Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: The Thief of Always

Sorry for no "Manic Monday" post yesterday, dolls.

Yesterday WAS manic, so I just didn't have the opportunity.

I finished up "The Replacement" and I can not wait to review it for all of you! However, it's got to wait it's turn and there are other reviews in front of it. *buzzes with anticipation*

41 days until Christmas!!!!

Just thought I'd throw that in there.

Now, on to the Review. 

*"The Thief of Always"*
*Clive Barker*
Title: The Thief of Always
Clive Barker
Middlegrade Supernatural Horror

Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the house shows its darker face when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating


First off, you've got to love the cover art. Clive Barker is notoriously amazing at creating creepy and sometimes disturbing images that go hand in hand with his literary works.

I first became interested in Clive Barker's books after reading "ABARAT" what seems like millennia ago. Happenstance was the friend that lead me straight to Abarat in the first place, because I certainly wasn't looking for it.

Now that the last book of the Abarat series has been released I found myself wondering what I was going to do when I finished it. So, I started looking for more Clive Barker books. I'd purchased "IMAJICA" some time ago, but never got started. I don't even know where it is... I think in the trunk of my car? Not because I wasn't interested, really, just because it got lost in the chaos of moving here and then there.

I grabbed up "The Thief of Always" after coming across it out of blinking section while realphabetizing at work.

I literally sat in the floor (mostly because my poor hamstrings were tired of squatting at the bottom level) and read the back then promptly stood and took it to "my pile".
 "The Theif of Always" is a trip. It's bloated with darkness crawling underneath every paragraph and the reader finds themselves becoming distinctly uncomfortable with what's going on, long before the main character finds himself realizing that there's something wrong. Bad wrong.

As an adult reading a middlegrade horror you know you're going to be keeping a much different perspective than the children. However, Mr. Barker does a phenomenal job of making the book not only creepy but oddly uplifting. The strength of the main character, who is just a child, is really going to speak to your young reader... well, and the older readers too.


*Breath* Anyway, Clive Barker creates a magical and dangerous world where every day is a new adventure, time passes without a care in the world, and anything you could have ever imagined you wanted is right within your grasp. But there's something rotten in the Holiday House, reeking and rotting in the walls and the attic, breathing it's musty breath throughout the beautiful building that Harvey is beginning to suspect is out for blood... or worse.

Grotesque characters, a mixture of beautiful and unsettling imagery, a strong main role and a moral that's creeping along like invisible ants on your skin throughout the entire book... yes, it's good. Very good.

It's a relatively short book, so there's absolutely no reason why you, reader, wouldn't be able to pick it up and have it read in no time at all. You'll gain the benefit of enjoying a new author (who is well worth reading) without pushing back your original TBR pile too far.

Win win!

I highly highly recommend this book and other Clive Barker works as well.


Amazon: $9.41
Barne's and Noble: $9.45

That's all for this Tuesday dolls. Have a lovely day... oh... and

Holy geez.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


1 comment:

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