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Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
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Jul 24, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 24 to August 09, 2011

The long awaited third in this wonderful series absolutely repays fans' patience. Barker does something that I'm not sure I've ever noticed a YA series do, and that is to grow in complexity as the original readers grow in age. The first book was a fun imaginative whimsical ride through the land of Abarat. The second continued the fantastic journey of Candy Quackenbush, but the storm clouds of war begin rolling in and the tone becomes much darker. Now with the third installment, Barker's writing has almost matched that of his adult books. The dark and disturbing tone and the detailed descriptions of the horrors unleashed by Mater Motley are in deep contrast to the bright colors and whimsey of the first book. Being a long time fan of Barker's, this just made the series even that much more appealing to me.
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