Weaveworld is one of my favorite books of ALL time. And it is one of the few books I’ve re-read. In fact it became an annual ritual that at the end of EVERY school year while I attended Southern Connecticut State University that as a release I would pick that book up and read it.
I treasure Weaveworld to such a degree that I own multiple copies of the book.
–A signed UK first edition
–A hand corrected (Mr Barker’s own hand) proof
–One held together by rubber bands, the book has been read do often.
–One trade Paperback
–One mass market paperback.
A warning about this book:
Weaveworld is EXTREMELY graphic and if you are concerned about graphic material this is not the book for you.
If you can look beyond the graphic nature of the book you’ll be in a for a thrill ride. So what is Weaveworld about?
The Weaveworld is a magic carpet, but this carpet is unlike any other magic carpet you’ve ever come across. There are beings who not quite human who have taken sacred places to them and woven them into this carpet to hide from something that has sought to destroy them for millennia. A guardian chosen by them has stood watch over their carpet and now the last guardian has become sick and is dying. What will happen to the carpet now?
I’ve mentioned Clive Barker previously in Scranton Page Turner Teen Fiction column. He has written many other books and readers may be turned off by him as they consider him a “horror” writer.
He is NOT!
His extensive catalogue includes several favorites:
The Abarat Series
Four books about a young girl who travels to a mystical archipelago of thirteen islands. She thinks she’s been there before but cannot recall.
The Thief of Always
A young adult fable.
This is his most personal book as it discusses his coming out. It’s the one book I felt he HAD to write as it was probably very cathartic for him. Sacrament is more than about coming out, however. It’s a call to action to come together and save what’s left of this planet. You’ll have to read the book to understand what I mean. Weaveworld also has that as a theme as those not quite humans I discussed are saving sacred places to them. Now that I consider Mr Barker’s work more in depth I realize that his stories return to that theme again and again.
As with my own writing when I wrote fiction, dark fantasy is merely a vehicle to get the point across. It’s why I’m so adamant about readers reading EVERYTHING. If you can look beyond the genre and see the point of a particular story, you’ll come to enjoy every genre of fiction and non fiction.
Mr Barker simply uses his genre to express his feelings. I’ve read everything has written other than his latest book:
Mr. B. Gone is on my list. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.
Until next time…
Turn the page.