I enjoyed this book more then I thought I would. Mary Robinette Kowal seamlessly sews together her knowledge and love of puppetry with her admiration for all things Austen in this charming story of family, romance, propriety and art with a little magic too. heartwarming and witty.
When I started listening to this book I had my doubts that it was going to be a memorable zombie novel. I mean it starts like something Janet Evanovich (when she was good) might have written. I was enjoying the characters and the back stories and the funny nurse stories BUT what does any of that have to do with zombies or horror??
Oh My God was I wrong. When everything went to hell - I cared - a lot. At one point I had to sit down, with my hands over my mouth at the sheer horror of it. The tone of the story and the voice of the narrator made for a very real woman in a very real world overrun by flesh eating zombies.
This story was scary, funny, at times endearing, and at times so disturbing I had to stop what I was doing and just listen with my head in my hands.
This story seemed solid but the narrator was awful! I was honestly wondering if they'd just used one of those robotic computer readers - because that's what it sounded like.
Once again I can't get a refund for the book I can't finish because of bad narration.
I don't know if it was the writing or the narration but I didn't even get past the first chapter. This is just bad. If I could get my credit back I would.
I loved the idea of this story but the authors style was just grinding and cliched to the point of distraction.
I was blown away by this story. The characters were beautifully imagined and real - I mean I could believe they had lives outside the events of the story - and the way they interacted with one another never failed to make me smile and just care about them more. And fear for them more when they come face to face with the horror of what's on the other side of the door.
I completely enjoyed this story and even though I was glad to see those who survived I was sorry to see the ending. This story was an entertaining slow burn and I will recommend it to everyone I meet.
It's safe to say that I read a lot. I am a ravenous reader and writer and someone confused about the varied spiritual paths. This book turned the whole argument of life-meanings, faith and religion, and story telling on it's head. Every line seems multilayered but not in a pretentious difficult way, but more like an unfolding of meanings created by beautiful language.
Seriously you need to hear this, read this, inhale this book!
Yeah - the writer. I saw nothing wrong with the idea or the story but the way it was written was completely lacking and without charm or style.
No - I love mysteries, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
I guess - She sounded like a older woman putting on a southern accent... *shrug*
LOL yeah I used to think the books were better now I prefer the tv show
It is completely unacceptable for a "PROFESSIONAL" author and publisher to put out a book of this low standard. It felt unpolished and underwritten. I honestly think Harris should have hired a ghost writer to write this last book if she was so damned unhappy and bored with writing the series. But hey, I'm sure she's not unhappy with the profits she's making off this pathetic excuse for a book.
Just as fun and entertaining as the TV show!
Bob Fossil cracks me up every time!
These two have great chemistry together and work off each other so well.
I laughed out loud at more then a few points.
You’re walking aimlessly through a bookshop looking for a new read. You don’t quite know what you are looking for but you feel as though you’ll recognize it when you see it…
I recognized The Night Circus the second I saw it as something I needed to read. Whether I would enjoy or even finish it I wasn’t sure but something told me that I needed to at least try.
This is not an easy book to define but I’ll do my best. It’s essentially two interwoven stories, one tells the tale of a boy visiting the circus each year or so when it passes through his town. He makes friends with two of the children who work in the circus with a charming kitten show and together they explore all the amazing wonders of the circus and it’s seemingly infinite number of tents. One holds a winter wonderland of snow and ice, another simply holds a bowl of perfect black stones that take away your tears for a night. From incredible to subtly beautiful the boy of course falls in love with the circus so the rest of the world is merely a grey blur in comparison.
The other story is that of the two magicians who created and are still creating the great circus. Marco and Celia are in love and though they met as adults they have been in love their whole lives, writing love letters to one another through each magical tent they create. But they are merely pawns in a bigger, darker game played between Celia’s father and Marco’s mentor. The two lovers have been pitted against each other in a battle of wills and power, a battle to the death.
The Night Circus is not for everyone. It doesn’t read like your usual linear story in fact it reads rather like a painting or rather one of those long tapestries. I’m not sure I would want to read too many stories written this way, but this was so beautifully constructed that I could possibly enjoy a few like it.
One thing I think I should mention - The narration didn't quite do this story justice. I can't really fault the narrator BUT I can't help but think this story would have been more enjoyable if read by an English lady.
I would and have recommended this book in audio and paper versions to everyone!
I have to say August - HE WAS CRAZY and dangerous and just fit in so well at the circus. He was a true circus character as in someone I would expect to find there and I equally loved and hated him.
They were perfect. Great tone and emotion, there wasn't one moment when I didn't imagine them as the characters they were reading.
YES. If I could have I would have.
Read this book. In paper, kindle or audio, doesn't matter - This book is so worth reading.
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