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Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

Darren Shan’s an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth, the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers — Mr Crepsley — is in fact a vampire!

Steve remains after the show finishes, to confront the vampire — but his motives are anything but ordinary! In the shadows of a crumbling theatre, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea.

Later, in a moment of insane daring, Darren sets out to steal the vampire’s magnificent performing tarantula, an act which will have severe, tragic consequences for both Darren and Steve. Their lives will never be the same again …


I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the movie when it came out, and I can’t wait to see where this story will take me in the rest of the series. A funny thing happened once I read the book though. I now really dislike the movie. That very rarely happens. Usually I find things about each that I enjoy and have a great respect for each art form, no matter how different.

They’ve taken out characters, which is fine. They added characters, which is great. I really just cant believe how much they changed the main character. The main character!!

Leaving the movie out of it, the book was great! It was funny, full of action, and really different! It was also surprisingly thought provoking and at times emotional (don’t let this scare you away, it’s not a sob story…I promise). The characters are interesting, and I just want to know more about them. I need to know what happens next!

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