Weaveworld

ISBN: 0007117140
ISBN 13: 9780007117147
By: Clive Barker

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Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world --- and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror -- a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.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.

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annik

Ничто нигде не начинается. Этому меня научил Клайв Баркер. Именно потому что он так старательно пытался описать свои отношения с этой книгой, мне было так просто принять конец, который и не конец вовсе, потому что ничто нигде не начинается, и ничто нигде не кончается.Это исполнение моей самой смелой мечты – нечто фантасмагоричное, недооцененная фэнтезятина, с мурашками по коже. Воплощение всех моих запросов на флэшмоб-2013, причем самого крупного калибра.Надо было видеть меня: я дочитывала книгу в два часа ночи, плюнув на сон, который люблю даже больше книгопечатной продукции. Воплощенный рай под названием Фуга, который спрятали от врагов в нитях ковра, развернулся передо мной во всей своей упоительности.Сотканный мир лег между ними, и так было с самого начала. Этот факт делал нелепой всякую мысль о совместном хозяйстве или романтической связи. Они вместе видели ад и рай, а после такого все остальное будет шагом назад. Герои разделены на стратегические группы: ясновидцы из воплощенного рая, наши чокнутые смертные, Иммаколата с сестрами и Бич. Иммаколата доставила прилично – вроде бы типичный злодей, но вызывает невольную симпатию – почти как Реджина из OUaT (вроде и Злая Королева, но мотивы ее понятны и даже близки).Население Фуги, ясновидцы того самого Сотканного мира, хоть и обладают офигенными способностями, в остальном не вызывают никаких эмоций. Исключение – Нимрод, который в обличье младенца с первых же страниц улыбал.Ясновидцы Фуги радостно называют простых смертных чокнутыми, но этого титула достоин только один человек – протагонист Кэл Муни . Его подпевала Сюзанна Пэрриш быстро превратилась в Мэри Сью, а вот лунатичный Муни, знающий наперечет расписание поездов, заставлял меня продвигаться дальше по тексту. Я и так верила в него, но после кульминации с пиджаком у меня не осталось слов, чтобы выразить то, что я к нему чувствую.И Бич, конечно . Первые 2/3 книги висел над миром незримой угрозой, он вроде бы даже забыл в своем сне, кто он такой и почему так хочет уничтожить Фугу. А потом он проснулся – и Иммаколата на его фоне со своими прибаутками стала выглядеть откровенно бледно. Честно говоря, именно из-за него я потеряла сон. Едва заметный переход от монструозного к божественному и обратно возвел затерявшегося в своей голове Бича в ранг абсолюта, не поддающегося никакому разумному объяснению.Очертания этого существа изменились. Оно уменьшилось, село на горку песка и устремило все глаза на звезды. Бич оставил роль судьи и палача и предался созерцанию. Некоторые сюжетные твисты Supernatural кажутся мне по меньшей мере очень неглупыми, а Клайв Баркер перечеркнул все мое восхищение сверхъестественной франшизой одной своей книгой, одной идеей, которую заронил в мою голову, которой даже не было дано объяснение и подтверждение. Словно мне внезапно показали the bigger picture – и я слегка оглохла от тех возможностей, которые предложил Баркер.На самом деле, терпеть не могу когда так делают – открывают широкий простор для фантазии, а тебе обдумывать миллион вариаций. И одновременно это самое офигенное, что только может дать автор – чувство полнейшей незавершенности, когда на вопрос «откуда оно взялось?» можешь ответить только «фиг знает, оно просто есть». Такие противоречивые чувства сидят в моей голове; выигрывает восхищение Баркером, который не стал закрывать все кавычки и заглядывать под каждый камень. Если бы другие авторы так поступали, давая своему миру развиваться, не углубляя его энциклопедиями, у нас было бы на пару десятков параллельных вселенных больше.По уровню наполнения Баркер схож с Мьевиллем – 800 страниц, и ни одна не потрачена впустую. Описательно Фуга, честно говоря, не идет ни в какое сравнение с практически осязаемым Нью-Кробюзоном, но оное компенсируется динамикой – чего только стоят те эпизоды, когда Фуга расплетается и сворачивается, а Станок агонизирует. Множество намеков (аллюзий, как говорят ученые котики) рисуют практически новый взгляд на мироздание. Это самое обалденное, что мне довелось читать в этом году. Ничто нигде не начинается.Не существует никакого первого мгновения, ни единого слова или места, с которого начинается та или иная история.Всегда можно вернуться к какой-то более ранней легенде и к предшествовавшим ей рассказам, хотя связь между ними истончается, как только голос рассказчика умолкает, ибо каждое новое поколение желает, чтобы легенда была создана именно им.Ничто не привязано к месту. Туда-сюда ходит челнок, факты и фантазии, дела и домыслы сплетаются в узоры, у которых общее только одно: то, что таится внутри них. Та самая филигрань, что со временем превратится в целый мир.annikeh.net

