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The Thief of Always follows Harvey Swick, a boy bored with the mundanity of life and the slow tick of time, as he enters Mr Hood s Holiday House The Holiday House brings every pleasure imaginable to the lives of the children that find it, but at a cost Child friendly Clive Barker is as imaginative as the gore infested Clive Barker that I love I wish I had read this as a child. Always a no spoiler no plot detail reviewI wish I would have read this book when I was like 12 or 13, what a very powerful book this would have been to me But, sadly I only just read it now at age 41 but since I m still a huge lover of children s fiction especially dark children s fiction I still found this story to be every bit as magical and scary as it intended to be.This is my first Clive Barker book that I ve finished I started previous works Mister B Gone and The Great and Secret Show but didn t finish either of them not for me.But wow, I love this book Clive Barker wrote this in such a way that the naivete of the young characters is your top layer of narration but as you read it, this subtle feeling of insidiousness grows and festers like a clogged pore I recommend it to anyone Anyone who loves magic, creepy illustrations and dark creatures Good vs evil and friendship and a morally sound protagonist fighting his inner compass to do the right thing Who wouldn t love THAT Read this at Halloween, Christmas or when it s a dark and stormy night You ll mark it as an instant classic too And if you have read it, I m joining you now at the Holiday House Mr Hood S Holiday House Has Stood For A Thousand Years, Welcoming Countless Children Into Its Embrace It Is A Place Of Miracles, A Blissful Rounds Of Treats And Seasons, Where Every Childhood Whim May Be SatisfiedThere Is A Price To Be Paid, Of Course, But Young Harvey Swick, Bored With His Life And Beguiled By Mr Hood S Wonders, Does Not Stop To Consider The Consequences It Is Only When The House Shows It S Darker Face When Harvey Discovers The Pitiful Creatures That Dwell In Its Shadows That He Comes To Doubt Mr Hood S PhilanthropyThe House And Its Mysterious Architect Are Not About To Release Their Captive Without A Battle, However Mr Hood Has Ambitious For His New Guest, For Harvey S Soul Burns Brighter Than Any Soul He Has Encountered In A Thousand Years Edit 5 I now have a first edition thanks to a bookstore selling old books and it is in perfect condition thank you world.Edit 4 My love for this book knows no bounds because I managed to get this hard copy of the graphic novel Signed and hand numbered there were only 500 of these going out.Edit 3 Did I just buy the ebook of this Yes I did Gotta be safe in case I lose the paperback copy 3333 The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive. The most fabulous opening line I ve ever read In all seriousness It shows that there will be beautiful writing in future pages It is inevitable.I ve praised this book for such a long time Long enough that I forgot huge chunks of it They started to jump at me and wonder why the hell I haven t reread them It made me think Why DID I love this book when I was 12, in 6th grade, and hated hated hated reading Maybe my subconscious was telling me something the day I finished The Thief of Always nine years ago Sixth grade was a magical year My reading teacher deserves just as much praise for introducing me to this book.I ll say it again Originality wins me over no matter what Originality and I are two peas in a pod Can t have my love without having originality It s completely cool if you were to make an homage or even say that a particular character or event was influenced by something else, but if the overall idea is doing a great job at being original, high five to you I was than happy to see that my lil 6th grade self didn t try to shadow this story to be any less than it was My little self knew what it was talking about for once.This story is about a ten year old boy by the name of Harvey Swick Harvey is bored out of his mind at home in Millsap, and wants to do something fun that ll hopefully kill the rest of the days in February Then along comes Rictus, a yellow skinned sir with an obnoxious grin and an urge to take Harvey away to a fun place called Mr Hood s Holiday House Harvey says, Sure why the fuck not and joins Rictus through a wall of mist that leads him to said wonderland Harvey spends a great first day, but then things start going downhill, and Harvey says, Looks like it s up to ME Let s break it all down now There is greatness in this story through the writing alone Clive Barker, known for Hellraiser and other such horror tales, knows how to use his words And use them to throw me the craziest defined image of the Holiday House I ve ever witnessed in my brain When I was 12, I didn t care for this stuff, I was along the lines of, This place is cool can I have please THANKFULLY, having an urge to pursue the need to publish a series as a sort of American Dream, rereading this with the knowledge I now have just makes this story that much impressive Never was I so blown away with writing Like other authors I ve mentioned, Barker s got a knack for pacing and how to make someone grimace by description