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Christmas from Scratch [Paperback]

Christmas from Scratch [Paperback]

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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.96" Width: 6.51" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1989
Publisher   Brentwood Music
ISBN  0006179703  
EAN  9780006179702  
UPC  084418005574  

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Clive Barker's bestseller Weaveworld astonished worldwide readers with his visionary range, firmly establishing him as the reigning master of fabulist literature. Now, with The Great and Secret Show he rises to awesome new heights. Fantasy horror story love fablein this one unforgettable epic Clive Barker wields the full power and sweep of his extraordinary talents. "Succinctly put," says Barker, "it's about Hollywood, sex, and Armageddon."

Memory prophecy and fantasythe past, the future, and the dreaming moment betweenare all one country living one immortal day To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.

Armageddon begins with a murder in the Dead Letter Office in Omaha, Nebraska.

A lake that has never existed falls from the clouds over Palomo Grove, California.

Young passion blossoms, as the world withers with war.

The Great and Secret Show has begun on the stage of the world.

And soon, the final curtain must fall.

In this, the First Book of the Art, Clive Barker has created a masterpiece of the imagination that explores the uncharted territory within our secret lives and most private hearts. Sprawling, ambitious, triumphantly magical and satisfying, The Great and Secret Show is what the rest of life is all about.

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Good Epic, but Loses It Towards End  May 31, 2008
Randolf Jaffe works in the Dead Letter Office in Omaha, Nebraska where he stumbles across people talking about the Art, which is something that exists in another plane of existence. He learns about Quiddity, which is called a dream sea where people float in their minds when they are born, when they fall in love for the first time and when they die. He wants to find out about this Art, so he leaves to find out more about. This leads to a huge battle between good and evil in a tiny California town where the residents do not know what to make of bizarre creatures that impregnate virgins, feed off of people's fears and dreams, and the threat of huge creatures trying to break through the plane of existence to bring hell on Earth.

I tried to read this book many years ago, but didn't enjoy it back then. I think a lot of it had to do with that I loved when Clive Barker wrote about England in so many other stories. I was put off with almost all of it taking place in California since I did not view that as some exotic place and I became bored. I don't have that issue any longer, so I gave it another show in reading it.

I loved it this time. It is a very big book, but it is an epic story and it needs to be long. I love how when other authors write fantasy and they create an entire different world that does not take place in any sense of the real world, but Clive Barker created this world in the middle of the real world. There were extraordinary beings interacting with ordinary people, and I enjoyed reading their reactions.

My only complaint about it was after building up to what would be the final climax, there wasn't a great sense of urgency towards the end of the book. I didn't have my usual sense of trying to find out what was going to happen next, skimming over lines, forcing myself to go back and read slower so I wouldn't miss anything, but then going back to skimming so I could find out what happens next. Also, Barker has been very descriptive in other stories about horrors, but when he was trying to describe the huge, big baddies that were trying to break through, they didn't sound very gross or horrific.

Even with those complaints, it wasn't enough to destroy my overall enjoyment of the book. Also, the very ending gave hope to the sequel (Everville) and another epic adventure.
Why do I read this stuff?  Jan 5, 2008
Like all his other books, Barker's stories stick with me and haunt my thoughts for a long time. He is a master storyteller! I always feel like I'm entering a strange dark world when I start one of his books and it takes me days after I've completed one to get back into the daylight. Fascinating. Can't take a steady diet of this author, but I do like enter his worlds every now and then.
One of the best novels I've read  Nov 3, 2007
I have always enjoyed Clive Barker's writing. His writing is not necessarily "horror" in the Lovecraft sense of things. He is more mythical in his writings, and the horror that does come comes subtle and sublime. The Great and Secret Show is just that, all the myths and whispers that underline the American facade. It, and its sequel, work together to present the ideas that would happen if Carl Jung's writings became physical and tied intuitively with the United States across the decades and the peoples. The characters are not so black and white that you know exactly how they will react in the next scene, though there are some that could be classified as good and evil. If you want horror, pure horror, go for Stephen King. He is as good as it gets, when he hits the right book (such as The Stand, Salem's Lot, and the Dark Tower series). Clive Barker is more dark fairytale, tied together with the mythos of the United States. That is really what the Art series is about, in my opinion. There is only one problem with the Clive Barker books I've read, especially those proposed to be series. He doesn't seem to know how to finish his series. The Art series has been around for more than a decade and a half, and he still hasn't written book three, the final book in the trilogy. Same thing with the Galilee series, book two hasn't even hit drawing board from what I can tell...then there are several other series that he's started that don't seem to be completed. I think that it isn't that Clive Barker doesn't know how to finish, I think that his problem is that he has too good of an intelligence and imagination and he has trouble fitting the puzzle pieces together. Still. I highly suggest that the bright person out there read most of Clive's books. They are well worth the time and effort. I have to say that if I had to nail five books that have influenced my thoughts and considerations over the years, Great and Secret Show will be one of them.
Just Not For Me  Jun 17, 2007

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The Great and Secret Show: the First Book of Art by Clive Barker
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Not Really For Me, 17 Jun 2007

Clive Barker was born in 1952 and he is the best-selling author of a large number of books, including his first book for children, The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed artist, film producer, and director. For four years Mr, Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books Of Abarat, over one hundred of which can be found within this first volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California with his partner, the photographer David Armstrong, and their daughter, Nicole. They share their house with four dogs, five goldfish, a parrot and a large number of other pets of all shapes and sizes.

This book is a fantasy novel and describes a race against time to try to find the secret of "The Art" - a state of being or consciousness which allows its owner to transcend their humanity and enter into a heightened spiritual state - between Fletcher and the evil-intentioned Jaffe.

I had heard such good things about this author that I felt I really ought to get round to reading one of his books. I can understand the attraction of the book, but it was not really my kind of thing. That is not to say that someone interested in this type of book would not find it a page turner and I am certainly not going to start to criticise the book until I have read other offerings from the author. Suffice to say it just did not do it for me.
The Book of the Art I  Mar 24, 2007
In the late '60s Randolph Jaffe and Richard Fletcher find a secret metaphysical world, the dream sea called Quiddity, with limitless powers. Jaffe sees using these powers to become a tyrannical god like being. Fletcher wants little do do with it, but sees it as his moral responsibility to stop him. They wage a magical war across the country until they finally decide the next generation should continue the fight, so they mystically impregnate four young California women. Years later the children of that mystical pregnancy are targeted by their fathers and meet more people in the long, magical war, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

To say that Clive Barker's "Books of the Art" books are epic is an understatement. Like his novels before this book has a lot of graphic violence and sex, but it never feels gratuitous. The plot is huge and so are the themes; the book deals with religion, faith, multiple worlds, good, evil, and how they all intertwined. The characters are pretty interesting. Tesla was pretty interesting as a lady who is enlisted to gather help for the forces of good, and her discovery is ours, she is the one that the story is reveled to. Her feelings are ours, and so I was able to identify with her more than anyone else. Jaffe was a megalomaniac who learns too late that the power he wishes to master is too unwieldy to control. Fletcher is a '60s radical who (unlike most of his generation) found something to believe in, even if it is at the expense of his sanity. The brother Tommy-Ray and sister Jo-Beth are a weird couple. There are also a cast of odd balls who are by no means normal, and will be memorable long after the book is finished.

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