aPriL purrs 'n hisses

I got to page 350, and then I skimmed to the end. What a waste of trees. I'm so sorry I started this. It's a fever dream journal written by a Christian. It's 700 pages too long.(view spoiler)[Everything in existence is an idea made manifest in the Gyre, which is guarded by Uriel, a masterless angel. Humans are compost meat who love magic and who have great difficulty seeing different planes of realities clearly. Magic must be saved because it's neat to see. Magical beings are too stupid to live. Heaven is a compost pile. Shadwell is the Devil, a salesman of desire, whose purpose is to scare and chase, in other words, a faithless hound dog. Uriel goes insane from loneliness, but when the lining of a coat creates Uriel's twin, he is sane again and leaves earth to go traveling in the universe. The purpose of people is 1., to be compost for new life creations, and 2., to provide life force power that enables coat linings to create Angels. Earth is saved from magic for magic.(hide spoiler)]The book is shot through with the illogic of circular thinking. Magic must be saved because it's cool, but the earth would not be threatened except for magic, for example. Ick ick. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Jason

Wow this is book to me was quite a disappointment. I found this book to be very long winded while at the same time it did not reveal much and left you wondering many questions. I found Cal to be a likable protagonist but did not care for Suzanne,the other main character. I felt the book should have ended at the three quarter mark where much of the main story lines were resolved. The last quarter of the book was painful to me as I no longer cared. I am giving this two stars even though I will probably look back at this one as less. If found this to be a long, drawn out story, that was not very detailed, and I never really found myself attached to the characters within. I cannot recommend this one, instead read one of Clive Barkers horror novels and be sure to watch all his movies!!!

Mark Howell

This book is really an enigma. At times fast-paced, at times slow and pontificating... In reality I'd say this book deserves more 3.5-3.75 stars, not quite the full four, but it's definitely closer to 4 than 3.While in general I like Barker's writing style (having finished Mister B Gone well before this book), his pace towards the end takes on a seemingly unhurried "we'll get there when we get there" attitude, which left me frustrated, just like the kid in the back seat during a long road trip: kicking the back of mom's seat yelling, "Are we there yet?! Arewethereyet?! AREWETHEREYET?!"And the answer is...you don't even get there. ;-)As is said in Battlestar Galactica and The Dark Tower series: All of this has happened before, and will happen again.

Megan

*I decided to edit my review (from 4 stars to 5 stars) because after 2 years, I cannot get this book out of my head. It goes down in my life as one of the most memorable, intriguing, and stimulating books I have ever read. A must-read for Barker fans, or anyone who likes cross-genre books (horror, fantasy, action). Great book. Read below for my original review................The best thing about this book is that it is able to cross genres seamlessly. With elements of fantasy, horror and science fiction, it has become my favorite "non-genre" that I will surely look for in other books. It has the best elements of these genres and seamlessly weaves them in together (see what I did there?). A true mind fuck.With such a strange and unique concept for the book, it had to be well written for the reader to understand and imagine what the hell is going on. Clive Barker did that: Weaveworld has great imagery, character development and is overall an EXCELLENT read. I would have given it 5 stars except...It is just too damn long. The version I bought has 648 pages and about 3/4 of the way through the story things get a little stagnant. Without spoiling anything, what started out as one main story line goes into several, so it takes a chapter for each story to have its moment. The result is a very long, drawn out 150 pages or so that could have better been shrunk down to 50 pages. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mind fuck.

Becca

This was a very good fantasy novel. I've always enjoyed Clive Barker's writing style...it's very engaging and his character development is top notch. He does a good job here with describing scenes and locations, I was able to imagine these places perfectly in my mind. There were a few times when it was hard to get through, not sure if it was the sheer size of the book, or it could have been an outside influence, like my classes or the stress of moving. In any case, I'd put it down for a few days and come to it fresh and get right back in where I left off.

