Everville: The Second Book of the Art
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Everville: The Second Book of the Art (Book of the Art #2)

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With Clive Barker's trademark mingling of wild fantasy, eroticism, and visionary horror, Everville promises a journey that will awe, arouse, and terrify in equal measure, opening the doors of a new reality--a strange and sensual wonderland of magical possibility. Enthralling and chilling, this is a novel about the deepest yearnings of the human heart. And about monsters th...more
Paperback, 646 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by HarperTorch (first published 1994)
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Apr 03, 2008 Nicki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicki by: Old Sly Boots
You have to start with The Great and Secret Show but as soon as you start Everville you are surrounded by old friends and enemies. One of my favorite books of all time!
This was excellent. A wonderful part 2 to The Great and Secret Show. I really loved that it was a story in itself. Often, it seems that authors give us a part two just to cash in on the characters we knew and loved in the first one. This is definitely not the case with this book. There are characters from the first one (Tesla, Raul, Grillo, JoBeth, Tommy Ray, and Howie) but none of them are mentioned for the first 100 pages or so. This means that we get new characters and a new problem. The othe...more
One of the first books I read outside of school. After spending my summers hunting bullfrogs and watching Welcome Back Kotter on Canadian television, this book rocked my world. The small-town horse blinders I had been wearing since childhood were punched off by a fist forged from LSD and pornography . . . or something like that. I had listened to Cannibal Corpse before reading this book, so I was acquainted with vile concepts. This was probably one of the first outlandish and disturbing things I...more
Excellent follow up to "The Great and Secret Show." Where the other was more guts and gore, this novel was complete fantasy, reminded me a bit of "Weaveworld" and the movie "What Dreams May Come." I love Clive Barker's imagination and characters. I did notice that his hetero-relationships were romanticized, while the few gay characters seem to have more gritty lifestyles and love lives. I don't know if this distinction was made consciously, but it did bother me once I noticed the strong contrast...more
It was on October two years ago when I decided to familiarize myself with Clive Barker’s works, especially since I thoroughly enjoyed his graphic novel Tapping the Vein. I thought he had a very eloquent prose that fits his gothic and horror themes, so I was more than happy to pick up Everville in one of the secondhand bookstores I go to. As soon as I was done with re-reading some favorite chapters in Les Miserables and The Hobbit in preparation for the film viewing of these two, I went straight...more
D. B.
Everville is less of a sequel to Barker's The Great And Secret Show than it is another story set in the same split-down-the-middle universe. The characters that survived the first book all make appearances, albeit in a confusingly randomized hierarchy. Tesla, the unlikely heroine is now the protagonist, while her partner Grillo and star-crossed lovers Howie and Jo-Beth are relegated to near walk-ons. This time, the dream-sea of Quiddity is not the destination, but a central scene, as new charact...more
Barker's biggest fear with this book was a "Two Towers" complex; or, perhaps an "Empire Strikes Back" complex, suggesting that he was afraid the middle book of his trilogy would be like most middle books: a bridge, and nothing else.

In his apprehension, he does create a book that works standalone, a novel that dives much deeper into the mythology of the first book, but he does so in an almost madman sort of way. Quite often I feel like Barker doesn't have command over his world. That the creatur...more
Everville is the sequel to The Great and Secret Show. It's a long and fun read and contains all the a-typical Barker horror, fantasy and erotica topics you expect. I will give you one recommendation though...DON'T READ THIS WITHOUT READING 'THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW' FIRST!!!

On a mountain peak, high above the city of Everville, a door stands open: a door that lets onto the shores of the dream-sea Quiddity. And there's not a soul below who'll not be changed by that fact . . .

Phoebe Cobb, onc...more
When I first started reading this, I was annoyed that I couldn't remember the intricacies of the first book, but I soon found that you didn't need to have read the first to understand the second. Anything you needed to know, Barker gently reminds to of. So once I got into it, I really started to enjoy it.

