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    Hey, has anyone here read Abarat? As you can tell by my avatar, I like it. Soooo, discussion?
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    Never heard of it. But your avatar is refreshingly creepy.

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    Yes, yes it is. The Prince of Darkness commands you to read his book.
    “Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him
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    Never heard of it, does the prince of darkenss include a copy with the command to read?

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    Abarat, Abarat, Abarat.....

    Nothing, sorry.
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    Wikipedia is your friend:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abarat

    Hm, by Clive Barker—Mr. Hellraiser. (I still have to see that. Should probably read the novella, too.)

    Sounds pretty interesting.
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    I can't believe that Wikipedia thinks that quintets are rare... seriously, quintets are short. Look at the Wheel of Time series. 11 books, and it isn't finished and HE JUST WROTE A FREAKING PREQUEL! I want some of these fantasy authors to hurry up and write their books before they die!

    But anyways, besides my rant. Never heard of that book before. Looks like it could be interesting though. I've read so many books. I'm hard pressed to have enough to read over a weekend. I'll probably see if I can buy this one just to have something new to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faceninja
    I can't believe that Wikipedia thinks that quintets are rare... seriously, quintets are short. Look at the Wheel of Time series. 11 books, and it isn't finished and HE JUST WROTE A FREAKING PREQUEL! I want some of these fantasy authors to hurry up and write their books before they die!

    But anyways, besides my rant. Never heard of that book before. Looks like it could be interesting though. I've read so many books. I'm hard pressed to have enough to read over a weekend. I'll probably see if I can buy this one just to have something new to read.
    Robert Jordan (Author of the Wheel of Time series) is an overly-wordy hack. His books are god awful, I still can't believe I read all the way to number 5.
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    "No"
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    Hey, I saw the Wikipedia picture, and noticed if you flip it over, it stills says Abarat...

    To answer your question, no, I have not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Were-Sandwich
    Abarat, Abarat, Abarat.....

    Nothing, sorry.
    Wow, this is a thread for a fantasy comic, full of geeks like me, and almost no one has heard of Clive Barker/Abarat? Amazing...

    Anyways, you don't have to read it, Disney bought the rights to the movie, multimedia, and themed ride for $8 billion. Or, you could be better than the average movie-goer and read a great book, your choice.

    Here's the Abarat site...

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    Hey, I saw the Wikipedia picture, and noticed if you flip it over, it stills says Abarat...

    To answer your question, no, I have not.
    Yeah, cool huh?
    “Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faceninja
    I can't believe that Wikipedia thinks that quintets are rare... seriously, quintets are short. Look at the Wheel of Time series. 11 books, and it isn't finished and HE JUST WROTE A FREAKING PREQUEL! I want some of these fantasy authors to hurry up and write their books before they die!
    Hmm, Im not sure if this is true, but I heard he has a life-threatening disease, and may die within the next decade. Again, Im not sure if its true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElfMaster2000
    Hey, I saw the Wikipedia picture, and noticed if you flip it over, it stills says Abarat...
    Yeah. That's what is meant when the article says, "The title contains an Ambigram." There's a link to info on ambigrams in the Wikipedia article on Abarat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardel
    Hmm, Im not sure if this is true, but I heard he has a life-threatening disease, and may die within the next decade. Again, Im not sure if its true.
    He does. He intends to go on living so that he can finish his series. I think Death will take him right before the last book just to spite him.

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    God I hope not. I'm not a huge fan of the books, but to die before finishing your life's work would be terrible.

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    *raises hand*

    I've read both books.

    And Mendelson Shape should still be alive! Seriously, with a name as cool as 'Mendelson' how can you die?
    I cannot actually think of anything witty to say here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingo_bob
    *raises hand*

    I've read both books.

    And Mendelson Shape should still be alive! Seriously, with a name as cool as 'Mendelson' how can you die?
    OH MY GOSH! THANK YOU! SOMEONE HAS READ THESE BOOKS!

    Yes, I totally agree, plus, falling off a giant moth would be a horrible way to die...
    “Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him
    the awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read;
    and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the
    little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know.”
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    Giant moths? Okay, you've peaked my curiosity. I'll look them up the next time I'm at the library.

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    Yes, my avatar used a cloth being, stitched together as a slave, to crush the bodies of five beings, and animated a giant moth out of it as a mount for an assassin to kill a little girl. Interest rising?
    “Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him
    the awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read;
    and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the
    little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know.”
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    Yes, I totally agree, plus, falling off a giant moth would be a horrible way to die...
    Except he didn't actually DIE that way... he's still there in book 2. THEN he dies.
    I cannot actually think of anything witty to say here.

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    I felt cheated when he died too. Replaced by a stupid bug guy. Christopher Carrion kicked alot of arse in that book though. Wish he had beaten Matter Motely. Oh, by the way, Abarat is my favorite series. Love tha avatar, and the poem in your signiture greatly resembles the one in the first book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purepolarpanzer
    I felt cheated when he died too. Replaced by a stupid bug guy. Christopher Carrion kicked alot of arse in that book though. Wish he had beaten Matter Motely. Oh, by the way, Abarat is my favorite series. Love tha avatar, and the poem in your signiture greatly resembles the one in the first book.
    Thanks, and that's probably cause it IS the same poem. ;)
    “Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him
    the awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read;
    and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the
    little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know.”
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    I absolutely love these books, but I guess it is a situation where you either love or hate them. In other words, everyone I've recommended them to has hated them, yet I find them amazing.

    LoM, Great avatar by the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shhalahr Windrider
    Yeah. That's what is meant when the article says, "The title contains an Ambigram." There's a link to info on ambigrams in the Wikipedia article on Abarat.
    An ambigram being an ambiguous anagram or someting? I hate words people make up like that. Perhaps I should just read the article.

    Oh, so an Ambigram is like a panandrom, except its part of the typeface rather than part of the word.

    It calls it a "young adult book". To me that means it's for 16-19 year olds. From what a previous poster describes by "young" then it must mean "not overtly sex related".

    Giving an example of something that isn't a quintology (or whatever the word is) isn't how you prove that they're common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Closet_Skeleton
    It calls it a "young adult book". To me that means it's for 16-19 year olds. From what a previous poster describes by "young" then it must mean "not overtly sex related".
    Compared to the majority of his other books of course. ::)

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    Thank you! It's by Mephitsobah, or however you spell it... :P
    “Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him
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    and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the
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