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

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  6,364 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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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Nicki
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!
Maria
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
Kirk
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
Kasi
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
Dreadlocksmile
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
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Ekairidium
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
Jeff
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
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Donovan
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!!!

Brief
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
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Dark-Draco
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
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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
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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
Jason  morton
Engaging

a very well written and executed book some scenes were breathtaking it left a question in my mind though when do we get the third I just want more
Wordsmith
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
Rachel
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 Peterson
I didn't like this quite as much as the first book, but it was still exceedingly original and masterfully written. I definitely could have done without the pedophilia, though.
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
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Tyler
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.
Jeff
Jan 16, 2015 Jeff rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jeff by: Beverly France
1st Read: (April 4 - on and off - November 2001)

Being a fan of the movies in the "Hellraiser" series, I had to check out a couple of his books that a friends girlfriend had. She loaned me three or four books and this is one of them.

The story had started out very cool. Later on and well into the book, things had begun to get weird and eerily similar to what was happening in New York City with disasters and such. I had to put the book down. It was too much for me to take in. Part VI and up to
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Brent
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
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Tara Beal
sometime I find his books a little too explicit but good reading non the less
Tag Cavello
I love Clive Barker's fantasy works, but this baby just didn't work for me. He betrays some characters from the first book (Great And Secret Show) while somehow managing to make its main protagonist, Tesla Bombeck, even less likable. Owen Buddenbahm (forgive my spelling here, I have not read this book since 1995) and his lover, Seth, do not make interesting villains. I was happy when this book ended, and a little puzzled with disappointment.

The greatness that Barker is capable of (see Weaveworld
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Richard
utterly forgettable follow up to The Great & Secret Show
Linda
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
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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..

Craig Nybo (Author of Allied Zombies for Peace)
Everville breaks the rules but it probably shouldn’t.

As a young man, I read a lot of Clive Barker. I think mainly I was drawn to him due to a 1-sentence endorsement from Stephen King, which said, “I have seen the future of horror and its name is Clive Barker.” Being an avid King fan, I picked up some of his books and got reading. I liked them back then. I mainly enjoyed their edginess and dark themes. But it seems where I have grown up, Clive Barker’s stories haven’t.

Recently, I decided to give
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Jennifer
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
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Heather
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
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Keira
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
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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.”
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“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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