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Abarat by Clive Barker
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really liked it

This was a re-read, as it had been decades and I want to finish the series.

I had forgotten how Alice in Wonderland the story gets with the little songs and the weird creatures Candy meets. My two favorite things from this book are the names of the characters and the hours of the archipelago. The thing I like least, and which is a feature not a bug, is the random plotting. It's very much a bedtime story where a crisis occurs every so many pages and then something random swoops in and saves the hero. I believe this is intentional, and I'm sure it was hella fun to write.

The villains are nicely done (I mean, it's Barker), and I'd love to see this made into a quirky and colorful animated series.

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January 25, 2012 – Shelved
Started Reading
November 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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