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"Everville"
by: witch 27 Sep 2004
by Clive Barker

Clive Barker | Everville

HarperCollins Publishers
1994

Do you remember the Neverending Story? How it seemed like it would be a different story each time you read it? That's the effect Everville is having on me. The few times I've read this book, it has seemed... different each time. The same characters, the same locations, the same results, but the journeys taken to arrive at these conclusions appears to have changed dramatically each time I read it. Perhaps it's just me, that I've taken too many months or years between reading it, but the book changes, damnit. Either Barker is a genius who has banged out the process of entering the mind remotely, or I need more sleep.

Owen Buddenbaum is on a mission to cause more pain and suffering than he, or anyone before him, has been able to conjure up. On the way to achieving this, he meets a man and his daughter, Maeve, and from these two springs forth the town of Everville. Owen will be back to claim what he inspired. Death Boy is hunting for his sister and their child, dismembering each obstacle in his path. He is not one to be dissuaded. Phoebe and Joe are chasing the dreams of one another on opposite sides of the Cosm and MetaCosm, then with only Quiddity between them. Is it possible to actually dream a human into being? Will it be a patchwork, with no details in the unseen areas? Will it be solid and true, or slightly opaque?

From the shores of the dream-sea come fantastical creatures who are just the other side of believable, all beautiful in their way. The dreamt town of Liverpool, the rock King... there is more of the Neverending Story in this book than I had realized, but definitely not in a children's movie vein. "Everville" is a classic Clive Barker novel, rife with details dripping with the beast's blue blood, but still holding you safely in its grasp.


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