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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, 721 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by Harper Voyager (first published October 1987)
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Ms_Rebecca Weaveworld contains a fair amount of highly graphic sex and violence, some of it quite brutal even within first chapters. Odds are there is also drug…moreWeaveworld contains a fair amount of highly graphic sex and violence, some of it quite brutal even within first chapters. Odds are there is also drug use, but I cannot recall at the moment. I think the choice of whether this book is appropriate for children has to be a personal one. I would be fine letting my fifteen year old daughter read it, and and would use it as a jumping off point for conversation on topics contained within the book. I started reading Clive Barker as a young teen but as I said truly this should be about the reading level and emotional IQ of the child in question. Much of Weaveworld takes place in an alternate land and has a surreal quality that very much appealed to my teenage self and might for teens today as well.

I would not let my ten year old read Weaveworld as the graphic nature of bizarre sex scenes and moments of ultra violence are just not something I want him to have in his brain yet.

If you're looking for something with the otherworldly land and imaginative surrealistic quality of Weaveworld I would recommend 'The Talisman' by Stephen King and Peter Straub as a testing the waters sort of book. Talisman follows a boy on his journey across the Territories and does have allusions to sex though more as him seeing old Playboy pin ups and a medium level of violence. I am comfortable letting my ten year old son read it and had allowed my daughter to read it at that age.

We do things oddly I'm sure, but in our house books are not forbidden. We just have a discussion of subject matter, whether the young person is ready for it, and conversations about the book before and during the reading of it. (less)
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Brad
Jun 14, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
This book probably deserves a full analysis, going into a full and deep review mode that gives a grand majority of the characters, both good and evil, lots of time to explore ambitions and twists and character growths and failures. I should also go into a twenty-page monologue on how beautiful and strange and wonderful the fantasy elements are, from the sideways-twisted tormenting of christian beliefs, the reimagining of so many mythical elements, the fact that good and evil are never what they ...more
Apatt
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
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Chris
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf, fantasy
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
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Nikoleta
Apr 17, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Σε μεγάλο μέρος του είναι ευχάριστο. Η ιστορία είναι ευφυής και η αφήγηση πραγματικά πολύ ωραία. Ο τρόπος γραφής του Barker είναι πολύ έξυπνος και ξέρει πώς να τραβήξει την προσοχή του αναγνώστη. Με τράβηξε από την πρώτη σελίδα, εκεί οπού τόσο όμορφα και έξυπνα αναλύει στους αναγνώστες του ότι αυτή την ιστορία είναι αδύνατον να την διηγηθεί κάνεις από την αρχή. Παρόλα αυτά απογοητεύτηκα. Σε καμία περίπτωση δεν είναι αυτό που περίμενα. Οι λόγοι για αυτό είναι πολλοί. Καταρχήν δεν χρειαζόταν ο Υφα ...more
Schmacko
Dec 15, 2013 Schmacko rated it it was amazing
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
Stepheny
I have a couple of close friends who absolutely rave over Clive Barker…and especially over Weaveworld. I really hoped I would love it as much as they did. After the disaster that was Imajica, I wasn’t sure I even wanted to continue with Barker at all. I felt like he lost me completely with that book. But then I remembered how much I loved the Thief of Always….and can we talk about the greatness that is the HellBound Heart?

Imajica was so far over my head I thought that part of the book wasn’t in
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Ted
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
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Kenchiin
Aug 03, 2016 Kenchiin rated it it was amazing
Complex, sensual, twisted.
Also, very long. You need to have something for Fantasy to try this, otherwise go away.
Dreadlocksmile
Jul 21, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing
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
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Erika
Mar 09, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loved China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and Stephen King's The Talisman.
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Buddy read with Nick P. starts Monday the 4th!



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.

Original review:

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
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Jen
Sep 03, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing
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...
Mladen
Dec 06, 2015 Mladen rated it it was amazing
Divna priča, uvrnuta i strašna, uvuče čitaoca već nakon nekoliko stranica. Treća četvrtina, koja bi trebalo da je najdinamičnija, kao da je zbrzana malo i nepotrebno rasplinuta (ili je Barker bio na nečemu), ali onda ponovi hvata zamah.
Krbo
Dec 08, 2014 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ovaj Barker mi se neobično dopao, možda što je više koncentriran na fantasy umjesto na horror.

Pročitao jedno 3-4 puta - preporuka svim žanroljupcima.
Arielle Walker
This is a strange one to review.

This is a strange one to read.

The edition I picked up is a hefty tome of a thing, 500+ thick, too-white (almost glossy) pages with bold red numbers, loosely scattered illustrations and loud chapter announcements. Gorgeous, really, firmly and without question a book (sometimes they are so quiet and uncertain it's hard to tell). The contents are rather less determined but all the more intriguing for it.

The story twists and loops and (for coincidental lack of a bett
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Megan
Jan 05, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
*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
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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
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Tina
Aug 18, 2011 Tina rated it did not like it
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.
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Donovan
Feb 01, 2012 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Amanda
May 21, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it
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
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Damon Suede
Feb 21, 2011 Damon Suede rated it it was amazing
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.
Adrian
Mar 30, 2011 Adrian rated it it was amazing
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
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Jules
Jan 22, 2016 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been so many years since I read most of Clive Barker's books, that the details of the books have begun to fade (it's old age, I know). You know those books that give you butterflies at the mention of them? Well, this is one of them. I may not remember the details, but I do remembered being engrossed in this book for ages, and it being a magical and fantastical experience. This is at the top of my list when it comes to re-reading any of my Clive Barker books. I can't wait to read it again. ...more
Bill
Jan 21, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
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.
Nathan
Jun 27, 2016 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandonded
DNF @46%.
Sarah Anne
A high quality book that is not a favorite. It's very well done and a solid story, though.
Dimitrios
Aug 04, 2016 Dimitrios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το Weaveworld είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο του Clive Barker που έπεσε στα χέρια μου.
Το βιβλίο περιγράφει την ύπαρξη μίας μαγικής χώρας που δεν ξέρει κανείς ότι υπάρχει και την προσπάθεια των πρωταγωνιστών να την σώσουν από την καταστροφή. Η αφήγηση είναι καθηλωτική και τα τόπια που περιγράφει απίστευτα. Ο συγγραφέας χαλαρώνει την ένταση στην ιστορία και την ώρα που λες ότι δεν γίνεται τίποτα, συμβαίνει κάτι απρόοπτο και ανατρέπει ότι υπήρχε στο μυαλό του αναγνώστη μέχρι στιγμής. Ειδικά σε κάποιες στιγμ
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aPriL is sometimes feral
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.

(view spoiler)
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Božana
Jul 17, 2015 Božana rated it it was amazing
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
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Jason
Sep 03, 2010 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, read-2010
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
Mark R.
Feb 24, 2015 Mark R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd argue that Clive Barker's strongest literary period was between about 1987 and 1994. For some, the "Books of Blood" series was his crowning achievement. While I love that six-book short story collection, and eagerly await the contuination of his "Abarat" series, for me, there's nothing that quite touches what Barker did beginning with "Weaveworld" and ending with "Everville". Those two books, plus "The Great and Secret Show" and "Imajica" represent the best of what the man can do. I've long ...more
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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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“Nothing ever begins.
There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any story springs.
The threads can always be traced back to some earlier tale, and the tales that preceded that; though as the narrator's voice recedes the connections will seem to grow more tenuous, for each age will want the tale told as if it were of its own making.”
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