultnih Knjiga krvi.
Elem sam svet u knjizi je postavljen tako da postojimo mi ljudi prigodno nazvani Kukavice i oni drugi Vilovnjaci sa svim svojima manama,moćima i slabostima.Svetovi Kukavica i Vilenjaka se prepliću,u jednom momentu bežeći od većeg zla jedan biva utkan u
Neil Taylor
I haven't read this since I was about 14, but the main premise, of there being a whole world and people woven into a rug that survives centuries and is a sanctuary for the pursued inhabitants, still captures my imagination. I should read this again.
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née 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 ...more
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There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any story springs.
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