The story starts of in the old west of America, with a group of pioneers struggling through winter in order to find a new home. One of their number has dreams of founding a great, shining city c...more
The year of 1994 saw the first publication of Everville - The second Book of The Art. Following on from the awesome novel 'The Great And Secret Show' (1989), 'Everville' is the second installment into the proposed trilogy. The novel is a spectacular escape into the limitless world of Clive Barker's imagination. The story of Everville stands well as a story on its own, and can indeed be read without having read the first book, but it does work best as a sequel.

Everville finds itself exploring an...more
General H. Sassafras
It's really hard to quantify how much I love Clive Barker's writing.

In the second book of The Art - he manages to make a story that is drastically different than The Great and Secret Show, but it still has all of the same core concepts.

I'm normally not one for love stories - but this one was welcome. The love story between Phoebe and Joe was interesting - and not in that usual "Oh Clive" way.

I think the most important thing about this book was that I did not predict something that I am sure w...more
Nuno Vargas
I read this coming straight from The Great and Secret Show, and I found the sequel to be a little below the level set by the first volume. Overall, the story does continue in the same vein as before but with additions or subtle differences that seem to differ from what was initially told. As an example, the waters of Quiddity no longer seem to have the transforming effect seen before. To me, these details are a little disturbing. Still, it's definitly worth reading. I just wish Clive would final...more
Stunning. In the midst of merging The Great And Secret Show with this, The Second Book Of The Art, Everville, and maybe, hopefully, something resembling a coherent review will spill out. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, remember:

the past, the future and

the dreaming moment between—

living one immortal day

to know that is Wisdom

to use it is the Art
Nov 15, 2010 Rachel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haven-t-finished
This is my first Barker book! I'm soooo excited! It took some persuading, but me mom eventually agreed to let me buy it. I've read a total of 6 maybe 7 paragraphs so far, and it is GREAT! I feel hopeless already! (That's a good thing.)

And now, too much of a good thing can be bad. Clive Barker is damn creepy. I'm going to cool off with lighter, thinner reads.
Jim C
My actual rating is 3.5 stars. This is the sequel to "The Great and Secret Show" and that should be read first for a better understanding. This novel was good but not as good as the first book of this series.

This is the story of a town that hosts a doorway between two different worlds. The inhabitants of one of these worlds want to enter ours. This novel is a combination of love story and fantasy. There are characters from the first novel that play a more pivotal role in trying to stop people ga...more
I can see why some people might enjoy this book, and the writing was good enough. However, I finally gave up when I realized I didn't care about any of the characters, and it was making me depressed. I have better things to do with my time.
The Second Book of the Art, after "The Great and Secret Show." While the first book tended towards horror, this book is firmly adult and dark fantasy. No Harry Potter teen fiction here. The fourth of Clive Barker's great books, the other two being "Weaveworld" and "Imajica."

As I've stated, I just love Barkers sense of the fantastic. It makes Stephen King seem mundane by comparison. If I have a complaint, it's that at times it seems that Barker took ideas for three unrelated books and somehow put...more
Tara Beal
sometime I find his books a little too explicit but good reading non the less
utterly forgettable follow up to The Great & Secret Show
So far there are two books in what the author said would be a trilogy, but as far as I can tell there is no third one as of now. These books can be read on their one, although of course it's best to read them in order.

These books are so dense and rich that each of them feel like they could be a trilogy in and of themselves. If you enjoy fantasy, particularly ones without werewolves, vampires, alien parasites, etc., then do yourself a favor and start reading this series. There is some graphic sex...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Everville, tranquilla cittadina che si affaccia su un mare visibile solo insogno, nasconde il punto di contatto fra la dimensione umana e un misterioso,inquietante universo abitato da esseri di infinita bontà ma anche sede del Male supremo, da sempre ansioso di distruggere l'umanità. Mentre forze contrastanti si addensano nel cielo di Evereville, creature delle duedimensioni si incontrano e si scontrano, si amano e si odiano, dando luogo ascene di inaudita violenza e di sfrenato erotismo..

