This was an interesting read I'll admit, but I found the relationship between the 2 leading characters to be hokey and corny. Barker gets extremely creative in this fantasy, but his horror novels are way better, and even more creative. I did enjoy Weaveworld quite a bit, but it is not even close to as great as his works of horror. Some of the villainous characters in Weaveworld are just awesome though!
In Weaveworld, a prosaic Liverpool clerk named Calhoun Mooney falls into a magic carpet. He has entered the cursed and enchanted Weaveworld of the Seerkind, a people with the power to make magic-or to destroy humanity...
Another wonderful horror novel from Clive Barker!
A Pure Venture of the Imagination, July 6, 2004
Reviewer: Alexander Babbie (Dannemora, NY United States)
After reading Barker's other fantasy epic, Imajica; I couldn't wait to get my hands on Weaveworld, and now that I'm done reading it I am convinced that Barker is one of the most talented authors alive.
Calhoun Mooney, a 20 something free-spirit, accidentally falls into a magic carpet which serves as a refuge for the Seerkind, who have been hunted by mankind (Cuckoos) throughout history for their special abilities. Cal's fall into the carpet sets into motion an epic confrontation for the carpet and the wonders it contains. With the aid of the beautiful Suzanna, whose connection to the carpet is deeper than she can possibly realize, Cal must protect the carpet from Immacolata, an "Inncantrix" who once ruled the carpet; Shadwell, a salesman by nature who considers the carpet the ultimate prize; and the Scourge, an ultimate evil whose very existence is tied to the extinction of the Seerkind.
If all that doesn't make too much sense, don't worry...its not supposed to at first glance, and that's the wonderful part reading Barker...he has such a wonderful imagination and is able to convey his imagination so well, that the only real way to understand what his books are about is to read them. Barker also has a gift for making wonderfully complex "villains" that never fail to dazzle. By the end of the story, even the Scourge, which was the ultimate evil to the Seerkind was able to provoke profound empathy from me over the emptiness and sadness that it felt.
Anyone who enjoys fantasy, horror, or simply a good yarn will love this book. Admittedly it does start out somewhat slow, but the pace soon picks up and you will not be able to put it down.
Probably one of the more readable books by Barker, it avoids some of his usualy gore and "power comes from pain" themes and provides a terrific fantasy tale.
Fantastic story about a world inside of a carpet sound weird but it just keeps going. A real page turn i could not put this book down.
A Clive Barker mixture of fantasy and horror in which an unknowing clerk enters into an eerie and enchanted world of a people with the ability to perhaps destroy humanity.