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Being Light by Helen Smith Review

Being Light

By Helen Smith

 

While Roy Travers is helping to install a new state of the art bouncy house, a freak gust of wind picks him and the bouncy house up dropping him in Paradise, where he meets the only other resident Sylvia. Meanwhile his wife, Sheila, is continuously searching for her husband after a while she comes to believe whole heartedly that Roy has been abducted by aliens and is determined to get him back.

 

Once again Helen Smith comes up with a quirky and interesting cast of characters, though this book surrounds Roy and Sheila’s problems the author manages to encompass many varied side stories that will leave you going “What in the world?” The only problem I have is that you must [pay strict attention to the characters names, the author incorporates so many stories that they flow into each other, for me this is a problem since I have a horrible time remembering character names. That being said the book itself is fun and witty, the author is so descriptive in her narration of the London scenery you can see exactly what she is talking about without having ever been there. I definitely cannot wait to see what else this author has in store, especially considering this book has one of the worst cliffhangers I have ever seen.

 

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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb By Melanie Benjamin Review

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

By Melanie Benjamin

 

At two foot eight inches Mercy Lavinia Bump is the perfect miniature woman. She started out as a school teacher then when she was seventeen she was approached to travel on a boat as a performer, with this first taste of fame she would continue on to become an icon during a time of great unrest. This is a fictional autobiography of the woman who became Mrs. Tom Thumb half of the perfect miniature couple.

 

I almost didn’t make it through this book; the author takes an interesting story and turns it into something dull and annoying. I say annoying due to the fact that Melanie Benjamin turned Lavinia Bump into an egotistical arrogant woman who thought every other little person, including her husband and sister, to be less intelligent than she was. Then there is the main dilemma of the novel which, with a quite glance at wikipedia you will find out what it is, turns out to be absolutely ludicrous. To add to these issues is the fact that Lavinia never loved Tom Thumb but actually P.T. Barnum and never even consummated her wedding, I find this entirely too hard to believe. Melanie Benjamin may be a good writer but this story turned out to be rubbish, and what was with the rant about the polygamist Mormons? Skip it and try google.

 

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern

This is the story of Le Cirque des Rêves the circus that arrives without warning and is only open at night. We are taken back to the very beginning and how it was created to be the stage for an epic game of magic between Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair. Both are chosen as children to be the competitors, training from an early age to participate. The game is simple one out does the other with the use of magic, as the story progresses so does the circus each one adding a bit more to it until it is completely something of wonder. The more the characters play the closer they become until ultimately they fall in love with one another, but only one of them can win this game.

This is my first review on an audio book. My first welcome surprise was that it was read by Jim Dale, if you do not know who this is; he is the one who read the Harry Potter audio books. Jim Dale has an amazing way of bringing the characters to life and in this book with so many main characters and elaborate details it was definitely fun to listen to. In this book the details about the circus are so vivid you feel as if you are there and if you do not then you want to see it for yourself; I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one made into a movie. The story was complex spanning several years and encompassing many different characters into the plot, the author managed to pull it together beautifully. From the love that develops between Celia and Marco to just watching the twins, Poppit and Widget grow along with the circus, I am sure you will continue to be entertained.

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