And as the two great magicians watch, their students Celia and Marco grow fonder of each other. Should the older magicians step in? After all, love has no part in the contest.
The Night Circus is a great work of fantasy and illusion. Many people make up the characters that run the Circus of Dreams as it calls itself. There are twins who never grow old. A fantastic clockmaker who can almost control time and a contortionist who can contort her body into beautiful creations. We meet them through their interactions with Celia and Marco. Celia joins the circus as an illusionist. Marco becomes the assistant to the proprietor. But they are both inexorably drawn to each other.
The language of the story flows in colorful streams of invention and imagination. The characters are vividly described as are their relationships. This is a book to get lost in just as the circus goers must be directed to leave lest they lose themselves in the Circus of Dreams. A wonderful debut.
Martin wakes one day in a Paris hospital where he finds he has been in a coma for several
days. He learns that while traveling in a taxi he was involved in an accident resulting in
his hospitalization. Thankfully his injuries are minor.
His minor injuries soon become a major problem. It seems that while he was out cold, Martin's
identity was stolen, on a grand scale. Even Martin's wife denies knowing him; along with the
man she's sharing her bed with who claims to be the real Dr. Harris. With no passport or
wallet, Martin turns to the cabbie that was driving the taxi during their accident and the
physician who is treating him for some support.
Martin's support circle grows thin, while evidence keeps mounting that Martin might not be
who he claims. Even Martin starts to wonder if he is the brunt of some elaborate hoax or
slowing going insane. What follows is a tightly constructed suspense story that leads to an surprising ending.
This book is new to our collection; however, it was previously published under the title: Out
of My Head. It also was adapted to film with Liam Neeson in the starring role. It is less than 200 pages and adapted well to the big screen. Like in most adaptations, reading the book first before viewing the film is the best course.