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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it… It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

night circus

Dust jacket: In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.

Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionadados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…

I really liked the story line of Poppy and Bailey, I liked it more than the main characters’s story.

This book reminded me of The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. The circus comes to life with magic. Imagine a circus run by or for the characters of Harry Potter…

The clock maker makes me think of Gepetto in the Disney version of Pinocchio.

What I found lacking about the book is that no explanation is given for the wager between the enchanter and sorcerer. Why are they doing this? What do they stand to gain?

The ending was a bit flat though.

First published: 2011

Rating: 4/5

 

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Napowrimo Day 21

I didn’t have time to work on my poem yesterday.

Today I’m just going to see how I am going to make this poem rhyme:

A – Angel usually kind and good

B – Banshee crying tears of blood

C – Crow brings a message in black

D – Dragon will burn you into a tasty snack?/brings a fiery attack?

E – Elf with his bow and arrow has straight aim

F – Fairy magic is their game?

G – Giant makes a tremendous sound?

H – Hobbit his house is under the ground

I – Imp is a pest and won’t let you rule? pool? pull?

J – The Jester/Joker is no fool

K – Knight rides on his steed, bold

L – Leprechaun can be found at the end of an rainbow with a pot of gold

M – Mermaid is a woman but also a fish

N – Necromancer has a death wish

O – Ogre is always hungry and out to kill

P – Pirate makes his living by steal(ing)

Q – The Red Queen shouts: “Off with her head!”

R – Red Cap should have listened to what her mother said/is going to visit his gran in bed

S – Sorcerer brave? gave? pave? save? wave?

T – Troll is slow and lives in a cave

U – Unicorn is a horse with a horn

V – Vampire is a blood-thirsty anti-morn(ing)

W – Witch bone? gone? moan? now you see her, now she’s gone?

X – Excalibur is King Arthur’s magic sword in the stone

Y – Yeti lives in the snow and is white

Z – Zombie is a flesh eating foe and likes to bite!