by Clive Barker

A Liverpool man stumbles across a magic carpet and unravels another world into his own. This is the first thing I ever read by Barker and it is still one of my favorite books.


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  1. I am reviving this long dead thread in part because I just finished this book. In larger part because I don’t think I’ve ever made a comment in the books category. I say I finished his book with some hesitation however because though I read all of the book I had, I was missing about 25 pages about 3/4s of the way through. Let me tell you, you do not want to miss pages in a Clive Barker book. In those 25 pages the whole story exploded and I am left guessing about how some things happened. I don’t think it was specific to those particular pages. Barker’s books move fast and that is one of the things I love about them. This one in particular has very short chapters and that helps my short attention span. That being said, this is a book that I had to force myself to put down after I got about 1/3rd of the way in. I seem to have liked the idea that I *could* stop but didn’t want to.

    I hate stories that take forever to explain every detail to set a scene. Clive Barker creates a whole world in this book without beating the reader over the head with details. I saw the weaveworld (called the Fugue) very clearly, but I bet the place I saw would be different than the place anyone else creates and that seems to be ok with Barker. There seems to be some commentary in this book about the power of words and language and writing to create meaning. In some places in the book this felt a little forced such as when he describes a word being transposed over a being. It didn’t happen frequently enough and felt forced in those places. These were very few though. I highly recommend this book.

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