This book was absically about how these normal people got involved in a time wraped, life threatening, world changing situation. Their main objestives were to keep all kinds of evil from trying to take over the cosm, the living and human side. Anyway, as these people unfold even bigger mysteries and trouble, the world seems to be turning upside down. Death caused by unknown powers, magic, creatures of someother realm,and time running out, these people fight until the end.

I liked this book becuas...more
I would nearly give this book 5 stars. I loved it! I just really like the way he writes. It's fast paced, full of dark imagery, graphic, sexy, and gritty with a strong, interesting female protagonist...the plot is pure fantasy, the good versus evil theme is more thoroughly fleshed out here, a lot of the ambiguous ideas from Book 1 are brought to fruition.

I suppose what I loved most is that I found myself (who seldom gets sucked in) getting sucked in by a storyline I find in no way plausible but...more
Maybe I feel this way as I have not read the book that came before, but I really just couldn't get hooked to this. My mum recommended it to me and I tried my best but I have just dropped it to read the Hunger Games instead. Again, this was my first time reading anything by Clive Barker and I only learnt after I began the book that it was a sequel.

It started off slowly and I was really interested in the beginning but as it went on I lost interest. I liked the idea of Quiddity but I felt there cou...more
Trying to clear some horizontal space on my bookshelf, I delved into two VERY long Clive Barker books. This often felt more like a task and less like enjoyment. My friends tell me not to read books I don’t enjoy. The sad part is, much of Barker’s story is well written, and there are several gripping moments, but the overall book felt like a bit of a trek at times.

What I can say for Everville is than what I can say for the first book in this series. The Great and Secret Show (1989) was a 600-plus...more
This was as good as I'd hoped. I didn't think it could live up to The Great and Secret Show, and it wasn't quite as good, but I still loved it. These two are, for me, the epitome of classic Barker. He started with straight horror (The Damnation Game, The Books of Blood, The Hellbound Heart), then moved into dark fantasy (Weaveworld, Imajica, Galilee). I love both styles, but in the two Books of The Art he blends them both very well. This has the wonder and majesty of the rich worlds and historie...more
Mark R.
Clive Barker's "Everville" is just as rich, exciting, and full of genre-mixing as its predecessor "The Great and Secret Show." I read "Everville" first as a fourteen-year-old kid, missing the title page that stated very clearly that this was the "SECOND Book of the Art." I don't recall being confused by the story at all; but certain elements were, of course, much clearer a couple years later, when I read "The Great and Secret Show" and then re-read "Everville." It's been a few years, so I've gon...more
Jim Barton
This is decent follow-up to the Great and Secret Show. No one does this witches brew of horror and fantasy better than Barker. That said, although I enjoyed the first book there were a couple of elements that tended to grate on me. I found that Barker does a good job of setting up a story but often gets dense and murky when starts into any action. True: we don't have normal, human adversaries duking it out -- instead we have occult elements at odds with each other. But by the end of the first bo...more
I'm not even going to attempt to summarize the plot of 'The Great and Secret Show'/'Everville'. Suffice to say that they comprise books one and two of one hell of an epic story. I'm not even sure if I could put a finger on the genre of this series: pseudo-spiritual urban horror fantasy? Lets just call it Clive Barker.

For those in the know, I did really enjoy Everville, probably even more so than TGASS, which had too many stupid and obnoxious characters. In Everville, the arcs of best characters...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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“Memory, prophecy, and fantasy—
The past, the future, and
The dreaming moment between—
Are all in one country,
Living one immortal day.

To know that is Wisdom.

To use it is the Art.”
“My father used to say: Every bird is one bird, and every book is one book, and every bird and every book is one thing too, under the words and the feathers." He finished with a flourish, as though the meaning of this was self-evident.” 10 likes
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