alone He is also a fabulous wielder of context clues, because I found words in this reread that got me going, WHAT DOES IT MEEEEAN And there he was, telling me with his writing I thank ye, Barker.I think this short book took me so long because of the fact that I reread passages over and over again I loved the sound of them, the images I received, and the way the plot was driven through the characters.Another thing I want to mention before I move onto the characters is Clive Barker s multiple talents Barker can surely write, and he can most certainly illustrate That s right, he did his own illustrations If the illustration of the wall of masks where there is one of Hellraiser s Pinhead wasn t enough to tell, I m sure it s written in somewhere that he did them The illustrations drawn do a wonderful job of showing a chapter s motives, but not enough to tell you how or why something s happening My all time favorite illustration was Harvey as Barker s version of a vampire probably one of my favorite scenes, too This is just beautiful I mean, the composition, the stance, the great contrast of the shadows, that SMIRK UNF oh god what s wrong with me.Also I m burning this particular image into YOUR SOUL Damn it s amazing.All the pictures have meaning in this fable They are beautiful, horrifying, and almost tense you up for particular scenes Perfect example of that was the illustration of Carna, before you re even introduced to it The description comes and you see the picture again, and you say, NO NO NO HARVEY RUN GET OUTTA THERE It made me scared for Harvey s life.I am heavily tempted to make my own illustrations for my series again I had thought it once before, but I thought it d be too much work After Barker s illustrations and seeing how much of a punch they made, I want to make my own.Needless to say, I would like to point out that the pictures do not make this story They are a nice accent, but even without them, this story would still thrive.Let s meet some characters Our story goes through a single month and a few days through the life of 10 year old Harvey Swick It s because of this TEN YEAR OLD BADASS that I refuse to glance at some YA heroines that have puked their way to the spotlight Did I mention that he s fucking ten Okay Just making sure.Harvey is a normal kid He likes to run, likes the summertime, hates being bored, and is always up for an adventure O ho ho good thing Rictus found im Harvey grows significantly throughout the tale of the Thief At first, he loves being away from home, but it s like someone always said, Once you notice one bad thing, you start seeing them all And that s exactly what happened Things started getting iffy, and Harvey started sniffin around, like ANY MAIN CHARACTER WITH A BRAIN SHOULD.Then he started to judge He knew he had to get out SO ALONG COMES WENDELL.Wendell Little brat Wendell He was Harvey s first friend and not the best at that I didn t mind him though, because he actually helped Harvey take initiative and become stronger, and I am a okay with that Wendell was a lil chubster, he d sell out Harvey in a second, but when times became terrifying, he stayed loyal to Harvey view spoiler that is, until the Holiday House used its magic on him CURSE YOU, HOOD hide spoiler I remember being a kid and being bored, and it is THE WORST It wasn t just the boredom, it was the feeling of needing something but having no idea what Awful It will ruin your life And that is how you become me I don t really have much to say about this book It s my second Barker, and vastly different than the first of his that I d read The Hellbound Heart I liked this one well enough, and it s a quick read or would have been if I didn t have this need to make new levels in Mario Maker, anyway The illustrations were great, a nice sketchy style that I really liked a lot But the story was only just good It felt a little too message y for me Appreciate the time you have with your family, even when it s lame, because you never know when it might be taken away from you So That s all I probably would have liked this a bit had I read it when I was in the target age range, but still, it s a good story Oh, wait It did annoy me that the cats behaved like humans though Yeah yeah yeah, they are MAGIC cats, but they don t talk or do anything but be cats which is what they were created to be so when they re all Timmy fell down the well leading someone to where they need to be, it just irks me If they re magic, make them magic If they re not, then they re not Gah Anyway That s all, for realsies this time. Oh, you re a horror fan Read Clive Barker.Steph, check out Clive Barker You ll love him.Have you read any Barker He s brilliant These are all things that were being said to me for the last few years I took note Then I saw Stephen King saying that Clive Barker is the future of the horror genre Well, if I am going to listen to anyone I am going to listen to Stephen King Everyone knows this.I took the encouragement of some of my goodreads friends and went with it I decided to go with the Thief of Always as it was one of the ones that was being recommended by the ones who know me best Let me just tell you I was not disappointed The Thief of Always is about a boy who is very bored