There’s something eternally captivating about the circus, and Calico Thunder Rides Again finds a new twist – magic and mythical creatures. It’s an interesting take, and an engaging story. The alternative reality is very believable and well-constructed, so much so that I kept forgetting references to a character being an ogre meant he was ACTUALLY AN OGRE and weren’t metaphorical (ha!). Perhaps my favorite part of the book is when supporting character Grace sees the reality behind the magic business and what it means for the animals – this had echoes of reality and should be a wake-up call for people to pay attention to the industry behind many everyday things judged “harmless.” I give the book 3 stars because it was a solid, enjoyable read but it didn’t “wow” me. *I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for participating in the cover reveal!
…check out F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up myself, but I got it as a gift and it certainly entertained.
Here are two examples from the back cover:
- What is the highest frequency noise that a human can register? Mariah Carey
- What was the main industry in Persia? Cats
A couple from inside the book:
- Who wrote The Republic and The Apology? Playdoh
- What is Sir Francis Drake known for? Sir Francis Drake circumcized the world with a 100 foot clipper
This last one unfortunately reminded me of a seventh-grade science test where I am fairly certain I answered “contraception” for some other, unknown c-word. Maybe I had just learned what it was? I have no idea…
So, all in all it wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny, but it was good, light bedtime reading that kept me smiling throughout.