Official Review: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid

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Re: Official Review: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid

Post by jennyd2003 » 18 Feb 2018, 00:39

Good review. I don't think this is one I'll read. Seems a little slow but I like action and mystery.

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Post by Vickie Noel » 18 Feb 2018, 00:50

You had me at humour in the dialogue between Gary and Duke despite the serious problems they were facing. Quick question though, is the author writing about himself or it's just a name coincidence? Thanks for the review.
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Post by ayoomisope » 18 Feb 2018, 00:51

Great and precise review. The first few pages of the book I read really made me amped up. The book cover and title are beautiful but don't even give anything away about the story. I should be reading this soon.
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Post by ayoomisope » 18 Feb 2018, 00:53

Vickie Noel wrote:
18 Feb 2018, 00:50
You had me at humour in the dialogue between Gary and Duke despite the serious problems they were facing. Quick question though, is the author writing about himself or it's just a name coincidence? Thanks for the review.
Ths story is fictional but the author writes in honor of one of his friends who is a sword swallower. The story describes a relationship between them.
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Post by Athena05 » 18 Feb 2018, 01:30

This is a very interesting book! I love the real and gritty characters who are well thought out and you care about despite their many flaws. The writing style is interesting and engaging and it draws you Inyo the story . It’s an interesting setting because the circus is allways full of dramatic and interesting characters .

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Post by truebookaddict » 18 Feb 2018, 01:42

I like that we first learn about the two characters separately and then they are brought together. A back story is always good. I'm curious though. As you mentioned religious issues, and one of the Amazon reviews mentioned Christianity, I'm wondering if this book has an overtly religious message. If you don't mind answering my question. Thanks...and thanks for your great insight on the book.
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Post by tamdlyte » 18 Feb 2018, 01:48

I'm a total nondrinker/partier so if this book can interest me, that says something good about the author! :)

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Post by LanieTaj » 18 Feb 2018, 01:57

It sounds so captivating. I wanna know how the two characters met and influence each other. Also, I'm curious on how they change and develop. Even though there's a topic about alcohol and drugs, I still want to read it. The reason is that you deliver the review well and concisely.

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 18 Feb 2018, 02:06

Oh yes I can remember the circus coming to town. With all the energy and entertainment. This story is very well done. I liked your review of today'sbook of the day.
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Post by eddyokoth » 18 Feb 2018, 02:49

am interested in such caucus skills looking forward to read

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Post by Mouricia25 » 18 Feb 2018, 03:05

Well that was something.. Not sure if this book is for me, I don't like slow books. But glad to see you really liked it.
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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 18 Feb 2018, 03:33

This reminds me of the circus performers, doing stunts to amuse the audience. You might think the lives of these entertainers are all glitters and fun, but in their private time they are lonely, downing their sorrows in alcohol. Thus, the sword swallower has an alcohol problem, so too with the Chico Kid. This story is about the lives of these people, their struggles and their times. Thank you for your interesting review.
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Post by eddyokoth » 18 Feb 2018, 03:41

a sword swindler is the best book to read and looking forward reading

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Post by Quinto » 18 Feb 2018, 04:13

Interestingly weird characters with circus skills is just what I want to read about. Great reviewing.

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Post by eddyokoth » 18 Feb 2018, 04:14

I really like the skills chiko has looking forward to read the book

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