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Everville (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
Mass Market Paperback, 646 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by HarperTorch (first published October 27th 1994)
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Jim I think so; Everville will reference the events and characters Great & Secret Show pretty consistently throughout and continues the story. The…moreI think so; Everville will reference the events and characters Great & Secret Show pretty consistently throughout and continues the story. The pertinent details are briefly summarized, but trust me you'll want to read both by the time you read one, so might as well enjoy them in logical progression.(less)

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Maria
Jan 09, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
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
Nicki
Apr 02, 2008 Nicki rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Kirk
Dec 23, 2011 Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Squire
Jan 13, 2013 Squire rated it liked it
Barker's Second Book of the Art is a muddled disappointment but manage to keep my interest.

Alternately savage, disgusting and beautiful, Everville never really takes flight. It doesn't show any of the lyrical prose of its predecessor until more than halfway through and it remains disjointed even "The Grand Design" is revealed in Part VI. Most of the characters introduced are unappealing and the ones that return from The Great and Secret Show no longer have their previous interest level. In fact,
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Dreadlocksmile
Apr 13, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kasi
Jun 25, 2008 Kasi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tyler
Apr 02, 2011 Tyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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.
Richard
Dec 10, 2010 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, fiction
utterly forgettable follow up to The Great & Secret Show
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Jan 29, 2014 ♞『Ƙєє Qυєєη』 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
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
Dark-Draco
Apr 13, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-series
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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Jeff
Feb 21, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2012 Donovan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
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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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
Mark R.
Jun 20, 2013 Mark R. rated it it was amazing
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
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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Valerie the bookworm
Can I give this 6 stars out of 5? No, really! I am blown away. I liked the first book in the series, The Great and Secret Show, but this one? Just astounding! This is horror. This is apocalyptic (or heading in that direction), but it is so much more. Even with his vivid and sometimes ahem, detailed descriptions, Clive Barker does NOT just go splatterpunk in this or any other.

This one is also an existential and philosophical novel (maybe that was repetitive). I fully love the characters of Grillo
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Nuno Vargas
Mar 01, 2012 Nuno Vargas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tag Cavello
I love Clive Barker's fantasy, 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, Imaj
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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 07, 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.
Amcii Cullum
I really did not enjoy this book. I groveled to myself thee entire way through...when is this going to end. I read it because it is Clive Barker and a sequel to The Great and Secret Show but not his best, perhaps worst, in fact, work yet.
Jim Peterson
Sep 26, 2014 Jim Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Nima
May 02, 2014 Nima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caryn
Dec 14, 2007 Caryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
totally unnecessary and awful sequel to a great book...i know that's rough, but man, did i hate this book.
Derrick
Aug 08, 2012 Derrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a terrible follow up to the awesome Great and Secret Show.
Clint
Aug 25, 2007 Clint rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing sequel to the awesome Great and Secret Show.
Tara Beal
sometime I find his books a little too explicit but good reading non the less
Willi
Too many twists and turns.I enjoyed the beginning then lost interest.
Elisa M.
Feb 05, 2017 Elisa M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extra star for Harry D'Amour. How I love that guy.
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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.”
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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.” 13 likes
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