I quite like Clive Barker as a writer and I enjoyed the Hellraiser films, although I have not read anything on which the series was based. Consequently, when I saw Abarat in the young adults section of the bookshop, I thought it would be good for my daughter, who is now into vampires and various other forms of fantasy. After all, Barker is British and since she picks up new phrases and expressions from what she reads, I’d rather it wasn’t all American. Unfortunately, however, she did not like the book and gave it back to me and so I have read it myself.
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