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Cirque Du Freak, Vol. 1 (Cirque Du Freak: The Manga #1)

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The world of internationally acclaimed author Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak brought to life as you've never seen it before!

Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque Du Freak. Now Darren's been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves and strange creatures the likes of which he's never imagined, and his life will be change

Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Yen Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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May 20, 2015 Btheilmanngohr3 rated it really liked it
In this book, we have Darren Shan, the protagonist. He really likes spiders. He's friends with Steve. One day, Darren learns about a freak show called Cirque Du Freak, and they plan to go. However, when Steve gets tickets, he only gets half the tickets they need. Darren ended up getting the second ticket, Steve getting the first, and they go. Darren sits, until finally, the act with a spider comes on. He really enjoyed it. Because of this, he tried to take the spider, and does, but accidentally ...more
Chocolate Panda
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Jennifer Wardrip
Jul 10, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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Relive the first novel in the most action-packed, fast-paced thriller of a series ever to rule the human and vampire world with this newly published CIRQUE DU FREAK manga.

The story surrounds Darren Shan, the infamous spider lover. On his way home one night he is given a flyer to a circus. Not just any other regular circus, however - this is the circus of freaks. Accompanied by his friend, Steve, Darren witnesses the most peculi
Kathy Davie
Sep 20, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
Christ…this was a truly irritating book. I really do not enjoy reading manga comics. The layout for this book drove me nuts—the book is set up backwards and upside down and anything else I cannot think of right now that is designed to throw you off. In spite of an Introduction and a textual Chapter 1 at the back of the book, the actual story begins at the back of the book and is meant to be read completely backward from the right page’s bottom right corner and backward. Naturally, I carried on f ...more
Eli Morgan
Jan 13, 2016 Eli Morgan rated it it was amazing
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
Raegan London
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Hello there so you want to know about the manga series Cirque Du Freak well you've come to the right place. Before I begin i will say the book series contains some blood and violence so read at your own risk. There are 10 books to the series and i will be telling you about books 1,2,and 3. So without further ado let's get this show on the road.

In book one we meet Darren Shan ( the main character and the author are the same person) and his best frie
Aug 04, 2015 Maven rated it it was ok
When best friends Darren Shan and Steve Leopard learn about Cirque du Freak, a visiting circus that promises to be full of monsters, they are ecstatic. Darren is most excited to see the act with the performing spider, while Steve really wants to see… well, all of it. He loves monsters so much, he says he wants to be one. Figuring out how to get to the circus without their parents and teachers knowing is tricky, but, unbeknownst to Darren, Steve’s plan for the night might make leaving the darknes ...more
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"Mi nombre es Darren Shan. Y me encantan... las arañas. ¿Crees que es extraño? Parece ser que la única persona que me entiende es mi mejor amigo, Steve. Todos los demás siempre se asustan, pero no importa, ya que no hay nadie más con quien prefiera pasar el tiempo. Tal vez fue el destino lo que nos llevo a ese circo. Si, tal vez...

He leído y releído la saga de Darren Shan desde que la descubrí a los 13 años, y debo decir que es una de mis historias favoritas de siempre (: Así
Madalynn Davia
Jan 06, 2015 Madalynn Davia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Ok, first of all this book was amazing!! I read the actual book from cirque du freak and ignored it afterwards, I'm only 12 and found it a little... too dark i should say. I liked the story line but it seemed a little volgure in some of the descriptions. When I saw the manga version in my school library my friend said to take a shot at it. I DO NOT regret it. I took a shot and it hit HARD! The pictures were amazing! I love to draw anime so i found it really good! I like it because it actually se ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Taneka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, manga
I have never understood popularity of Manga. I tried reading a few series, but they never caught my attention. This series, however, did just the opposite. I started this and could not put it down. Here you have a young man that is good of heart and gives his soul over to another to save a friend. I am really excited about continuing the series. I am interested in the battle between Darren and Steve. The friend that he saved, now wants to kill him.
Dec 23, 2014 Graham rated it really liked it
Finished the text book last night, and our lovely librarian had the Manga version as well. So that was today's task. Manga is an interesting medium, because you have to read right to left, and that means you start from the 'end' of the book and read 'backwards' to the 'front'. It's a tricky thing to get your head round, and as someone who enjoys graphic novels I found myself misreading. But after a few pages it was fine.
I actually prefer the manga version of the Cirque du Freak. The story is ti
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Mar 16, 2014 Zaid rated it really liked it
1. My favourite character is Darren Shan, he is also the main character of the book. I find Darren Shan interesting because he goes through a massive change in life from being a normal ordinary boy with a normal happy family to a half vampire and as a result he had to fake his death. As he doesn’t age as he naturally should, he is stuck as a child and he was too dangerous to be around his family. As he goes through changes he develops new abilities like running as fast as the wind and is much st ...more
Tarin Bruce
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Gergana Tsvetanova
I couldn't find the book so I decided to read the manga. It wasn't the best one I have read and the art wasn't that spectacular either, but the story was good. I can't wait to read the books!
May 28, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it
This series came highly recommended by my grade 7 and 8 students. I have never read manga before, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Although it was hard for me to get used to the manga style at first, it wasn't too distracting once I got into it. The story was very entertaining and I actually found it quite unpredictable, which is nice! It had just the right amount of creepy suspense. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because some parts felt rushed. This may be because of the man
Sep 29, 2015 gavin rated it it was amazing
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Josie McCall
Oct 06, 2015 Josie McCall rated it liked it
If you love a dramatic, freaky manga novels. You would enjoy this very much! This story is about two young friends who's lives will take a much strange turn. Cirque Du Freak is coming to town and these boys want to go. But this isn't just any ordinary freak show. It has a twist. I say it was a very well written story with many intense areas but for my opinion. The twist really through me off seeing it wasn't a story about freaks but about something much stranger. But I am looking to continue to ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Aasad7 rated it it was amazing
Darren a average, happy kid with a good family and good friends, is given a flyer that is like an invite to a freak show ,which is kind of like a circus.He wants to invite a friend so he goes to all of them and all of them can't go except for his friend Steve, so they go to the show and there was a part that was eye-catching, which was a spider being controlled by a flute, but after the show Derran manages to steal the spider. Then it bites Steve and puts a very dangerous poison in him.
Dec 28, 2010 Jacki rated it liked it
Summary: This manga retelling of the popular kids' horror series follows the original plot: Darren and his friend Steve find themselves at a real freak show (the wolfman bites someone's arm off). Steve puts them in danger by revealing his knowledge that the ringleader is a vampire, and Darren compounds the problem by stealing the vampire's unique and deadly giant spider.

