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Happy NaNoWriMo!

6 Nov

National Novel Writing Month (also known as November, or NaNoWriMo) is upon us! I have never participated but I saw this list of books written during NaNoWriMo that were ultimately published here, here and here.

I’m pretty impressed. It’s a huge and awesome commitment. So if you’re participating this year, good luck! And may the publishing industry smile upon you when your work is finished.

I believe the only two I have read are Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. But I’m interested in reading Ian O’Neill’s Endo, a mystery set in the world of cycling, and Ransom Stephens‘ The God Patent, about someone who used a programming patent to patent God and ultimately tries to enforce his patent.

#CBR4 Review #11: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

21 Mar

This book has been reviewed a seemingly endless number of times on CBR, so my review will be quick and painless. For more extensive reviews, check out all of the preceding reviews here.

This book is simple and beautiful. The descriptions of the circus are just enough to give you a starting point, but they let you fill in the circus with your own details, embellishments and dreams. It was an exercise in imagination for me, working through the book, trying to imagine the intricacies of the Ice Garden and the Cloud Room.

Mostly, I wanted to know how the circus affected people other than Celia and Marco. There were other side characters, like Poppet, Widget, Isobel, the sisters, Mr. Barris, etc. who were all suffering the effects of the circus. I kept waiting for a more detailed explanation of how the circus, and the challenge, were beginning to consume their lives and instill a sense of helplessness within them, but it never came. That was the major flaw for me.

The ending was cliche, but  I liked it. I cared enough about the characters to want them to end up together. And most importantly, it was satisfying to watch Celia and Marco take control over their own lives, after spending the better part of their adult lives controlling the circus for the pleasure of others.

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