Off the Shelf - Blog
This hilarious romp through fairy tales is a fun read. The princes are flawed, but I couldn't help but like them anyway. They do some growing up on their wacky adventures, but there's no high-handed moral lectures. And the princesses are well-written characters in their own right - one is down-right bratty, but the rest are seeking adventure and trying to help those around them. Also, the villians are fantastic, like the best kind of cartoon villians. I love the Bandit King. He's deliciously bad, but not in the ways you expect. If you like this book, don't forget its sequel: The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle. Rumor has it that a third book is on its way as well!
~ Book Ninja
P.S. Did I mention the fun pictures? There's fun pictures!
Movember is all about men and their health--cancer, mental illness and healthy lifestyle are the main focuses but the general idea is to build awareness of mental health, to motivate guys to take care of themselves, and to destigmatize seeking medical help of any kind! It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is just that--kind of a funny story about a teenage guy who is suffering from depression and fighting suicide.
When I think of circuses, what comes to mind are clowns in mini cars and small dogs and elephants performing tricks. But lurking along with this image, I think of a different kind of circus and carnival, one that exists in the tradition of mysterious and sometimes dangerously eerie carnivals and circuses, much like the classic Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. If you are drawn to the dark and possibly dangerous variety of entertainments in a tent, you'll want to pick up the shimmering story of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The Circus of Dreams known as " Les Cirque des Reves" in the story appears mysteriously overnight in select cities. The color scheme is always black and white with an occasional splash of red and the entertainment is always breathtaking and masterful . The story is a bit like a chess game, with the characters making strategic moves that will establish their dominance in a game not of chess, but of magic. The magicians are rivals from many years back and it is their gifted magician apprentices who play out the moves in this circus that surpasses any yet in its entertainment and design. Celia and Marco create amazing wonders such as a blooming garden made all of ice and acrobats soaring without a net in their quest to outdo each other in a competition neither of them understands. What they don't expect is the attraction between them. Set in the late 19th and early 20th century, the story evokes a Paris and London of an imaginary time when magic is truly magical. The author Erin Morgenstern is an artist and the pictures she paints of the settings in this story are rich and fantastical. Read this story to imagine a circus you would want to visit in your dreams.
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