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Miraculum

Tekijä: Steph Post

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The year is 1922. The carnival is Pontilliar's Spectacular Star Light Miraculum, staked out on the Texas-Louisiana border. One blazing summer night, a mysterious stranger steps onto the midway, lights a cigarette and forever changes the world around him. Tattooed snake charmer Ruby has traveled with her father's carnival for most of her life and, jaded though she is, can't help but be drawn to the tall man in the immaculate black suit who conveniently joins the carnival as a chicken-biting geek. Mercurial and charismatic, Daniel charms everyone he encounters, but his manipulation of Ruby turns complicated when it's no longer clear who's holding all the cards. Daniel is full of secrets, but he hadn't counted on Ruby having a few of her own. When one tragedy after another strikes the carnival-and it becomes clear that Daniel is somehow at the center of calamity-Ruby takes it upon herself to discover the mystery of the shadowy man pulling all the strings. Joined by Hayden, a roughneck-turned-mural-painter wrestling demons of his own, Ruby engages Daniel in a dangerous, eye-opening game in which nothing is as it seems and everything is at stake. Steph Post has firmly established herself as one of the most original and captivating voices in contemporary fiction, and with Miraculum she has written an unforgettable novel that is part Southern Gothic, part Noir, part Magical Realism, and all Steph Post.… (lisätietoja)
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With an intriguing cover, "Miraculum" doesn't really lead you to any conclusions about itself from the cover alone. However, it does say in the first few pages, that this is a book where no one wins. I would say that's absolutely true. Set in 1922, this isn't usually a book I would read, not being a huge fan of historical fiction, but this was a game changer for me. I've read a few books about a carnival in the last few years, and I really enjoyed them all, so when I saw this book, that meant I was immediately interested, and I'm glad I got to check it out.

Check out my full review here!

https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/miraculum-by-steph-post-... ( )
  radioactivebookworm | Feb 15, 2019 |
This book had its moments. It's no secret, I am a full fledged sucker for a good Circus/Carnival-centric book. Reading this synopsis had me feeling like this book had my name writtem ALL over it! I was super excited to start but unfortunatly the first thing I noticed, right off the bat, was that there were GLARING editorial mistakes. The misuses, omissions and all around lack of proper editing chopped up the flow everytime I came across them. Bad grammar is a pet peeve of mine and it smacks me in the face...HARD... every single time I come across some. That being said, I tried to move on and let them slide with only a wince and a minor curse to mark their passage BUT move on I did.

As for the actual story, the plot moved along nicely. It definitely gave off a strong Carnival T.V show (circa 2000-2003) vibe. That was a great show and so too was the scaffolding of this story...the meat and potatoes, they were tasty. I really enjoyed how rich and vivid the imagery was BUT there was some info dumping with regards to the Gods origin stories, their interrealtedness and the actual Voodoo practices. Because of those areas the plot was a bit choppy at times. Otherwise, the pacing was on point. It kept me interested and involved enough to see it through until the end. I waded through the editing woes and the spotty info dumps and even some semi-transparent plot twists and came out the other end rather pleased with the whole story. That was until the end...

That ending felt like a copout. It was wholly dissatisfying...underwhelming... a fizzle where a BANG should have been. With how thoroughly the Geek decimated our kick ass heroine's life, that ending seemed like a pittance... a hail mary to an intercepted fumble. Yes, I can appreciate how realistic/diplomatic that finale seems, for there is never really a true victor in the war between Good and Evil, BUT come on.... if your life was torn asunder, I believe a little bloody retribution would have been on the menu.... there wasn't even a slap. I don't know. This was a mixed bag for me. I loved the imagery. I loved/loathed some of the characters BUT those editing mishaps and that whimper of an ending have this book precariously perched on the ratings scale. I believe that with a good editing scrub and a tweak here and there regarding the info dumping, this could be a really great book.

Oooohhhhh but that ending...

Overall impression: This was a fun read. The writing was captivating and the characters were robust and really...those are the factors that matter most, right?

*** I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *** ( )
  BethYacoub | Jan 22, 2019 |
There are times when I write a review that I know exactly what I want to convey and at other times words defy me. Can I just say that I loved this book and let it go at that?! Really, a story where no one wins? A story that has an overwhelming otherworldliness to it that you have to wonder about the possibilities.

Pontilliar’s Spectacular Star Light Miraculum and all its attractions are deeply layered, intermingled and all so believable that I couldn’t help but get lost in the story. Pontilliar the owner and Ruby Chloe the snake charmer are tied together by guilt and necessity, January the lead dancer in the Girl’s Revue is Ruby’s best friend, Samuel once the Wild Man of Borneo is now the money and detail manager and keeps a careful watch over everything especially Ruby, Hayden is Ruby’s on again off again boyfriend, and Daniel Revont the new geek, always in a black suit and crisp white shirt, is Ruby’s nemesis. There are many other characters who add to the story and move it along at a fast page turning pace.

Much of the action takes place on the Carnival’s midway, but there are very interesting excursions into the Bayou to the Village of the Lost where cults live and celebrate their rituals. There are look backs and remembrances of previous centuries. There is disruption and disorder for that is the nature of the Trickster who feels everything and nothing. There is darkness and light, a score that is never settled and a game that goes on.

I loved this book. Thank you NetGalley and Polis Books for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Jan 7, 2019 |
näyttää 3/3
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The year is 1922. The carnival is Pontilliar's Spectacular Star Light Miraculum, staked out on the Texas-Louisiana border. One blazing summer night, a mysterious stranger steps onto the midway, lights a cigarette and forever changes the world around him. Tattooed snake charmer Ruby has traveled with her father's carnival for most of her life and, jaded though she is, can't help but be drawn to the tall man in the immaculate black suit who conveniently joins the carnival as a chicken-biting geek. Mercurial and charismatic, Daniel charms everyone he encounters, but his manipulation of Ruby turns complicated when it's no longer clear who's holding all the cards. Daniel is full of secrets, but he hadn't counted on Ruby having a few of her own. When one tragedy after another strikes the carnival-and it becomes clear that Daniel is somehow at the center of calamity-Ruby takes it upon herself to discover the mystery of the shadowy man pulling all the strings. Joined by Hayden, a roughneck-turned-mural-painter wrestling demons of his own, Ruby engages Daniel in a dangerous, eye-opening game in which nothing is as it seems and everything is at stake. Steph Post has firmly established herself as one of the most original and captivating voices in contemporary fiction, and with Miraculum she has written an unforgettable novel that is part Southern Gothic, part Noir, part Magical Realism, and all Steph Post.

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