I finished a book right before vacation that had been in my TBR pile for ages. I finally purchased a beautiful hard back version of it (for cheap at the used bookstore woohoo) and then it sat on my shelf. It was a completely different read then I thought it would be. The book is Abarat by Clive Barker. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Van Gogh. I found the world to be pretty cool, with all kinds of impossible characters, buildings and landscapes and the illustrations did a good job in keeping me in the world. Unfortunatly the story did not seem very developed and seemed to hop all over the place. Usually I really enjoy the crazy insane worlds, but this one seemed a bit...scattered for my taste. The characters were ok, with John Mischief being my favorite. I'm not sure why this book didn't do it for me. I think it was the story, which seemed to try and go somewhere and say something...but it just didn't get anywhere. I also was a bit hesitant to call this a book for anybody under the age of 14 or so 'cause the imagery and cruelty was pretty pronounced. I know a lot of people love this book, and that is awesome and I hope others read it and love it...but I am not one of them. I give this book 6 out of 10 and recommend it to anybody who loves some great imagery with a bit of a dark twist.