Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

<a href="http://chrisa511.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/thiefof1.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-860" title="thiefof1" src="http://chrisa511.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/thiefof1.jpg?w=202" alt="" width="202" height="300" /></a>I read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Thief-Always-Clive-Barker/dp/0061684260/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1224651117&amp;sr=8-1"><em>The Thief of Always</em></a> by Clive Barker for the read-a-thon and was super excited about reading it, mostly because I had read it as a young teen and fell in love with it. Now I go back to it as an adult and it's lost some of it's magic, but it's still a fun read.  Funny how some books do that and sad at the same time that we lose some of that appreciation for certain books as we get older. I guess we just start to look for different things.

When I read this book as a young teen (I have even been 11 or 12), I remember thinking that it was the best book that was ever written. I also remember feeling accomplished at reading a "long book" though now it took me a total of 2 hours to read the whole thing :/ I remember being terrified by this story when I was a kid, but it's not so terrifying now. I was kind of sad when I finished the book to be honest. It was still enjoyable, but it made me realize that we lose some of that sense of wonder as we grow older.

So let me tell you what the book's about. It's about a young boy named Harvey who is bored of his every day life and wants nothing more than to escape it. One night as he's lying in bed, a creepy man by the name of Mr. Rictus comes to his window promising an adventure that will cure his boredom. He follows Mr. Rictus through a wall of mist and to a house that is seemingly every kid's dream. There's a lovely lady named Mrs. Griffin working in the kitchen to prepare everything that a little boy could want to eat. There are other children constantly having a good time. The four seasons pass through every day. You awake in Spring and go to sleep in the Winter. Halloween is every night, followed by a Thanksgiving dinner and then a Christmas morning where each child gets the exact gift that they want. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. Harvey and his friend Wendell try to leave one day and find that they are turned around. The house will not let them leave. And for each day that they are at the house, a year is passing in their "real lives". They begin to learn that they are being held captive by the mysterious Mr. Hood and their lives are literally being sucked away.

It really was a great book and I enjoyed reading it a second time. Just not as great as it was some 16 years ago :/ Has this happened with any of you? Have you read a book that you loved as a child and found that it didn't hold the same magic the second time around? If you do have young kids, I would really recommend this one despite all of this. If your child was a fan of books like Neil Gaiman's <em>Coraline</em>, I would think they'd like this one too.


I wanted to thank <a href="http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/">Bookfool</a> for also agreeing to match my donation to NaNoWriMo from the 24 hour read-a-thon! Between her, Softdrink, and me we reaised $300 for them! Awesome! Bookfool has always supported NaNoWriMo and I think that's awesome!


Y'all are going to think that I'm nuts, but has anyone else started thinking of Christmas yet? It just hit me today that it's only about 2 months away! I need to start doing some shopping so I'm not stuck having to spend my whole paycheck on Christmas gifts the week before, lol. I've always loved buying Christmas gifts for people, it's one of my favorite things....but it's so hard to figure out the perfect gift for everyone! I think I'm going to do some<a href="http://www.etsy.com/index.php"> Etsy</a> shopping this year. Anyone have any favorite Etsy stores that they want to share??? I'd love to find some new ones! If you're looking for Christmas cards this year, I highly highly suggest visiting <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5007469">Quixotic's shop</a>. She has some amazing cards that she handmakes and I'll definitely be putting my order in soon.

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