I have had Clive Barker’s Abarat series on my To Read list for the longest time but for one reason or another, never got around to starting it. While it is probably blasphemous to read it on the Kindle rather than a hardcopy with the wonderful illustrations, I’ve pretty much stopped buying “real” books. I did look at the on-line representations of his paintings and they are marvelous. I found, however, that the story stands just fine without them.
Barker is one of my favorite authors. I own (hard cover up to Abarat no less!) every book he’s written and enjoyed each of them. Abarat, being a so-called “Young Adult” fantasy, reads quite differently for me, but Barker’s genius at creating extraordinary visions with words overflows the pages. I love the island world of Abarat, and the colorful, multi-dimensional characters he’s filled it with. I’ve got the next two volumes waiting on my Kindle and I am sure I will be just as swept away as I gulp them down.