Awesome book cover Friday: The Night Circus

The Night Circus already has a pretty cover, but check it out in Japanese.

The Night Circus Japanese

And yes, it’s real.

Here’s an English description of the book:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway — a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love — a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been lining up some great articles to share with you guys. I have about three announcements (at least) if all goes well, but one step at a time.

I do want to share a huge piece I did that was featured both on GamesBeat and on the pop top of VentureBeat as an editor’s pick: my study on social gaming “whales.”

I’m also currently reading an advanced copy of Prophet of Bones, which comes out in early April.

And don’t forget to think of some questions for Marta Acosta (the She-Hulk Diaries author) because I have both a guest blog and an interview with her on the way. We’d love to include your questions.

What’s going on with all of you? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Any cool books or links you’ve come across lately?

Taking destiny into our own hands: a review of Brave Story

Though a child of man knows time, life itself is eternal.

Brave Story by Miyuki MiyabeNote: This review contains minor spoilers.

The tale of Brave Story comes packaged in a gorgeously illustrated, colorful jacket that hints at the adventure awaiting readers courageous enough to delve into the book’s 800-plus pages (if that’s even a concern for you). It’s a meaty story, written by female Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe and translated by Alexander O. Smith. In ways, it reminds me of The Neverending Story (one of my favorite books), but I think it’s much more rich and real than that.

Brave Story is a ghost legend, fantasy epic, and heartbreaking family drama all in one. Part One deals with a typical Japanese haunting and — who would have guessed? — video games since the main character, Waturu, and his best friend Katchan are kids. Then it veers off into much harder-hitting territory than the simple fun and worries of childhood: divorce, a difficult betrayal for any family.

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