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rwexler
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 11:19 am:   

Here's the first, an excerpt from the review due to run in the August 26 Publisher's Weekly:

"A traveling circus with an otherworldly pedigree serves as a supportive surrogate family for a directionless young man in this diverting traipse through the terrain of magic realism . . . its unaffected style and exuberantly eccentric cast keep the story as buoyant and airy as a center-ring trapeze act."
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Deborah
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 08:34 pm:   

Hey, that's cool.
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neilw
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 03:26 am:   

Fantastic, Robert. "Airy" is a word I think suits your writing very well.

Also, congrats on being placed in the Locus polls.

neil
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 06:54 am:   

I can't wait to get this book!

JK
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mike bishop
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 11:11 am:   

Congratulations on the PW review. Ditto what John just said.
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Mr. Airy
Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:48 am:   

Thanks all.

And now Cheryl Morgan has reviewed it for Emerald City:

http://www.emcit.com/emcit107.shtml#Circus
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:25 am:   

From Booklist:

"...newcomer Wexler excels at lucid prose and provocative ideas, giving the Bradbury-ish carnival-comes-to-town theme a new twist and showing promise as an original fantasist. "
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:32 am:   

Nice one.
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Iain Rowan
Posted on Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 01:56 pm:   

Robert, keep 'em coming, congratulations on the good reviews so far, and I just want to echo John Klima's comment.
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Forrest
Posted on Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 06:44 pm:   

Excellent! Glad to see it so well-received, Robert. Congratulations!
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rwexler
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 11:00 am:   

From October Locus, reviewed by Faren Miller:

"This circus is not a slick modern production like Barnum & Bailey/Ringling repackaged for the 21st century, or any of their artier offspring. Instead it looks back to vaudeville, side shows, freak shows, and things stranger still...the fever-dream eroticism and hallucinatory field trips to the world beyond the train just keep getting curiouser and curiouser, as Lewis...turns into an atypical Hero on a Journey that takes him well away from high fantasy's over-traveled tracks. It's a fascinating, deeply bizarre adventure."
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Deborah
Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 09:45 am:   

Good one, Mr. Wexler.

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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 04:44 pm:   

I can't wait to get this book! Why can't I have it now?!?!??

JK
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Clarkesworld Books
Posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 01:10 pm:   

Actually, I just heard from Sean at Prime. He says that the copies are ready to ship. I should have mine soon.

-Neil
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 01:23 pm:   

Very nice review by Mark Rich in the January issue of the New York Review of Science Fiction. Not online, so I'll excerpt some here.

"...reinforces the impression conveyed by his first book, In Springdale Town: we are witnessing the arrival of a new fantasist whose prose, in its clarity, warmth, and easily flowing progress, seems already fully matured."

"...Wexler demonstrates a wonderful touch with his writing: to render Lewis’s lengthy inner journey through this dream-state without losing a sense of living, vital immediacy is an extraordinary accomplishment."
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 02:00 pm:   

New review up on the Agony Column site.

http://trashotron.com/agony/reviews/2005/wexler-circus_grand_design.htm
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 03:00 pm:   

"...the arrival of a fantasist...."

I'd punch his lights out if he said that about me... " :-)
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Anonymous Coward
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 03:22 pm:   

Look, a fantasist has arrived at this thread!

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