October 18, 2009
Cirque du Freak: Book Report
“The freak show was all I could think about that night. I tried forgetting it but I couldn’t, not even when I was watching my favorite TV shows. It sounded so weird: a snake-boy, a wolf-man, a performing spider. I was especially excited by the spider….,” –Darren Shan. In the book Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan, Darren and his friend Steve Leonard go to a freak show one night and discover something shocking which leads to a series of unfortunate events. Soon the two friends have to make important decisions and take different paths.
Darren Shan was a regular teenager until he went to the freak show. He is forced into becoming a half-vampire and faking his own death by Mr. Crepsley, after stealing his performing spider and getting his best friend Steve bitten by it. After becoming a half-vampire he is Mr. Crepsley’s assistant and hates him for making him leave his life behind but eventually learns to like him. Steve Leopard was Darren’s best friend until he feels Darren betrays him by becoming a half-vampire after he wanted to be one and got rejected. He then turns into a Vampire Hunter. He is the reason Darren becomes a half-vampire, because he gets bitten my Madam Octa (Mr. Crepsley’s deadly telepathic performing spider) and Darren begs Mr. Crepsley for the cure. Mr. Crepsley is a 170 year old vampire who turns Darren into a vampire. He has orange hair, a scar on his face, and likes to dress in red. Evra Von a performer at the freak show was also known as snake-boy because he had scales all over his body and performed with his giant snake. Rhamus Twobellies was another performer at the show he had two stomachs and could eat anything in a
short amount of time. Truska was another performer in the show she was known as the bearded lady. Gertha Teeth was another performer in the show and could bite and withstand anything. Cormac Limbs was...