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* EasterEgg: In the illustration of the Halloween masks, one of the masks is of [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]].


* TheDragon: Carna is more beastly and monsterous and acts as Mr. Hood's more serious enforcer compared to the other members of his QuirkyMinibossQuad.

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* TheDragon: Carna is more beastly and monsterous and acts as Mr. Hood's more serious enforcer compared to the other members of his QuirkyMinibossQuad.QuirkyMinibossSquad.


* WeakWilled: Wendell isn't a very strong character in that when he and Harvery return to try and fight Mr. Hood, Wendall is easily brought back under the house's spell.

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* WeakWilled: Wendell isn't a very strong character in that when he and Harvery Harvey return to try and fight Mr. Hood, Wendall is easily brought back under the house's spell.


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%%* * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The book's premisepremise as Harvey wants to escape the responsibilities of growing up but finds getting all his wishes comes at a heavy price at Holiday House.



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%%* * CheshireCatGrin: RictusRictus is always sporting one of these.



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%%* DidNotGetTheGirl* DidNotGetTheGirl: At the end of the book all the children who were tapped at Holiday House return back to their own time periods. Lulu being older than Harvey is an old woman by the time Harvey is just the same age.



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%%* KidHero* KidHero: Our main character Harvey Swick is a young boy.



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%%* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Only specific children can find their way to Holiday House or have to be lead there by one of his henchmen. When Harvey and his Dad try to go looking for it, they are unable to get there.



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%%* * OlderThanTheyLook: The residents of the HouseHouse have come from various different points in time. However for every one day at Holiday House, a whole year passed in the real world.



%%* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Rictus and his family

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%%* * QuirkyMinibossSquad: Rictus and his familyfamily function as this to Mr. Hood's plans.



%%* WeakWilled: Wendell

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%%* * WeakWilled: WendellWendell isn't a very strong character in that when he and Harvery return to try and fight Mr. Hood, Wendall is easily brought back under the house's spell.



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%%* YearOutsideHourInside* YearOutsideHourInside: For every day spent at Holiday House, a whole year passes in the real world.


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* FoeYay: A little disturbing considering Harvey is only ten, but Mr. Hood seems far too eager to convince him to stay as an apprentice, promising to give him whatever he desires in exchange and also often referring to Harvey as "his" (his little thief, his lodestar, etc).

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* FoeYay: A little disturbing considering Harvey is only ten, but Mr. Hood seems far too eager to convince him to stay as an apprentice, promising to give him whatever he desires in exchange and also often referring to Harvey as "his" (his little thief, his lodestar, etc).


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'''''The Thief of Always''''' is a fable written by Creator/CliveBarker that may read like a children's book, but it's just as enjoyable for adults. It deals with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor temptation]], [[GrowingUpSucks growing up]] and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever mortality]], and it has a few good helpings of horror, as expected of Clive Barker.

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'''''The ''The Thief of Always''''' Always'' is a fable written by Creator/CliveBarker that may read like a children's book, but it's just as enjoyable for adults. It deals with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor temptation]], [[GrowingUpSucks growing up]] and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever mortality]], and it has a few good helpings of horror, as expected of Clive Barker.



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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The book's premise

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* TheDitz: Wendell
* TheDragon: Carna
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* HappyPlace[= / =] LotusEaterMachine: Holiday House

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Marr, Jive. And Hood to a lesser extent.]]
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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Carna, Rictus.
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* TheRenfield: Rictus is revealed to be one.
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* WeakWilled: Wendell
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Hood]] plays this straight with [[spoiler: Harvey]].
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* WhatYearIsThis
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Mrs. Griffin
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* [[spoiler: [[YearOutsideHourInside Year Outside Day Inside]] ]]

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'''''The Thief of Always''''' is a fable written by CliveBarker that may read like a children's book, but it's just as enjoyable for adults. It deals with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor temptation]], [[GrowingUpSucks growing up]] and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever mortality]], and it has a few good helpings of horror, as expected of Clive Barker.

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'''''The Thief of Always''''' is a fable written by CliveBarker Creator/CliveBarker that may read like a children's book, but it's just as enjoyable for adults. It deals with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor temptation]], [[GrowingUpSucks growing up]] and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever mortality]], and it has a few good helpings of horror, as expected of Clive Barker.


** Strictly speaking, [[spoiler: Hood]] is ''completely'' correct in this assessment; they've both stolen things that make a person what they are -- things that should never be taken by anyone. [[spoiler: Hood has stolen the souls of the children lured to his Holiday House, while Harvey has stolen the lives of Hood's illusory minions]] The difference comes in ''why'' they did it -- Harvey did it [[spoiler: to lure out Hood so he could defeat him and save the children trapped there]], while [[spoiler: Hood has merely done it to extend his warped existence and feed his unholy hunger.]] The difference between heroism and villainy sometimes isn't in '''what''' you do, but '''why''' you do it. Not the sort of thing you tend to see in a children's book.

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** Strictly speaking, [[spoiler: Hood]] is ''completely'' correct in this assessment; they've both stolen things that make a person what they are -- things that should never be taken by anyone. [[spoiler: Hood has stolen the souls of the children lured to his Holiday House, while Harvey has stolen the lives of Hood's illusory minions]] The difference comes in ''why'' they did it -- Harvey did it [[spoiler: to lure out Hood so he could defeat him and save the children trapped there]], while [[spoiler: Hood has merely done it to extend his warped existence and feed his unholy hunger.]] The difference between heroism and villainy sometimes isn't in '''what''' ''what'' you do, but '''why''' you do it. Not the sort of thing you tend to see in a children's book.


* StrangeGirl: Lulu, lampshaded by Wendell.


Harvey quickly befriends the incumbent residents of the house: two other kids named Wendell and Lulu, kindly caretaker Mrs. Griffin and her seemingly sentient cats, and two of Rictus' "siblings". However, some sinister hints are dropped, such as the collection of [[InfantImmortality children's]] [[AvertedTrope clothes]] in the attic, the forbidden lake behind the House, and mentions of a fourth member of Rictus' family called "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Carna]]". Above all, who is Mr. Hood and where does he get his power from? Eventually, Harvey's curiosity and growing suspicions about the House lead him to discover some unpleasant truths...

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Harvey quickly befriends the incumbent residents of the house: two other kids named Wendell and Lulu, kindly caretaker Mrs. Griffin and her seemingly sentient cats, and two of Rictus' Rictus's "siblings". However, some sinister hints are dropped, such as the collection of [[InfantImmortality children's]] [[AvertedTrope clothes]] in the attic, the forbidden lake behind the House, and mentions of a fourth member of Rictus' Rictus's family called "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Carna]]". Above all, who is Mr. Hood and where does he get his power from? Eventually, Harvey's curiosity and growing suspicions about the House lead him to discover some unpleasant truths...


''The Thief Of Always'' is a fable written by CliveBarker that may read like a children's book, but it's just as enjoyable for adults. It deals with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor temptation]], [[GrowingUpSucks growing up]] and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever mortality]], and it has a few good helpings of horror, as expected of Clive Barker.

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''The '''''The Thief Of Always'' of Always''''' is a fable written by CliveBarker that may read like a children's book, but it's just as enjoyable for adults. It deals with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor temptation]], [[GrowingUpSucks growing up]] and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever mortality]], and it has a few good helpings of horror, as expected of Clive Barker.

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