Susan

I've bailed on this book. I wanted to like it. I read the introduction and the theme appeals to me. But Barker's statement that critics thought his imagination too dark for the genre seems just a little self-aggrandizing. There was plenty of dark fantasy even in 1987, and of course it abounds now. Unfortunately, I couldn't read about the sisters without visualizing something out of a Tim Burton animation. And I think the true problem is that Barker wrote a fantasy novel without being a reader of fantasy. He spends too much time explaining the motivations of his logical, reality-grounded protagonists to an audience that expects to step into another reality (and gets impatient otherwise). And so much of the invention just seemed to be for invention's sake.

Thea Guanzon

Utterly enchanting. Sensual and twisted. One of the most complex fantasy novels I've ever read, brimming with socio-political, moral and religious themes ingrained into a thrilling plot. A story where every character is given, not just a name and a face, but life as well. This is perhaps the only book where I've gone from hating someone's guts (in this case, Hobart) to fangirling the hell out of him. Weaveworld has no clear-cut villains, and that is partly what makes it such a powerful work. Villains are people, too. The prose is incandescent, although a bit too verbose for my liking; it strikes me as Tolkien mellowed out by Gaiman. It's a bit daunting to take in, due to the breakneck, unapologetic pace at which Barker introduces new characters and plot points, but it's worth every moment. I love how Barker reconciles random bits of mythology and geography into a truly awesome experience. This book made me remember why I read fantasy.

Chris

Once, there was magic. There were sacred places and secret spots, and beings that held magnificent raptures. They were the Seerkind, and they were the magical children of the world.Then the Scourge came. A being of magnificent power and mad obsession with a singular purpose - to utterly destroy the Seerkind. Its reasons, its motivations were completely unknown and brooked no argument or negotiation. And so, with their numbers being burned down, the Seerkind hid. They used their best magics and their most exquisite raptures to weave their most precious places and people into a haven that no one would ever find, a place that no one would ever look. A carpet.They hoped to wake up once the Scourge had passed, after a few short years.Eighty years later, the final custodian of the Weaveworld dies, leaving her estranged granddaughter, Suzanna to take over her duties. Whether she wanted to or not. Fortunately, she is not alone. Young Calhoun Mooney, the grandson of a poet, stumbled across the enchanted carpet and was ensnared by its intricate beauty. Together, they set off to save the Weaveworld from those who would rule it - or destroy it. Shadwell, an amoral salesman with an enraptured jacket that can produce any item his mark wants with all their heart, leads the hunt. With him, and supporting him is the Incantrantrix Immaculata, who hates the Seerkind with all her cold, dead heart.And somewhere, in a dry, empty place, the Scourge sleeps....I've read this book countless times, and it never gets old. I know Clive Barker is best known for his horror, but, much like Stephen King, he excels at writing fantasy. He has a gift for making his world both magical and believable, describing its magics and its dangers in wonderful detail. What I really enjoy, both in this and his other fantasy masterpiece Imagica, is his ability to name things. Like any true magician, he excels in the art of names, and they're truly exquisite. The Incantantrix Immaculata. Apolline Dubois. Balm DeBono. Lemuel Lo and his Orchard. The names themselves are magical, and it makes it so much more wonderful.I cannot recommend this book enough. Have fun.

Rick

Suggested to me by friend of the family, long ago. Got my hands on it at a bookstore in Buffalo, and have had it on my shelf for years. This book was a bit long-winded. Maybe after having read one 700+ page book, I just wasn't ready for another one. But still, I just wasn't getting into this one as much. There is some great imagery, and Barker is able to tap your senses in his descriptions of scenes and grotesque spirit characters. The evil creatures and spirits in this parallel dimension are quite disgusting, so you can definitely understand why this guy was also behind the creation of the movie Hellraiser.But overall, the plot dragged in several places, and although the imagery of the weaveworld was magnificent, there lacked depth to its existence. There was no elaboration on how it existed, or why it existed in parallel to our world. So that made it somewhat boring. It was a plain good vs. evil conflict.

