Absolute Midnight (Abarat #3)
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...more
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...more
Candy Quakenbush begins her adventures by visiting Lagunna Munn and asking the witch to remove Princess Boa's soul from her body. Boa is immediately revealed to be an evil character, and tries to kill Candy herself. Later in the novel, Boa is seen looking for Christopher Carrion on Gorgossium and capturing Finnegan Hob, her old fiancé, during a duel with a dragon. Candy spends the next third of the novel finding out who she is withou...more
I was so disappointed with this book. I swallowed it whole in the span of two or three days, as I have been looking forward to it for more than six years. I reread the first two Abarat books and was reminded of why they are worthy of multiple readings. The story is a captivating, Alice in Wonderland inspired adventure ripe with fantastic, meaningful characters. The first two were such a pleasure to read, and Clive Barker really is an amazing author, so I had high hopes for the third. Alas, it is...more
That said, Absolute Midnight is not a perfect book. Barker makes a lot of unexpected turns, especially concerning the characters - and while some of them made me squeal with pleasant surprise, some of them just don't work that well. As for the plot, it feels...fragmented. Some of the scenes just don't fit into the rest of it, their threads left hanging and...more
When we last saw Candy Quackenbush -- late of ultra-boring Chickentown, USA -- she was back in the magical waters of the Abarat, after a harrowing adventure back in the reality she'd known her entire life. The freakish Christopher Carrion was apparently dead, having been seen off in a fight with his even more disturbing grandmother, Mater Motley. And she learned that the strange voice in her head was none other than Princess Boa, herself -- placed within her skull by the Fantomaya for their own...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
The book starts with a surprising new character. In fact this book comes with many surprising new facts and with new views on what happened in the earlier books. Some of these made me wo...more
~from Abarat: Absolute Midnight
Okay, no one can say Clive Barker can't write: he can without a doubt, but I still wonder if he can continue a story that he stopped writing, like, six years ago, and still have readers hooked...more
The author's horror chops shine here, with stark and d...more