Abarat (Abarat #1)
Candy Quackenbush is growing up in Chickentown, Minnesota, yearning for more--which she finds, quite unexpectedly, when a man with eight heads appears from nowhere in the middle of the prairie, being chased by something really monstrous...more
I had decided, prior to my reading of even the first page, that I was going to give this book an entire star purely for the illustrations, which I briefly skimmed beforehand. As such, my score breaks down as follows:
4 stars for the wonderful story, writing, and characters.
1 star for the gorgeous and enchanting artwork.
My very first Barker book! A marvelous novel, one that starts wh...more
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the following thoughts are coming from the mind of an Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss fan. So I guess I was bound to be...more
But then he explained to me why he bought it. We are both artists, and the book is based upon a series of paintings that Barker spent 6 years creating. My uncle had read the book and wanted to share it with me.
Boy am I glad he did!
While the fi...more
If you like fantasy or science fiction or horror or anything along that particular slant, read. this. book.
If you're going to BUY Abarat, be sure you pay a little extra and get the version with the full color illustrations throughout. It would NOT be the same without them.
So I'm just going to read the second one, now.
Could someone else read this damn thing too, while you're thinking about it?
So I have another person to discuss how undiscussably awesome Abarat is?
But Abarat surpassed my expectations--it's bea...more
To anyone who reads this book, I suggest either getting the hardcover, or at least renting the hardcover from your local library. I say this because Clive Barker has painted very beautiful and strange pictures to help the reader understand this very strange world he has created.
This story is about a girl named Candy Quackenbash (weird name I know) who gets tired of her normal life and ventures into the sea with a very strange creature who has one head plus 6 ot...more
In the case of ABARAT, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Clive Barker had created a giant, diverse world with an array of colorful characters...and made it easy to follow. Sure, there are one or two snags, but the entirety of it is so consuming and interesting that you ultimately...more
I have finished and am intrigued enough to continue the series. This book is definitely for teen and up, in my opinion. There are some scary parts and the illustrations would give kids a good scare, especially Christopher Carrion's...more
Abarat è il primo volume di una quadrilogia purtroppo ancora incompleta (questa è l’unica controindicazione di questa lettura): mancano infatti il terzo e il quarto volume. Si tratta di una saga di dark fantasy per ragazzi ma di grande interesse per i lettori di tutte le età.
Protagonista è Candy Quackenbush, una ragazzina...more
While the book is good, it is not for everyone- my boyfriend flat out refused to even consider reading it after he found out the main characters name is 'Candy Quackenbush', which is obviously somewhat strange! The book's setting is the Islands of the Abarat, an unusual magical land.
If you can get past the strang...more
If you liked Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland then you will like to read this series. You can picture all the characters and destinations that are in this book.
Candy Quackenbush is the main character that you follow throughout the novel. You first see Candy hating her life in her small boring town. One day at school Candy gets fed up with her teacher she runs out o...more
Clive Barker is the epitome of dark fantasy. Oh yeah...I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. But really, I can say that Clive Barker is in my spotlight right now. The only Gaiman that can equal Abarat is Stardust. And nothing else.
Welcome to Abarat. Meet Candy Quackenbush who is effin ti...more
Waktu pertama saya buka, saya ber-oh dan ah karena bukunya dipenuhi gambar-gambar keren macam gaya Tim Burton (saya suka gaya animasi Tim Burton) yang dicetak...more
Then it all came back to me. All those things that drove me crazy. They were still there. Not that I expected they wouldn't be, it's just that so much time had passed I'd forgotten about them.
The only things I could recall before rereading were having both a lukewarm feeling about the first two books and, rather strangely, a lingering desire to find o...more
Candy decides to write about Henry Murkitt in her school report on Chickentown. She writes about the bloodstains on the hotel walls, the sextant in th...more
Admittedly, there are a few places that I lost track of what was happening, mainly when Candy traveled to the 25th island. Other than that, there aren't many flaws. Some of the dialogue is confusing, and it's occasionally har...more
The rights for a movie have been picked up by Disney.
Abarat focuses on Candy Quackenbush, a teenage girl frustrated with her life in Chickentown, Minnesota. After an argument with her teacher over a school project, Candy leaves the school and goes to the edge of town, where she sees the r...more
Abarat is different from his other books, in that I can read them to my grade school age daughters. And have. And they loved them. There are intense moments...more
I read Abarat two years ago as I found it in a library and thought it would be interesting to read, I read the synopsis and thought it would be very interesting and suspenseful to read. and it was.
This book is about a girl called Candy Quackenbush, a teenage girl frustrated with her life in Chickentown, Minnesota. After an argument with her teacher over a school project, Candy leaves the school and goes to the edge of town, wh...more
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There are no two powers
That command the soul.
One is God
The other is the tide.
From the novel Abarat”