Book Review: Carniepunk. null
Carnipunk anthology
#The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?  And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.  Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.

I’ve never been one for tales of the circus or carnivals. There’s never been anything about them that has beckoned to me and sucked me in – until this anthology. With Carniepunk I finally got it. That immersive and magical feel of the carnival. I not only fell in love with the atmosphere created in these pages, I fell in love with the stories and the authors. I ended up with a whole bunch of new authors and books added to my TBR after this one (you’ve been warned! :P).

What impressed me most about this anthology was the breadth of topic, tone and frivolity. There are some dark stories in this one, some adorable ones, and some downright hilarious ones. You hear people say that there’s “something for everyone” and I’d say that applies to Carniepunk.

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Book Review: Carniepunk - My book review for the carnival themed urban fantasy anthology Carniepunk featuring short stories by Rachel Caine, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Estep and Seanan McGuire.. null

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