one day and a guy flies into his window and promises him adventure Seems legit, right Right Of course, the kid questions a few things along the way but there s an answer for all of his questions and he has friends to play with It s Christmas every night and a beautiful summer day every morning Harvey soon begins to question and about the house that he is staying in, the pond out back and the behavior of the people around him He sets up an escape plan only to be horribly dismayed with the outcome This book was truly a delight to read It reads like a favorite children s book blended with horror and gore I loved it and cannot wait to read of Clive Barker I have a list of recommendations from all of his fans that I am ready to dive into This was such a quick and easy read It kind of reminded me of Coraline in the sense that while it is a children s book , it is pretty damn terrifying too Pick it up, you will not be disappointed Ps The Kindle version contains some pretty creepy artwork that is well worth viewing Great book to read on a rainy day What I liked the most apart from story are the illustrations They were really creepy, and reminded me of Neil Gaiman s Coraline, which is one of my favorite books The story is also similar to Coraline, but it does have its twists Really fun and fast read, and looking forward to reading books from this author The guy knows how to tell a good story. Harvey Swick is ten years old and bored out of his skull It s that dreary month of February, Christmas is over and summer is too far in the future for a small boy to contemplate He just wants to have some fun Through an open window flies a man in black by the name of Rictus His smile is all sharp teeth and is as wide as his face, but he has a glib tongue and promises Harvey all kinds of fun Plenty of playmates, the coolest treehouse ever, and a house that is almost too good to be true await Harvey He s too young to know that something like this will come at a price A magical story aimed toward the kiddos, but that managed to keep this oldster s interest with no trouble at all Illustrations drawn by the author are a great addition to a fine story. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Ten year old Harvey Swick is invited to Mr Hood s Holiday House, a thousand year old dwelling that welcomes children to enjoy its rapidly changing seasons, explore its grounds filled with mythical creatures, and partake of the delicious meals prepared by the house cook, Mrs Griffin At first, Harvey thinks Holiday House is the best thing that s ever happened to him, but he soon discovers not all is as it seems By the time he realizes he wants to leave, there may be no way out Though promising in premise, Harvey s adventure is one of low stakes He suffers from lack of want and, in the book s opening pages, his greatest problem is that he suffers from boredomI ve got nothing better to do, Harvey said, without looking around I want to I want to He went to the mirror, and quizzed it What doI want The straw haired, snub nosed, brown eyed boy he saw before him shook his head I don t know what I want, he said I just know I ll die if I don t have some fun I will I ll dieUpon being escorted to Holiday House, Harvey immediately recognizes the dwelling as a place built for games, chases and adventures. He spends a considerable amount of time at the house being perfectly content there s a painful lack of conflict What s puzzling, however, is how Barker never seems to settle on what the house is, precisely view spoilerCome with me to the Holiday House14You re real, he said, as he stood panting on the porch You are, aren t you He started to laugh at the foolishness of talking to a House, but the smile went from his face as a voice, so soft he was barely certain he heard it, saidWhat do you think, child 50It s the House of Always62 If he d remained in the House of Illusions. 144 It was hard work hauling himself up, but he knew, when he d finished and lay panting on the attic floor, that his pursuit of Hood was almost at an end The Vampire King was near. 199 He stumbled, fell, and ended up sprawled on the hard boards, staring up at the roof through a red haze of pain. And there above him was Hood, in all his glory His face was spread over the entire roof his features horribly distorted His eyes were dark pits gouged into the timbers his nose was flared and flattened grotesquely, like the nose of an enormous bat his mouth was a lipless slit that was surely ten feet wide, from which issued a voice that was like the creaking of doors and the howling of chimneys and the rattling of windows. 201 201 Is it Holiday House The House of Always The House of Illusions Is Hood a man A house A vampire A Vampire King Barker bounces around so many different names and iterations of his Hood House character that it never materializes as a fully realized idea hide spoiler Sooooooooo, I mentioned that I had sworn off Mr Clive Barker yeeeeeeeears ago due to squeamishness Ms Stepheny called me on it and said, PLEASE PLEASEPLEASE read THE THIEF OF ALWAYS before making your final judgement on allllllllll of his work Okay, Stepheny, I stand corrected not all of his work is GROSS In fact I quite enjoyed this blood less tale image error