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The Great and Secret Show by [Barker, Clive]
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Length: 700 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In the little town of Palomo Grove, two great armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America.

In this New York Times bestseller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the age-old battle between good and evil. Carrying its readers from the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breathtaking journey in the company of a master storyteller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1822 KB
  • Print Length: 700 pages
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager (24 November 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH029O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the Ride! 30 March 2016
By Allen Whitaker - Published on
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An intricately woven and meticulous novel where past and future meet in the dream sea of Quiddity. To say any more about what this book is about would ruin the adventure of reading it. It is a reading adventure because Clive Barker invites readers on an exploration of mind, spirit and matter. While many authors tend to separate perception and thought from actual existence in their story telling, Barker creates a world in which Body, Mind, Spirit and Matter exist co-equally. Understanding this is the beginning of Wisdom. Using this understanding is the Art. The Art is therefore a source of unimaginable power. This is a story of good vs. evil and the ways in which two great forces of each face each other in a battle for control of the Art. The very survival of the human race hangs in the balance...
This is not a light read. The world Barker creates is so full of intricate imagery and interconnected people, places and events that you will likely find yourself going back to previously read sections of the book in order to reinforce your understanding of the saga. It will likely take the reader longer to read that most books, which it did for me. So be prepared for a wonderful journey and a great ride! Thanks for reading...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror and modern fantasy in a complex weave of romance and war. 3 December 2014
By M. Knepper - Published on
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*Note: If possible, I would give this four and a half stars out of five.

I've been a fan of Clive Barker's material for a long time, starting with Weaveworld and Sacrament with The Hellbound Heart somewhere between. Needless to say, he's influenced a lot of my own fiction. I picked up The Great And Secret show as a piece of a greater collection and, of course, to get my Barker fix. In retrospect, I will say this was much easier to get into than Sacrament but, I feel, not as mature. That being said I still recommend it and I do so with praise. I won't give this a five star review, however, because I feel there were a couple problems which could have been eradicated and eased the story's rigid second act.

The first thing I want to praise are the characters in the book. There are a couple, just one or two, that are irritating to read simply because they're incredibly unreliable at points, but on the other hand this novel has given me one of the greatest characters I've ever known. He serves, at first, as the central antagonist. His moniker is catchy, dark and fantastic - something Barker is proficient in crafting. I am of course speaking of The Jaffe. There's a female character who reminds me of Ellen Ripley in a couple ways and I will say she is my second favorite character (and she's not even the main protagonist for the whole novel).

The second thread of the weave I will address is the beautiful, complex worlds created by Barker and the mythology behind them. Quiddity is glorious. The imagery and creatures, beings and ambiance associated with it and the harboring island is magnificent to read. In fact, I will be returning to this novel simply for that reason. It's a balancing act between the dark, terrifying regions of the unknown and awe-inspiring, heavenly spaces seemingly out of reach (you'll get that when you read the book).

The third thing, the amount of plot twists and sheer substance, is complex and plentiful. Never have I felt I've learned so much of a fictional world from a novel in a long, long time. I couldn't have guessed from the first few chapters what the novel's end and even middle portions had to offer. Needless to say, it's a journey, a trip.

Now some complaints... Clive, if you're reading this, stop using the word "din" so frequently. It got a little repetitive in the last sixth of the book. I also feel the second act was very slow, specifically parts three and four and some of five. I ultimately still enjoyed it but I feel it could have been shortened - there were some inner thoughts, dialogue and events that were unnecessary even in terms of filler. I still enjoyed it, however.

I recommend this book and it's worth the money. I own the original hardback version and the Kindle version (I collect). The each offer their pros and cons - I'm not sure I could recommend either or to you. I will praise and suggest you read the novel for a taste of what modern, dark fantasy has to offer if in capable hands. The fiction within serves some of the best horror and modern fantasy I've read, bundled in a complex weave of betrayal, romance and wars between plains of existence - the dark and the light.

4.5 out of 5 stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and disgusting 11 June 2017
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This book seems to be an exercise in how to be as offensive as possible. Too much weird sex and monsters made from body wastes. Disappointing after having enjoyed Weaveworld and Imajica. Barker is consistent in all of these books with his premise that anything that can be imagined can be made real.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, maybe for a younger reader? 16 October 2015
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My main problem with this book-- and it's my only problem with an otherwise very entertaining read--was the year between when Fletcher and Randolph met and when they locked in battle in California. No explanations were made about what they found, how it was found, what the processes were, etc. Now, it's a fantasy book, true, but I think the readers deserved a bit more of a foundation for what happens afterwards. Once you get past that little pecadillo, it's smooth sailing and good times turning these pages! Barker writes for a teenage audience, as does King, allthough to a lesser extent. The book is easy to read and at times predictable. But you find yourself thinking about it and its characters at odd times.
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly Long 23 May 2013
By Marc B - Published on
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A friend recommended The Great and Secret Show to me knowing my fondness for horror, fantasy and the surreal. I've known of Clive Barker for a long time, mostly from Hellraiser, but I have read a couple of his other books (Weaveworld, Thief of Always).

The Great and Secret Show felt bloated that, by the end, I was skimming. There is so much unnecessary material that a 100+ pages could easily have been cut. Characters are introduced that we spend time with that really have no payoff in the end.

I really don't understand the love this series gets from people. While I can appreciate what Barker was trying to do it just fell flat for me. And I know Barker has no control over this, but I don't understand why a Kindle book of a book published over 10 years ago costs $12 (and the paperback is listed at $15!). I'm not marking any stars off due to cost, but the publisher may want to re-consider this price.

The Great and Secret Show had an interesting concept, but in the end it just fell flat. If you do want to read it, try and find a used copy or borrow it from the library. There is no need to spend $12+ on this thing.