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A book that wishes it was a film,
This review is from: The Night Circus (Vintage Magic) (Kindle Edition)
This book looks beautiful in the bookshop and I obviously did judge it by its cover. Unfortunately, the contents did not live up to the hype. It says something when the accompanying online game is more interesting than the the novel it is based on.
The descriptions are beautiful and really make the circus come alive- I can see this being made as a film by Tim Burton, what with the black and white stripes dominating the landscape. The author has written a book that wants to be a film, rather than a novel.
But the story itself is a bit... flat. The focus was all over the place: time-wise, character-wise, geographically. It was a bit hard to follow at times what was going on. There are a lot of characters and a lot of layers; this is not necessarily a bad thing, but could get a bit much at times. I also felt that some of the characters were sort of dropped by the wayside as the story moved on and some events not properly explained, which was a bit of a shame really.
All in all, probably not worth the hype- wait until it's died down!