The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue
Author Website: http://keithdonohue.com/
If you liked Night Circus then I really think that you would like this book. It is actually a fantastic retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, which you can look at here. I gave this book 4/5 stars.
I enjoyed this book so much! It is hard to get into the plot of the story without it sounding silly while describing it. Kay and Theo are newlyweds that have moved to the old city of Quebec so that Kay could work for the Cirque as an acrobat. One night, after she goes out late with some people from the cast of her show and then disappears without a trace. Told from both points of view, Theo spends most of his time distraught and trying to find his wife, and, well, Kay gets turned into a puppet. I know what it sounds like but it was a really great read.
What I liked about this book
- The End! And not in a bad way either. I found the way that he ended it refreshing in that he didn’t do what every other main stream author would have done and made it predictable. All the ends **pretty much** tie up nice and clean.I really liked the imagery that he uses when he writes. Again, it sounds silly, but you could imagine what it felt like to be a puppet preforming for a crowd.
- There are so many other parts to this book that I loved, but it is hard to get into it without giving the plot away. If someone has read it and would like to discuss it I would love to!
What I didn’t like about this book
- It was a little slow. The tale is a slow and meandering one that requires a lot of build-up, so there is quite a lot of talking. If you can hang with it, it will pay off in the end.
- This isn’t something that I didn’t like, but something to remember. You have to be in the right frame of mind to read this book. There is magic and make believe and puppets that come to life and if you can’t use your imagination to close the gaps then you probably won’t enjoy this book as much.
The final verdict: Despite its slow speed I would recommend this book to someone that liked retold fairy tales. If you liked this book or Night Circus then you should try The Magicians by Lev Grossman or A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.