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In the little town of Palomo Grove, two great armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America. In this New York Times bestseller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the age-old battle between good and evil. Carrying its readers from the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breathtaking journey in the company of a master storyteller.

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061760297
List price: $10.99
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I've read this one several times and I still get lost in this story and the world Barker has created. read more
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I love Clive Barkers brain. He is amazing. It is deeply philosophical underneath the main story. I love him.read more
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This book has the overall feel of an epic good-vs.-evil in small-town America story, which is pretty familiar in the horror genre. The boundaries between what--and who--is good and evil are blurred a lot in this book, though, and that is refreshing. Characters with bad traits have their roles to play in the fight against evil, and the main force on the good side is a mescaline freak. Also, while the struggle is rooted in small-town America, with some of the cliches that go with any suburban setting, it becomes clear as the story progresses that Powers outside of our normal realm are at play, Cthulu-like beings who have agents in our world, and that there are some in our world who make it their job to stand up to those creatures. That sort of idea interests me, and the hook of that kept me reading to the end of The Great and Secret Show to find out what happens next. I am hoping that the sequel, Everville, delves even more into the story of the agents who are fighting against the evil on the other side of reality.read more
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I've read this one several times and I still get lost in this story and the world Barker has created.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I love Clive Barkers brain. He is amazing. It is deeply philosophical underneath the main story. I love him.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book has the overall feel of an epic good-vs.-evil in small-town America story, which is pretty familiar in the horror genre. The boundaries between what--and who--is good and evil are blurred a lot in this book, though, and that is refreshing. Characters with bad traits have their roles to play in the fight against evil, and the main force on the good side is a mescaline freak. Also, while the struggle is rooted in small-town America, with some of the cliches that go with any suburban setting, it becomes clear as the story progresses that Powers outside of our normal realm are at play, Cthulu-like beings who have agents in our world, and that there are some in our world who make it their job to stand up to those creatures. That sort of idea interests me, and the hook of that kept me reading to the end of The Great and Secret Show to find out what happens next. I am hoping that the sequel, Everville, delves even more into the story of the agents who are fighting against the evil on the other side of reality.
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"The Great and Secret Show" begins well enough. Randolph Jaffe feels put upon by life, wonders if this is all there is, and what the meaning of it all is. While working in the Omaha, NE, dead letter office, he discovers letters referencing the Art. From there, he strives to master the Art at any cost, recruiting Fletcher and creating the Nuncio, and tearing our reality apart in the process."The Great and Secret Show" had great potential. The first third was interesting, but it devolved into a potboiler with an anticlimactic ending. "Imajica" and "Sacrament" explore similar themes with a much better story and characters.
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Wish I could give this 3.5/5 but I feel that I should give it a 4 rather than a 3.Really good writing style, keeps you hooked, amazing dialogue, liked the effect of events being told from various points of view of various characters, and the author knew how to do this effectively.Felt that the story itself was a bit lacking depth though. Like an episode of Charmed.Still, fun to read, nice imagery and references throughout the Work ;)
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