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This review is from: Abarat (Abarat Quartet 1) (Paperback)
It's a strange hybrid. Alice in Wonderland meets The Neverending Story.
Only more visceral.
Take your classic Clive Barker storytelling from say, Weaveworld or The Great and Secret Show. Cut down the length (Nowhere near the length of Imajica), take out any ultra-gorey-barker-touches, adapt slightly for children, add usual colourful and wonderful characters and there you have Abarat. Fundamentally, it feels like a children's book for adults. It's cheery, much less dark and serious than many other of his books, and essentially works very well.
Starting with the premise of a bored heroine in a boring town, who wanders out of the city and helps a many-headed master criminal (albeit a very pleasant and polite one) escape from an evil assassin. From there she discovers the Abarat, where things are far from boring...
It's an excellently written novel, and the first in a small series (the next of which is published in September). Fantastic!
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2009 14:58:16 BDT
Michael Sutherland says:
This is really strange - this is my review for the first Abarat book, not the third. I'll let Amazon know, but as far as I'm aware (as of 23rd July, 2009), this book isn't out yet. Wikipedia says Winter 09 at the earliest.
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