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Everville Paperback – November 3, 1999

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Book 2 of 2 in the Book of the Art Series

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Horror's wunderkind returns with a spectacular sequel to his masterpiece of dark fantasy, The Great and Secret Show. As before, the saga of how our world commingles with the dream-sea world of Quiddity-and the wondrous, sometimes malevolent lands and beings that lie beyond its shores-provides the British author with a vast canvas on which he paints a riot of Boschean images. So complex are Barker's imaginings-from a celestial hierarchy that toys with human affairs; a geometry in which a pyramidic city can balance on its tip-that readers new to his cosmos could use a glossary or map that, alas, the publishers do not provide. Still, most will be swept away by his marvels, begining with the horrific decimation of a party of Old West pioneers by an interloper from the parallel world of Quiddity. Grotesqueries, dazzlements and titanic battles between humans and nonhumans abound as, in the present, several men, women and creatures, many returning from the prequel, are caught up in the attempt by two corrupt men to attain the "Art," the power by which they can manipulate time and space. Meanwhile, the Iad, a sentient force of immense destructiveness, breaks into our world on a mountaintop above the town of Everville, Oreg. But for all his facility at apocalyptic wonders, Barker's greatest strength remains his grasp on the yearnings of the heart and spirit. At times profoundly moving as flawed heroes and heroines martyr themselves to love or goodness, this novel confirms the author's position not only as one of horror's most potent and fertile minds but also as one of modern fiction's premier metaphysicians. BOMC and QPB alternates; Harper Audio.
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Barker follows up the best-selling The Great and Secret Show with an epic fantasy that opens in the Pacific Northwest.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (November 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060933151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060933159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,612 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.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kelsie VINE VOICE on June 4, 2003
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'Everville' could possibly be the best work Clive Barker has ever written. Although considered a sequel to 'The Great and Secret Show,' 'Everville' will stand on its own for most readers. TG&SS provides some important background material on, for example, the nature of the conflict between the inhabitants of Quiddity (the Dream Sea) and the humans here on Earth. The book overflows with Barker's imagery, and he presents vivid depictions of the Dream Sea and its otherworldly menace, the Iad Urobros. His characters are fleshed out in the extreme, and many rank with some of the most memorable in all of literature: The orphan-Maeve O'Connell, the religious skeptic-Harry D'Amour, and the unspeakably evil men vying for control of the portal to the Dream Sea above Everville, Kissoon and Tommy-Ray.
'Everville' tells the story of a cosmic battle taking place on Earth for control to a portal to the Dream Sea, Quiddity. This portal is open on a mountain peak above the sleepy Oregon city of Everville, founded by an orphan, Maeve O'Connell, and her husband from Quiddity, Coker Ammiano. The battle for control begins when the portal is opened, and takes place across the entire United States, from Everville to New York, as forces struggle to either close the portal, or keep it open, for unknown to humanity, an unspeakable evil is moving towards the Cosm (the area of the universe inhabited by humans), the Iad Urobros, described as "Chaos itself." Throughout its broad course, 'Everville' documents this struggle, and the multitude of people (there are over 50 principal characters) involved in it. Another tour-de-force from Clive Barker!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Naomi F on March 2, 2010
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A spectacular sequel to The Great and Secret Show and the second book of the Art, Everville continues the plot five years later, bringing many characters back into starring and bit roles. The brilliance of the book lies in the way it weaves (over a four hundred year span of time) a whole new story into the original while continuing the amazing writing, pacing, and characterisation of the first book. As the middle book of the trilogy, it steers clear of normal plotline conventions and works incredible twists into the already epic story, while continuing the searing apocalyptic vision of the first; the crushing horror, the tender dreams, the surreal sights, and most especially the representation of the human struggle at its realest, our fears and triumphs, conveyed through a horror fantasy masterpiece that hits home unrelentingly and undeniably. Old characters return alongside brilliant new ones who enrich and drive home the narrative, and together they create a new cast of extraordinary shades of morality, sexuality, belief, and violence. In order for this book to be truly understood and enjoyed, you definitely should read TG&SS before you read this.
The only downside, in the end, is having to wait for the last book of the trilogy to find out how this brilliant and massive tale concludes.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pnut41 on March 17, 2006
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4.1.14 - I thought I would update this old post...please see the comments section for an update.

I love Clive Barker and I am getting ready to go pick up his second book Everville. I just saw a question on here about the third book and thought I would give everyone a heads up.

It appears the third book is not out yet and will not necessarily be out any time soon. Please see the following link for his reasoning for this [...]

In a nutshell he says that the last book will be a monster and that it takes time to prepare to write this type of book. It also says that he has other series going on as well that take time. Too many ideas running through his head and that he needs to clone himself. Anyway - take a look at the link if you are interested but he says that he promises it will be out before the end of this century.....

Happy reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Goldman on November 12, 2009
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Everville is the sequel to The Great and Secret Show, and while I suppose you could read it without reading TGaSS first, I wouldn't recommend it. Many of the characters from TGaSS return, and Barker does a great job of juggling their stories with all the new people he introduces in Everville. True, some characters are given short thrift, but they have their parts to play in this novel and probably the planned Third Book of the Art as well.

The first hundred pages or so of Everville, however, deal not with the characters we know from TGaSS, but rather with some historical events that set the stage for not only the rest of the book but for the events of TGaSS as well. This beginning is slow going at first, but stick with it; the rest of the ride is well worth it.

What I really liked about Everville is that it explores the world of the Metacosm in much more detail, almost to the level of a fantasy novel, but keeps it grounded in our reality by having it always be seen through the eyes of mundane POV characters. In other words, fantastic things are happening to the characters, but it always feels like a story about the world you and I live in, not some alternate Earth in another dimension.

Everville had me racing to the end of the book to see how all our characters' lives intersect. Now I can't wait for more stories from this branch of the Clive Barker story tree.
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