Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

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  1. I read and enjoyed this one a few years back as I was going through a “circus and fairground” fiction reading phase. I gave it 4 stars, and in my notes from then I compare it to Kirsty Logan’s novel “The Gracekeepers”, which is set partly in a floating circus and has similar themes around freedom, loyalty, acceptance and self-determination. Celia has certain similarities to Callanish from Logan’s novel too – a certain shared affiliation with water, shall we say.
    Thanks for sharing, and giving me the chance to discuss circusy books!

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    1. oh I will definitely need to check out “The Gracekeeprs”! I love circus based fantasy books. If you haven’t read Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (I wrote a review on that too!) or Caravel by Stephanie Garber I would highly recommend them!

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      1. The Night Circus is a longtime favourite of mine – it inspired my undergraduate dissertation on how circuses in C21 fiction are adapted from the historical reality to suit contemporary sensibilities. I’ve heard a lot about Caravel but still not read it, so I really ought to source a copy!

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      2. You did an undergraduate dissertation on circuses?!? I’m absolutely intrigued and would love to hear more. That sounds incredible. I added The Gracekeepers to my list to be ordered, any other recommendations would be highly welcomed!


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