Abarat: Absolute Midnight

I was very excited to see Clive Barker’s new Abarat book out the other day, particularly as I’d given up on expecting it. I’m also very impressed that it was only $45, considering the full-colour art all through, and the quality of the production. Other publishers should be ashamed.

Some thoughts:

1. I feel sorry for anyone reading this series who doesn’t like horror. Because the first two books were pretty much safe, but suddenly, wham! the world’s ending and Mater Motley is scary as hell. I am imagining all these soft-hearted people being traumatised. Well played, Clive Barker, that was sneaky of you.

2. I really really hate love at first sight. I can buy instant attraction followed by spending some quality time together discovering how much you have in common and so on, but Candy and her new love interest hardly interact, they hardly say anything to one another that isn’t hinting at how they *connect* or having conversations that really aren’t that flirty that people comment on as if they were.

I would honestly rather have Candy/Carrion, skeevy as it is. At least they’ve known each other more than five minutes! And have had proper conversations!

In fact, when it first came up, I was sure Gazza was going to turn out to be Carrion in disguise. But no such luck.

3. I don’t think it’s premature of me to start hoping Candy finishes the series as a deity. Then we could even out tropes I hate with tropes I love. And it would be awesome.

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