I had to stop reading this even though some of it was promising – Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, Writing Thoughts


In a world where nothing is fixed, all buildings move on wheels and any pleasure can be bought at Smiler’s Fair, the travelling community that passes through the land, bringing excitement and trade and leaving behind a field of mud. There’s a girl married to a young man, a secret prince looking after goats, a murderous nomad and various other characters whose stories we jump into. But I didn’t get very far with them all…

There were some good elements to this book. I was interested by the world, and some of the story lines did start to draw me in. We had a variety of characters and I was interested to see how they might come together. But I very quickly decided that the overwhelming gory and explicit scenes were just too much.

This really annoys me. I don’t know why books have to be so full of explicit scenes! I can sometimes just skip through them but in this book they were so frequent that I just gave up. And I don’t even think they added anything to the plot… which meant that the plot that there was as far as I read was severely watered down too.

There were a whole load of characters introduced, and I was only invested in a couple of them. And out of all of them, only one was a woman, and she pretty traditional, though I had hopes she might emerge to be better.

The set up seemed pretty good, the world in a state of desperation and cities moving constantly to avoid some sort of moon creatures who lived beneath the ground…

Probably the best thing about this book is the cover, which is pretty awesome. BUT MISLEADING!

None of it was enough to tempt me to read on. I put it down easily, and don’t regret it at all. Don’t read this one, people.

5 thoughts on “I had to stop reading this even though some of it was promising – Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

  1. so, explicit = sexy time??
    It is one of those interesting rules of writing that even though you want to create a realistic world, there are definitely things that should be left out unless they are directly relevant to the plot. It is also true that someone who can spin a good yarn can be awful at writing intimate scenes (and visa versa.) Better luch with your next book.

    I’m about to finish The Bourne Identity BTW, brilliant book :)

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