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Olympia Knife

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Born into a family of flying trapeze artists, Olympia Knife has one small problem: When her emotions rise, she becomes invisible. Everyone in the traveling circus has learned to live with this quirk; they banded together to raise Olympia in a loving environment when her parents vanished midair during their act, never to return. But the same fate befalls Arnold, the world’s ...more
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Published November 2nd 2017 by Interlude Press
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*long, drawn-out sigh*

dnf @ 46%.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. I was super excited by the concept of queer girls in a traveling circus, but after struggling through the first half I'm still very confused as to what this was actually about.

the author took a unique approach in telling this story—each chapter jumps back and forth in time, and a series of character backstories are juxtaposed against and the mysterious string of disappearances currently plaguing the circus. it sounds a b
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was an interesting book to me, but if you're looking for something with some closure or a real ending you should probably look elsewhere. I really liked the structure of the book - each chapter has a flashback / background story for a different member of the circus juxtaposed against what is going on in the circus in the present and then at the end of the chapter the person it was about generally vanishes.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alysia Constantine is a maverick world maker. I first discovered her modern magical realism meets LGBTQ romance writing (which is just the perfect queer genre mashup, really) with her debut novel, SWEET. In SWEET, she crafts the most enchanting world of baked goods and broken hearts, filled with all the bitter, sweet, and bittersweet flavors of old loss and new love. In OLYMPIA KNIFE, the gloriously queer fin-de-siècle circus becomes Constantine’s stage, which she sets with lovingly fleshed-out ...more
Pene Henson
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gem of a novel, bright and edgy and hard to describe. Each time you turn it over there's a new sparkling facet.

The people in the story are complicated and interesting and so queer. They deeply understand what it is to be outside the world. I learned more about being an outsider with each new person and each new act of the book.

The third person omniscient storytelling gives the book a peculiar pace, which works as the characters are uncovered. It allows us to know all the futures and
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of the author's poetic prose, then you'll enjoy this unusual story of a vanishing girl in a disappearing attraction.

Each character has left behind their life for being 'too much' or 'too little' - for not fitting in - only to, ironically, find refuge and a living making a spectacle of their difference. To this vein, the entire story plays with this spectrum of exhibition and disappearance: Intimately highlighting a person, only to have them inexplicably extinguish; escaping one'
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Argh, this was such a frustrating book! The premise is so intriguing and the opening chapter sets up what was promising to be a very interesting story and mystery. Circus performers mysteriously disappearing into thin air during their acts--how can someone mess that up? Look no further than this book! The disappearances are really just treated as a device, they're not investigated and none of the remaining circus performers seem to want answers. Each chapter for the most part introduces the back ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this story more.

I'm not a big fan of the circus, but I've always been fascinated by the people who live behind it.
I loved the sense of magic realism you get from the book but, at the same time, the thin plot felt weirdly paced. I couldn't seem to get a real sense of peril or anxiety from the disappearances of the crew members: only a couple of them caused some shock and distress from the others; the rest went almost completely unnoticed or easily dismiss
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtqai, arc-beta
This book really paints a unique world that depicts the grittier sides of the circus; where audiences come to ogle at those who are different. This paved way for a very diverse and interesting cast.

I’ll admit, I was a little concerned at first because there’s a lot of telling and little showing. I worried the fast pace would make it difficult to connect to the characters, but once the scenes settled down, I was able to as well. It was when the relationship between the girls sparked t
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I’m always intrigued by stories that use the circus as a backdrop and the author certainly created a uniquely interesting world that showed the dark side of that glittery arena.

One of the negatives for me is that there was A LOT of the author telling you stuff instead of letting the story and characters show you so it came off like I was being talked at rather than guided. I wanted more dialogue and action. There were also some questionable things lik
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words review

The first word that comes to my mind when I think about Olympia Knife is strange. Closely followed by sad. And kind of creepy. I’ve never read anything like this and I was a bit unsure whether I liked it or not. But it’s so unusual and memorable, I just had to give it the full five stars.

First things first: This is classified as literary/genre fiction and as such doesn’t have much of a love story and definitely not your run-of-the-mill HEA. The ending
Paola Galindo
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book on a free raffle and I’m very happy to leave a review.

Olympia Knife reminded me of colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism. I think is wise to know that is the type of story you are about to read. I liked the way the author describes all the characters and how there is a common theme of feeling unloved, unwanted and so very different. At the end, all of us, want the same, to feel loved and feel like we belong and I really liked how they al
Kaite Stover
Lovely magical romance set in an olde tyme circus whose performers are disappearing unexpectedly (but not violently). The departure of certain performers has a great impact on those left behind. They struggle to cope with loss and forge stronger, more supportive, relationships among themselves. Their world is changing with little advance notice, yet love and connection keeps the remaining troupe afloat. Readers for whom the language of the Night Circus is the primary appeal, should try Olympia K ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book disappointed me a bit. It started out with such a strong premise and a mystery to be solved. I enjoyed the alternating viewpoints and exploring the pasts of the characters. That being said, I would like for it to have had a stronger sense of resolution. Characterization was strong, and I found myself drawn to many of the characters, which left me feeling all the more disappointed with the ending.
Suzey Ingold
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delicate balance of historical and fantasy come together in "Olympia Knife", as much a story about the circus as it is, as it is the individual stories of those who performing within it. I loved the almost anthology-like feel of the all the different back stories, that always came back to Olympia and Diamond at the centre. This book will stay with you, with the unanswered mysteries playing on your mind long after the final page.
Naomi Tajedler
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go until the very last word.
Baffling, mind blowing, fantastic in every sense of the word!
I loved the mystery entertwined with the mundane, and writing-wise, I loved the way this book was built, with a way to connect with each character in this gallery.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I recived an ARC from Netgalley and the Publisher

This book just didn’t really capture my attention. There was too much explaining and describing and not enough dialogue and actual doing, which made the story kind of boring for me.
The style of the book just wasn’t for me.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Olympia Knife is a very peculiar book. It’s prose is intricate, flowery and absolutely delicious. The book tells it’s story in a very quirky way, making the voice of the narrator itself stand out and reminding me of movies such as Big Fish and even, to a certain extent, Nanny McPhee. If you’re a fan of that style of narrative, Olympia Knife will definitely feel like home.

The magical elements tie in with the mystery within the story and it all feels very real and flow naturally within
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Alysia Constantine lives in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York with her wife, two dogs and a cat. She is the author of the novels SWEET and OLYMPIA KNIFE (coming November 2, 2017).

In another life, Alysia was a professor at an art college in NYC. In a life before that, she was a baker/cook for a baker/caterer. In a life even before that, she was a miserable gay teen studying to be a concert violi
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