I probably won't be reading/listening to anything else by H.P. Lovecraft. It was fun to finally figure out what all the Cthulu business was all about, but it's still very old school and monotonous. This audiobook was only just over 4 hours long, but I listened to the first two hours... paused for a month, and then listened to the rest.
I thought the ending was appropriate and I'll leave it at that.
Yeah, his voice was fine. I found the parts where he was reading the native tongue of the Cthulu worshippers to be ridiculous, but that's just how it was written, so good for him.
I could see it being a bad sci-fi series along the lines of The X-files.
Again, not my highest recommendation, but worth it just so I could say "Oh, now I get all the pictures of that elephant headed, man bodied, octopus thing." Yup.
The characters. Every single one of them was so brilliantly plotted out and bizarre, but in a good way. Even the antagonist was captivating. You wanted to know more about him, and his reasons for doing the things he did. The individual characters made up a marvelous world which would not have been the same had one of them been missing. Often in book reviews there is a conversation of "wonderful world-building," well this story uses the characters as the building blocks for the entire realm. Pay attention to all of them, and you won't regret it.
I have to pick one? The ice garden, the building of the circus clock, the way Cecelia can blast things to bits and then reassemble them, the idea of memories captured in jars, when Marco introduces himself fully to Isabel... Oh no. I can't pick just one thing. READ THIS BOOK.
Jim Dale's accent was excellent for the time period of the piece. His voice gives you a since of mystery and age. By age I mean to say that there is a feeling of history to the story that I probably would not have instilled on my own. I enjoyed his narrative in that it was not your usual, flat, American reading. Nothing about this book was ordinary, so why would the narrator be?
Again with the picking? The funny thing is that Bailey is probably the most ordinary character in the book, and yet he is the one sticking out in my mind right now. Though having just finished the book, Erin does an exceptionally good job at pulling out the importance of this every day guy. His adventures with Poppet and Widget were some of my favorite moments. I feel like Bailey gave the reader a connection to the circus that those imbued with the mystical "powers" of the Circus could not. Besides, what is a circus without spectators?
I've been reading a large number of books lately. The Night Circus captivated me in so many different ways that other books have only managed to catch me in one or two. Both serious and fantastic at the same time this book runs a gamut of emotions. You'll love and hate the lead characters at various points. You'll route for the underdog, and scowl at the "puppet masters." You'll feel for the secondary characters as much as you do for the leads. I want to go to Le Cirque des Rêves!
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