- Title: Theatre of Curious Acts
- Author: Cate Gardner
- ISBN: 9780983953142
- Page: 375
- Format: Hardcover
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Gardner, a rising purveyor of high literary strangeness, offers a fresh slice of phantasmagoria densely packed with striking images Theatre of Curious Acts will alarm, disturb, delight, and always entertain as the reader follows protagonist Daniel Cole through unknown exits and across ghost ridden stages, trying to save humanity from itself Cat RamPUBLISHERS WEEKLY Gardner, a rising purveyor of high literary strangeness, offers a fresh slice of phantasmagoria densely packed with striking images Theatre of Curious Acts will alarm, disturb, delight, and always entertain as the reader follows protagonist Daniel Cole through unknown exits and across ghost ridden stages, trying to save humanity from itself Cat Rambo Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path A pirate ship waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world, helmed by Death Already broken by war, these men are now the world s only hope in the greatest battle of all.
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The allusions to Alice in Wonderland found throughout the book are apt: reading this novel, I felt as if I had tumbled through a rabbit hole, much like Alice, or the cast of Theatre of Curious Acts. Cate Gardner is adept at creating these strange worlds where the laws of physics are topsy-turvy. At first I felt quite lost in the sea of surreal imaginings, but Cate winds all the threads together into a tight-fitting knit ball of insanity. This is a fun read that challenges as well as entertains. [...]
4.5 stars, well worth rounding up.Weird and wonderful are usually the words where Cate Gardner (who, for the record, I do count a friend) is involved. She certainly doesn't disappoint there with Theatre, but I think this one is elevated by the overarching metaphor (which, um, isn't a metaphor -- oh, nevermind!). She deftly uses the damage inflicted on the post WWI "lost generation" to give us a story of apocalypse like none I've ever seen before.She paints her characters with bold, large strokes [...]
I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like this. To say it is surreal horror just doesn't seem to be enough. Cate Gardner's prose is lyrical, her storytelling abilities magical. Once I was sucked in, much like the soldiers in the story, I couldn't (and didn't want to) get out.
Dark and intelligent read
Daniel Cole wants the world to end.Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path. A pirate ship, helmed by Death, waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world.Already broken by war, these men are now the world’s only hope in the greatest battle of all.Earlier this year, I had th [...]
The first page of every Cate Gardner story is a rabbit hole, through which you find yourself falling into a wonderland of her design, and Theatre of Curious Acts offers a deeper plunge into the abyss of Cate's imagination than anything of hers I've read yet.This short novel tells the story of five soldiers cast out of one hell, of course being the Great War, and thrown into an entirely different one--fewer bullets, but more monsters. The spotlight character, Daniel, winds up on a journey with fo [...]
In order to do things right, I had to add a new shelf for Cate Gardner's Gaimanesque new book THEATRE OF CURIOUS ACTS - Cool! Darkly imaginative and utterly unique, this book sucked me in the first second I fingered the moonlit beauty of it's ghostly cover. From that point on, Gardner had me in what I can only describe as a death lock of sorts, holding my head under Theatre's murky, troubled waters until I reached the final word. We first meet Daniel Cole knee-deep in mud and death in a trench [...]
I won this book as part of a giveaway.I normally hesitate to compare authors, but Cate Gardner simply flies in the face of convention with Theatre of Curious Acts. The best way I can describe it is to take equal parts Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, a healthy dose of Doctor Who, a touch of Stephen King, and a twist of any classic English fairy story you care to mention. Blend them all together and then garnish with some of the best prose I've read in a while. I had to force mysel [...]
Daniel Cole, a war-weary soldier, and a handful of his fellow men are lured into a strange theatre and trapped in a surreal world where time bends. There they meet the horsewomen of the apocalypse and must take up arms once again as humanity's last hope. To say more of the plot would be to ruin the experience.Cate Gardner is a truly unique voice in the realm of dark fiction/horror/bizarro. Her work is intelligent, emotional, and vivid. Her characters are complex, her plotting and pacing feverish [...]
I kept waiting to be confused. How was I NOT confused? The pace is staggering, the story, setting, characters make Dali's artwork seem a Disney cartoon. From the trenches of WW1 France to the end of the world, time twists around itself, drops pieces of itself, then ends up in a totally unexpected place. And yet it never stumbled over itself. Cate Gardner's wordish acrobatics astound as much as they entertain.The Theatre of Curious Acts is dark, dank and disgusting, and so delicious I couldn't pu [...]
It took a while to figure this book outbut when I did, it was a thrilling ride. Loved the train station with all the tracksyou'll have to read it to understand that!!
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