Book Reviews of The Great and Secret Show (Book of The Art, Bk 1)

The Great and Secret Show (Book of The Art, Bk 1)
The Great and Secret Show - Book of The Art, Bk 1
Author: Clive Barker
ISBN-13: 9780061099014
ISBN-10: 0061099015
Publication Date: 10/1990
Pages: 688
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
From Library Journal
Englishman Barker's latest novel, the first part of a trilogy, is an ambitious fantasy/horror fusion of dazzling scope which stands alone as a complete story. Nebraska postal clerk Randolph Jaffe works in the Dead Letter Room, opening and inspecting loads of undeliverable U.S. mail. Soon, through a series of cryptic dead letters, he taps into an ethereal network of mysterious revelations which provides access to enormous power channels. The customary battle of light forces versus dark forces commences, with greedy Jaffe heading the latter, and mad yet philanthropic scientist Richard Fletcher representing the former. Despite occasional and convenient lapses into nonsensical elements of fantasy which characterize too much of the genre, this original, intelligent treatment of a complex idea by the author of The Damnation Game ( LJ 5/15/87) and Weaveworld ( LJ 10/15/87) is amazingly believable and compulsively readable.
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Helpful Score: 2
Clive Barker-what more can I say. You must add this to your collection!
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I've always liked Clive Barker's work and this book lives up to my expections of his thought processes. This is a long one at almost 700 pages, but I found the storyline kept me reading.
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Helpful Score: 2
My wife likes this author, liked it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well, I think this is Clive Barker's best book. Although it has been out for a few years, Barker weaves terror,k horror, fantasy into an imaginative tale that will capture you! I love it
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Helpful Score: 2
At first I was put off by the premise of this.. but by the end I was hooked and could not put it down. Its a HUGE book too... a nice read with good character development, etc. Its not straight forward/brain candy like Stephen King (my favorite) but still good as long as you're willing to think while reading a chiller.
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This is a very good horror story, but is does get a little long in spots.
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Good book
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As many stories, this one is about good and evil. More specifically, it is about what good and evil feel they must do to reach their own ends, and the outward ripple of events that their decision causes upon the world. It's a story about love, another predominant theme, and, like with good and evil, one that is utilized into a "Romeo and Juliet"-esque situation between those on the side of good and those on the side of evil. It's an old story,but in Barker's penmanship and style, one that you've never read before.
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The Great and Secret Show starts out with sinister promise but becomes a drawn-out, dull affair. Barker is original in some of his ideas, but his style is not enjoyable and the story itself held little interest for me. I will admit that I didn't finish the book, but life is finite and I don't have time to read everything that I come across. This book didn't make the cut for me.
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The Great and Secret Show, the first part of a trilogy, is an ambitious fantasy/horror fusion of dazzling scope which stands alone as a complete story. Nebraska postal clerk Randolph Jaffe works in the Dead Letter Room, opening and inspecting loads of undeliverable U.S. mail. Soon, through a series of cryptic dead letters, he taps into an ethereal network of mysterious revelations which provides access to enormous power channels. The customary battle of light forces versus dark forces commences, with greedy Jaffe heading the latter, and mad yet philanthropic scientist Richard Fletcher representing the former.
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An Amazing Journey! As are most of his books.
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I thought I would enjoy this book, but it was to weird or far out for me. Maybe I'm not smart enough to grasp the Authors intent. What ever, it wasn't my cup of tea. I'm sure someone else may love it.
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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.
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did not read this one