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Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

Cirque Du Freak (edition 2008)

by Darren Shan

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Title:Cirque Du Freak
Authors:Darren Shan
Info:Harper Trophy Canada (2008), Mass Market Paperback
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If this author had been published when I was a preteen, I would have read all of his books within a month. I can still enjoy it as a jaded adult reader. The audio-book narration is entertaining, and the narrator reads like an authentic kid, unlike many YA and MG authors. I wouldn't go so far as to compare him to Stephen King, but certainly to Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine (the horror authors I read a lot of when I was in middle school). But whereas R.L. Stine tended to repeat his own story-lines a lot, this felt fresh. ( )
  Abby_Goldsmith | Feb 10, 2016 |
I read this one in a day. Very easy read, entertaining young adult book. I may read the next one in the series, since there was a movie made based on the story (The Vampire's Assistant), but that would be my only motivation. While it was entertaining, I would rather press on to others on my TBR list. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Absolutely brilliant writer for 10-11 yr olds. I have just read it as I am about to start using it as a Guided Reading class book. I think the children will love it. It follows the story of Darren Shan who finds himself lucky (unlucky?) enough to visit a rather unusual freak show. What later happens is fraught with danger and intrigue. A great book for younger readers as it is written from their point of view but also enjoyable for adults - there's enough suspense to be interested in what happens. It's the first in a whole series which I will now blatantly have to read. Looking forward to starting it with the kids tomorrow! ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.
  lkmuir | Dec 1, 2015 |
Another great read for the upper elementary/teen crowd. I'm not one who is typically attracted to vampire stories, but this one had an interesting plot. The opening chapter was sensational. You couldn't help but love the main character. As the story progresses, I was really drawn to the mystery surrounding the freak show. It kind of reminded me of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Two boys get tickets to a freak show and it becomes apparent that things are not quite what they seem. ( )
  valorrmac | Aug 19, 2015 |
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Este desmadre lleno de freaks jamás hubiera salido a la luz de no ser por los esfuerzos de mis leales ayudantes de “cocina”:

Biddy y Liam, ”La Horrible Pareja”
Doménica de Rosa “La Diabólica”
Gillie Russell “La Gruñona”
Enma “La Exterminadora” Schlesinger
“El Señor de la Noche Carmesí”, Christopher Little

También debo dar las gracias a mis compañeros de festín: Las “Horribles Criaturas” de Harper Collins, y los macabros alumnos de la Askeaton Primary School (y otras) que se prestaron a hacer de conejillos de indias y alimentaron mis pesadillas para hacer que este libro fuera de lo más tenso, oscuro y escalofriante.
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I've always been fascinated by spiders.
Siempre me han fascinado las arañas.
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This fantastic horror book is about a story of a young boy, called Darren. Darren is just an ordinary student who likes to play soccer. One weird thing about him is that he loves spiders. One day, Darren and his best friend Steve got to go to a mysterious show of Cirque Du Freak. At the show, Darren gets charmed by a huge spider named Madame Octa, and he steals the spider from its owner, Mr.Crepsley.
Unfortunately, when Steve came to play at Darren's home, Madame Octa bites Steve. The only person who has an antidote to Madame Octa's poison is Mr.Crepsley. Darren finally goes to visit Mr.Crepsley to ask for the antidote and he exchanges the antidote by his soul, becomes a half-vampire.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316605107, Paperback)

Anyone who loves the humorous but hair-raising horror in R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series will devour British author Darren Shan's first novel with equal zeal. Some books are born with a surrounding buzz; this one even has Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling's stamp of approval: "Fast-paced and compelling, full of satisfying macabre touches," she writes. Warner Brothers will be making it into a movie, and the rest of the series is already in the works. Given all that, you'd expect a tour de force! Really, though, Cirque Du Freak is a thrill ride that will keep even the most reluctant readers turning pages, but will never take its place in the literary canon.

Darren Shan, author and narrator, sets the book up as a true story, warning readers: "Real life's nasty. It's cruel.... Evil often wins." Indeed, evil begins to win when Darren and his buddies find a flier for "Cirque Du Freak," a traveling freak show promising performances by the snake-boy, the wolf-man, and Larten Crepsley and his giant spider, Madame Octa. Darren and his friend Steve wouldn't miss it for the world.

So, Saturday night they sneak out to the old theater, tall and dark, with broken windows. "Every act you see tonight is real," croaks Mr. Tall. "Each performer is unique. And none are harmless." That's for sure. (A werewolf bites off the hand of someone in the audience, for instance.) Things grow very serious for the two boys when Steve not only recognizes Mr. Crepsley as a famous vampire, but professes his true desire to join him! To make matters worse, the spider-obsessed Darren goes back to the old theater to steal Madame Octa so he can teach her tricks in his room. (He does, with mixed results.) The plot further coagulates as Darren is faced with some terrible decisions about what to do to save his bloodthirsty friend Steve.

Readers may be too enthralled to notice some clumsy editing (the aforementioned bitten-off hand is later referred to as an arm, Darren stops dead in his tracks when he's already stopped, etc.). They may also not notice that the boys constantly use adult-sounding expressions like "his breath stank to the high heavens," though the book is clearly set in the 21st century. If this book gets under your kids' skin (and it probably will), they're in luck--we haven't heard the last of the Saga of Darren Shan. (Ages 10 and older, not for the faint of heart) --Karin Snelson

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