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The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus Hardcover – 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bad Moon Books; 1ST edition (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0982154615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982154618
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,740,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Customer Reviews

Kudos, Clive (ha ha!
Matthew Coenen
He may best be known for his horror stories, but after reading this you will see his heart has always been in the realms of the fantastic.
Liz Scott
I love the imaginative environments and the creative stories.
Tim Illencik

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Duncan on May 21, 2011
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When I review a work, I try to compare the product not against other similar ones, but against itself, or rather, what it should be. The fact that The Adventures was written by Clive Barker when he was 17 is amazing, but in the end, irrelevant. As a young adult fantasy tale, does it succeed? I would have to say: almost. I was tempted to give this collection of short stories three stars, as I found it somewhat lacking in character development and plot, but I had to bump my rating up one star due to two things. One is the language, which is beautiful and florid, which Clive obviously excelled at, even at the age of 17 (unless he rewrote this later before publication) and the other was the flashes of his characteristic genius interspersed throughout the tales. Beautiful imagery, moments of real wonder, romance. In the end, however, I was left wishing for more. Sometimes that is a good thing, as when you're wishing the story will never end. Sometimes that's not so good, as with this collection, as I found myself wishing for more character development and plot. What Clive is known for, however, the prose and the fantastical imagery, is here... just in a slightly truncated form.

--Rod Redux, Author of the Oldest Living Vampire Tells All
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Coenen TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's not great because it's Clive Barker, mind you, it's great because it's a "good read". Honestly, I'd forgotten I ordered this book, and when it arrived (signed by the author no less), I was pleasantly surprised.

And I read it in one sitting. Barker wrote these short stories as a teenager. He's far from a teenager at this point (and, honestly, would YOU want to be a teenager again?), but his skills -- at that age -- were rather amazing. Kudos, Clive (ha ha! like I know you personally), for a thoroughly engrossing book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Leary on January 2, 2013
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not one of his better stories, no horror--only fantasy...was entertaining while waiting for the next abarat installment. Generally like his writing a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz Scott on March 11, 2011
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A journey of the imagination. Four interwoven stories featuring memorable characters and settings as only the mind of Clive Barker can create.
Although this is a new book, it was written by him when he was a mere 17 years of age. Yep he was a master of the fantastic even then.
He may best be known for his horror stories, but after reading this you will see his heart has always been in the realms of the fantastic.
A must read for fans of The Thief of Always, Abarat or Imagica.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Gallan on May 2, 2013
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i like barkers horror books ....but his fantasy books a little too out there for me ....i didn't understand this one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Radoslav B. Demirov on April 19, 2013
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I liked the book . It is a good read . As one of the other reviewers put it .. It shows the beginning of a great mind
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book consists of a foreword by Clive Barker, talking about the origins of the world/characters (especially of the name of the clown Domingo de Ybarrondo), four short stories, called

- The Wedding of Indigo Murphey to the Duke Lorenzo de Vedici and how Angelo was discovered in an orchard

- The face of the Flying Lion Fish and why doctor Bentham's Theatre of Tears sailed north

- How the clown Domingo de Ybarrondo fell over the edge of the world

- How Mr. Maximilian Bacchus` Travelling Circus reached Cathay, and entertained the court of the Khan Kublai how they sought the bearded Bird, and how, at last, Angelo was lost,

an afterword by David Niall Wilson (whom I don't know) who apparently has read a few books by Barker, refers to them and praises him, bla bla (needless, I think - probably to extend the relatively short book?), and six illustrations by Richard A. Kirk which (were part of the limited edition and) are nice to watch.

The four short stories, main part of the book, are closely connected to each other, you could also call them chapters. Theay deal with a group of circus members consisting of fantastic creatures, for example a crocodile. The adventures of this posse begins with the marriage of the bird-girl Indigo and Duke Lorenzo de Vedici and deal with the eventful journey to Xanadu in Cathay, where they want to play their show to the famous Khan Kublai.
This book is not typical Barker. It contains little to no horror. Rather it tells a simplistic (though not without charm), inoffensive, completely fantastical story. I'v read here about flat characters and plot - well, we're talking about sort of fabulous story - in my eyes there's no need for these attributes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Illencik on December 21, 2009
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Not the greatest book I've ever read, but I snatch up anything that Barker writes. It's important to keep in mind that this was written when the author was young, which is very impressive. I love the imaginative environments and the creative stories. Definitely recommended for fans of Clive Barker.
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