Craig Williams

I got to say, ever since The Great and Secret Show, none of Clive Barker's other books have been very satisfying. I had always heard how good this book was, and Barker's foreword mentions how many consider this is masterpiece, but I disagree. I found the book to be very, very dull, which was odd, considering all the fantasy/horror elements that saturate the story. My problem with the book is two-fold: 1.) the characters are completely 2-dimensional, just flat and uninteresting. 2.) this is a story that could have been told much more succinctly, and has been told many times since, and more effectively, by the likes of Neil Gaiman and other contemporary urban fantasy authors.Back to my first problem, though: the characters. Barker presents a veritable menagerie of characters but doesn't bother developing that much, even the main characters. I never felt a connection with the protagonists, Cal or Suzanna. The motiviation antagonists, Immocolata and Shadwell, are never made very clear, making them very stark, by-the-numbers villains. Who is Shadwell? How did he come to be in cahoots with a sorceress from another world? In The Great and Secret Show, we are introduced to the villain first, even though at that point, we don't realize he *is* the villain (or, at least, one of the villains). By the time this becomes evident, I felt a slight bond with him, and somewhat understood his motivations, making his obsession to cross worlds into the paradise realm of Nirvana comprehensible. It's never explained why Immocolata wants to destroy the Weaveworld, and Shadwell's greedy desire to dominate it seems completely random and forced. Did I mention how utterly boring Cal and Suzanna are?Anyway, my complaints notwithstanding, the book is totally readable, and not so dull that one can't labor through it. It's not as ponderously bad as, say, The Damnation Game, but something I've begun to notice about Barker that I don't like: he is not very good at developing fully fleshed out, likeable characters. It seems he's more concerned with hammering out the main story, and the characters just serve the plot. Whatever - I will probably read more of his work with the hope something will measure up to the feeling I had while reading TGASS, but we'll see.

Justin Borek

First off, this wasn't what I was expecting, but in a very good way. After reading Barker's short story collections of horror (Books of Blood, Inhuman Condition, etc) and recently the excellent Mister B. Gone, I decided to delve into his fantasy catalog. From the introduction on, his gift for language shines, as it always does. What really struck me in this novel, however, was the tone of his writing. There's a sweetness to the story that really hasn't come through in any of the other works I've read by him. The book could almost be mistaken for a children's story if it weren't for the horror overtones and the eroticism that have become his trademark. While it's not nearly as visceral as some of his other works, there are scenes and characters, in particular Immacolata, the Magdelene and the Hag, that put this well beyond a children's book. However, if you're in the market for a more mature fantasy, you would be hard pressed to find a better take on the genre than Weaveworld. A definate must read. I'll be digging further into his fantasy catalog as soon as possible.

Damon Suede

Everything fantasy writing should be and rarely is: * A fresh world that feels newly0-minted but instantly familiar.* Passionate, believable characters who elicit sympathy and empathy almost from the moment they appear.* A subtle, byzantine plot that knows exactly where it's going even when you do not, with surprises and irony aplenty.A rich, magickal, complicated novel that bears reading and rereading.

Wendle

This book wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good. I didn’t dread picking up to continue reading, but there was no excitement about doing so, either. Once i’d started, i kept reading to finish it, not because i wanted to know what happened.There were a lot of characters introduced over the course of the 700-odd pages. Of all of them, i cared about exactly one. Cal. He’s the first character introduced, and for me, the only truly selfless person in the book. He’s a normal guy. He’s suffering through the death of his mother and the mental deterioration of his father. He has a job and a girlfriend. Then he stumbles (quite literally) upon a carpet with a world inside it. From then on, it’s all choice for Cal. He chooses to become, and continue to be, involved with this world and its people.There are numerous baddies in this story. The most prolific of which is Shadwell. The fact that he is the enduring bad guy throughout the book is completely unsatisfying to me. He’s a cuckoo with no clue and a fancy jacket. How is he not offed within the first half of the book? He’s a nasty bastard, but he’s not significantly powerful at all.Anticlimaxes are another thing this book had in abundance. Generally, the story would meaner along with not much happening. Occasionally, something mildly exciting would happen. I say mildly, because each time it felt like it was simply a prelude to something more dramatic, but it never delivered. The excitement was cut short and never fully explored.There was so much in the book. So many people and wonders described, but none of them were put to a good enough use to be interesting to me. Really, this book just seemed like Barker showing off all the wonders his imagination can produce, but not actually doing anything with them.Overall, i can see so much potential in this book. The ideas, the concepts and the characters could all make an amazing story. I just think the execution of that failed miserably. Barker lost the important things in the details of the insignificant; in his insistence to tell rather than show. I’m disappointed this book wasn’t better, because it so easily could have been.My longer, unedited review with spoilers can be read at: http://marvelatwords.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/weaveworld/

Dan

Read this first time when I was a late teenager. Been think about it ever since. Re-read it this summer and it was still great. Complex story but a man and a woman finds them self caught in a fight between the good and evil. A world parallell to ours exist. And all it's good and bad sides connects to our world. A more grown upp fantasy book. If they ever make movie about this one I will be the first in line for the theater. Love the conflicts they get caught in and the mix of magic and reality. Way before Harry Potter and with a good healthy dose of horror. psClive Barker is the guy behind the Pinhead-horror movies if you didn't know. And it shows in this book.

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