Friday, October 1, 2010

Carnivale: Tent 1


Step right up.

Step right up, folks and get a load of my wares.

These here books are hot.

Oh, so hot they make my fingers burn.

Oh, but you're sure to get some enjoyment from these newbies...


Meet Tom, the world's smallest man...

Tom Thumb
The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature
by George Sullivan
Release date: February 28, 2011

Description from NetGalley:
When Charles S. Stratton was born in 1838, he was a large baby, perfect in every way. But then he stopped growing. At age four, though a happy and mischievous child, he was just over two feet tall and weighed only fifteen pounds—the exact same size he had been as a seven-month-old baby.

It was then that the notorious showman P.T. Barnum dubbed him Tom Thumb and put him on display, touring him around the world as a curiosity. A natural performer, Charley became enormously popular and wealthy, more so than any other performer before him.

In this spirited biography—the first on its subject—George Sullivan recounts the fascinating adventures of Tom Thumb, and raises challenging questions about what constitutes exploitation—both in the 19th century and today.

get your free e-galley from Netgalley here


Meet Bartholomew, the world's thinnest man...

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno
by Ellen Bryson
Just released: June 2010

Description from the amazon:
Water for Elephants meets Geek Love in this riveting first novel, an enchanting love story set in P. T. Barnum's American Museum in 1865 New York City.

Bartholomew Fortuno, the World's Thinnest Man, believes that his unusual body is a gift. Hired by none other than P. T. Barnum to work at his spectacular American Museum—a modern marvel of macabre displays, breathtaking theatrical performances, and live shows by Barnum's cast of freaks and oddities—Fortuno has reached the pinnacle of his career.

But after a decade of constant work, he finds his sense of self, and his contentment within the walls of the museum, flagging. When a carriage pulls up outside the museum in the dead of night, bearing Barnum and a mysterious veiled woman—rumored to be a new performer—Fortuno's curiosity is piqued. And when Barnum asks Fortuno to follow her and report back on her whereabouts, his world is turned upside down.

Why is Barnum so obsessed with this woman? Who is she, really? And why has she taken such a hold on the hearts of those around her?

Set in the New York of 1865, a time when carriages rattled down cobblestone streets, raucous bordellos near the docks thrived, and the country was mourning the death of President Lincoln, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno is a moving novel about human appetites and longings.

With pitch-perfect prose, Ellen Bryson explores what it means to be profoundly unique—and how the power of love can transcend even the greatest divisions.

-+0+o+ Book Giveaway courtesy of author +o+0+-

Prize: The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson

Oops - US ONLY

Offer ends: October 31, 2010


1. Sign the guestbook (if you signed it already or in September - no need)

2. In comments, tell me: What is your favorite show or ride at a carnival?


Contest has ended - winner is here


* image source from the Strangeling

-+0+o+ October Trix-n-Treatz schedule +o+0+-


  1. Will you post reviews of these books? They sound interesting!
    BTW I love the images by Jasmine. :D

  2. The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno has caught my eye before. There's something about the circusy books that fascinates me.

  3. Really interesting-sounding book! I've had a lifelong fascination with carnivals. Admittedly, my favorite ride is the Tilt-a-Whirl -- I have fond memories of riding on that with my best friend and making it spin as fast as we could.

  4. Another promising month!
    This seems a great book.

    I love the Death Pit, a metal ball where they ride motorcycles at amazing speeds!

  5. My favourite ride are the bumping cars. So cool!

  6. Thank you for the book giveaway! :D
    My favorite ride are horses.

  7. My favorite ride USED to be the Tilt-A-Whirl till one of my kid's friends rode with us, got sick & barfed up all over the seat. Yuk :P
    Now my favorite thing is the Fun/Spook House :D [but not by myself!]

    ps - Am I the only one that finds carnivals just a wee bit creepy?

  8. Not entering, but I'd like to reply anyways!!

    I think my fave show at a carnival is usually the acrobats.. It just makes me wonder how a person can be so agile and flexible and fast and do so many dangerous things!!

    All acrobatics are really impressive and great to watch!!

  9. not entering, because I've already read (and loved) the book, but my favorite ride is totally the wheel of fire! that train thing that goes around and around super fast in a vertical circle, so you're upside down most of the time. super fun!

  10. What a pity it is US only. Well, I'll buy it soon anyway! >_< I love the premise! *_*

  11. the haunted house ride! wooo-wooo!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  12. Hands down, the Ferris Wheel, because I'm scared of everything else! The view is gorgeous, usually, and especially at night!

    thesibylqueen at

  13. My favorite ride was this huge boat that would go back and forth. I don't know what it was called,though.

  14. OH without a doubt the fun house! I know it is not really a ride but still I always loved it with the maze of mirrors, floors that shift, and other things that throw you off guard. Right after that would be the haunted house.

    giveawaymommy at

  15. I love the Octopus & the Scrambler...


  16. Signed the guestbook and my favorite ride or attraction is the mirrors room where you look at yourself as different shapes/sizes.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  17. My favorite rides at the carnival are the teacups and the Ferris wheel. One gives me the thrills of twirling and the other because I can see so far when we reach the top.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  18. i think tahts why i like carnavals is becaus etehy r abit creepy and id haveto say fav ride is the tiltawhirl tho the cage of detah is pretty cool tow atch

  19. I love the Spook House! So much fun! xD


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