This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It seemed to be flirting with brilliance, but. Pilo was written in times of sleep deprivation, using cabin fever as inspiration, and while he was coming down off anti-psychotic medication. In the castle the sinister Lord Vous rules with an iron fist, and the Project, designed to effect his transformation into an immortal spirit, nears completion. Eric and Casey are called Pilgrims, and may have powers that no one in either world yet understands, and soon the wall may be broken. The characters include all the usual suspects - clowns, of course, acrobats, magicians and fortune-tellers - but they've been given a coat of Stephen King paint. He lives with one stoner and grocery stealing friends in an apartment.
A touch of Killer Clowns from Outer Space and a hint of Night Breed might give you a vague idea what this novel reads like. With the mythology behind the Pilo Family Circus sprinkled sparsely throughout, it's worth continuing on, if only to see how crazy things can get. I fell in love with Jamie. Yes, it had its psycho moments, but there was a lot of repetition. Boring day in and day out stuff.
He also tries some himself, thinking it could be drugs. There were several grammatical errors throughout. Between shows, there's night after night of malicious shenanigans in one form or another. One throws a bag of something behind a bush, and when Jamie gets it home he discovers some weird beads in the velvet bag. The premise is about an other worldly circus and the different factions with the emphasis on the clowns. Monsters lurk in dark corners and out in the open too and you don't even want to mess with the proprietor of the whole thing. The novel has almost a stream-of-conscience approach to it, with characters moving throughout without what might seem like a through-line or clearcut plot.
A solid 4 stars and recommended. Suddenly Jamie is at war with himself in a twisted, sometimes hysterical battle of wits a la Dr. Gonko cheekily compares the process to cows being milked- except the Tricks aren't able to recover what was taken from them. Couple the imaginative world-building with a knack for storytelling and a dark sense of humor you know, where you laugh and cringe at the same time and you've got a book I couldn't put down. As the body war continues, Jaime must take greater and greater risks among the monstrous creatures in the circus, including Mugabo the Magician, Fishboy and his friends in the freak show, Kurt and George Pilo--the giant and the dwarf--murderous brothers who run the circus--meanwhile steering clear while the brothers attempt to kill each other off. Strange, bizarre, and not afraid to pull any punches, I can see why this book has been so highly decorated in Australia.
However, he goes along with the sinister clowns, and concocts an audition stunt. No ordinary bystander this guy's dressed in clown getup right down to the white face and fake red nose. In fact, probably the weakest character for me was the one whose story we were following. Overall, I am glad that I read it. The ending also left me with a lot of questions.
The writing was easy to read. Its main role is conning its audiences into voluntarily parting with their souls, with each exhibit appealing to a certain demographic: the games and shops in Sideshow Alley appeal to the greedy, the Acrobats are intended to tempt the vain and insecure, the Woodchoppers provide offers of strength to the weak, Mugabo's magic show is aimed at the power-hungry, and the Clowns appeal to the cruel and rebellious; the Freak Show is designed to frighten the more resilient Tricks into giving in. I intend to reveal little of the plot: it develops at such a pace that this space just isn't sufficient. In their sky prisons, the dragons are stirring, set to defy their slumbering creator and steal humanity's world. I hope he comes out with another novel soon, it wouldn't be too hard imagine a sequel to 'Pilo Family Circus'. I'm here to tell blurbologists that just because a writer smears feces on a wall doesn't make him anything like Chuck Palahniuk.
The Pilo Family Circus won the 2006 for and the Golden Aurealis Award for best novel. Every paragraph had me either disgusted, intrigued, or laughing my balls off. Ain't that the best news you ever got? The circus has been around for centuries, putting on shows for tricks—humans attending a normal circus but who stumbled up to the wrong ticket booth. Standing in the glare of the headlights was an apparition dressed in a puffy shirt with a garish flower pattern It wore oversized red shoes, striped pants and white face paint. No es un mal libro para nada.
The setup: Jamie is a bit of a wanker -- a well-meaning guy, but without much ambition or direction in his life. I must say I reflected on what I had read after finishing and my mind made me aware of certain analogies portrayed in this book. Elliott's prose style is adequate for the material. Believe me, your collection is not complete without the creeping horror of 'Pilo Family Circus'. Make with the chuckles, you pass. This is one of those unique books that really stunned me.
Now, about the two of the clowns and this is probably only me , they kinda blended together into my head. And then, quite unexpectedly, he makes them laugh. Speaking of the author, I've never heard of Will Elliott. After a few more days of being tormented and threatened, Jamie caves in and auditions- and passes with flying colours. Welcome back to those of you who didn't want spoilers. Both spoke in different speech patterns, but when they weren't talking and the author was just describing them doing things, I had a hard time keeping up with who was who.
Then they leave him a note. Jamie soon finds himself split in two, personalities that is, one his old normal self, looking for a way out of this hellhole and the other, a crazed clown that hunts trouble with not a thought for the dangers that lie all around him. The it is definitely a 4 star for me and worthy of a look. Re-read May, 2015 This book is every bit as exciting as I remembered it being! Writing a review is difficult for this book but not for lack of love for it! I wanted a good Halloween read, and I got it. I can't wait to get the sequel! You're joini A book about psychotic clowns? Poco después de eso, suceden otros eventos que me hicieron pensar que en verdad, me había topado con un libro grotesco y perturbador.