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Some wonderful ideas, but not very well written.
on January 28, 2002
_Weaveworld_ was the first Clive Barker novel I read, and it was almost the last. While the novel has some compelling and original ideas, there were aspects of the writing style which bothered me so much I almost didn't finish it.
The story concerns a faerie world, called the fugue, hidden in a large carpet. There are demonic and human forces in our world trying to find and destroy it. Cal and Suzanna, the two main human characters, discover the carpet and become its protectors. Barker populates the fugue with strange and wonderful characters and places, and makes the evil forces trying to destroy it equally horrific and repellent.
However, I felt like the novel was too fast-paced. Monumental events would occur, only to be undone a fraction of the book later. Character situations would change before I could understand or empathize with the current ones. Also, I found some aspects of Barker's writing to be awkward and clumsy. For example, more than a few times he would have a character reflect on recent (offstage) events in order to fill the reader in.
Since finishing _Weaveworld_, I've started _The Great and Secret Show_, and the improvement in writing style is striking. If you're considering trying Barker, I would recommend skipping this novel, and trying one of his others.