Author Archives: Jennifer M. Putman

The Night Circus – Review

It’s been a while since regular posting, I know, and there is a reason for that. We’ve all been super busy lately, with school starting up and the majority of us being students at various stages in our educations. Regular posting will resume shortly, however.

And now for the review.

Book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus is seductive. Purely, magically seductive. I don’t think I have read a book before this one that put such a deep and beautiful spell on me as I read.

I received Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus through Goodreads First Reads. While it had been out for a while, a giveaway was being hosted on the site.

I was first attracted by the cover. It was black and white and gray with red accents and stars and Victoriana and swirls and a little cartoon circus, and I wanted it in my bookshelf. (And oh, did the physical copy deliver on this. The front cover is a page with a circular window to reveal the circus illustration; you open to the secondary cover-thing, and the circus is cupped in a woman’s hand. The symbolism and appropriateness is glorious.)

But enough about the cover. I’d seen a friend’s five-star review and figured, “This must be pretty damn good,” because when she likes something enough to give it five stars, I usually feel similarly blown away. I read the summary and wasn’t especially wowed, but apparently I was intrigued enough by the fact that there’s romance. To be frank, I’m not sure I really took any of it in except for that. If I did, I forgot it almost completely, and thank God for that. And I’m glad for that, because the back cover summary gives too much away and tells you too much about this book. Which is why I’m not putting it here. The magic of this book is in how it is Le Cirque des Rêves. It carries you through the mystery and the magic the way the circus carries the characters. You only need to know that this book is about magic, love, a game, and a circus. And not to mention, the back cover summary is misleading. I’m almost positive the author didn’t get to approve of it before it became official, because the second paragraph gives the entirely wrong impression.


And now I will begin the actual review before I rage over back cover summaries.

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Inkspark #59

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day. Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s prompt: Write a piece about an issue close to your heart. It can be nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. Just write about something you feel passionately about.

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Inkspark #58

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Today’s prompt: Write about a garden.

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Inkspark #57

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Today’s prompt: The look he gave me was the kind of look that makes you think your insides hate you, too.

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Inkspark #52

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Today’s prompt: It was disappointing, but that was the way of things.

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Inkspark #51

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Today’s prompt: Write about a muse.

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Inkspark #50

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Today’s prompt: Write about puppy love.

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Inkspark #49

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Today’s prompt: Write from the point of view of a killer without directly telling the reader about the murder. This should help you nail showing as opposed to telling, along with subtly getting information across to the reader.

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Inkspark #45

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Today’s prompt will be a picture!

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Inkspark #44: GIVEAWAY!

Today being our last day of Music Week (as I have dubbed it), we will have another giveaway!

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Today’s fabulous prize is pitch doctoring for up to seven revisions of your pitch.

Today’s Prompt: A final day of music… perhaps. I quite like writing to music such as this song. If you’ve gone this whole week without commenting, I plead with you now: Do you, by all the stars in the sky, enjoy writing to – I don’t know if I can do this. This is so emotional. – instrumental music? If you do, comment! If not, comment! These posts don’t do much good if you, dear readers, don’t like what’s in them.

But for now, enjoy this beast.

Song: Rage of Poseidon

Composer: Apocalyptica

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