Weirder (Novelette) Kindle Edition
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It's odd, it's weird, andit gets, you guessed it, even "Weirder." I loved this book; just likethe title suggests, it is a bit weird to read, but the story is good, and offat times, but a wonderful addition to my slightly off collection. I wouldhighly recommend it for teen boys - in that weird moment kind of read. Love it. Keepit up!
From the Author
- File Size : 174 KB
- Publication Date : March 22, 2012
- Print Length : 53 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B007NR9II8
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,118,682 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Weirder" by Chad Schimke is, indeed, weird. Ostensibly about a small circus, "Weirder" focuses on what has been called the "freak show" or "sideshow" of a travelling carnival. The story begins with several of the unfortunates considered "freaks" expressing mutual discontent with the owner/operator of the circus to which they owe some allegiance. As a result of continuing discussions, the bearded lady decides to break away and start her own circus, with the help of the petrified man and a few of the other stars of the show. The new circus enjoys some success, which is only enhanced by the addition of a puppeteer who approaches the bearded lady one evening after the performance, in search of a position.
Meanwhile, a teenage boy in town is going through a rather typical period of readjustment after his mother remarries a former military man. The new step-father is far stricter than the boy's biological father was, and the boy does not like it one bit. Unfortunately his biological father ran off and his whereabouts are unknown. The boy is enamored with magic, and has practiced diligently, so that he now has a fair repertoire of tricks up his sleeve. One day, while visiting the circus, he engages one of the carnies, a boy his age, in conversation. The two youngsters hit it off from the start.
Later in the evening the carnie goes to visit the townie, and arrives just in time to see the step-father slap the boy across the face, prompting the boy to run out the back door and away from home. He ultimately joins the circus and leaves town. He has become something of a practiced magician, and his act is thought to mesh well with the puppeteer's performance. But this is where "Weirder" gets a lot weirder. Some very bizarre things happen, with very unexpected results. To say more would be a spoiler, so I'll just say this story will have you sleeping with a night-light for a few nights. I recommend it.
It was fun going to the "Carnival" and getting to be part of the troupe...going behind the curtains and being able to be part of the family. I could almost smell the cotton candy and popcorn. You showed us that it is true dedication and love that is needed to be a carnie.
The only problem I had was it was too short...I wanted to be a carnie longer. I want to see how it turns out...hopefully there will be a Weirder 2...Weirdest. Thanks Chad, I had a ball.
I love Irene and Henry's characters. Its a bit scary and shocking at the end, but its mind-boggling and real good book. And truly, an enjoyable to read!