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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,226 ratings  ·  237 reviews
On the borderland between this world and the world of Quiddity, the sea of our dreams, sits Everville. For years, it has lived in ignorance of the gleaming shore on which it lies. But its ignorance is not bliss. Opening the door between worlds, Clive Barker delivers his characters into the heart of the human mystery; into a place of revelation, where the forces which have ...more
Paperback, 697 pages
Published November 3rd 1999 by HarperPerennial (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 pertine…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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Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
What once separated Quiddity from our world is dangerously close to being no more. The task of saving what we know from what we dream is left to a band of misfits who are in a race against time and the creatures that have already slipped through the cracks.

I wish I remembered more of the book that came before this one. The recapped pieces in this one, weren’t enough to refresh my memory, so a quarter of the way through I had to give up and read it like it was a stand-alone. I’m pretty sure t
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Everville, along with its predecessor The Great and Secret Show, is an all-encompassing, life-affirming journey through the wicked and fantastical. This novel is, literally, beyond my ability to review. Just read it.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Everville by Clive Barker was an excellent read. Previously, I struggled with Book of the Art#1, The Great and Secret Show, it took me months to get through the first chapter and finish the book. I did not have that stall with Everville. Mr. Barker did such an amazing job with this book, it can stand alone without ever reading Book #1. There are certainly characters from the first book that roll into the second but there are just as many, if not more, new characters to get to know and understand ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everville is a uniquely wonderful book. A metaphysical fantasy that not only stretches the boundaries of your imagination, but also keeps you engrossed in the plot.

It makes you think deep into the various possibilities of existence, and I’m falling short of words to describe the author’s brilliance here. I’ll just say this- you must read it. (You’ll have to read the first book ‘The Great and Secret Show’, to get to this one. But it’ll be worth it because the shortcomings of the first book are s
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, fiction
utterly forgettable follow up to The Great & Secret Show
Missy (myweereads)
“Maybe the best journey’s are ones with no return tickets”

Everville by Clive Barker is the Second Book of The Art and continues on with the story from The Great And Secret Show.

Instantly after the first few chapters we are reunited with some of the best characters from the first book. There is an eclectic range of them to love and hate. I was excited to see Harry D’Amour and Tesla again and my favourite Norma!! We also get to meet Mave who dreamed Everville into existence. Each one of these char
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Frank Eldritch
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t finish this. I read 200 pages of characters eating and screwing. After five pages about eating fish out of Quiddity just to reach another sex scene, I threw the book across the room. How many ways can Clive Barker describe a dick? I’m not sticking around to find out. I found all the characters unlikeable yet none of them disagreeable in any unique or compelling way. And the editor needed to circle the endless endless endless counts of being verbs in just that first 200 pages and suggest ...more
Tag Cavello
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 07, 2010 marked it as to-read
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
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant follow up to the great and secret show, filled with Barker's signature poetic prose. The world building is once again second to none, with the fantastical being brought out of the mundane, a way in which Barker is so well versed.

The story has everything you would expect from a Clive Barker novel, horrific, gory violence, epic dark fantasy, unique characters, and as ever, lots of sex.

This is another book in which Barker's reoccurring character Harry D'amour appears. We get further ins
J.A. Sullivan
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The world that Barker creates is so vivid you can feel the waters of Quiddity, the dream sea, lap against your toes, smell the stink of the Lix creatures as they try to destroy our heroine, and when you look up from the pages, you can't help but feel as if maybe demons really do walk among us.

There is so much that happens in this novel that a summary would do nothing except confuse and possibly spoil the story, so suffice it to say that if you love a good mix of horror and fantasy, Everville wil
Apr 13, 2013 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
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 06, 2012 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!!!

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
Mark R.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Valerie Zink
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2012 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
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
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Disappointing sequel to the awesome Great and Secret Show.
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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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