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The Circus Is Over

Hello Dear Followers,

I finished “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern a few days ago. Sadly, “American Wife” by Curtis Settinfield is still not finished.

What I wanted to share about “The Night Circus” is when you finish it, start over and re-read because I found the author wasn’t clear about a lot of parts in the book leaving me confused and having to go back.  Or trying to remember why certain parts were being said again, if they were said before.

The author would do short chapters to give clues and  leave you guessing more, but you never found out what the significance was, and by the time you did, if you did, you didn’t remember it anyway.

I can see why The New York Times didn’t rate this book a best seller, you are often confused by what is happening most of the time, at least I was.  I was trying to figure out what the connections were of the people involved and why certain events happened.  I was very confused most of the time.

The good points of the book  was that it kept you wanting to read more, it had excellent life lessons throughout and like the circus itself, it reminded me of a dream.

The love story in the book was intense towards the end and lovely, but the author didn’t clarify I don’t think at least, what happened to the couple or how they got to be where they were.

I have always wanted to go to a circus and I love hearing about the circus during the turn of the 20th century, and the 1920-30s.  There is something magical about that a time period in history, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.

I think that is why I loved “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen so much, I love the time period it was in.

So basically, re-read again if you have read it already to get a good handle on the story she is trying to tell and you may find you will enjoy it even more.

Until next time…

The Night Circus Is Magical

Hello Dear Followers,

Image courtesy of www.npr.org

Image courtesy of http://www.npr.org

I am back! While I am still in the midst of reading “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld, I wanted to share my thoughts with you about another book I am nearly finishing.  I am reading “The Night Circus”  by Erin Morgenstern.  

The best way I could describe this book is by comparing it to Harry Potter meets Water For Elephants meets Hunger Games.  This book has elements of all three of those books.

I have never seen a book so openly and honestly speak  about Tarot cards that could be considered by most as dark magic.  Everything in this book is dream-like with historical elements and love.  It takes place during the turn of the 20th century and a decade before.

It involves a circus (obviously) which poses as the backdrop to a competition between a  female and male magician who for most of their “magical” training know nothing of the other until they meet through this circus and fall in love. What happens next is to be determined.

I have found this book enjoyable, I love history, so this element keeps me wanting to read more. I love the love story, but I have to admit the author keeps the love story at bay for a long time, she introduces the circus thoroughly, she introduces the cast of characters thoroughly. You almost want to tell the author, get on with it.

Most of what happens in this book is unbelievable, their love story while it is enjoyable as well, is just developing 250 something pages in. I am having trouble believing their love or connecting the dots of their love.

I also find the author isn’t clear in how the other characters are playing a clear role in this so called competition.  You need to pay attention to everything in this book closely to make the connections of why certain people and events that have happened are important.

The author does keep you guessing.  I am looking forward to finishing this book and “American Wife” and moving on forward with this blog again.

Oh! And does anyone want to take me to the circus? 🙂

Until next time..

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