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Weaveworld
Clive Barker
Adult Fiction BARKER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This long second novel by Barker, whose first, The Damnation Game, was published earlier this year, is an unusual and not totally convincing mix of adventure and fairy tale. Barker envisions a race of fey folk known as the Seerkind who live undetected among mere mortals (whom they slyly refer to as the Cuckoos) until threatened by destruction. In response, the Seerkind weave themselves and their living places into a carpet, a magical riot of color and wonder known as the Fugue, which is then placed in the care of a mortal woman. Years pass, the woman grows old and dies, and her death signals to malign forces who wish to possess it that the Fugue is no longer protected. These are the demonic, immensely powerful woman known as Immacolata, her two ghostly, repulsive sisters, and her mortal cohort, the avaricious and power-hungry Shadwell. But the granddaughter of the Fugue's former caretaker manages to get possession of the rug, and so begins a long pursuit. A wealth of characters walk (or fly or crawl) through these pages, and the plot is a busy one. At times the story has a rather mechanical feeling, lacks conviction and excitement. Barker has less real emotion here than in his first novel, and has for the most part abandoned his trademark grisly details. Nevertheless, the book is often diverting and quite inventive. 100,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; BOMC featured alternate. (October 14) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Barker turns from his usual horror to epic-length fantasy for this account of the Fugue, a magical land inhabited by descendants of supernatural beings who once shared the earth with humans. The Fugue has been woven into a carpet for protection against those who would destroy it; the death of its guardian occasions a battle between good and particularly repulsive evil forces for control of the Fugue. Weaveworld is rich with memorable characters, exciting situations, and pockets of Barker's trademark horror. Although the action slows as the novel's length takes its toll, the fine style and handling of mythological themes carry the reader to a satisfying conclusion. Both horror and fantasy fans will enjoy this sure-fire best seller, recommended for most fiction collections. BOMC featured alternate. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Calhoun "Cal" Mooney
Male
Age: 26
English
Raises pigeons.
Clerk

Suzanna Parrish
Female
Age: 23
Granddaughter of the recently deceased caretaker of the Fugue.
Artist

Immacolata
Female
Witch
One of the Seerkind; demonic.

Shadwell
Male
Age: 52
Power-hungry; Immacolata's sidekick.
Salesman



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