Plot: When I read the first novel in the Cirque du Freak series, I didn't care for it because so much of it was just descriptio
Lori Spadea
Aug 07, 2011 Lori Spadea rated it really liked it
Manga was very hard for me to get use to. The reading style is from back to front, right to left, as Japanese do it. It did kind of make me feel like part of a secret society of people who “get it” though so I can see the appeal to teens. I would have loved that feeling as a kid. The anime community has really grown the last few years and this is a new niche in this community. The are in this book is very Japanese comic character looking. The Cover is in color, but the inside is black and white. ...more
Zevion Flowers
Jun 05, 2013 Zevion Flowers rated it it was amazing
The Vampire’s Assistant

A book called “The Vampire’s Assistant” created by Darren Shan, is about a young boy named Darren Shan who becomes a vampire’s assistant (as you can see the protagonist’s name is the same as the creator’s). The story tells of a young energetic boy who one night gets a flyer from a strange, mysterious man. The next day he shows the flyer he received to his friends Steve Leopard and others, bruiting to them about the premiere of an odd ball circus call “cirque du freak.” Dar
Olivia (Bookcomet)
May 17, 2013 Olivia (Bookcomet) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I have to say, the graphic novel was almost as good as the actual book. I borrowed this from the library out of my love for the first one - and I was very curious to see how I would like the graphic novel! The artist did an amazing job at illustrating - seriously! It was like the character's emotions were leaping off the page at you!

I thought the way that all the characters were drawn was perfect, exactly how I imagined them. Even if you had not read the book, you easily could have followed the
May 02, 2013 Johnathan rated it liked it
I had heard the of the series before and had even seen bits and pieces of the movie over the years so I had a rough idea of what I was going to read. I generally enjoy horror, vampires, and supernatural stories so I excited to start this book.

I really enjoyed reading it and am now reading the others in the series. I like being able to not only read the dialog from the story but getting to see what is happening with the characters and the the fight parts is really nice as well. I like this a lot
I'm a pretty diehard Darren Shan fan. I grew up reading The Saga of Darren Shan. I think it was one of the first series I really got into. I cannot even begin to tell you how much sleep I lost over the books. So, naturally, when I found out there was a manga version I pretty much flipped out.

It only took me about an hour altogether to get through this. It wasn't as good as the novel, but was still really enjoyable. A nice, easy read. I also really like that it differs from the books a little in
Parker Lipscomb
Jan 12, 2016 Parker Lipscomb rated it really liked it
This was a great book. It was very exciting, interesting, and scary. There are many suspenseful parts and many surprises. The way that the author tells the story of Darren is fantastic. He brings out all the possible excitement that could happen in the book and makes you want to keep reading.

If I were to rate this book I would give it four stars. I would give this book four stars because it is a very fun book to read and just very exciting. I wouldn't give it five stars because it wasn't the be
Lydia Perversius
Jun 18, 2011 Lydia Perversius rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darren-shan-saga
Darren Shan,a typical,quite ordinary,teenage boy,is about to see his life changing right before his eyes,when a freak show arrives at town,and he and his best friend,Steve,decide to go watch it.Darren's obsession with spiders and curiosity will trigger a chain of facts that will lead to his mortality being taken,as he becomes Larten Crepsley's,who is a vampire at the Cirque du Freak,assistant to save his best friend's life.But is it really that to blame,or is it destiny?

The 1st book was a really
Lillian Hong
Sep 18, 2011 Lillian Hong rated it it was amazing
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Miss Ryoko
Jan 04, 2016 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
My brother has been telling me non-stop I should read the Cirque du Freak books, so when I found out they were coming out in manga format, I was pretty excited. And I enjoyed it! It seems like it'll be an interesting series and I'll probably end up reading the actual series now.

I like the way Crepsley is drawn! He seems like a cool character! And Darren is a cutie!

2015 edit
I am re-reading this and finishing the series. I actually still have zero desire to read the actual series, so my sentiments
Ebster Davis
May 21, 2015 Ebster Davis rated it it was ok
I kept thinking as I read this "So this is what 9 year old boys fantasize about!"

Its not bad in that respect, but it is a bit dry. It got better towards the end, enough to where I would read the next in the series if a copy came my way.

(Also, what happened to the teacher? Was he just carried away and the kids totally forgot he existed?)
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Librarian's note: Also writes under the name D.B. Shan.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series o
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Other Books in the Series

Cirque Du Freak: The Manga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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